Pivot points podcast

‘Pivot Points’ explores, celebrates and normalises the twists, turns and changes of course in life.

Pivot points are not ‘jump and the universe will catch me’ moments. Brave moves aren’t a big, bold one-off event. They are slow, iterative and evolving. 

Each episode we take our guests on a retrospective; looking back on how they felt at their pivot points; the highs, lows, failures and fixes. We delve into their mindset, perspective and choices at that time, and what it has taught them in the long run.

Gabi and Amelia are the bubbly hosts. Both professional coaches and self confessed story junkies, they are privy to the most astonishing and empowering, behind-the-scenes accounts of so many successful people.

They enjoy busting the myths around ‘confidence’ and ‘success’ and show the audience that bravery is not just for C Suite, millionaires or silicon valley entrepreneurs with New York Times best sellers. Normal folk do exceptional things all the time. You too can do it.


A pivot is a marker of success, not a glitch in the matrix!

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Episode 13: Pivot Points does Politics, with MP Tulip Siddiq

Today’s guest is MP, Tulip Siddiq - that’s right, we’ve gone political! Charismatic, sharp and charming, Tulip talks to us about: The pivots the Labour party have gone through over the last few years Antisemitism within the Labour party How she resigned her hard won front bench seat in protest of triggering Article 50 Why people told her she should stand for Bradford, rather than Hampstead and Kilburn (North London)

Episode 12: Friend then Foe, Acquaintance Rape, with Ciara Charteris

Today’s guest is 'Poldark' Actor, Ciara Charteris. She has very recently gone public with her experience of being raped, by a good friend of hers, 5 years ago. This is known as Acquaintance Rape. Ciara is an ex-actress, most notably on shows such as the BBC’s Poldark, After almost 10 years of acting Ciara moved into the business side of the industry, Ciara’s Rape and the recent betrayal and trauma surrounding it, changed her life irrevocably.

Episode 11: Stalked

This week we explore what happens when your pivot is forced upon you and your life is immeasurably altered… you need to run, hide, cut ties and pray for safety. On today’s episode, we hear one woman’s experience of being stalked for 2 years. She tells us of having to leave her life behind, working relentlessly to get him caught, the ensuing battle to get him prosecuted... And the ongoing impact it has on her. Today’s guest cannot be named for her own safety. This episode is a call to action and opens up a much needed conversation around how we need to put women’s safety at the forefront of society’s ‘things to really give a shit about’. The CPS, currently, does not.

Episode 10: The Black Jewish Experience, with Sarah Castro MBE

This episode is a unique opportunity to hear someone, incredibly knowledgeable and eloquent, discuss what it is like to be a black Jew today and what happens when these two worlds, which are so often perceived to be like oil and water, come together. With headlines telling us that antisemitism is rife and our eyes being opened to the blatant and systemic racism all around us, this episode explores these issues from the inside and is not one to be missed.

Episode 9: The Art of Happiness & How to be Imperfect, with Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and Harvard University lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multinational corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. This episode is a learning experience on steroids!! With encyclopedic breadth we discuss the key to happiness, how to conquer perfectionism and, if you were to transcribe the episode, you would have a mic drop quote for every day of the year! We ask him about; What stops people pivoting in life? How to still be a high achiever, and understand when something is ‘good enough’ How we should view failure

Episode 8: Miscarriage & Menopause, with Jess Rad

Jess Rad is the founder of ‘The WomenHood’, which connects women on the issues that matter to help them navigate womanhood. Her mission is to empower women with the knowledge, mindset and toolkit to make positive changes in their lives. This episode really opened our eyes to the unspoken aspects of womanhood: miscarriage and premature menopause. How have we gone this long? It’s like a weird Fight Club mentality - you can’t talk about the trauma - you just have to be with it and allow it to beat you up. Well, NO MORE says Jess Rad!

Episode 7: Redesigning Your Life, with Jason Goldberg

We’re joined by Jason Goldberg; entrepreneur, author of best selling book 'Prison Break', TEDx speaker and a rapper, who once opened for the Woo Tang Clan (yes, true). Jason is gifted with wisdom and intellect, which he relays with an entertaining lightness that makes this episode unmissable. Listen to this episode if you: Want to understand a new way to relate to negative emotions Need a lesson in self trust Are ready to make changes that stick Soooooo many ‘mic drop’ moments. Gabi and Amelia were clearly in awe / getting their heads round some mind bending concepts / falling a little bit in love

Episode 6: Mother, Midwife, Poet, Philosopher, Teacher, Noticer with Hollie Holden

This week we’re joined by the effervescent Hollie Holden. If you haven’t fallen in love with her by the end of this episode, we’ll give you your money back!

This episode is for you, if you struggle with perfectionism, or you struggle with finding the silver lining during the hard times, or you find change crippling.

Even as big pivot fans ourselves; she mirrored back to us how important it is to reflect upon our pivot points - learn to love them (however hard they were/are) and move through them.

Episode 5: Teaching Us Table Manners, with Lennie Ware:

This week's guest is one half of the ‘Table Manners’ podcast - Lennie Ware.

A fiercely fabulous Mama Bear, Lennie Ware is a mother, social worker and celebrity podcaster (with her daughter Jessie Ware on 'Table Manners')

Lennie talks to us about her life, her childhood, her 45 years in social work, raising 3 wonderfully successful children, how lockdown has affected her and how she finds her side hustle career - cooking and interviewing A-List celebrities in her kitchen.

Episode 4: The enlightened addict, with Thomas 'Woody' Woodland

In today's episode we're joined by Woody; and boy! was this an enlightening conversation! It stretched our minds and made us question everything including our own thinking. 

If you're interested to hear about someone who totally transformed their life, this episode is for you.

From addict to guru, he talks to us about his years of addiction to drink and drugs, his time in rehab and his subsequent, awakening and sobriety.

Woody worked in Private Equity, driven by money, success and a rock n roll lifestyle, before radically changing his life. He now coaches high performing individuals and lives in an (almost) constant state of peace... yes, you heard that right

Episode 3: Embracing Fallibility, with Rabbi Jeremy Gordon

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon who is the Rabbi at New London Synagogue in St Johns Wood. After graduating with a first class honours degree in Law from Cambridge University he went on to work in television, before ultimately making a huge turn and deciding to become a Rabbi. On this episode he speaks about ~ humans are built for imperfection. ~ there is strength in softness. ~ living in alignment with your values can look rebellious! ~ leadership of a community. ~ pivoting out of COVID. Stay on after the interview as we revisit Rabbi Jeremy to comment on the Black Lives Matter movement which covers his optimism about humans in a change process.

Episode 2: Life After Death, with Louise Blyth

Louise Blyth is a mother of two young boys and an author who has just realised her memoir ‘Hope is Coming’ It tells of her husband's journey from his bowel cancer diagnosis to his passing away. When he was diagnosed their boys were just 2 years and 8 months old. He went through 8 rounds of chemotherapy but sadly passed away within a year of diagnosis. What runs in parallel to the story of George’s illness is the story of Louise finding her spirituality, taking her on a path from trauma to peace. In this episode she focuses on the diagnosis moment, finding her faith and the pivotal points after his death and its subsequent parallels with the global grief we feel in Coronavirus.

Episode 1: From Wounded to World Cup Winner, with Ebony-Jewel Rainford- Brent

In episode one, we're joined by Ebony a World Cup Winning Cricketer, who was the first black woman to play for the England Team. Now retired from playing, she is a Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker and Performance Coach. She talks to us about her pivot points, from an injury that almost ended her career before it had even begun, retiring from sport with no clear next step and what death has taught her about how to live.

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