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Networking has been around forever. Early homo sapiens understood that together survival was more likely. Literally.

A tribe could more easily defend itself from predators. A tribe could hunt more effectively. A tribe generally was better than going solo.

Today we don’t struggle so much with predators or going hunting. Aside from a pub fight or going to the supermarket. But in our new world of technology and the knowledge economy, networking is more vital than ever.

Unfortunately some people have tarnished the reputation of such events. They think turning up, giving out loads of business cards, and pitching their product/service is appropriate.

Let’s be clear. This is not effective. For the business owner and for the customer and for the overall problem being solved.

Soon after I started blogging, I met Ann Hawkins. Just like me she was using blogging, social media and tribes to change the world.

I was asked to speak at her Cambridge event for local small business owners. It was my first taste of what in person networking should look like.

Everyone wanted to help each other. No agenda. No caveats. No conditions. Yet everbodys business benefited. Amazing!

Since then Ann has used these win:win networking moments, online and offline. In this interview we hear the journey to this amazing world, and what Drive! the network is doing now.

Ann Hawkins - Networking for impact - YouTube

Martyn Sibley

– World Changer @ martynsibley.com.
– Author @ ‘Everything is Possible’ (on Amazon).
– Inclusion Captain @ disabilityhorizons.com.
– Presenter and Speaker @ visablepeople.com.
– Adviser @ Governments/Businesses/Charities.

Also @ Twitter | Facebook | Linked In | Google+

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Martyn Sibley by Martyn Sibley - 3w ago

Judging by my Goldie Looking Chain reference on social media recently, it’s fair to say I don’t think life has to be taken too seriously.

But is that at odds with professionalism and productivity?

Well, that depends. If your jokes lack humour, offend someone, or detract from your purpose; then yes it’s at odds with where you want to be.

However if your jokes make people chuckle, are harmless, and help land your point better; its not just good to have fun on the job, it can actually help land the social impact you’re looking for.

For me, a day being too serious, meeting boring people, and working on mundane projects is not the life I want. I like work. Not only do I help change the world, I get to do it my way. With my kind of people.

So how do you keep work fun and enjoyable? Or do you disagree with me, and think laughter is for after hours?

Martyn Sibley

– World Changer @ martynsibley.com.
– Author @ ‘Everything is Possible’ (on Amazon).
– Inclusion Captain @ disabilityhorizons.com.
– Presenter and Speaker @ visablepeople.com.
– Adviser @ Governments/Businesses/Charities.

Also @ Twitter | Facebook | Linked In | Google+

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My podcast started with disabled influencers, progressed into business and marketing for World Changers, and in the latest episode we venture into a different theme.

In the end I want to share the many amazing people I have met and experiences I had. So you can take away from it whatever is relevant at the time for you.

Having attended Mindvalley University, I’ve been encouraged to grow in many personal and professional ways. One being in the theme of intuition and energy.

I also had the pleasure of meeting many cool people through Mindvalley too. One being Depika Mistry. She even came all the way from London to meet Kasia and I at home, after the Barcelona event.

In our chat you’ll hear more on when we connected, how Depika found her amazing talent, what she’s using it for now, and her plans for the future.

Plus we look at how natural elements are so important for mental and physical wellbeing. Throwing in some of the increasing body of scientific evidence for intuition.

This topic has pushed me hard to consider things I used to totally dismiss. Plus I’m still tussling with some of it now. So I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences on it too.

Hope you enjoy it. One things for sure, Depika is helping so many people. Moreover she is an awesome woman to hang out and put the world to rights with.

How to Change the World - Depika Mistry - Intuition and Energy - YouTube

Martyn Sibley

– World Changer @ martynsibley.com.
– Author @ ‘Everything is Possible’ (on Amazon).
– Inclusion Captain @ disabilityhorizons.com.
– Presenter and Speaker @ visablepeople.com.
– Adviser @ Governments/Businesses/Charities.

Also @ Twitter | Facebook | Linked In | Google+

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Martyn Sibley by Martyn Sibley - 1M ago

One thing I’ve learned is that influence doesn’t automatically mean resources or impact.

For resources, a self employed World Changer needs money for their bills. An organisation making social impact needs money, people, infrastructure and so forth. But having lots of hits/likes/followers doesn’t automatically mean resources just fly in the door.

Like it or not, you must crack this.

For impact, continually highlighting a problem doesn’t automatically solve it. Depending on the issue, solutions will vary. For Disability Horizons we know inclusion really comes when we bring solutions to the table.

To change the world, solutions focused always wins.

In my recent “How to change the world” course, we covered how to deal with the above, and lots more. I’m excited to be launching the course again soon.

In the meantime, let me know, how do you deal with getting resources and making impact? What other hurdles are stopping you from changing the world?

Martyn Sibley

– World Changer @ martynsibley.com.
– Author @ ‘Everything is Possible’ (on Amazon).
– Inclusion Captain @ disabilityhorizons.com.
– Presenter and Speaker @ visablepeople.com.
– Adviser @ Governments/Businesses/Charities.

Also @ Twitter | Facebook | Linked In | Google+

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Martyn Sibley by Martyn Sibley - 1M ago

Masterminds. An idea written about in Napoleon Hills Think and Grow Rich book. A concept I’ve toyed with for a while. Until Angus from Limitless Travel suggested we organise one.

So I found 5 likeminded budding disabled entrepreneurs. We set a date. Which was today. 3 couldn’t make it. So Josh from Easy Travel Seat and Shani from Diversability card jumped on the call.

We shared our businesses, our progress and our challenges. Enabling the others to share insights, ideas and solutions.

The plan isn’t to partner or necessary work together. Though that may happen. Its a safe space to support peers and make the world better together.

What an amazing experience. I can’t wait for next months, with the full numbers.

Have you ever masterminded? How was it? If not, would you try it?

Martyn Sibley

– World Changer @ martynsibley.com.
– Author @ ‘Everything is Possible’ (on Amazon).
– Inclusion Captain @ disabilityhorizons.com.
– Presenter and Speaker @ visablepeople.com.
– Adviser @ Governments/Businesses/Charities.

Also @ Twitter | Facebook | Linked In | Google+

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Martyn Sibley by Martyn Sibley - 2M ago

Reinvention is vital when seeking to change the world for the better. As you grow and new experiences happen, the same old ways may not be the answer.

I’ve reinvented myself countless time. As a blogger, an author, a podcaster, a speaker, a coach. And who knows what next.

But this is different to indecision. My mission has, and always will be, for an inclusive world.

The aim is consistent, but the tactics need updating.

Have you ever noticed the need for fresh ideas and new ways to achieve one goal?

Martyn Sibley

– World Changer @ martynsibley.com.
– Author @ ‘Everything is Possible’ (on Amazon).
– Inclusion Captain @ disabilityhorizons.com.
– Presenter and Speaker @ visablepeople.com.
– Adviser @ Governments/Businesses/Charities.

Also @ Twitter | Facebook | Linked In | Skype.
Mobile @ +44 (0) 7798 746551.

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Martyn Sibley by Martyn Sibley - 2M ago

You are capable to make any change you want. Believing that is half the battle. Keeping the fire burning is the other half.

How are your World Changing projects going at the moment?

Martyn Sibley

– World Changer @ martynsibley.com.
– Author @ ‘Everything is Possible’ (on Amazon).
– Inclusion Captain @ disabilityhorizons.com.
– Presenter and Speaker @ visablepeople.com.
– Adviser @ Governments/Businesses/Charities.

Also @ Twitter | Facebook | Linked In | Skype.
Mobile @ +44 (0) 7798 746551.

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