Welcome to Magical Learning Podcasts!
Danette and Grahame have over 30 years experience in business, and have over 20 years experience as facilitators and consultants. With a holistic view, these podcasts cover not only how to improve your business, but how to help your employees enjoy their work, and how to improve yourself.
Episode 80 – Finding Your Why
Are you struggling to find your purpose in life? What gets your out of bed in the morning? In this podcast, Danette, Jez, John and Kanika tackle how to find your why, why it can be so elusive, and what to look for to find yours. The original Simon Sinek video that we reference can be found here.
Episode 78 – Finding Moments of Awe
Do you wish that you could find some more moments that inspire you? Are you finding there isn’t too many awe-inspiring things going on? In today’s episode, Danette, Grahame and Jez look into this subject, and give their answers. They may surprise you!
Episode 77 – Improving Your Self-Confidence
What is it that makes us confident, and why is that important? Is it all up to us, or do others play a part? In Today’s episode, Jez is joined by Danette Fenton-Menzies (Director of Learning), Grahame Gerstenberg (CEO) and John Scollen (Director, Programs) to break this topic down from all angles. All Magical Learning podcasts are recorded on the lands of the Kulin and Wiradjuri nations, and we pay our respect to their elders past and present. As always, if you are having trouble, you can always send us a message.
Episode 76 – Rediscovering Your Curiosity
Do you know what type of curiosity you like? Did you used to be curious, but now struggle? In this episode, Danette, Kanika and Jez all talk about the things they find curious, what they do to become curious, and they also talk about the Wizard of Oz, and other science experiments about curiosity.
Episode 75 – Improving Communication in Lockdown
Are you feeling like you aren’t being heard? Are you finding it hard to find the right words to say what you need to say? In today’s bonus Thursday afternoon episode, Danette and Grahame discuss how you can better get your point across to those around you in this time. As always, if you are having trouble, you can always send us a message.
Episode 74 – Ways to Handle Stress and Resilience
Do you struggle to find ways to handle stress and resilience? Well, in this super Spotify Greenroom Danette, Jez, Grahame, John, Kanika, and special guests all discuss the Pandemic Blahs, and how to deal wth them. As always, if you are having trouble, you can always send us a message.
Episode 73 – Navigating Lockdown (Bonus Episode)
Are you currently in a lockdown? Are you finding it is affecting you? In this podcast, taken from our free webinars that we are running on Thursdays at 12:30 AEST, Danette talks about some ways to Navigate lockdown.
Episode 72 – Navigating the Pandemic Blahs
Are you feeling a bit down this week, or even this year? Are you finding life a little colourless? Well, in this super Spotify Greenroom, Danette, Jez, Grahame, and John all discuss the Pandemic Blahs, and how to deal wth them. As always, if you are having trouble, you can always send us a message.
Episode 69 – How to Motivate your Team (Greenroom)
Do you wish you could be a better motivator? Do you feel like you or your team are no where near their potential. In this episode, Danette, Grahame, Jez and special guest Leo all discuss this, from building your company to be motivated, to being a great, motivating presence, and getting the most out of your team.
Episode 68 – The Power of Curiosity
Are you finding yourself stagnant or run down? Do you struggle to feel motivated? In today’s episode, recorded on Spotify Greenroom, Danette Fenton-Menzies; our Director of Learning, Grahame Gerstenberg; our CEO, and Jez F.M; our media manager, all talk about the power of curiosity, and how they each approach it and use it to thrive in their own ways.
Episode 67 – Improving How You Give Feedback
Do you find it hard to give great feedback, or give critiques in a positive way? Do you find yourself often having to explain again and again your issues? In this webinar, Danette covers one of the most important skills of a great leader; giving feedback. Learn strategies that can help you prepare for and deliver feedback in a way that works, more of the time.
Episode 65 – Building Your Strategic Thinking Skills
Do you want some quick and easy tips to increase your strategic thinking? Do you want your business to become more adaptable? In today’s episode, Danette runs through not only tips that she uses to increase her strategic thinking, but also how Magical Learning stays so adaptable.
Episode 64 – What I Wish I Had Known When I Was Young
Today’ we were testing out Spotify’s new app “Spotify Greenroom”, which allows podcasters to connect with their audience live on a podcast. In today’s chat Danette, Jez and a guest Samir all discuss “What they wish they had known when they were younger. Follow us on social media to join in our next Spotify Greenroom Recording.
Episode 63 – Building Your Adaptability Quotient Skills
Are you struggling to keep up with the ever changing world? Are you looking for skills to keep you adaptable? In today’s episode, Danette gives you some great skills to remain adaptable and ready for the future, for both your work, and life!
Episode 61 – Interview Techniques to Step Up and Stand Out
Do you want to nail that interview for a new job? Do you want to be memorable in all the right ways? In today’s episode, Danette covers some great ways to make sure that you stand out in that interview, and give yourself the best chance possible!
Episode 60 – The Stories the Numbers Tell
Do you struggle with numbers? Do you find that the moment you see financial documents you freeze? In this podcast, Danette gives you a short snippet of one of our most popular courses at the moment “The Stories the Numbers Tell”. Look on our website to book it in for your team today here.
Episode 59 – Intelligent Leadership
Do you want become an intelligent leader? Do you find yourself struggling to command when you should? In this mini-webinar, Danette utilises ideas expressed by John Mattone and others to give you great ideas on how to be an intelligent leader.
Episode 58 – Want to Achieve More?
Do you want some easy tips and tricks to do more in your day? Do you want to be able to be more efficient at finding time for the things you love? In today’s episode, Danette gives you some great tips on how to spend your time in a way that makes you better.
Episode 57 – Building Your Problem-Solving Skills (Masterclass)
Having good problem solving skills is crucial in your professional and personal life. In this masterclass we will cover: Why it is important to build your problem-solving skills, the steps to problem-solving, strategies and techniques for problem-solving, and one action that will help you to continuously improve your problem-solving skills
Episode 56 – Cleaning Up Your Stinking Thinking
Are you struggling with bad habits and bad thoughts? Do you find that you need to expand your thinking? In this episode, Grahame talks about ways to clean up your thinking, and some techniques you can use to better your mindset. As mentioned in the podcast, you can check out the blog post that inspired this podcast here.
Episode 55 – Improving Your Presentation Skills (Webinar)
Do you want to feel more confident every time you give a presentation or speech? Do you want some tips on how to structure a more engaging presentation… how to carry yourself more confidently, to build vocal strength and depth? This Legacy Webinar is presented by our CEO Grahame Gerstenberg, and involves plenty of tips and research to help you deliver your best presentations.
Episode 54 – Public Speaking with Confidence (w/ Jez F.M)
Do you have a fear that you may not be the best public speaker? Are you afraid you’ll get up there and forget everything you know? Well, never fear! In this episode, Danette is joined by Jez F.M, a stand up comedian and her son. They talk about why neither of them gets nervous before speaking, and some tips to become better and more calm on stage.
Episode 53 – Taking Perspective
Do you find that people may take what you say in the wrong way? Are you struggling to understand perspectives across either age or geographic gaps? In today’s episode, Danette talk about how to make your own perspective even better, as well as how to communicate better towards others.
Episode 52 – Building a World-Class Team (Webinar)
We have reached our full year of podcasting today, as we are at our 52nd episode! Thrilled that you have been on this journey with us and learnt a thing or two! In today’s episode, we have another classic webinar for you… this time from Grahame. In this webinar, Grahame talks about what makes a world-class team, how to grow and adapt with your team, and what you can do to help your current team.
Episode 51 – The Journey to Self-Mastery (Webinar)
This is an ML Classic Webinar; which means it is one of our most popular and relevant. In this recording of our free webinar from April 2019, we discuss what you can do to start moving towards self-mastery, achieving a life that inspires you and motivates others to become leaders.
Episode 50 – The Easiest Way to Influence in Business…Storytelling
What is the skill you would most want to improve if you wanted to increase your influence? Well, it might surprise you, but it is actually storytelling. The ability to better convey your concepts through storytelling has a heap of knock on effects, not least of which is an increased level of influence. Not sure where to start? In this episode, Danette lays out some techniques from one of our most popular new courses “Storytelling in Business”.
Episode 49 – Social Influence and Change (with Kanika Chopra)
Have you always wanted to make your passion project? Have you wanted to uplift the voices of the underrepresented? Today’s guest, Kanika Chopra, has done just that through her zine ‘More Than Melanin’ – a creative publication that specifically finds contributors that are people of colour and queer. In this episode, Danette and Kanika talk about the why behind the zine, and what tips Kanika has for people wanting to lead, or learn more about, the space. You can also contribute to/ get a copy of the next More than Melanin zine here.
Episode 48 – Autumn and Letting Go
Do you love the changing seasons of Autumn or Fall? Whether you do or not, it is a great opportunity to take a look at the things in your life you, like the tree, want to release. Both Danette and Grahame talk in conversation about the beauty of the season, and how you can change your life to help yourself in the next couple of months.
Episode 47 – Active Learning Masterclass Recording
Are you feeling stuck in a rut? Do you want to engage more of your mind more of the time? In this 90 minute Masterclass, both Danette and Grahame take you through some techniques to become a better learner. It’s full of techniques and tips you can use to become your best version of yourself. If you would like to watch a video recording of this masterclass, click here.
Episode 46 – Improving Your Reading Habits
Are you struggling to find time to read? Are you afraid you’ll read a book you don’t like, or that wasn’t helpful to you? In this 2-part episode, Danette and Grahame take a couple of minutes addressing important ways to re-discover your love of reading.
Episode 45 – Mentoring
Have you ever considered being a mentor? Have you ever wondered why people get mentors? In this episode, Danette and Grahame chat about not only their experiences of being mentors, but also being mentees. They also discuss the difference between coaching and mentoring, how to get the most out of your mentor, and what to expect.
Episode 44 – A 60-Second Meditation a.k.a. The Toe Meditation
Do you Struggle to meditate? Do you think it is not for you? Grahame, our CEO, also used to think this, however, he found that this 60-second meditation can be the momentum builder you have been looking for. So whether you love meditating, or you just want to give it a real go, this podcast is for you!
Episode 43 – Rejuvenation – A User’s Guide
Welcome Back! We are so excited to have you for Season 2 of the Magical Learning Podcast! In today’s episode, both Danette and Grahame are on to talk about their tips for rejuvenation. If you are finding that all of your problems from 2020 didn’t end on January 1st 2021, you may need to rejuvenate. If so, this is the perfect podcast for you!
Episode 42 – How to Succeed With Your New Year’s Resolutions
Do you struggle to keep your new year’s resolutions? Do you find yourself beating yourself up for not forming a life changing habit instantly? Well, don’t worry, in this episode, Danette, who has successfully implemented positive daily habits this year, gives you her tips to succeed.
Episode 41 – A Happy Holidays from Magical Learning
Happy holidays from all of us here at Magical Learning. We hope you can have a positive 2021 (stay tuned on this channel for our episode on New Year’s Resolutions). Enjoy your time off and have a wonderful break.
Episode 40 – Improving How You Learn Through Reading or Listening to a Book
Do you find that you read a book and learn a lot, only to forget most of it? Are you not a reader? If you said yes to either of these, this is a great podcast. Danette has been the most avid reader you have ever met, so learn why she loves to read, and how she remembers it all!
Episode 39 – Building Your Emotional Intelligence
Do you think EQ isn’t important to you or your career? Well, listen to this podcast and see if that view remains true. In this episode, Danette gives you some great facts and stats about EQ, and then tips and tricks to get better.
Episode 38 – Identifying and Replacing Bad Beliefs
Are you someone that really feels like they are struggling to stay afloat in 2020? Are you someone that self-sabotages once success nears? In this episode, Danette and Grahame have conversation around why people have bad beliefs, and the processes to change them, even if you have held onto them your whole life.
Episode 37 – Life Lessons from an 80 Year Old: A Conversation with Uncle Mac
Today’s episode is a bit different. Danette talks with her uncle, Uncle Mac, about his life and some of the life lessons he picked up along the way. Mac is notorious for his fun loving attitude and wry wit, both are shown here. We hope you enjoy this one!
Episode 36 – Being a Great Leader (Webinar Recording)
Are you looking to become a better leader? Do you want to be able to recognise great leaders? In this webinar, Danette uses brain science, a myriad of books, and a research to show you how to be a better leader.
Episode 35 – A Nature Walk with Danette and Grahame
This is a real treat for fans of our podcast. Danette and Grahame go on one of their famous nature walks, and you can join them. They talk about what they like about nature walks, what you can get out of them, and why they are the best way to slow down, stop and destress. You also can hear the animals they encounter on their way.
Episode 34 – Improving Your Thoughts (Techniques for Everyone)
Are you finding that you beat yourself up over little slip ups? Are you not challenging your brain in a way you would like? In todays episode, Danette gives you a bunch of quotes and techniques to improve your thinking, as well as improving other aspects of your life. If you want to move to another better phase of your life, this podcast may be for you.
Episode 33 – Listening to Understand
Do you ever find yourself listening to reply? What you may not know is that is severely hampering your relationships and emotional intelligence. In this podcast, Danette not only helps you recognise if this affects you, but also gives you some great techniques to combat being a bad listener, and even how to become a great listener. This episode is also packed with quotes by Brene Brown, Stephen Covey and Alfred Brendel.
Episode 32 – Goal Setting and Delegation (Webinar Recording)
Do you struggle giving other people tasks to do? Do you try and do everything yourself? In this webinar from our free webinar series, Danette gives you some tips and trick on how to avoid being the centre of your business’ world. You can also watch this webinar on our Youtube channel.
Episode 31 – The Power of Journaling
What is something Albert Einstein, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Charles Darwin all have in common? They all kept journals; some we have to this very day! Journaling is an underrated (but highly important) way to make sure that not only do you remember what you have thought about, but also what you have learned. You can use it when you are older to teach people what you were like when you were their age.
Episode 30 – Creativity and Innovation Webinar Recording
I had to make this one a podcast because it was so good. Enjoy our 30th episode as a special treat to you for being great listeners. You can also view this podcast if you want to watch it on our Youtube channel here.
Episode 29 – Gratitude: The Miracle Drug
Do you want to see an increase in all aspects of your happiness? Do you want to feel calm, relaxed and thankful? In this episode, Danette gets into the weeds about how gratitude can not only improve your mood, but improve your life.
Episode 28 – How to Learn Online
Do you struggle with online classes? Do you find learning online at uni, or even just for fun hard when you are separated from your instructor? As we have launched ML Live and ML Academy, this is one of our most requested topics, so we thought we should to a podcast on it.
Episode 27 – The Importance of Coaching
Have you ever wondered why people would hire a professional coach? What does a professional coach even do? In this podcast, Danette not only tells you what a coach does, but also gives you some examples of things she does when coaching people in the professional field. If you have ever had any questions about professional coaching, this episode is for you!
Episode 26 – How to Communicate Effectively in Online Meetings
Do you find people struggling to stay engaged and interested when in online meetings? Are you finding it hard to keep people’s attention. In this episode, Danette give you some great tips to making people want to stay engaged and interested in what you have to say!
Episode 25 – Getting Out in Nature
We all know that getting out into nature is good for us. But the question is, what are the actual benefits? In this episode, Danette breaks down why you should spend some time looking at or being in nature, and what that could do for your efficiency, productivity and mental health.
Episode 24 – Where are you leaking time?
Do you feel like you are losing time being busy, and not sure how to achieve your goals? In this episode, Danette finds your areas leaking time, and helps you make sure you are on the right path, as efficiently as possible. As mentioned in the podcast, our ML Live early bird special is on right now for our September Classes.
Episode 23 – Growth: The Science and Simple Techniques
Want to know a little bit about growth? Do you want to keep growing? In this episode, piggybacking off our last episode, Danette lays out her research and life experience in the realm of Growth. As mentioned in the podcast, our ML Live early bird special is on right now for our September Classes.
Episode 22 – Change = Uncomfortable = Growth
Do you feel comfortable in your life, but feel like you are just treading water, and not going in the direction you want to go? In this podcast, Danette discusses one of the mottos we have here at Magical Learning, which is Change = Uncomfortable = Growth. She gives you a way to rate and review your days to begin heading in the right direction.
Episode 20 – Sitting in Uncertainty
Are you having a tough time staying calm during this disruption? Does it feel tough and hard to understand, and hard to work out what you should be doing? In this episode, Grahame joins us to help you reframe and adjust to this time, and gives you important tips to keep yourself calm and in the game.
Episode 19 – Rain on a Tin Roof
Today, we are bringing you a slightly different episode. Danette talks to you about legacy and the story of her farm, all over the soothing sounds of rain on a tin roof. We hope you enjoy this slightly different approach, it was really enjoyable to record.
Episode 18 – Curiosity
Are you struggling to find you curiosity? Are you finding it hard to make new improvements to your business? In this episode, Danette offers her advice on her favourite mindset, being curious! The link that she refers to in this episode can be found here.
Episode 17 – How to Improve and Build Habits with Celebration!
Ever wondered why you can’t quite seem to form the habits you want? Or even worse, they begin to disappear after you get in a rhythm? In this episode, Danette tells you how she develops her habits, so that she can improve by 1% constantly, which amounts to a lot by the end of the year.
Episode 16 – Growing Employee Engagement
Are you struggling to connect with your employees during this disruption? Are you finding it hard to keep them engaged? In these times, Grahame offers his wisdom (with a healthy dash of quotes) to help you keep your employees engaged and ready to thrive. This recording it taken from our free June 2020 webinar. For a more visual experience, you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 14 – Morning Rituals for Success
Have you struggled to find your groove during the COVID-19 disruption? Are you wondering what you should do about it? In this podcast, Danette tells you about her approach to the morning ritual, as well as some steps you can take the night before to have a great night’s sleep. Plus it is all recorded over the soothing sounds of the outdoors in the Australian countryside.
Episode 13 – Life-Work Balance
Are you working from home now, and struggling to separate work from life? Are you struggling to find any time for yourself or to put yourself first? In this podcast, Danette lays out some techniques and ways to make sure that you are feeling good in this disruption.
Episode 12 – Minute Taking for Beginners
What do you struggle with when you try to take minutes? Is it the pressure? Do you know exactly what your role is? Did you never get formal training? Magical Learning is proud to announce our first course that you can take completely online, and not only that, but it is free. In this episode, Jez and Grahame discuss the course, what you can get out of it, and how to sign up. Add to your professional resume with this awesome course.
Episode 11 – Great Questions: A Conversation
What makes a great question? What does a great question do to you? In this episode, Danette and Grahame have a conversation talking about great questions that have changed their life, and questions that you can ask yourself to change yours. This is our first conversational episode, and if you want to join the conversation with great questions you have been asked or thought about, please let us know! Also this is recorded outside, so you can enjoy the peaceful wind-chimes in the background.
Episode 10 – Why Have Some Businesses & People Thrived During This Disruption?
Have you been wondering why during this disruption, why some people have been seeming to do well and cope while others are struggling? In this outdoor episode, Danette helps you to not only identify if you aren’t doing well, but gives you some easy tips to puts yourself in the right direction.
Episode 9 – Mental Health and Resilience
Are you feeling a little less resilient? Has COVID got you down a bit? In this episode, Danette offers you some tips not only on how to notice signs that you are beginning to feel down, but also some quick and easy tips to get you back on your feet. This episode was recorded out on the farm, and we get a few crows as guests. That’s just what living out of the city is like. We hope you enjoy.
Episode 8 – The Magic of Lifelong Learning
Do you want to know how to become a lifelong learner? Are you excited to learn how to enjoy learning? In this podcast, Grahame gives you tips and a mentality to become a lifelong learner, why it’s important, and elevate your career prospects. This recording it taken from our free May 2019 webinar. For a more visual experience, you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 7 – Communicating In Multi-Generational Teams
Learn some simple yet powerful strategies for communicating more effectively with team members spanning multiple generations. In this podcast you will learn the characteristics of different generations, how to communicate and inspire more effectively with the different members of your team, and strategies and tools to promote greater respect and teamwork within a multi-generational team. This recording it taken from our free February 2019 webinar. For a more visual experience, you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 6 – Meet Your Teachers: Danette and Grahame
If you are listening to this podcast, and you don’t know what Magical Learning is, and who these people are that are telling you all this, this is the perfect introduction. Beyond having over 30 years in business, they are also true facilitators of bringing out your potential. To learn a little more about who you will be learning from, have a listen to this. This is taken from a fireside chat with Digital Trades School, Ontario.
Episode 5 – Transitioning To Working From Home
As this disruption continues, more of us are being asked to work from home. For many of us, this is a completely new way of working and it presents challenges we haven’t experienced before. Today, Danette explores how you can work effectively and harness technology to increase productivity, increase your resilience and wellbeing, and stay connected with others. This recording is taken from our How You Can Thrive During Disruption webinar series. For a more visual experience, you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 4 – Helping Your Children To Learn At Home
As many children are now learning from home we wanted to support you to make their learning effective. Join Danette as she looks at the latest science, as well as tried and tested methods, to help you help you kids thrive during this disruption. You will learn about the latest brain science, the different ways we learn, the importance of breaks and some great tips and tricks to help your children learn more effectively. This recording is taken from our How You Can Thrive During Disruption webinar series. For a more visual experience, you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 3 – Leading Remote Teams Through Disruption
As more of us are relocating our work desk to home, managers and team leaders are also facing new challenges and opportunities, in keeping their teams focused, productive and connected. Join Grahame as he gives insights and tips on how to manage this ever-changing scenario head-on. Learn how to understand your team members better, bring focus and clarity to virtual meetings, and increase communication. This recording is taken from our How You Can Thrive During Disruption webinar series. For a more visual experience, you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 2 – Adapting to Change
In this uncertain time, it can feel difficult to keep your head above water. Join Danette as she takes you through steps to not only better survive through change, but to actually thrive! Learn about Adaptability Quotient (AQ) and why it is the ‘new competitive advantage’ according to Harvard Business Review. This recording is taken from our February 2020 free webinar. For a more visual experience, you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 1 – Improving Employee Appreciation
Are you going through a lot of staff in your workplace, or feeling under-appreciated as a staff member in your organisation? In this episode, Danette offers some advice on how to make your employees feel valued and appreciated, leading to greater workplace satisfaction and job retention. This recording is taken from our March 2020 free webinar. For a more visual experience, you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel here.