My Podcast Appearances
Finding the path to sustainable productivity and happiness in your work and life
“When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower” – Alexander Den Heijer
Gain new insights from my podcast appearances
Welcome to my collection of podcast appearances.
I’ve had the pleasure of discussing various work-related topics with inspiring hosts – from boosting your confidence and productivity, to overcoming dyslexia and finding happiness at work.
Each episode brings it’s own unique insights and perspectives on how we can all enhance our work and life.
So have a browse and click on the links to listen and learn.
#80 – Your Quirks can Lead you to Success Part 1
The first of a two-parter… I delve into my dyslexia. I highlight some of the related strengths and how I harnessed them in my corporate career. I share how my subconscious brain is used as a superpower and how being truly authentic to myself has been crucial to my success.
#81: Your Quirks can Lead you to Success Part 2
In the second part of the two-parter… I delve into my career and how my core personality traits have shaped it. I emphasize the importance of understanding ourselves and our strengths, and how positive feedback can have a significant impact on both ourselves and others. I share how I applied these principles with my daughter. And I encourage listeners to be unleash the power of giving themselves positive feedback.
Embracing your weirdness at work with Mike Cole
We spend a LOT of time working, so let’s make it a happy place. In this talk we link happiness to productivity. We explore some of the keys to happy work, and the threats that come along – from how to prioritise and deal with our weaknesses, to living in “oks-ville”.
Confidence on camera
I used to have real reservations about going on camera. What if I said the wrong thing? What if I ramble? In this podcast episode, I share my experience in overcoming those reservations. And we explore the benefits of getting on camera more – linked with trust, relatability and connection.
s4#12 – Being confident from within
What does confidence mean to me? Well, it’s about being at peace with who we are, and embracing our strengths rather than worrying about our weaknesses.
In this episode, I share my journey to discovering confidence, how I overcame challenges (like parts of my dyslexia) to truly own who I am, and how confidence presents in others who play to their strengths.
#34 – Balance, Boundaries and Betterment
We explore finding balance and boundaries in our lives. I share my experience of working with my wife to balance home education, work, training, time off, and more. Key to this is understanding how we work best and adjusting our working style accordingly, for example to reduce decision fatigue. We also explore the concept of “fail fast” and how it plays into the speed of change at work, and the importance of remaining hopeful and finding the right level of challenge without becoming overwhelmed.
#25: The role of self-awareness for happiness and success
My most powerful healthy habit – embracing who and how I really am. I explain how I’m wired and how I design my day to play well with these tendencies.
The more secure we are in our strengths, the more resilient and confident we become, and the more able to deal with other mental challenges that come along. We also explore what a healthy life means to me, including why I find class more fun than competition in tennis, and the importance of community.
How neuro-diversity can be a superpower in the workplace
An unexpected upside of my challenges around dyslexia was to develop highly effective alternative approaches, which years later became best practices. This is what I call the “efficient me.”
In this episode I discuss how my dyslexia impacted my work, and why I kept it a secret for so many years. I highlight how dyslexia shows up differently in different people – there’s no one-size-fits-all. And I share some of my favourite corporate workplace hacks, including the “24-hour filter”.
Neurodiversity journal – interview with Mike
Here, we discuss some of the strengths and challenges of neurodiversity from the internal (personal) and external (3rd party) perspectives. I share my experience of it from diagnosis through to the corporate workplace. And we consider how to appropriately address this through the hiring process.
#125: Life after coach training with Mike Cole
My return to the Coaching HUB podcast, I give an update on my coaching journey two years after the training. I talk about what I’ve been up to since the training and what’s next for me in my coaching career. I also explain what it means to be an associate coach and how it fits into my coaching practice.
#084: Merging Old & New – How I Harnessed My Uniqueness with Mike Cole
In my first podcast episode, I discuss my transition from Corporate Finance to accredited coach with my coach trainer, Ruth Kudzi.
We cover my key learnings from the training, the distinction between coaching and mentoring, and how I combine my past skills with my new coaching skills to bring value to my clients.
Your next podcast guest?
Are you looking for your next podcast guest? Could I help your audience? Have you seen or heard something here you’d like to explore on your podcast? Then get in touch.
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Hi, I’m Mike…
We all have different strengths, and mine is that I’m great at helping small business owners (like you) to see and explore opportunities to evolve their unique businesses, so they can confidently make informed decisions.
As a qualified accountant and ICF-accredited coach, I have a whole toolkit of techniques to support you in crafting a business that truly works for you.
I can help you get clear on what’s happening in your business and what options you have, using my finance skills.
And my coaching skills will help you to understand what works for you, enable you to make decisions that are right for you, and support you in implementing your plans.
I offer a calm, supportive space to help you make the right decisions for you. There are no pre-conceived ideas about what you ‘should’ do or ‘six-figure models’ to shoehorn your business into.
I’ll help you to consider what’s right for you, and to confidently make firm decisions, so that you end up with a business you love to run.
“[Mike’s] support and guidance have really helped me to get my business on track.
Mike is particularly good at finding your strengths and encouraging those areas to really flourish.
He’s very friendly, approachable and easy to work with. I would highly recommend working with Mike.”
“Mike has this great ability to help you get to the bottom of what you’re trying to achieve.
Through expertly placed questions Mike helped me gain clarity and confidence with what I’m setting out to achieve in my business.”