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The Unconventionalists with Mark Leruste

The Unconventionalists with Mark Leruste

By Mark Leruste
The Unconventionalists is a weekly show covering the stories behind the people who went against the curve, took the road less traveled and stayed true to being themselves in the face of adversity. Listeners often say that each episode feels like eavesdropping on an intimate conversation between two old friends as host Mark Leruste uses his warm, compelling style to tease out the truth and create moments of radical honesty.

Previous guests include Noah Kagan, Danielle LaPorte, Paul Jarvis, Chris Guillebeau, Sarah Knight, James Wilks and the Founders of The Minimalists.
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#157 How to navigate the emotional journey of writing a book with Emily Gindlesparger
Emily Gindlesparger is the Head of Book Coaching at Scribe Media who over the last 12 months has been supporting me on and off with my emotional struggle of writing my book via a group coaching programme.  As a ghost-writer, book coach and currently writing her memoire, Emily is uniquely positioned to unpack the emotional yo-yo journey of writing a book and what to do about it. "So often when I see authors grapple with the question of, 'I don’t know what book to write?' the real thing that is going on is, 'I have many books that I can write and I’m afraid of all of them, and I’m especially afraid of making the decision as to which one to pursue now'. Because it shuts down all the possibility of the others. - Emily Gindlesparger This is one of my favourite conversations to date as we go deep into the relationship to shame, trauma and overcoming self doubt. Whether you're looking to write your book or not you will get a TON of value out of my powerful conversation with Emily. I can't wait to hear what you got out of it over on social media @markleruste or over on www.theunconventionalists.com ! Shownotes: Join the movement www.theunconventionalists.com/newsletter Follow Emily on social media @emilygindle This week’s episode was brought to you by: Become The Spotlight: www.becomethespotlight.com - Discover your Spotlight Score and improve your ability to impact the world with your message
01:05:04
May 4, 2021
#156 How to build a bulletproof mindset with Jodie Cook
If you're tired of binge-watching Netflix and not hitting your goals you're going to love today's powerful conversation with Jodie Cook. Jodie founded a digital agency in 2011 that was acquired in 2021 and was featured in Forbes's Europe 30 under 30 list of social entrepreneurs.  When Jodie isn't busy training, she writes books and articles about entrepreneurship including "How To Raise Entrepreneurial Kids", "Instagram Rules" and "Stop Acting Like You're Going To Live Forever" and is an international powerlifter for Great Britain. And as you've probably guessed it, she doesn't have a Netflix subscription either... Shownotes: Join the movement www.theunconventionalists.com/newsletter Learn more at jodiecook.com and follow Jodie on social media @jodie.cook_ This week’s episode was brought to you by: Become The Spotlight: www.becomethespotlight.com - Discover your Spotlight Score and improve your ability to impact the world with your message
49:06
May 3, 2021
#155 Building courageous men with Alex Holmes
Suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 45 in the UK. Despite being digitally 'connect' in more ways than we have ever been before, many of us are feeling more emotionally disconnected - not only from those around us, but also from our own sense of self.  That's why I'm so grateful to share this powerful conversation with Alex Holmes, an award-winning podcaster, mental health coach, writer and author of his brand new book "Time To Talk: How Men Think About Love, Belonging and Connection". Alex is on a mission to tackle the mental-health and loneliness epidemic we are currently living through.  Shownotes: Join the movement www.theunconventionalists.com/newsletter Learn more at alexholmes.co and follow Alex on social media @byalexholmes. Time To Talk: How Men Think About Love, Belonging and Connection is out now, published by Welbeck Publishing. It’s available to buy from all good bookshops and online retailers. This week’s episode was brought to you by: Become The Spotlight: www.becomethespotlight.com - Discover your Spotlight Score and improve your ability to impact the world with your message
01:01:26
May 2, 2021
#154 What the business leader learnt from the stripper with Paulina Tenner
Paulina is an entrepreneur, angel investor, TEDx speaker and a founder of GrantTree whose new book “Laid Bare: what the business leader learnt from the stripper” describing leadership lessons she learnt as a burlesque dancer" is making waves. Since 2010 her team has grown organically from 2 to 50 and raised over £200M for more than 600 technology startups and scaleups (while also moonlighting as a burlesque dancer) and operate an open culture company which pioneered a self set salary scheme in the UK. Shownotes: Join the movement www.theunconventionalists.com/newsletter Learn more at paulinatenner.com and follow Paulina on social media @paulinatenner. This week’s episode was brought to you by: Become The Spotlight: www.becomethespotlight.com - Discover your Spotlight Score and improve your ability to impact the world with your message
57:47
May 1, 2021
#153 How to grow your business with a podcast and have more impact with Lynsay Gould
If you're ready to grow your business with a podcast and have more impact, you're going to love today's conversation with Lynsay Gould, a podcasting & business coach and creator of the Podcasting for Business Awards. Shownotes: Join the movement www.theunconventionalists.com/newsletter Learn more at lynsayanne.com and follow Lynsay on social media @lynsayannegould This week’s episode was brought to you by: Become The Spotlight: www.becomethespotlight.com - Discover your Spotlight Score and improve your ability to impact the world with your message
46:38
April 30, 2021
#152 How to find your life track with lion tracker Boyd Varty
Whether you're tracking down a wild animal or your life's purpose, the principles of transformation are the same. Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. In this powerful conversation, Boyd Varty, a lion tracker, author and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life. ⚠️ Warning: this episode contains strong language that some listeners may find disturbing. Listeners discretion advised and not suitable for children. Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/152 Join the movement www.theunconventionalists.com/newsletter Learn more at boydvarty.com and follow Boyd on social media @boyd_varty This week’s episode was brought to you by: Become The Spotlight: www.becomethespotlight.com - Discover your Spotlight Score and improve your ability to impact the world with your message
01:08:34
April 29, 2021
#151 How to have better sales conversation with Matt Essam
Matt Essam is the author of the brand new book "Create And Prosper: How To Find Your Dream Clients And Build A Freelance Business You Love".   After having worked in the creative industries for over 12 years within big agencies as well as running his own freelance business, Matt realised that being successful is about more than just adding bigger projects to your portfolio.   In 2015 a series of unexpected events changed his perspective on life and Matt decided that it was time to find some meaning and purpose in his work.    With the support from some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs and business mentors, he developed a unique framework that he now uses to help established freelancers and small agencies to grow their business through work that is both creatively fulfilling and financially rewarding.    Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/151 Learn more at mattessam.co.uk and follow Matt on social media @matt_essam This week’s episode was brought to you by: Become The Spotlight: www.becomethespotlight.com - Discover your Spotlight Score and improve your ability to impact the world with your message
01:03:51
April 21, 2021
#150 The power of mentors and why everyone needs one with Erick Rheam
This week's guest on The Unconventionalists podcast is Erick Rheam, the hardest working man in the speaking business who is on track to generate over $300,000 this year in speaking fees. I also happened to have Erick as my speaking mentor during 2019-2020 who taught me a lot about what it means to be a servant leader and a generous speaker. Erick is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York where he spent 5 years as a Military Police Officer and is currently a Director of Education at The Speaker Lab. If you want to learn about what it really takes to build a successful speaking business, set goals you'll actually achieve and why having a mentor is a game changer, you're going to love this week's episode. I can't wait to hear what you got out of our conversation. Be true, be brave, be kind and let it rip. Mark Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/150 Learn more at erickrheam.com and follow Erick on social media @erickrheam This week’s episode was brought to you by: The Podcast Revolution: https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
01:03:35
March 24, 2021
#149 Why the future of business is you with Chris Ducker
Starting a business is tough enough as it is. That's why starting a business that isn't a true representation of who you are or what you stand for in the world is a sure recipe for disaster. But how can you start a business that is based around your passion and expertise when you don't even know where to start?  Well, the answer is simple, ask Chris Ducker.   This week's special guest on The Unconventionalists podcast is one of the most sought after authorities on the subject of personal brand businesses whose journey is one of hard work, burnout, change, success and an unwavering desire to serve those that dream of changing the world with what they know and who they strive to serve.  Unlike many other so called entrepreneurs online, Chris actually build a brick and mortar business before transitioning his attention to helping people build their expertise-based business online. He's written books, coached and mentors entrepreneurs to help them unleash their unique gifts with the world and monetise their message by building an audience of raving fans.   Chris counts as his friends the likes of Pat Flynn, Lewis Howes and Jadah Sellner to name a few.   So if you're looking for an honest conversation on what it really takes to succeed in the world of content creation, and build a powerful personal brand, look no further. This conversation is for you.   I can't wait to read your comments over on social media (@markleruste) and hear what golden nuggets you got out of our powerful conversation on all things personal branding!   Be true, be brave, be kind and let it rip!   Mark Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/149 Learn more at chrisducker.com and follow Chris on social media @chrisducker This week’s episode was brought to you by: The Podcast Revolution: https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
44:47
March 3, 2021
#148 How to lead with love with Jadah Sellner
Jadah Sellner is the founder of several companies including the company she sold in 2016, Simple Green Smoothies, which generated over $1 million and 1 million followers in the first two years. Today Jadah is a bestselling author, business mentor, TEDx speaker, and host of the Lead with Love® Podcast. She’s been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CBS’s The Doctors TV, and on the cover of Women’s World. As an advisor to founders and mission-driven companies, Jadah provides the strategic roadmap you need to execute your vision and grow your business to the next level without sacrificing what matters most to you. This is a powerful conversation about turning adversity into an opportunity and how breaking all conventional marketing rules enabled Jadah and her co-founder to build a massively engaged community online. Enjoy this powerful conversation! Mark Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/148 Learn more at JadahSellner.com and follow on social media @jadahsellner This week’s episode was brought to you by: The Podcast Revolution: https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
58:28
February 24, 2021
#147 The role of soul in business with Duke Stump
Duke Stump's goal is to obsolete Harvard Business School. As an economics major playing hockey at Vermont University who loved philosophy and nature, Duke was learning all about business. But at the same time he's watching Ben & Jerry's down the road dismantle everything he's learning in the classroom about what it means to be in business.  Through compassion, vulnerability, courage and honesty, Duke believes in challenging the status quo and daring to play in completely different jet streams. Today, Duke loves building bonfires with soul: powerful, emotionally charged brands that stand for something meaningful in the world. Recently cited by Forbes as one of the top 50 Game-Changing CMO’s, Duke has spent the last 30+ years helping to build iconic global brands (NIKE, Seventh Generation, lululemon). In addition, he has served in BOD and mentor roles with The Biomimicry Institute, 21c Hotels, Unreasonable Group, Healthy Child Healthy World and Love Your Brain. A lover of nature, slow food, horsemanship and yoga, Duke and his family live on a small ranch in idyllic Ojai, CA along with horses, dogs, cats and chickens. This is a powerful conversation about embracing change, the unknown and being open to what may be. Especially when it's scary. Enjoy this powerful conversation! @markleruste Shownotes: Bonfire With Soul: www.bonfirewithsoul.com  No F*cks Given podcast with Sarah Knight: www.link.chtbl.com/uaXD3gld This week’s episode was brought to you by: The Podcast Revolution: https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
01:04:20
February 4, 2021
#146 Why we need to build a more equal world for all with Vanessa Belleau
When George Floyd was killed in 8min and 46 seconds on May 25th, 2020 by a Minneapolis police officer in the middle of the streets, which was captured on camera by bystanders, the world broke out with shock and anger. What followed was a social media storm to attempt to raise awareness yet again on the historical and systematic racism across not just America, but across the world. While well-intended individuals and businesses decided to post a black image on their social media feeds in protest and use hashtags to raise awareness, much more was needed to address the bigger issue at heart. Someone decided to continue to focus on solutions by providing even more support and direction to people and companies. Her name is Vanessa Belleau. Vanessa Belleau, a French Caribbean native who has called London her home for the past sixteen years, is the Founder of High Fifteen ltd, delivering future-proofing Insights and diverse strategies to businesses along with executive coaching to individuals. Thanks to her honest & vulnerable approach, joyful nature and her "#TeamTooMuch" personality, Vanessa is an in-demand Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging consultant for SMEs and major brands such as Levi's, LVMH Group and Gymshark. So when I had an opportunity to sit down with Vanessa to talk about race and why we can all do a little bit better to narrow the equality gap, I was both moved and touched by her personal stories and grateful for her insights and tips on how to navigate the conversation about race. As always, if you enjoyed today's episode please share it with one friend or colleague who needs to hear this conversation. Alone we may struggle but together we can change the world. And as always it starts with having the conversations we need to have and act with intent to create a more equal world for all. Mark Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com High Fifteen: www.highfifteen.com Vanessa Belleau: https://www.linkedin.com/company/high-fifteen-ltd/  This week’s episode was brought to you by: The Podcast Revolution: https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
01:04:55
January 28, 2021
#145 The real reason you haven't written that book yet with Tucker Max
*Deep breath* This special episode of The Unconventionalists podcast with Tucker Max, 4x New York Times Bestselling Author and Co-Founder of Scribe Media who has sold over 4 million copies of his books, is by far the most vulnerable and raw episode I've released to date.   As you will see, sh*t got deep, real fast.    The interviewer became the interviewee as Tucker coached and helped me realise just how much some of my childhood trauma has been getting in the way of me writing me next non-fiction book.  It's raw, it's uncomfortable and yet I know this is the kind of conversations that made me want to start The Unconventionalists podcast back in 2015. We talked about what you can do to get over your limiting beliefs and why the very reason you're struggling with writing your book is the very reason why you need to write that book.   We also talked about how every single author you know struggles with the same doubts and insecurities as you do. It's a universal experience of being human.  Trust me, if you've been thinking of writing a book but are currently stuck or procrastinating with no end in sight, this episode is for you.   In this episode you will learn why writing a book is not about knowing the ins and outs of how to actually write a book, but rather, why it's about facing your feelings and emotions that every author dreads to face.   But as Joseph Campbell once said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”   Tucker even shares his own personal journey and what has helped him to date get over some of his childhood trauma as well as read parts of his personal journal on what he sees for 2021.   ⚠️ Warning: this episode contains descriptions of sexual violence and strong language that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion advised as not suitable for children.   I really can't wait to read your comments on this powerful conversation and more importantly, learn what you're taking away and will implement to transform your life and business.   If you found this conversation helpful, please share it with one friend who needs to hear this to move forward with their book (or creative project).   Thank you and here's to being willing to be vulnerable in public. Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/145 This week’s episode was brought to you by: The Podcast Revolution: https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
01:28:60
January 21, 2021
#144 Ditch your New Year's Resolutions in 2021 and do this one thing instead (+ Podcasting For Business Awards special announcement!)
If you want to look back at 2020 with gratitude,  if you want to make the most of 2021 and if you're tired of coming up with New Year's Resolutions that you'll never stick to, this episode will blow your mind. Plus you'll hear a (very) special announcement... Happy New Year! Kicking off the year with a special episode sharing some good news :) The Unconventionalists podcast has been nominated as a finalist for "Best Interview Podcast" at the Podcasting for Business Awards 2021. Honoured and grateful, keep your fingers crossed that we bring the Golden Mic home! Although the "Best Interview Podcast" category is closed to public voting, you can still support the show by voting for the "Audience Award" category. But hurry, voting is open until the 11th January 2021. Cast your vote over here: www.lynsayanne.com/pfbawards
13:24
January 8, 2021
#143 How to hype yourself with Lucy Werner
Unlike TV advertising, PR is suitable for everybody and you don’t need a huge budget to be able to execute it. But unlike what social media gurus would have you believe, there’s a whole bunch of work you need to do before you should put yourself out there. That’s where Lucy Werner comes in. Lucy Werner is the founder of The Wern, an award-winning communications consultancy for startups, entrepreneurs and independents and is the author of the book: “Hype Yourself: A non-nonsense PR toolkit for small businesses”. “You don’t need another self-help book for your business, you need a hype-yourself book.” - Lucy Werner Lucy launched her business The Wern in 2015 after being completely disillusioned by how traditional agencies weren’t servicing the independents in the way they needed. As you will hear in this week’s powerful conversation, Lucy went from making only £500 in her first month, being worried how she would pay her bills, to making £10,000 on her third month, building a team and eventually winning the FSB Micro-Business Award. After trying to read books on PR and realising that the vast majority of the books out there were written by mostly ex journalist men turned PR consultants, she thought there was a gap in the market for a good book written by woman with an extensive background in PR. Hype Yourself was launched and a #HypeYourself revolution was born. The Wern’s creative director, Hadrien Chatelet also happens to be the Co-Founder of Lucy’s children. So naturally we got into juicy topics such as what is it really like to run a business with your partner.  In this episode you will learn: What it takes to write a ground breaking bingeable book The difference between selling and sharing How to build connections and bridges with your audience from day one The most important question you must ask yourself before investing in doing any PR Challenges and rewards of running a business as a parent How to become more visible in your industry The importance of branding and why you should care All the links mentioned in this week's episode as well as all the show notes can be found over at https://theunconventionalists.com/episode143 As always I'd love to hear your biggest takeaway and any follow up questions you might have after listening to our powerful conversation, so please tag me @markleruste or drop me a DM. I can't wait to hear from you, Mark
56:23
November 30, 2020
#142 Losing millions, overcoming depression and writing game changing books with Mike Michalowicz
Mike Michalowicz is an entrepreneur who by his 35th birthday became a self-made cash millionaire after selling two multi-million businesses, before losing it all trying to become an angel investor. When Mike announced to his family that they were financially wiped out, his daughter ran upstairs and offered to give her piggy bank to support the family, tears came running down his face. That was the most humbling moment for Mike as he realised he simply couldn’t ignore the biggest problems he had avoided up until now. After some serious business soul searching while going through functional depression and getting over his financial heart attack, he made the commitment to dig his head out of the sand and help fix the entrepreneurial problems he experienced and realised he knew very little about. That’s when he asked himself if he had all the money in the world, what would he most like to do? And if he had no money in the world (which he did) what would he want to do to generate income. The crossroad answer became clear: become an author. It was a crazy dream, but thirteen years later, Mike is a best selling small business author of six books (Surge, Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, Pumpkin Plan, Profit Firsts, Clockwork and Fix This Next) and is on a mission to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty. He’s also a former Wall Street Journal small business columnist and business makeover specialist on MSNBC. Today Mike is passionate about making the complex entrepreneurial problems simple, and as a shareholder of four companies, he uses his companies to further the teaching of his books and uses them as guinea pigs for future book ideas. Mark IN THIS WEEK’S EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN Why the greatest connector is being yourself Why the right size business will find you Why everyone is judging everyone (especially you) Why your ego will kill your business SHOWNOTES: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/142 This week’s episode was brought to you by: Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass):  https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
33:36
November 15, 2020
#141 How to get booked and paid to speak with Grant Baldwin
Today's guest on The Unconventionalists podcast is Grant Baldwin, creator of The Speaker Lab and author of The Successful Speaker who generated $2million in speaker fees as a professional public speaker.   Grant and his team are on a mission to empower thousands of speakers around the world to get booked and paid to speak, be it on stages or online.   In this first special episode of "In Between Seasons", we dive into the most common mistakes budding speakers make when trying to land speaking gigs.   We also dive into the reality of growing a business from scratch and how that feeling of feast and famine never really goes away, no matter how big your company gets.   Grant shares some personal anecdotes and opens up about the reality of being in the business of speaking as well as shares his biggest wish for everyone listening. If you're looking for tips and help on how to find, book and get paid to speak, this episode is for you.   As always I'd love to hear your biggest takeaway and any follow up questions you might have. I can't wait to read them! To your impact, Mark -Founder & CEO at The Unconventionalists Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/141 This week’s episode was brought to you by: ●           Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass):  https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
42:37
October 25, 2020
(special Announcement) Introducing 'In Between Seasons'
In today’s special episode of The Unconventionalists podcast, host Mark Leruste shares an exciting announcement of a new limited season of the show being launched entitled “In Between Seasons”.  Mark will be sitting down with inspiring guests from around the world to tackle some of the biggest challenges and questions entrepreneurs and business leaders are facing in today's new world, to put themselves and their message out there. From the fear of exposure, to the need of being seen, get ready for an exciting line up of world-class guests. Mark also shares a personal anecdote of a hard lesson learned and why we are all in this together, learning as we go along. As always, if you enjoyed today's episode please make sure to tag Mark @markleruste on your social media posts as well as get in touch www.theunconventionalists.com/contact. Enjoy the show! Team Impact Shownotes: Website: https://theunconventionalists.com/episode/introducing-in-between-seasons This week’s episode was brought to you by: ●           Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass):  https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
20:55
October 16, 2020
Bonus Episode: State of the Union 2020 with Mark Leruste
This special bonus episode of The Unconventionalists podcast was recorded a month ago, just before the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK. I hesitated to release it since the world has changed so much since then. But then again, I realised that this episode was a celebration of all that you helped me achieve in 2019-2020. That's right, in this special bonus episode I share with you the the ups and downs of what has turned out to be quite the year thanks to your incredible help and support. Thank you, Mark x
53:05
April 9, 2020
#140 How refugees can change the world if you give them a chance with Leticia Galdón
What’s it like to have the lives of refugees in your hands aged just 20? Mark Leruste interviews Leti Galdón Co-Founder of social startup PAZ about how her early experience finding lost refugees convinced her that empathy is the key to bringing refugees and business together to solve new problems. Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/140 This week’s episode was brought to you by: ●           Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use code "mark" to get 10% off your first order ●           Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass):  https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
47:02
January 19, 2020
#139 Three questions to bring meaning to your life with David Baker
These three questions may change your life. Mark Leruste interviews The Unconventionalists podcast veteran David Baker about why vulnerability, emotional intelligence, honesty and community are key tools for the future of work and life. Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/139 This week’s episode was brought to you by: Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use code "mark" to get 10% off your first order Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass): https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
01:18:32
January 12, 2020
#138 How ordinary people can achieve the extraordinary with Rachel Forbes
Would you run 100 miles across a frozen Mongolian lake? Mark Leruste sits down with army veteran, speaker and mother Rachel Forbes to unpick the guilt and joy of #FindingTime to do something that matters to you. If making more time for yourself and the things you want to do are on your priority hit list for 2020, then you're going to love this week's episode of The Unconventionalists! Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/138 This week’s episode was brought to you by: Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use code "mark" to get 10% off your first order Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass): https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
53:12
January 5, 2020
#137 Why so many of us don’t achieve our goals and how to change that with Daniel Folk
Always making resolutions that never stick? Want to make 2020 truly remarkable? Here’s how. Mark Leruste interviews Daniel Folk about why it’s so hard to achieve your goals, how coaching can transform your life and why accountability is so important PLUS: a challenge… Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/137 Support The Unconventionalists: This week’s episode of The Unconventionalists podcast was brought to you by: Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use code "mark" to get 10% off your first order Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass): https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
47:11
December 29, 2019
#136 Why we need to debunk the hustle myth with Louise Nicolson
On average 90% of startups will fail. Louise Nicolson wants you to be just as outraged as she is that those odds are so poor. Mark Leruste interviews the author of The Entrepreneurial Myth about why we should stop glorifying failure, why it’s so damaging for startups and what we should do instead. Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/136 Support The Unconventionalists: This week’s episode of The Unconventionalists podcast was brought to you by: Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use code "mark" to get 10% off your first order Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass): https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
56:03
December 22, 2019
#135 The life-changing magic of telling your story with Gian Power
Mark Leruste interviews founder of TLC Lions Gian Power about how the murder of his father inspired his mission to bring more emotion to the workplace through storytelling. Gian explains how meditation and podcasting changed his life, and how they can change yours. Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/135 Support The Unconventionalists: This week’s episode of The Unconventionalists podcast was brought to you by: Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use code "mark" to get 10% off your first order Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass): https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
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December 15, 2019
#134 Beating the loneliness epidemic with Jo Carnegie
Loneliness is a modern epidemic, so why are we so scared to talk about it? Mark Leruste invites writer Jo Carnegie to lift the lid on an issue that affects so many of us, in an honest conversation packed with tips to reboot meaningful connection in all our lives at home, work and with those we love. Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/134 Support The Unconventionalists: This week’s episode of The Unconventionalists podcast was brought to you by: Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use code "mark" to get 10% off your first order Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass): https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course. You won’t regret it.
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December 8, 2019
#133 James Wilks: turning injury into opportunity - the inspiring story of The Game Changers documentary
Within a week of its release, The Game Changers became the best selling documentary of all time on iTunes and is now trending on Netflix. Producer James Wilks started filming in 2011 after a double knee injury forced him to put his elite training schedule on hold. So began a trail of surprising discoveries that led to James questioning everything he’d ever been told about protein. Mark Leruste talks with James about how a Bruce Lee mindset helped get the film made. If your mindset needs a boost then you’re going to love this week’s episode of The Unconventialists. Shownotes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/133 Support The Unconventionalists: This week’s episode of The Unconventionalists podcast was brought to you by: Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use code "mark" to get 10% off your first order Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass): https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course.
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December 1, 2019
#132 Supercharge LinkedIn to create success on YOUR terms with Alexandra Galviz
"Sometimes,’ says Alexandra Galviz, ‘it takes getting to where you want to be to realise that’s not where you’re meant to be." Alex is losing her voice. Which is ironic, since her passion is teaching others to use theirs: she’s an award-winning LinkedIn Top Voice and in-demand entrepreneur, consulting to C-suite high flyers and helping students and recent graduates find their feet. In this episode of The Unconventionalists podcast, Alex doesn’t hold back on sharing her story. It’s inspiring, honest, funny, and will make you eager to dust off your LinkedIn profile and get to work putting into practice Alex’s ninja tips for standing out and making real connections. "When I was a little girl I used to dream of working in the really tall building with a pointy top by the river, but having got to the 45th floor of that place, I realised that my definition of success was wrong." In 2017, on her last day in her finance job, Alex wrote an honest piece on LinkedIn that went viral within minutes, being shared tens of thousands of times and attracting hundreds of comments.  Having achieved her career dreams at the precocious age of 24, it seemed she had it all: Canary Wharf prestige, designer clothes, managerial role. So why did she give it up, and what happened when she finally said yes to launching the business she was born to run? Press play to find out. If you’re inspired to breathe new life into your LinkedIn profile, get in touch and let us know! (You can even hit Mark or Alex up on LinkedIn). And please do share this episode with others who need to hear it. We need more brave, authentic voices in the world. Like yours. Mark SHOWNOTES: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/132 SUPPORT THE SHOW: This week’s episode of The Unconventionalists podcast was brought to you by: Hands down the best nutritional supplements Mark has ever used (they could be his superpower), Vivo Life: http://bit.ly/2LnXa74 - Use the discount code "mark" to get 10% off your first order Launch A Successful Podcast From Scratch (Online Masterclass): https://theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch - Use code "PODCASTTRIBE" to get 20% off the entire course. You won’t regret it. “This guy is a podcasting master, trust me! Grab a spot ASAP.” - Samantha Clarke
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November 24, 2019
#131 How to turn your brand into a movement with Josh Bolding
In this brand-new episode of season 14 of The Unconventionalists podcast, Mark Leruste sits down with Josh Bolding, Co-Founder of Vivo Life to talk about the importance of having a powerful vision to turn your brand into a movement. --- Josh Bolding is the Co-Founder of Vivo Life, the disruptive natural, ethical, whole-food and organic supplement company, whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of one million people around the world. As you'll hear in today's powerful episode, the revolutionary plant-based company started with two friends in a kitchen blending in their favourite ingredients to try and create the ultimate plant-based protein.  Because both were frustrated with the lack of options on the market and frankly, the amount of lies being thrown around.. After testing out their product on their online shop, they realised that within three months their plant-based protein powder was outselling the over 500 products combined on the site. That’s when they knew they were on to something special. But as you can imagine, the road that led them to this point wasn’t an easy or straightforward one. After leaving school at 16, Josh decided to pursue his passion for health and fitness and worked for various health and supplement brands as a marketing and communications specialist. Problem was, the closer Josh got to these brands and got to know the health and supplement industry, the more he saw what was going on behind the scenes… And he didn’t like what he saw. He would get asked things like, “Can you word this in a particular way so you don’t draw attention to this ingredient” or, “Can you pretend that this side effect doesn’t exist?” Needless to say that’s when Josh decided to call it a day and was ready to quit the entire health and fitness industry all together. But as you’ll hear from today’s powerful and inspiring conversation, Josh went from being a spin doctor for health and supplements brands to being a whistle-blower on an entire industry, ultimately creating Europe’s first neutral carbon company creating 100% compostable zero-waste packaging and planting over 15,000 trees as a result of selling their products. The fascinating fact about Vivo Life’s community is that 60% of their customers are non-vegan. Which for a plant-based company is unusual to say the least. The reason being is that their message spreads beyond the vegan community. Because ultimately, it’s a message of hope about why making the best products in the world shouldn’t cost the world in the process. Enjoy this week’s powerful and inspiring conversation! Mark SHOWNOTES: Full episode show notes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/131 SUPPORT THE SHOW: "How To Launch A Successful Podcast" Online Video Course: www.theunconventionalists.com/launch-a-successful-podcast-from-scratch (Use the discount code "PODCASTRIBE" and get 20% off the entire course) Vivo Life: www.vivolife.co.uk (Use the discount code "MARK" and get 10% off your first order)
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November 19, 2019
#130 How to create a life you love with Charlotte Pearce
Today is International Podcast Day™ and I couldn't be happier to finish off season 13 of The Unconventionalists podcast on this special day by sharing this powerful conversation with Charlotte Pearce, Founder and CEO of Inkpact. Why? Because a common mistake most aspiring and newbie entrepreneurs make all the time is wasting time spending a ton of money building expensive, complicated and time consuming tech (websites, apps, algorithms, etc) to prove and validate their business idea. As if the only way to make a business idea work was to make it big from the get go, when in reality, the opposite is true. As you’ll hear in today’s inspiring episode, if you want to prove and validate a business idea and grow it over time you do it by doing the unscalable first. Only then do you leverage technology to grow and expand your impact. This is one the conversations I hope my daughter will hear one day when she grows up. Because as you’ll quickly learn from listening to Charlotte Pearce, she is all kinds of amazing and inspiring. In this week’s episode she shares her story of how she took a great idea that involved a lot of manual labour and managed to scale it through smart technology, enabling people around the world to create a life they love. Charlotte also doesn’t hold back from talking about the ups and downs of starting and growing a business you love. Including the awkward and painful process of firing people. Plug in your headphones, and get ready to be inspired to action! Make sure to tag me @markleruste over on social media to let me know what were some of your favourite nuggets from today’s interview. Can’t wait to read your words! To your impact, Mark SHOWNOTES: Online Video Course on How To Launch A Successful Podcast: www.theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp Full episode show notes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/130
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September 30, 2019
#129 Improving female sexual pleasure with Billie Quinlan
When you find yourself calling your workplace to report a fake bike accident, so you don’t have to walk through the door to face the person who sexually assaulted you at work, in fear of breaking down in tears, you know something needs to change. As you will hear in today’s powerful conversation with Billie Quinlan, Co-founder and CEO of Ferly who passionately believes in the power of unlocking female pleasure for gender equality, things get real, real fast. Ferly is a business focused on improving our sexual wellbeing who was voted one of the top 100 companies to work for in 2019 by The Escape 100 Index (a campaign to find the best companies to escape to in 2019). “We see sexual selfcare as the practice of prioritising our pleasure. This means exploring our minds and bodies, taking the time to understand our wants and needs, and learning how to communicate these, so we feel confident and healthy.” This is a very special episode for me as I had the pleasure of coaching and leading Billie through a 12-week programme (along with the amazing Sophie Miller) back in 2016 and although we stayed in touch over the years, I had never heard the story that she shared with me until today. So as you can imagine, I was deeply moved by Billie’s courage to open up and share with us what happened to her in her workplace and how that experience fuelled her to drive to make a difference. What is truly incredible and inspiring about Billie’s story is that despite having zero previous experiences as a founder and having virtually no experience whatsoever in tech, she made it into the first cohort of the Zinc tech business accelerator and against what everyone else said, managed with her friend Anna Hushlak to launch Ferly, a tech startup who’s mission is to radically transform society’s relationship with sex. Oh, and they just so happened to manage to raise £1.5million in pre-seed investment…Not bad, eh? “We’re doing this by creating a space where every woman can spend time really getting to grips with what makes her tick. So she can understand and prioritise her own pleasure through the ultimate journey of self-discovery.” This is an episode that will truly blow your mind and show you just how far you can go if you find something you feel truly passionate about and don’t let the negative voices around you stop you on your tracks. As always, I’d love to hear what inspired you about this week’s episode so make sure to tag me over on social media @marleruste! Enjoy this powerful conversation 🙏 Mark -- SHOWNOTES: Podcast Bootcamp (Use discount code “podcasttribe” to get 10% off): www.theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp Full episode show notes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/129
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September 15, 2019
#128 Why we are innately wild, connected and empowered with Tony Riddle
"We can’t all live in nature but that doesn’t mean we can’t all live naturally." - Tony RIddle On this week’s episode of The Unconventionalists podcast I sit down with my friend and brother from another mover, Tony Riddle, who on Sunday 1st September, 2019 kicked off his epic challenge to run 30 miles every day for 30 days, barefoot. That’s right, Tony will run the length of Britain with a pair of butt naked feet, interviewing experts and influencers along the way to raise awareness for sustainability and climate change. You might recognise Tony from a previous episode of The Unconventionalists podcast (ep #40), which was the very first podcast interview Tony ever did! Back then, Tony had two daughters, was training individuals people in his Camden movement studio, ran a few weekend retreats and barely had an online presence. Since then Tony has had another daughter and is now expecting a baby boy. He’s trained former World Champion British boxer David Haye and has been invited to give talks around Europe at festivals and corporate workplaces. He’s become good friends with The Happy Pears and Jasmine Hemsley, and was also featured on Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s podcast Feel Better, Live More (ep 71) and recently was invited on the epic Rich Roll podcast (ep 463) giving spreading his message to a global audience. Needless to say that Tony was catapulted into the spotlight for all the right reasons. In fact, when Tony and I sat down for this week’s interview just before he set off for his epic challenge, Tony had 21,300 followers on Instagram. By the time we published this episode, Tony had over 33,000 followers. This is an incredible and powerful conversation about how you can achieve so much more than you think by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and putting out a big crazy dream into the world to go after it. It’s also a much needed reminder as to why we are all innately wild, connected and empowered. We talked about how Tony managed to grow an organic and true following online (and what you can learn from his experience too), how Tony is getting mentally prepared for his biggest challenge to date, and of course, how Tony ended up being invited on one of the world’s most popular podcast show. As always I’d love to hear what you thought of this exclusive interview, so please get in touch on social media by tagging me @markleruste and Tony, aka @thenaturallifestylist. And remember, you are not alone! Enjoy, Mark SHOWNOTES “How To Launch A Podcast” one-day bootcamp (get 10% off by using the discount code “podcasttribe” when you check out): www.theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp Full episode show notes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/128 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste
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September 5, 2019
#127 How to come home to who you truly are with Danielle LaPorte
In this week's episode of The Unconventionalists, Mark Leruste sits down with Danielle LaPorte, an invited member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 who is the bestselling author of The Desire Map, a book that has been translated into 9 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner and journal system, a Top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop programme with over 500 licensed facilitators in 15+ countries. Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com monthly for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” Entrepreneur magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass… edgy, contrarian... loving and inspired" and USA 2020 Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson said that, “Danielle is a bright light in the modern priestesshood.” This is a powerful conversation about truth telling, coming home to who we truly are and overcoming our darkest moments in life. SHOW NOTES Episode show notes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/126 Podcast Bootcamp:  www.theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste
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August 28, 2019
#126 Why changing how you breathe will change your life with Artur Paulins
In this week's episode of The Unconventionalists podcast I sit down with Artur Paulins who became one of the first certified Wim Hof instructors, has toured around Europe with Wim Hof and recently introduced 800 people to meditation at The Roundhouse in London. He's been featured in Men’s Health magazine and appeared on The Russell Howard Hour TV series and Lululemon brought him on as a partner to spread awareness around how breathing can improve your performance as an athlete. What I loved about our conversation is that Artur ditched a promising career in architecture for a life of adventure and experience as a personal trainer, breathwork teacher and martial artist.  We talked about his journey to leaving his native Latvia to pursue his passion and becoming a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, what he thought of Wim Hof the first time he met him over dinner and why we can all do a little bit better when it comes down to breathing more efficiently.  You'll also get an insight into why cold therapy goes far beyond just the concept of overcoming being cold, but rather, how it's about changing your mindset, which will in turn change your life. As always, if you enjoyed this week's episode please leave a rating and review over on iTunes and share it with a friend. Than you. Enjoy this powerful conversation. Mark x SHOW NOTES  Episode show notes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/126 Podcast Bootcamp:  www.theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste  YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste  Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste  Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
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August 21, 2019
#125 How to live out loud (even as an introvert) with Rona Steinberg
In this week's episode of The Unconventionalists podcast I sit down with Rona Steinberg, author of the new book "Live Out Loud: A Masterclass in Being Yourself" to talk about the gifts of owning fully who you are, no matter how loud or quiet you may be. In a world that is constantly making us feel that we're either too much, or not enough, that we must stay silent, be as beige as possible and behave, this week's conversation is a refreshing reminder of why being you, no matter who you are, is the best formula to living a fulfilling life. Filled with stories and lessons from her unconventional career path (she ditched a career in law to become a coach!), Rona breaks down some of the reasons why we find it so hard to be ourselves, even though we're dying to let go of the masks we carry around, and explains what we can do to live a life according to our own terms. Rona is a certified life coach and public-speaking trainer, helping others to express themselves in a way that feels right to them. Whilst she has now found her true purpose in life, her journey has not been without its struggles and challenges. Through a series of different career choices, including success as a film and TV lawyer, she eventually found her way to the world of coaching. As you'll hear in our interview, far removed from the cool, intellectual space of the law, coaching initially seemed like a foreign land, with its emphasis on feelings and emotions, heart and intuition. Yet despite the noisy objections in her head, Rona's heart told her something different. On a truly fundamental level she felt that she had finally come home. She began to feel more herself, more self-expressed, more joyfully Out Loud. I hope you enjoy this powerful conversation! If you do, make sure to let me know on social media by tagging me @markleruste. I can't wait to hear what you got out ouf this week's episode of The Unconventionalists podcast. To your impact! Mark x SHOW NOTES  Episode show notes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/125 Podcast Bootcamp:  www.theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste  YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste  Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste  Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste
01:04:45
August 14, 2019
#124 Confessions of a celebrity hypnotist with Aaron Calvert
In this week's episode of #TheUnconventionalists podcast I sit down with former doctor turned mind reader and hypnotist Aaron Calvert, who traded his stethoscope for the stage.   After his grandmother bought him his first magic trick at 8 years old and seeing a comedy hypnotist live on stage for the first time at 15 years old, Aaron was hooked on the ability to create "miracles" in front of an audience.  But Aaron was shocked to see that most psychological entertainment was used to embarrass people, be it making people on stage strip off their clothes or run around like a chicken...  So began his journey to find his own path of creating a unique style to "create the best experience possible for the audience", where no one would need to feel embarrassed.  With sell-out theatre shows, 5-star critically acclaimed reviews and a natural charisma, it wasn’t long before this cheeky northerner started working with #Channel4.  Aaron, co-wrote "Hello Stranger" in 2016 to redefine the TV dating show genre to give it a much needed shake up.  Aaron’s unique style of hypnosis, taken from his experience in stage entertainment and working as a doctor, lead to the success of the mammoth hypnotic task to temporarily erase the memories of a couple.  Since then Aaron has gone on to perform a world first, by hypnotising a group of frequent travellers, 30,000 feet in the air and has performed at sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.   Including "Declassified" a live show I personally saw and was blown away by.  The Telegraph described Aaron as, "jaw-dropping entertainment from a modern day wizard” and I really can’t wait to hear what you got out of our powerful conversation of Aaron’s unconventional path to turning his passion into his profession.  Enjoy! Mark x SHOW NOTES  Episode show notes: www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/124 Podcast Bootcamp:  www.theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste  YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste  Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste  Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
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August 9, 2019
#123 The power of partnerships with Fran Boorman
Today’s guest is Fran Boorman, Co-Founder and CEO of Goal 17, an award winning mission driven business, who believes there isn’t a problem a partnership can’t fix.  After an unlikely meeting with Keith Mabbutt, an ex-footballer and founder of The Street Soccer Foundation, Fran and Keith decided to partner up and create Goal 17 to put an end to youth homelessness through the power of football.  Turns out, business for good, is good for business.  That’s right, weeks after launching Goal 17, the company won one of Dragon Den’s Theo Paphitis' SBS Business awards, beating 370,000 other entries.  But the awards didn’t stop there.  After just five months old, Goal 17 went on to be recognised as having the number one sport mentoring programme in the UK, winning at the prestigious National Mentoring Awards.  What’s even crazier, is that Goal 17, through the Street Soccer Foundation, have managed to partner up with a series of Premiere League football clubs, including West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC, to tackle youth homelessness and provide companies with a pioneering mentoring programme for their employees.  The impact of their work is remarkable and I dare you to watch their intro video and not get emotional. Seriously, good luck with that…  Oh, and following her recent social media campaign, #PurposeOverPouts, calling out influencers to use their reach to make a positive difference, Fran was named the UKs number one Influencer by Global Woman.  This is an incredible story of hope, perseverance and a powerful reminder of why no impact is an island.  I hope you enjoy this very special interview and I can’t wait to hear what you got out of this week’s episode of #TheUnconventionalists podcast!  PS: Fun fact - the name Goal 17 is inspired by the United Nations’ Goals for Sustainable Development. The 17th goal is about creating partnerships and collaborations for effective positive change which according to Fran’s website, embodies Goal 17's mission. Enjoy! Mark SHOW NOTES  www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/123 Podcast Bootcamp:  www.theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste  YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste  Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste  Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
01:03:17
August 6, 2019
Special Announcement!
It's been a while since I jumped in the studio behind the mic and shared with you what's been going on behind the scenes here at The Unconventionalists HQ. So ladies and gentlemen, time for you to put your headphones on, kick off your shoes and let me share with you all the exciting changes and launches taking place that you won't want to miss.  Spoiler alert, it includes a new website and a short documentary on your favourite podcast host!  That would be me...right? I can't wait to hear what you think. Enjoy! M SHOW NOTES  Podcast Bootcamp: https://theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp The Unconventionalists Podcast website: www.theunconventionalists.com Richard D'Costa Short Documentary on Mark Leruste: www.markleruste.com GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste  YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste  Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste  Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
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August 6, 2019
#122 Lessons learned from hosting The Unconventionalists podcast for four years with Mark Leruste
Four years ago to the day the very first episode of The Unconventionalists® podcast went live on iTunes. What started as a passion project on the side of my full time job quickly became something much, much bigger. To date, 110 thought leaders, entrepreneurs, disrupters and innovators have come on the show to share their inspiring stories and the lessons learned from both their failures and successes. From recording interviews over Skype on my couch to broadcasting a web TV show from our pop-up studio in Camden, The Unconventionalists®'s mission has always remained constant: to broadcast inspiring conversations that change people's lives. As you'll hear in today's special episode, there's been a lot of changes in the last few months, and a new direction moving forward. Which I'm super excited about! That's right, the objective is to take our podcast to a whole new level and have one of the UK's premiere web TV show on YouTube. The good news is that the show has accumulated over 6,000 minutes of powerful conversations and the entire back catalogue of the show is available for free on www.theunconventionalists.com or wherever you get your podcast. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support and for listening to the show.  It continues to be an honour to share with you the intimate and candid conversations I have with my ever growing roster of world-class guests. But let it be said that none of this would exist if it weren't for you. Thank you! Mark x SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/122 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
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July 13, 2019
#121 How to live a more meaningful life with Colin Wright
This week's guest is Colin Wright, the original minimalist who ditched his 6-figure salary, sold all his possessions to spend 7 years living out of a carry-on suitcase, letting his blog readers vote every 4 months which country he should go move to next. It's a powerful conversation that will challenge the way you see the world, as we went deep into what it means to create a life that is true for you.  Jim Carrey once said “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer." And I couldn't think of a better guest than Colin Wright to talk about the importance of forming meaningful relationships why doing work you love doesn't have to be in 30 years from now, why we shouldn't fear death and why we should all be questioning the value of material possessions. It's an episode you won't want to miss! If you're not familiar with Colin Wright, he's a published author, traveler and the founder of Exile Lifestyle and more importantly, is the man who inspired not just the founders of The Minimalists, the duo behind Netflix hit "Minimalism", to get started, but a movement of minimalists around the globe. What I enjoyed most about our conversation is that Colin reminds us that what is celebrated by society as normal doesn’t have to mean it’s your norm.  If you still remember Brad Pitt's character Tyler Durden saying in Fight Club that "Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need (to impress people we don't like", well, you're going to love this week's episode! Enjoy and I can't wait to hear what you got out of today's inspiring interview! Mark x SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/121 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste
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June 6, 2019
#120 The upside of quitting with Claudia Colucci
There's nothing worse than getting at the top of a career ladder only to realise you're on the wrong wall. When Claudia Colucci woke up one day and realised that being part of the top 5% of women in the advertising industry just wasn't going to cut it for her, she did one of the scariest things possible. She quit. In this week's episode I sit down with my friend, former student and Queen of Live Events at The Unconventionalists, Claudia "Cloud" Colucci, founder of ucci wellness and ucci pilates to talk about why doing work you love, although hard AF, is priceless, why 5am morning alarm bells are worth it when people appreciate what you do and why you should never say never! I hope you enjoy this powerful conversation, if you do, please share this video with a friend who could benefit from hearing Claudia’s inspiring story. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts over on social media, you can find and tag me @markleruste! Mark SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/120 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
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May 31, 2019
#119 How to better lead and serve with Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE
When it comes down to startups, organisations and businesses, it's great to have a set of values and a mission statement, right?  Especially when you actually believe in them and live by them. Problem is, the vast majority of organisations today still use these vital ingredients as mere condiments, and this negatively impacts team moral and overall performance.  But what if I told you that the secret to fixing this and becoming the best leader you can be, and install a winning culture in your workplace was to learn from someone who put his neck on the line for his men and woman and got shot. Literally.  Well, today's very special guest on the show is Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE, a former Specialist Military Unit Colonel in the British Armed Forces who served the British Army for 22 years and who spent 82 months deployed on operations in complex and hostile environments (including Central Asia, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and the Balkans).  On top of all of that, Ash was a senior special advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior between 2011 and 2014 and directed command and control of Afghan and coalition elements during high profile terrorist incidents. He also served as NATO’s Special Operations Component Command, where he oversaw the complex drawdown of coalition forces in 2014.  Needless to say, when it comes down to complex and hostile situations, and getting people to work together, Ash is the man for the situation. As you'll hear in today's powerful conversation, Ash and his troops were ambushed in 2003 in Iraq, leaving him in a unique and dangerous situation that hopefully only a few people in the world will ever have to experience. As a former elite athlete representing Team GB and a man leading woman and men into battle, this is one of the most inspiring conversations you'll hear on what it takes to build adaptable and high performing teams through compassionate and mission-driven leadership. As always I'd love to hear your thoughts so make sure to tag me @markleruste and Ash @ashalexcooper over on Instagram or any social media platform of your choice. Until then, it is a great honour and privilege to introduce you the one and only Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE! To your impact, Mark SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/119 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste
01:02:29
April 18, 2019
#118 How to pitch to win with David Beckett
Here's a question for you. If all you had were three minutes to share your idea with the world, would you be confident in your ability to pitch it? If not, you're not alone. Whether you’re a solopreneur, startup founder or business leader, if you can’t pitch, you can’t survive.  That’s why when it comes down to learning how to harness the power of pitching your business in a compelling way to potential customers and investors, I couldn’t think of a better guest to bring on the show than David Beckett, Lead Pitch Coach at Best3minutes.com, Co-Founder of Pitchy and Author of “Pitch to Win”.  Since leaving his corporate career as Country Director at Canon, David has coached over 750 Startups to win over €195 million investment, and has trained 11,000+ professionals in companies such as Google, PwC and Booking.com to make winning pitches.  But more than that, David is passionate about giving your ideas a voice. It's an incredibly powerful conversation and I really hope you'll get a ton of value out of it. If you do, please give me a shout over on social media by tagging me (@markleruste) in your post. Can't wait to hear from you! Mark SHOWNOTES Applications to The Impact Accelerator are now open: www.theimpactaccelerator.com www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/118 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste
01:14:46
April 14, 2019
#117 Why sharing your truth can change the world with Philip McKernan
I'm so excited to share with you this week's episode, as we've done a world first here at Unconventionalists HQ! That's right, this week we’re going to do a little something different. You see, although I’m always doing my best to think of new ways to serve you, I’ve had pretty much the same format of The Unconventionalists show for the last four years now, so I thought it was about time we experimented a little. To give you a bit of background on today’s unique episode, a couple of months ago I saw that one of our former guesst on the show, Philip McKernan (#45 www.markleruste.com/episode/45 ) was about to launch his new book “One Last Talk”, and naturally, I wanted to help out. So I offered Philip to come back on the show to talk about his new book and we were scheduled to meet up in person during his tour in London. But due to last minute change of plans we weren’t able to record the episode. That’s when I came up with the idea of inviting him to become the first guest host of the show: To take over the reigns of the podcast so for once I could sit back, relax and enjoy the powerful lessons shared! That’s why ladies and gentlemen I am so excited to share with you the very first episode of The Unconventionalists podcast guest hosted by Philip Mckernan author of “One Last Talk”. I’ll be honest, this may be one of my favourite episodes on the show to date. Philip dives into what I believe in so much! And that is that your story matters and that the world needs to hear it. That your story is about you but it’s not for you! That you need to see the gift you hold and that only by sharing it can you set yourself and others free. It’s some seriously powerful stuff peeps, so brace yourself for some serious inspiration and motivation. If you enjoyed today's episode, I’d love for you to tag my over on social media @markleruste and let me know what you enjoyed most about today’s powerful Guest Host. And do let me know if you’d like me to organise more of these in the future? And of course if you enjoy today’s episode make sure to buy Philip’s new book “One Last Talk”. Until then, it is a great honour and privilege to hand over the reigns for this very special edition of The Unconventionalits podcast. To your impact, Mark SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/117 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
35:48
March 31, 2019
#116 How cooking for Bill Gates sparked a food revolution with Saima Khan
What do Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, the Obamas, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Bradley Cooper have in common? They've all had the pleasure to sit down and taste Saima Khan's unique middle-eastern inspired food that tastes as delicious as it is beautiful. That's right in today's episode I sit down with Saima Khan, Founder of The Hampstead Kitchen who after bumping into one of the world's most foremost business magnets ditched her career as a six-figure banker to become a high end private chef, caterer for the Hampstead crowd and  champion of those in need. If you’ve been listening to the show for a while then you’ll know that I love a good story. In fact, it’s why I started The Unconventionalists back in 2015, to broadcast meaningful conversations to change people’s lives. And today’s episode is no different. In fact, as you’ll hear, you really couldn’t have invented Saima’s story of how she ditched her risk prevention spreadsheets to travel the world to create middle-eastern inspired plate spreads. And what really stood out for me was the resilience and courage Saima demonstrated despite all her set backs and challenges, and how she's always put philanthropy at the heart of everything she does. Including hiring ex offenders, ex homeless people and refugees. In case you needed another reminder of the importance of committing to your target audience, to not be afraid of honouring your niche and to learn to say no to business opportunities, even if it means loosing out on financial income, this episode is for you. I’d love to hear what you think of our powerful conversation! Make sure to tag me @markleruste and Saima @hampsteadkitchn over on social media. I honestly can't wait to hear what you got out of today's interview. Mark SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/116 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
01:28:31
March 21, 2019
#115 How to do your best work with Aaron Dignan
Let's face it, the way we work is broken. Frederick Taylor and his concept of scientific management was invented over 100 years ago on a factory floor for a world that no longer exists. And yet the vast majority of organisations around the world are still obsessed with the idea of maximising efficiency and minimising productivity friction, at all costs. The crazy thing is that despite the ever growing number of tools and technology available to us - that all promised to make us "better" at our jobs - we still seem to be overwhelmed and struggling. The good news is that we can change that reality. We can learn how to do our best work. In this week's episode I sit down with organisational whisperer Aaron Dignan, founder of The Ready and author of the brand new book "Brave New Work" (Penguin) to talk about how now more than ever we need  more autonomy, trust, and transparency, not bureaucracy, to do our best possible work. I’d love to hear what you think of our powerful conversation! Tag me @markleruste and Aaron @aarondignan over on social media. I honestly can't wait to hear what you got out of our thought provoking interview. Mark SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/115 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste
37:07
March 13, 2019
#114 Why being yourself is good for business with George Bettany
What if I told you there was a mental health startup, here in the UK, who after just three years of starting, are on track to generate seven figures of revenue in 2019, without having the need to make ANY outreach sales calls, emails or cold messaging. Who not only don't have a sales team but who also don’t pretend to be bigger than they are, and aren’t afraid to tell a potential client, “actually, we don’t know” to a question they don’t know the answer to. Oh, and who call “clients” , “partners” and who turn down more businesses than they take on. Would you think I'm crazy?   Meet George Bettany, the co-founder of Sanctuss, a mental health startup on a mission to change the perception of mental health and put the first mental health gym on the high-street.  George is an incredible purpose-driven leader with a big heart who truly believes that the key to being truly successful is to find a way to be yourself, no matter what you do.   If stand-up comedians and musicians taught us something it’s that being yourself is good for business. It's a truly amazing conversation and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/114 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
01:05:57
March 8, 2019
#113 What stand-up comedians can teach us about speaking our truth
When you think of stand-up comedians, the first thing that comes up to mind probably isn’t “case study for leadership”, is it? And yet, as weird as this may sound, I believe stand-up comedians hold some of the most powerful lessons to becoming a more compelling leader. That's right, it's time to put the LOL back into leadership. And I can't wait to hear what you think! Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/113 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
22:51
January 29, 2019
#112 How to make 2019 your best year yet
Welcome to 2019! That's right people, you know how the saying goes, New Year...New You...or at least that's what marketing headlines would have us believe. Indeed, it's that time of the year again, when most of us look back over the last 365 days and reflect on what we accomplished, and more often than none, reflect on what we didn't end up doing. Even though we were so sure that this year would be the year we'd get it done. Now, like most people, each year you might also come up with a long winded list of all the things you want to change and accomplish in the New Year. Heck you might even have an epic New Year's Resolution list? Be it getting in shape, getting to bed earlier, drinking more water, loosing a few extra pounds, reading more books, calling your mum every week, starting a podcast, spending less time on social media or watching the news, changing jobs, launching your own business or [insert your goal for 2019]. The problem is according to Business Insider, 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February. That's why this year, I'd like to invite you to do something a little different. I want to help you make 2019 your best year yet and for that, I'm going to need you to throw away your NYE's resolution list... Controversial right? Well, listen to today's episode where I share with you a super simple exercise that will change the way you live your life in 2019. "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard So buckle up and get ready to throw your big bold goals for 2019 in the bin! If you enjoyed today's episode, make sure to tag me over on Instagram or social media @markleruste so I can reply back to your post! Thanks and for the 100th time this week, Happy New Year! Hugs, Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/112 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
34:01
January 9, 2019
#111 What men should ask woman every day with Vix Anderton
Vix Anderton is the founder of The Practical Balance, a platform to promote the wellbeing and mental health of founders, freelancers and other multi-potentialites. She also helps organisations build more diverse and inclusive cultures and is an advocate for social and policy change. Vix started her career in the Royal Air Force, serving for nearly ten years as an intelligence officer, where she gained an inside understanding of gender and diversity in the military and conflict-affected states. Since leaving, she’s worked with a variety of organisations in operational management and women's rights; and as you’ll hear in our interview, Vix also spent five months volunteering with VSO in Bangladesh where she learned and grew a ton. As an independent inclusive leadership and gender specialist with expertise in women, peace and security Vix now works with the UK Government and other organisations on gender mainstreaming. Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/111 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
01:18:04
December 24, 2018
#110 Why businesses who do good do better with James Routledge
"I wish everybody could get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer." Jim Carrey On the surface it's easy to think that becoming an entrepreneur is the ultimate gateway to happiness, fame and success. It's no surprise then that Visa Europe found that one in three people dream of starting their own business. But in reality, only one in ten actually take the leap. If you've seen my TEDx talk then you'll know how I feel about the need for us to change the way we talk about the reality of starting and growing a business. Especially when you know that according to Dr Michael A. Freeman from the University of California, one in three entrepreneurs suffer from mental health issues. We're being sold this story that if you want to be happy and successful then you need to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk or Sara Blekely. That your sole mission should be to launch the next WhatsApp / Instagram / Snapchat, raise a ton of cash, and retire at 30. But what if you went down that road, only to realise that it was everything but what you hoped it to be? From rags to riches, how a University drop out launched a tech startup, raised $1 million and lived the dream. So could have gone the narrative of today's guest, if it weren't for the fact that James Routledge woke up one day having panic attacks and realising that the company he had built was a soulless shell. It was time to hit the reset button. Thanks to a 99pee notebook, the courage to open up and a religious journaling practice, a mental-health revolution was born. That's right, this week I sit down with James Routledge, founder of Sanctus, a mental-health startup on a mission to change the perception of mental health who want to put the first mental health gym on the high-street. This is an incredible story of how someone managed to turn their pain into their purpose, and their purpose into their profession. All while inspiring a new generation of game changes to join his mission.If you enjoyed today's conversation, make sure to tag James and I over on social media. You can find James over on Instagram under @jroutledge and I'm under @markleruste. And of course, make sure to go vive Sanctus a follow @sanctus. Enjoy our powerful conversation! Hugs, Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/110 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
01:21:52
December 19, 2018
#109 Why you need to redefine your goals with Paul Jarvis
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." —E.E. Cummings I read this quote a few weeks ago and it went straight to my heart. As I honestly believe that it captures the essence of what we stand for here at team Unconventionalists. To have the courage to follow your heart, to stay true to who you really are and to never shy away from standing up for what is right. To trust that you absolutely can have an impact with your message. And to believe that doing meaningful and purposeful work shouldn’t be a privilege reserved to just a few, but be a birthright. That’s why I couldn’t think of a better conversation to share with you today, as I had the pleasure of sitting down with Paul Jarvis, the Wizard of Oz behind some of the biggest personal brands online (Marie Forleo, Shaquille O'Neal, Kris Carr…) to dive deeper into what it really means to figure out what’s important to you. And more importantly, what success means and looks like to you Because after all, in today’s noisy digital world, everyone is fighting for your attention, and everyone is trying to tell you how you should or shouldn’t feel. Who you should and shouldn’t be. My hope is that after listening to today’s episode, you’ll re-consider the big audacious goals you’ve set for yourself in 2019 if they’re not aligned with what your heart truly yearns for. Paul’s story is an incredible reminder of why figuring out your path can take time, why being real and authentic matters more than anything and how you absolutely can make enough money doing what you love. Stick around to hear Paul’s early days as a touring band! Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Paul’s book “Company of One” is available to pre-order and you can get a whole bunch of bonuses if you buy it now. Here’s the thing, if you’re thinking of getting the book or want to support Paul in any way, buy the book now as every “pre-sale” goes towards the first day of sell, and that’s how most publications determine “Best-Sellers”. Thanks as I know Paul will appreciate it. And as always, if you enjoyed today’s episode, share it with a friend who you think would benefit from listing to our powerful conversation. It’s the best form of compliment you can give me. All you have to do is either share this episode with them, tag them in my latest post on social media (@markleruste) or forward them the email I sent out to announce this new episode. Not on my email list? Don’t panic! Simply click here. I share a weekly tip on how to live a more meaningful and purposeful life, so make sure to get on it if you haven’t already. Thank you and I can’t wait to hear what you got out of this week’s powerful conversation!  Hugs, Mark SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/109 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste
01:04:46
December 15, 2018
#108 How to launch a food startup from scratch that people will love with Carli Wheatley
When it comes down to starting a business, most people make up that what you need is to have everything figured out before you even begin. And I’m not just talking about a clear plan on how you’re going to generate revenue.  No. I mean most people think to start a business you need a great name, a perfect logo, a brand spanking website, shiny business cards, a catchy URL and of course, to secure all the social media profiles online, right? Actually, that’s kinda of BS. What you really need in order to start a sustainable and profitable business is a specific group of people, who have a particular problem, that you can solve in a better way than your competition and who are willing and able to pay for that solution. And if you want to be in business for a while, you need to: 1) Make sure that the size of your market, i.e. the group of people you serve, is big enough to keep driving traffic (and ultimately revenue) to your business. 2) Be genuinely passionate about helping the people you serve. That’s it. It’s that simple. Forget about the S word, i.e. scaling, right now, what you need to do is to validate your idea as quickly and cheaply as possible. What’s crazy to me though is that the last thing on most people’s list I’ve come across over the last decade or so of being involved with launching side hustles and starting businesses is validating your business idea by getting in front of actual customers and asking for the sale. It’s bonkers right? And I genuinely believe that it’s one of the reasons why according to Bloomberg 8 out 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months. Because they failed to take the time to validate their business idea and see if people are genuinely willing to pay to have their problem solved. And yet as you’ll hear in today’s episode of The Unconventionalists, where I sit down with Carli Wheatley, the creator and power house behind Protein Haus and is now the founder and mastermind behind the new Paleo Supply, the best way to start a business is to not only follow your passion, but rather, to follow the pain points of your potential customers. This was one of my favourite interviews to date, we sat down for over an hour and went deep into Carli’s incredible but true story of how she went from being a busy PT to starting one of London’s most recognisable healthy food brands on the market. We also talked about the mistakes she made along the way, including the one that ultimately forced her to walk away from her first business. Needless to say, it got emotional. But as you’ll hear in our powerful conversation, Carli is a force of nature who hasn’t got a “give it up” bone in her. Her new venture, Paleo Supply, (opening in Canary Wharf this 29th November 2019 btw) is set to take over London one healthy meal, protein shake and treat at a time. In the meantime, make sure to tag Carli @carliwheatley and myself @markleruste over on Instagram to let us know what you took away from today’s interview! Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/108 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
01:33:35
November 27, 2018
#107 How to be a modern dad with Han-Son Lee
Let’s be honest, when it comes down to out-dated preconceived ideas of how useless and hands off dad’s are, it’s time for a much needed update. I get it though, according to my mum, my dad  changed a whopping three nappies in his life. And as a kid, I don’t remember him being around that much because he either was at the office or in his music room rehearsing with his jazz band. It doesn’t mean he wasn’t a loving father though. It just means he was living in a different era. And let’s face it, got away with murder… But when I look at my older brother and I, along with all of my other male friends who happen to be dads, it’s a completely different story. That’s right, Millennial dads are a different breed. We are more involved, we cook a lot more for our families and we change a truck load of nappies. It’s a generalisation, sure, but as you’ll hear in today’s episode, there’s actually a study to back this statement up. That’s right, say hello to Dad Index 2018: “The Dad Index is the first piece of research exclusively focussed on millennial dads across the whole of Great Britain; their involvement in parenting activities, and their role as consumers.” Turns out, according to this latest study, 87% of Millennial Dads are heavily involved in day to day parenting, more than 2/3 of dads are involved in cooking for their children during the week, and almost 40% are taking charge of the grocery shop. That’s why I was so pumped to sit down this week with Han-Son Lee, founder of Daddilife, a website for modern dads counting 100k+ followers online who also happens to be the man behind the Dad Index 2018 study. We talked about what it means to be a modern dad, why men are going through a bit of an identity crisis right now (and what to do about it), why we need to be more progressive at work with parent leave and why we should be excited or terrified of the world our children will grow up in. Being unconventional means having the courage to do things differently. And I truly believe that we are changing the course of history by being more involved as dads, at home. If you enjoyed our powerful conversation, or would like to add to the conversation, please make sure to tag me (@markleruste) and Han-Son (@daddilife) over on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. I can't wait to hear what you got out of today's episode! Enjoy, Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/107 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
52:57
November 14, 2018
#106 The power of growth marketing with David Arnoux
If the words machine learning, blockchain, AI or Bots send you in a panic attack, then you're in for a treat. That's right, I sat down with David Arnoux, Co-Founder of Growth Tribe, Europe's #1 Growth Academy who operate in six countries and whose mission is to teach progressive digital skills to 1,000,000 students globally. David also happens to be a childhood friend of mine. Recording in the most unconventional location, we dived into David's rich story of how he spent the last twelve years living in Asia and Europe, building businesses and learning a ton along the way. David also shares what makes growth hackers and growth marketers so different and why every organisation should be levelling up their digital skills as well as explaining the six steps that makes a successful product launch. If you enjoyed our powerful conversation, please make sure to tag me (@markleruste) and David (@darnocks) over on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I can't wait to hear what you got out of today's episode! Mark x Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/106 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
01:00:21
October 31, 2018
#105 How to overcome self-doubt (so you can finally put yourself out there!)
Here's the deal. In every story there needs to be a constant tension between the yearning for the Hero to win the day, with also the possibility of the Hero failing in the process. It's what makes stories interesting. It's what makes us, the audience, want to cheer the Hero on. And in someway, it's what keeps us paying attention and wanting to help the Hero achieve their goal(s). Because there's always a possibility that it may fail. But there's also a possibility that it may work. No matter how crazy that may seem. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call, The Doubt. And if you've been experiencing a level of self-doubt lately when it comes down to launching your projects, then what I want to share with you is this: Over the last ten years I’ve sat down across hundreds of incredibly inspiring people from all walks of life and interviewed them about their journeys: their ups and downs, dreams and aspirations, failures and successes. From unconventional politicians, to forward thinking CEOs, best-selling authors to world record breakers, caring influencers to maverick entrepreneurs. And I have yet to meet the woman or man who did not have some form of doubt along the way. That’s the honest truth. Doubt is absolutely normal and part of the journey. And today, I'm here to tell you what you can do to get over it. Hope it helps, if it does, please do let me know over on social media by tagging me @markleruste in your post / stories. Can't wait to hear what you launch as a result of it :) Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/105 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markleruste 
14:29
October 28, 2018
#104 What everyone needs to know about relationships with James Sexton
What if you could reverse engineer relationships to a point where you could predict what is most likely to cost you your relationship? What if I told you that writing up a prenup before you got married was the most romantic thing you could do? Now what if I told you that THE best gift you could give a couple thinking of getting married was a consultation with a divorce lawyer... Would you believe me? Or would you think I'm crazy? Well, you're about to have an epic paradigm shift thanks to today's very special guest. That's right, today I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with James J. Sexton, a hard-hitting divorce lawyer with over 17 years practicing who has helped over 1,200 clients navigate the tricky waters of getting divorced. And what he's learned along the way is priceless. So much so that he wrote an amazing book, "If You'Re In My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together" where he shares everything he's learned from the stories, trials and tribulations of his passed clients. "Who would have guessed that the person who gives the best advice about marriage was the guy responsible for getting you out of yours.” – Judith Newman, The New York Times Book Review Once upon a time, James was also married for 12 years and in today's conversation we dive into the myths and the realities of what it takes to stay together. What everyone need to know in order to stay together. I know you'll enjoy this conversation as much as I did, and if you do, please remember to let us know over on Instagram or Twitter by tagging James (@nycdivorcelawyer) and myself (@markleruste). I can't wait to hear your thoughts! Hugs, Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/104 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
57:45
October 16, 2018
#103 How to live a fully expressed life with Bella Zanesco
If you've ever experienced a burnout at work, felt like you didn't belong or knew it was time for you to pack your bags and hit the road, you're going to love today's episode. That's right, I sat down with Bella Zanesco who in 2014 decided to pack her bags and leave her native Australia to engage in a career transition experiment and call London home for a little while, in hopes to find her tribe. But despite the change of scenery and the new found inspiration, Bella very quickly realised that she had more work to do back home... After all, she came from a corporate background with a multiple six figure salary, generating millions of dollars for the FMCG market, and yet, despite all this, was bullied at work, went through depression and experienced a massive burnout. The information and community she failed to find in her time of need led her to investigate the importance of health as well as start her very own business to support woman in a similar situation as her. Over three years she interviewed 4,500 executives across 80 countries to better understand the landscape of this global phenomenon, and what she found blew her away. "7 in 10 don’t want to go to work on Monday morning and 8 in 10 had no idea what they were on this planet for. It’s a big problem to solve." So much so that she wrote a book, "Smart Girls Screw Up Too: The no-nonsense guide to creating the life you want" (Wiley) and in today's episode we talk about her journey of going from burned out to inspiring woman around the world to live a fully expressed life. I hope you'll enjoy today's conversation and, If you do, please make sure to tag me @markleruste in your social media post. It totally makes my day :) Enjoy! Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/103 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
01:03:43
October 10, 2018
#102 Startup Confessions #3
This episode has been a long time coming. For the 3rd time since launching The Unconventionalists back in 2015, I sit down with nothing but a microphone and a willingness to open up and share with you what's been going on with my business and in my life. As you'll hear in today's episode, I'm also re-launching something that means a lot to me. Hope you'll be up for joining the ride. As always, let me know over on social media if you enjoyed today's episode by tagging me in your post (@markleruste). Thanks for being part of the family and know that I appreciate you taking the time to tune in week in and week out. To your growth, Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/102 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
28:41
October 5, 2018
#101 The gift of grief with Pascale Recher
What if I told you your story mattered and the world needed to hear it? Would you think I'm crazy? Or would you swing for the fences? If you've been with me for a while then you'll know that I'm a BIG believer in saying that everyone's story matters. That there is a true transformative gift in sharing your story with the world that you can only appreciate once you start letting your story out. Because you simply never know who you will heal or help by sharing it with the world. Today's guest is a true example of my theory. You see, on the 12th June 2018, Pascale Recher, founder of Right Brain Geek, was sitting in the audience of my live recording of episode 100 of The Unconventionalists podcast. At the end of the event, I challenged the whole crowd to share their story online and the lucky winner would be invited to come on my show and be my 101st guest. Well, as you'll learn in today's conversation, Pascale almost didn't share her story online. And yet, she did. When I read her story, I was moved and knew I had to get her on the show to talk about her journey so I could share it with you all. As you'll hear, it's crazy to realise that death and grief can be such powerful teachers. I know you’ll get a lot out our conversation and I can't wait to hear your favourite quote(s) from today's episode over on social media by tagging me @markleruste and #theunconventionalists! Enjoy this powerful conversation. Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/101 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
47:46
August 29, 2018
#100 The future of work & health w/ David Baker & Thomas Olivier (LIVE)
WE MADE HISTORY PEOPLE! That's right! On the 12th June 2018 we made history by recording the 100th episode of The Unconventionalists podcast in front of a live audience at The Studio, in the heart of White City Place, London's newest and hotest media studio. If you've been asking yourself questions such as, "will robots take our jobs?", "is it the end of retirement" or "am I doing a shit job?", then you're going to LOVE our special guest for the evening. That's right, our very special guest for this live event was David Baker, who spent 12 years working for the Financial Times, was the launch managing editor of Wired magazine in the UK and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. A true fan favourite, David's previous episodes are two of the most downloaded episodes of all time on the show and for the first time, at the end of the interview, the audience had an opportunity to ask their questions to David Baker, live. Additionally, we had the pleasure of having Thomas Olivier, founder of GenSmart come who talked to us about the future of health, data protection and why no one is the same. GenSmart is a health optimisation platform for longevity that uses sequenced Genomic data, combined with real time behaviour to provide health and performance goals by offering tailored nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to the users. In short, it helps you make smarter decisions about your health based on your genetic makeup. Thomas is a registered nutrigenomic practitioner and was the first coach in the UK to offer fitness and nutrition plans based on individual DNA make-up. His innovative science-based coaching methods and his book, "Cracking Your Health Code" (available on Amazon) have helped hundreds of people achieve their optimum health. He recently came in 2nd place at this years' Pioneers500 - Pioneers'18, a pitching competition to redefine human tech frontiers, and was excited to answer your questions on the 12th June, 2018! Plug in your headphones, kick off your shoes, and enjoy this very special episode. Can't wait to hear what you think over on social media (@markleruste)! Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/100 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
01:32:07
July 17, 2018
#99 How to supercharge your health and optimise your lifestyle with Dr Rupy Aujla
We all get it, right? Eat your vegetables, get a sweat on, drop the soda and stay away from the freakin’ donuts. Simple right? Then why the hell does it feel so hard to do those things? And more importantly, why are we facing a food health crisis? And I’m not talking about a shortage of food. I’m talking about a shortage of quality food leading to a massive scale of people being overweight. In fact, according to the NHS 2018’ “Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet – England”, one in four adults are now classified as obese and 1 in 5 children aged 10 are classified as obese. That’s a scary statistic right? And in the US, it is said that today's children will live shorter lives than their parents because of obesity. But thankfully, there are people out there fighting to turn things around and help us make sense of what the hell we can do to get healthier. That’s why I’m super excited to share with you today’s very special episode. Chances are you’ve seen his face spread across magazines, newspapers, tube stations and billboards… That’s right today’s guest is Dr. Rupy Aujla, a GP in the NHS, a passionate home cook and lifestyle medic who is best known for his own podcast, Instagram account and recipe book, The Doctor’s Kitchen, dedicated to the evidence based behind nutritional advice. What I love about Rupy is that he believes that what you chose to put on your plate is the most important health intervention you can make. And it’s so incredibly refreshing to hear a GP preach the benefits of simple healthy food. As you’ll hear in today’s episode, Rupy went through his own health scare as a young medic that made him take a serious look at the food we eat and the impact it has on our health. But it wasn’t until Rupy was working as an A&E doctor in Australia that he set up the doctor’s kitchen as an Instagram account, posting recipes with clinic research behind the ingredients used to help his patients live a healthier lifestyle. What happened next blew his mind. Rupy has since launched a best selling cook book and has been featured on pretty much every single major newspapers, website, magazine and prime time TV, and I really believe his message needs to be heard loud and clear. What I loved about our conversation is that Rupy was courageous enough to open up and talk about what it’s really like to try and build a movement as well as share the challenges that come with having a massive online social media following. I know you’ll get a lot out our conversation and I can't wait to hear your favourite quote(s) from today's episode over on social media by tagging me @markleruste and #theunconventionalists! Enjoy this powerful conversation. Mark Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/99 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
01:06:10
June 11, 2018
#98 Why you need to move your body with Roger Frampton
Today’s powerful conversation is with international male model, fitness expert, best-selling author and social media influencer, Roger Frampton who’s TEDx talk, “Why Sitting Down Destroys You” has received more than 2.1 million views on YouTube and who’s book “The Flexible Body” was an instant Amazon best seller. What if I told you I could wave a magic wand over you and with the snap of my fingers you could have a book deal, a best-selling book, a super popular TEDx talk, a massive following online, a clear and powerful message, oh, and a six pack… Would you want it? Here’s the real question though, do you think having all those things would solve all your problems? If you answered yes to either of the above, you’re in for a treat. Roger’s story is an incredible tale of a young man being on track to becoming a carpenter working on building sites to suddenly spending over a decade on the catwalks of Milan, Paris and New York as a male model, making more money than he could have ever dreamed of. But what Roger didn’t expect next was to be schooled by a six year old girl who would go on to forever change the course of Roger’s career and life. I had such a blast connecting with Roger at the White City Place Podcast Pod studio where we talked about his journey, his experience of his TEDx talk being his first public speaking experience and what it’s really like to try and build a business around a powerful message. As you'll hear in today's episode, Roger is on a mission to prove once and for all that good bodies are simply a by-product of a deep understanding of how to move it efficiently and graciously. But we also got super deep and Roger opened up for the first time about a ton of stuff that I know you'll find mind blowing. It's the kind of conversation we all need to hear to remind us that no one has it all figured out. Plug in your headphones, turn up the volume, because I have a feeling you're going to love the energy between Roger and I on today's very special episode and my heart tells me you'll get a ton of value from our conversation too! I can't wait to hear what you loved best about my interview with Roger over on social media by tagging me @markleruste. Enjoy the show! Mark x Subscribe and rate our show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/98 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
49:20
June 8, 2018
#97 How to achieve anything with 2x World Record breaker Kiko Matthews
Have you ever had a bad day or maybe found yourself feeling a little down? And thought about what you could do to feel a little better? Chances are, you probably didn't think about smashing a world record and putting yourself through a bucket load of pain in the process? Well, today's guest did just that... After facing a life-threatening disease, 37-year-old former teacher Kiko Matthews set herself the challenge of becoming the fastest woman to solo row across the Atlantic, unassisted with zero previous experience of rowing… As you’ll hear in today’s episode, half way through her training, her brain tumour came back. But that didn’t stop Kiko from believing she could accomplish her goal of proving that anything is possible if you really want it and set your mind to it. The result? Eight months after being operated on, this incredible human being rowed the 21ft-long Soma of Essex for up to 16 hours a day, sleeping in two-hour shifts, spent 49 days at sea crossing the 3,200+ miles from East to West, smashed the previous record of 56 day (which was set by the French in 2002…Ouch!) by just over a week and now is a 2x World Record holder. Her goal was simple: to empower and inspire women to push their boundaries while supporting King's College Hospital Charity, who saved her life in 2009 and again in August 2017, raising more than £100,000 for them. Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the craziest and most inspiring interviews I’ve had to date with someone who simply refuses to call herself inspiring or special. And yet, although she may be just like everyone else, she is all of that and so much more. I can’t wait to hear your reactions and what was your favourite quote of today's episode over on social media by tagging me (@markleruste) and Kiko (@kikomatthews). Mark GET ON ALL THE ACTION: Subscribe and rate the show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/97 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste
59:38
June 6, 2018
#96 How to start and grow a business with Daniel Priestley
Here's a crazy stat, according to Visa Europe one in three people dream of starting their own business but only one in ten actually take the leap. So if you've been thinking of starting your own business or you're keen to know how to grow your business from scratch, but you've been afraid of the process, you're in for a treat. That's right, in today's episode I caught up with Daniel Priestley, best-selling author of four books and CEO of Dent Global who’s personally sat down with 5,000+ entrepreneurs to help them get their business off the ground. As you'll hear in today's episode, since launching his first business as a kid in Australia selling second hand furniture, Daniel's built and sold multi-million pound businesses, and through his initiatives, has managed to raise over £400,000 for charity. Needless to say that when it comes down to knowing what it takes to start and grow a business, Dan's your man. Yet, leading a global company, signing books and giving talks around the world can seem glamours from the outside, but Daniel opens up about the reality of being in business and what most people don't know about him. He also shares with us what he believes is the number one best tip to start any business. Spoiler alert, it's probably not what you think. Find out what that is and so much more by listening to our inspiring and powerful conversation! Mark GET ON ALL THE ACTION: Subscribe and rate the show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/96 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste
47:47
June 3, 2018
#95 How to fight for your life with Jonny Benjamin
In January 2008, 20-year-old Jonny Benjamin stood on a bridge in central London ready to take his own life. A passing stranger stopped and talked to Jonny, saving his life. Six years later Jonny launched the #FindMike campaign to try to find that stranger on the bridge so he could finally thank him. What happened next surprised the world... In our intimate and exclusive conversation, we talked about: - What every family dealing with suicide needs to know - Why men find it so hard to open up and talk about their feelings - Why men represent 3/4 of all global suicides - Why suicide is still such a taboo today and what you can do to help overcome that - A message of hope to everyone suffering from mental health issues and depression Jonny's message is an important message and one I hope you'll appreciate and share with those around you! GET ON ALL THE ACTION: Subscribe and rate the show on iTunes: www.theunconventionalists.org SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/95 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste
42:58
May 30, 2018
#94 Special announcement
In today's episode I share with you some big news regarding future guests on the show (I can't wait!) as well as let you in on some of the exciting live events we've been cooking up for you. SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/94 How To Launch a Successful Podcast (Bootcamp): https://theunconventionalists.com/podcasting-bootcamp 100th Episode LIVE event: https://theunconventionalists.com/episode/100 Mark’s TEDx Talk: youtu.be/f6nxcfbDfZo SUBSCRIBE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-unconventionalists-with-mark-leruste/id1029651449?mt=2 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste
18:45
May 28, 2018
#93 Find Your Quest, Live Your Purpose
In today's episode I share with you my favourite daily habits to help you cut out the noise, find your purpose and unleash your quest. Let me know what you thought of today's episode over on Instagram (@markleruste). Mark SUBSCRIBE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-unconventionalists-with-mark-leruste/id1029651449?mt=2 SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/93 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste
27:18
April 30, 2018
#92 How to land (and nail) a TEDx talk
Unless you've been hiding in a cave for the past decade, chances are you've seen at least one TED or TEDx talk. And if like me, you've been inspired and moved by them, then you might have a dream one day to land a TEDx or TED talk yourself. But what does it really take to set foot on one of the world's most prestigious stage? And how can you tell if you have a TEDx or TED worthy idea? Well, a year ago to the day I gave my first TEDx talk over at TEDxCardiff and as of today, my talk has been viewed more than 50,000 on YouTube. Which I'm super grateful for. That's why in today's episode I sit down with you to celebrate the one year anniversary of me becoming a TEDx speaker and I open up and share all my tips and insights to help you land and nail your TEDx talk (or live public talk!). "Since the beginning of the TEDx program in 2009, nearly 15,000 events have been held in every corner of the globe. And now, a new TEDx milestone has been reached: one billion views of TEDx Talks." This is a special episode so make sure to listen to the end as I'm kicking off a new section of the show called "Hot Seat" and you won't want to miss it. Can't wait to hear what you think over on Instagram (@markleruste). Hugs, Mark SUBSCRIBE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-unconventionalists-with-mark-leruste/id1029651449?mt=2 SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/92 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste
37:04
April 21, 2018
#91 Be Here Now
Here's a scary fact. The average millennial will check their phones 153 times a day. And yet studies have found a correlation between the time we spend on our screens with the increase chances of us suffering from depression, anxiety and experiencing mental health issues. So why are we so glued to our phones. Like, ALL THE TIME?! Turns out, each ping or notification we get on social media, WhatsApp, text messages, emails, etc releases a chemical called dopamine. Which makes us feel good. The same way alcohol, gambling, smoking and sex does. The difference is that we currently do not have any age restriction on social media and mobile phones usage nor do we have any healthy boundaries in place in the work place to cope and manage the negative impact digital devices are having on our overall wellbeing. Why am I talking about this today? Because over the last few years I've spent a lot of time coaching and training Millennials and the problem seems to be getting worse. Not better. To the point where I spend 1/3 of my time policing people in the room to come back to being present in the room. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Let me know over on Instagram by either tagging me in your Insta story or sending me a DM @markleruste. Until then, enjoy the show! Get on all the action by subscribing on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-unconventionalists-with-mark-leruste/id1029651449?mt=2 SHOW NOTES www.theunconventionalists.com/episode/91 GET IN TOUCH Website: www.theunconventionalists.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/markleruste Twitter: www.twitter.com/markleruste YouTube: www.youtube.com/markleruste Instagram: www.instagram.com/markleruste
20:27
February 22, 2018
#90 Don't Give Up
Who ever said chasing your dreams was easy, was probably drunk. I mean, don't get me wrong, as much as the Universe is there to help you achieve what you want, it's also