Time To Talk With Alex Reads

Time To Talk With Alex Reads

By Alex Reads

Alex 'Reads' Holmes, emotional wellness educator supporting people to manage and navigate their emotional wellness, for better mental health.

He interviews mental health practitioners, health enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and thought leaders and more to explore topics around emotional and mental health.

Topics explored have ranged from grief and love to anger and loneliness.

Let's get talking.

Episodes

Healing Words For Life with Paul Anthony Jones

Paul Anthony Jones is an author and blogger who runs the popular @HaggardHawks Twitter feed and website. Having published eight books on the words and history of the English language, the latest of which connects some of the English language's strangest and least known words to some of life's toughest problems and troubles to see what we can learn from the words we've long forgotten.This episode we talk about grief, love, life and how we can get true and beautiful meanings from words to help us through tough times. His book The Cabinet of Calm is on sale now. #TimeToTalkBooks:English DictionaryJoin The Community: alexreads.co.uk/community Insta: @alexreads -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.ukNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletter #TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
02/06/201h 1m

Books That Move Me: All About Love ft Allysa Rochelle

Books That Move Me is an offering up of spiritual and mindful conversation around the books that have changed us and shifted us. At the end of the episode on Tuesdays, I ask people what books have moved them. Here is the definitive space for these conversations.This month I speak to Allysa Rochelle, as we re-visit All About Love by bell hooks.I am a big believer in synergy, and I am so happy to be bringing this back. So, each month on or around the last Sunday, the same day as the newsletter, I will be holding space with someone I truly admire and have come into grace with to speak about a book of note, relevance and time. For this month, the book we are going to discuss as a way of getting you used to these episodes of the book club - is All About Love by bell hooks, with a mention and conversation about A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson.Enjoy.Reading list: goodreads.com/review/list/36960176-alex-reads?shelf=timetotalkbooksAll About Love: https://amzn.to/2XIEns4A Return To Love: https://amzn.to/2yN1fxWLove, Alex
31/05/201h 17m

Spiritual Wellness with Ceepz

Joined by my friend Ceepz this week. Ceepz is the founder of the brand The Forte which has worked in different spaces of delivering content, events and a platform with the aim of connecting and showcasing people from different business and creative backgrounds.Twitter & Instagram @Ceepz#TimeToTalkBooks:Contagious by Jonah Berger Join The Community: alexreads.co.uk/community Insta: @alexreads -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.ukNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletter #TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
26/05/201h 5m

'Are You Your Own Best Friend?' - On Kindness with Shahroo Izadi

This week's more intimate episode is with Shahroo Izadi discussing self-kindness. But before we get into that, I discuss the importance of being kind to ourselves as a service to others as well as to ourselves. We are so much love, and we are deserving. Ask yourself:“How can I care for and comfort myself in this moment?”
24/05/2039m 45s

Small Talk Saves Lives [Part 3] with Office of Rail and Road's Ian Prosser

Welcome to a new episode of Time To Talk with Alex Reads. I am your host Alex Reads, and I am bringing you mental health and emotional wellbeing content that I hope will be of some benefit to you, so I am glad to have you here with me!This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme this year is KINDNESS. I will be posting content throughout the week to support this, as I think we can always use a little room to be kinder in our lives. In a three-part series, I have teamed up with Samaritans, Network Rail and Office of Rail and Road to bring to you some conversations about mental health in the context of suicide prevention on the Nation’s railways. I am speaking to key players from mental health charity Samaritans, Network Rail and Office of Rail and Road in these first series of episodes to talk about their joint efforts with the Samaritan’s campaign ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’, a campaign. Small Talk Saves Lives is a campaign to empower the public to act to prevent suicide on the railways and other settings. Suicide is preventable and suicidal thoughts are often temporary and can be interrupted. Samaritans want to give as many people as possible the skills to notice if someone might be at risk and give them the confidence to approach them. A simple question or observation can be all it takes to interrupt suicidal thoughts and start the journey to recovery. Throughout this campaign, Samaritans is reminding people that they already know how to start a conversation, giving them the confidence to act.Research carried out jointly for Samaritans and the rail industry by the Universities of Middlesex and Westminster indicated that a ‘bystander’ campaign could be valuable as the public has a role to play in suicide prevention on the railways.And so, the partnership with British Transport Police, Network Rail and the wider rail industry to develop the campaign has been beneficial. They train thousands of rail staff in suicide prevention every year. Many of them go on to make an intervention and save a life. We encourage staff to notice if someone may be at risk and then start a conversation by asking a simple question, so making small talk.We have also consulted individuals who have experienced suicidal thoughts, those who have lost loved ones to suicide, people who regularly travel by train, and the general public. We wanted to make sure we considered a range of experiences when developing the campaign.An example of the importance of our campaign is Sarah's story. A stranger on a train platform helped stop Sarah from taking her own life. With Sarah's permission, we used her story to develop the first phase of the campaign and show others how small talk saved her life.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ORR - Office of Rail and Road - Ian Prosser, Chief inspector of railways and directorIan is the chief inspector of railways and director, railway safety at the Office of Rail and Road.Drop me an email: tttalkpod@gmail.com
22/05/2012m 55s

Small Talk Saves Lives [Part 2] with CEO of Samaritans Ruth Sutherland

Welcome to a new episode of Time To Talk with Alex Reads. I am your host Alex Reads, and I am bringing you mental health and emotional wellbeing content that I hope will be of some benefit to you, so I am glad to have you here with me!This week is Mental Health Awareness week, and the theme this year is KINDNESS. I will be posting content throughout the week to support this, as I think we can always use a little room to be kinder in our lives. In a three part series, I have teamed up with Samaritans, Network Rail and Office of Rail and Road to bring to you some conversations about mental health in the context of suicide prevention on the Nation’s railways. I am speaking to key players from mental health charity Samaritans, Network Rail and Office of Rail and Road in these first series of episodes to talk about their joint efforts with the Samaritan’s campaign ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’, a campaign. Small Talk Saves Lives is a campaign to empower the public to act to prevent suicide on the railways and other settings. Suicide is preventable and suicidal thoughts are often temporary and can be interrupted. Samaritans want to give as many people as possible the skills to notice if someone might be at risk and give them the confidence to approach them. A simple question or observation can be all it takes to interrupt suicidal thoughts and start the journey to recovery. Throughout this campaign, Samaritans is reminding people that they already know how to start a conversation, giving them the confidence to act.Research carried out jointly for Samaritans and the rail industry by the Universities of Middlesex and Westminster indicated that a ‘bystander’ campaign could be valuable as the public has a role to play in suicide prevention on the railways.And so, the partnership with British Transport Police, Network Rail and the wider rail industry to develop the campaign has been beneficial. They train thousands of rail staff in suicide prevention every year. Many of them go on to make an intervention and save a life. We encourage staff to notice if someone may be at risk and then start a conversation by asking a simple question, so making small talk.We have also consulted individuals who have experienced suicidal thoughts, those who have lost loved ones to suicide, people who regularly travel by train, and the general public. We wanted to make sure we considered a range of experiences when developing the campaign.An example of the importance of our campaign is Sarah's story. A stranger on a train platform helped stop Sarah from taking her own life. With Sarah's permission, we used her story to develop the first phase of the campaign and show others how small talk saved her life.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Samaritans Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans and has been since 2015. Drop me an email: tttalkpod@gmail.com
21/05/2038m 35s

Small Talk Saves Lives [Part 1] with Network Rail's Ian Stevens

Welcome to a new episode of Time To Talk with Alex Reads. I am your host Alex Reads, and I am bringing you mental health and emotional wellbeing content that I hope will be of some benefit to you, so I am glad to have you here with me!This week is Mental Health Awareness week, and the theme this year is KINDNESS. I will be posting content throughout the week to support this, as I think we can always use a little room to be kinder in our lives. In a three-part series, I have teamed up with Samaritans, Network Rail and Office of Rail and Road to bring to you some conversations about mental health in the context of suicide prevention on the Nation’s railways. I am speaking to key players from mental health charity Samaritans, Network Rail and Office of Rail and Road in these first series of episodes to talk about their joint efforts with the Samaritan’s campaign ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’, a campaign. Small Talk Saves Lives is a campaign to empower the public to act to prevent suicide on the railways and other settings. Suicide is preventable and suicidal thoughts are often temporary and can be interrupted. Samaritans want to give as many people as possible the skills to notice if someone might be at risk and give them the confidence to approach them. A simple question or observation can be all it takes to interrupt suicidal thoughts and start the journey to recovery. Throughout this campaign, Samaritans are reminding people that they already know how to start a conversation, giving them the confidence to act.Research carried out jointly for Samaritans and the rail industry by the Universities of Middlesex and Westminster indicated that a ‘bystander’ campaign could be valuable as the public has a role to play in suicide prevention on the railways.And so, the partnership with British Transport Police, Network Rail and the wider rail industry to develop the campaign has been beneficial. They train thousands of rail staff in suicide prevention every year. Many of them go on to make an intervention and save a life. We encourage staff to notice if someone may be at risk and then start a conversation by asking a simple question, so making small talk.We have also consulted individuals who have experienced suicidal thoughts, those who have lost loved ones to suicide, people who regularly travel by train, and the general public. We wanted to make sure we considered a range of experiences when developing the campaign.An example of the importance of our campaign is Sarah's story. A stranger on a train platform helped stop Sarah from taking her own life. With Sarah's permission, we used her story to develop the first phase of the campaign and show others how small talk saved her life.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ian has worked in the rail industry for 33 years. He is a seasoned and experienced frontline operator. In September 2012 he became Network Rail’s lead for its suicide prevention programme. At a working level, he brings the rail industry together to deliver its suicide prevention programme.Ian has presented around the world on the challenge suicide presents to the railway. He is a regular figure in Parliament, and on committees and groups where an intimate knowledge of suicide prevention in public spaces is required. Delivered a public-facing bystander campaign in collaboration with Samaritans and the British Transport Police known as Small Talk Saves Lives.In June 2018 Ian was honoured by the Queen with an MBE for his work in this field.Drop me an email:tttalkpod@gmail.com
20/05/2029m 33s

Forced Into Life with Kevin Maxwell

This week I am joined by author Kevin Maxwell. We discuss his new book, Forced Out, a memoir about his time working in the British Police Force as a Black, gay man from Liverpool. Also, we discuss:Managing PTSD, fighting loneliness and maintaining your power in the face of adversity. Twitter: @kevin_maxwell Instagram: @kevin_maxwell#TimeToTalkBooks:What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by E. Lynn HarrisJoin The Community: alexreads.co.uk/community Insta: @alexreads -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.ukNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletter #TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
19/05/201h 4m

Six Books To Beat Loneliness

This week as we lead into Mental Health Awareness Week, I discuss overwhelm, loneliness and via a question about reading and loneliness, I suggest the books that have been supporting me in this unprecedented time. Join The Community: alexreads.co.uk/community Insta: @alexreads -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.ukNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletter #TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.com
17/05/2044m 51s

Mentoring Young Black People ft Abdul Buhari

With the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, we are all effectively going through a period of transition and upheaval, with the virus changing how we all work and study overnight. Abdul Buhari is a retired Olympic discus thrower now working in finance, with a focus on sport. He is passionate about supporting athlete with the transition out of the sport and into industry. Abdul's Fika story is as relevant now as ever - helping us manage uncertainty and use this time wisely to plan for the future.Abdul is also an ambassador for Fika - a mental fitness app for students - and has shared his own story through the Fika app, in a bid to help students manage big life transitions. #TimeToTalkBooks:Michael Johnson: Slaying The DragonJoin The Community: alexreads.co.uk/community Insta: @alexreads -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.ukNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletter #TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
12/05/201h 3m

Having Difficult Conversations and Setting Boundaries

This week, I discuss my own mental wellbeing as well as answering a question on difficult conversations without crossing boundaries. Developing Healthy Boundaries: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sense-and-sensitivity/201201/developing-healthy-boundariesEmail tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @alexreadsWebsite: alexreads.co.uk
10/05/2031m 21s

Exploring Inner Alchemy ft Raff Ricci

Raff Ricci is the founder of MEYA, a new music and meditation app which combines electronic music, binaural beats and sound healing with meditation, NLP and inner alchemy. We have a discussion about dealing with negative emotions, finding the balance between music, mind and life, as well as discovering what Inner Alchemy is. MEYA: welcometomeya.com#TimeToTalkBooks:Eckhart Tolle: The Power of NowDraco Datsoon Book: The Never Asleep Society Revealed Join The Community: alexreads.co.uk/community Insta: @alexreads -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.ukNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletter #TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
05/05/2056m 15s

Holding Space: Together

This is my Sunday offering. Let's Hold Space. Together. Music: JMZInsta: @alexreadsCommunity: alexreads.co.uk/community
03/05/206m 19s

How To Add Value And Build A Community ft Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas is the co-founder of The Foundry, a semi-private fitness community that is committed to making sure there is "No One Left Behind". In this conversation, we discuss Dave’s battle with body image issues, mental health and how he got into fitness, as well as what it takes to build an engaged community. Enjoy! Foundry Fit @foundryfitDave @itsdtptWebsite: https://www.foundryfit.com#TimeToTalkBooks:Chris Hadfield: An Astronauts Guide To Life On Earth Join The Community: alexreads.co.uk/community Insta: @alexreads
28/04/201h 38m

Embracing Our New Normal ft Ade Akins

Ade Akins is the co-founder of Adzvice, a platform for millennials that explores the complexities of the time we live in. While we speak about buying houses and building brands in this conversation, we also speak about our new normal, grief, and looking at what our lives are going to look like over the next few years. Enjoy! #TimeToTalkBooks:The Clapback - Elijah LawalBuy here- https://amzn.to/2ysm2q4Mentioned in the pod:Why We Don’t Talk About Death: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4eNME9QN9TIo7yeL2EpeAEGrief: https://open.spotify.com/episode/411bAYNZECR5fcvLAS2baI?si=c_Mso7aGQWOFOH0TLOHnzgInstagram: @Adzvice / @iamadeakinsWebsite: adzvice.com-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.ukNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletter #TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
21/04/201h 3m

Teaching Men How To Date ft David Chambers (from Authentic Dating Series)

David Chambers from The Authentic Dating Series podcast joins me this week to discuss coaching men to date, who taught him intimacy, Love Is Blind, what dating in the lockdown looks like, and which book challenged his own views on racism. Enjoy! #TimeToTalkBooks:Conversations with Godhttps://amzn.to/3enRIxwWhy I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge https://amzn.to/2RCuQQTDavid Chambers is a host on Authentic Dating Series: https://www.authenticdatingseries.comCatch them on Instagram:@authenticdatingseries-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.ukNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletter #TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
14/04/201h 6m

Do As Little Harm To Yourself As Possible

A check-in episode. Stay safe. Time To Talk Books: A Return To Love - Marianne Williamson: https://amzn.to/39XGxYH----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.uk#TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
10/04/2037m 1s

Using Anger To Find Joy ft Josh Rivers

Description:I am joined by Josh Rivers, host of Busy Being Black. In this episode, we discuss anger: its uses, its pitfalls and how we can use anger to benefit us to create the transformation we need in our lives. Going through the Covid-19 pandemic at the moment is very frightening. In this conversation, we challenge society to be kinder to one another to help fight this virus.#TimeToTalkBooks:Black Queer Studies - Duke University Press (Here)Brother to Brother - by Essex Hemphill (Here)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.uk#TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
08/04/201h 2m

What The Health Is Going On? (Ft Dr Earim Chaudry and Akash Vaghela)

Description:*FIRST FIVE MINUTES OF THE SHOW ARE CRUCIAL*This week I’m bringing back two older episodes on HEALTH. Dr Earim Chaudry is the Medical Director for Manual, a men’s wellness platform, and I am reliving the conversation we had about men’s health, mental wellbeing and other elements of masculinity in the health space. Akash Vaghela is the founder of RNT Fitness, a transformation company that helps clients reach their physical peaks and understand that changing of mindset is necessary to reach goals. Both are important conversations to be had in the scope of Coronavirus, and would love for you to hear snippets of the conversations again. #TimeToTalkBooks:Eckhart Tolle - A New EarthInner Engineering - Saddhguru -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_Gw/featured?view_as=subscriberAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.uk#TimeToTalkBooks: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=timetotalkbooks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#TTTalkWithAlexEmail: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
07/04/201h 1m

Journal Prompts

Welcome!A large highlight given from this global pandemic is connection. So many people have been reaching out to one another, and it is beautiful to see!It’s time for us to have an internal check-in now too, as we are being cooped up inside for lengthier periods than we are used to this is going to be super tricky. I personally do this in my journal in the morning, but it really is up to you, but ask yourself the following: How am I feeling about being self-isolated?What do I want this time of isolation to reveal to me?What version of myself can I envisage becoming after this period?How can I best serve myself and others at this time?Who do I need to check in on that I haven’t in a while?Please connect:Instgram and Vero: @alexreadsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3MvN8HTNLtOjvuoHw_0_GwRate and Review the podcast guys!Love.
27/03/209m 27s

Ryan Nile and Alex Manzi: Quarantine Conversations

This week, we do something new! It's a lockdown, so I had a three-way podcast session with my friends and fellow podcasters Ryan Nile and Alex Manzi. We talk about the Coronavirus, and people's attitudes, but we also speak about podcasting, creating and what we hope to do while cooped up in here. Have a listen, rate review and subscribe! Check out my YouTube!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi29J624rRYTwitter @tttalkpod Instagram @alexreadsWebsite: alexreads.co.uk---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ryan Nile:Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanNileInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryan.nile.show/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHtPrHQOFVBsZVn2SJ2ZL8wAlex ManziTwitter: https://twitter.com/IAmAlexManziInstagram: www.instagram.com/iamalexmanziYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjKvPW0zd4W5lV_AX6FOtQA
24/03/201h 37m

Coronavirus: Better Mental Health During A Lockdown

Thought I'd share the audio from my upcoming YouTube video to the podcast on better mental health during coronavirus. Links:1. FIIT - https://getfiit.tv/ocls0s32. Netflix Party - https://www.netflixparty.com/3. Nir Eyal's Indistractable - https://amzn.to/2U7rW8q------Make sure to Rate, review and subscribe!
20/03/2019m 40s

JMX: From Anorexia to Xcademy

'You can only achieve as much as you believe you can achieve.' Joel Morris (aka JMX) is a YouTube and online influencer who started making videos at the age of 12 and now has over 3.5m followers across his social media channels including 2.5 Million on YouTube. Joel has been through the ups and downs, challenges and rewards of amassing such a large online audience, from suffering anorexia as a teenager and online trolling to a large and engaged following. He believes YouTube has totally transformed his life for the better and it has led him to start the e-learning business Xcademy, which is designed to help young people learn valuable life skills and become successful YouTubers.Connect with him:YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/xJMX25Twitter @jmxfifa | Instagram @JMXXcademy: https://www.xcademy.com/#BooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatterInstagram: @alexreadsVero: alexreadsTwitter: @tttalkpodAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.uk/booksthatmatterBooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatter
19/03/2053m 14s

#TimeToTalkBooks: The Fire Next Time

This month's book is The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Get the book: https://amzn.to/2w352pBAudible: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadsaudibleKindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/alexreadskindleWebsite: alexreads.co.uk/notestoselfBooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatterAmani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm6PwChWiJ8&t=5sRate, Review and Subscribe on anywhere you can find podcasts!
13/03/2047m 13s

Alexander Leon: A Gentle Returning To Self

'My struggle has to be your struggle.' This week we have Alexander Leon. He is a writer and LGBT+ ACTIVIST and has very kindly come to the studio to speak to me today about supporting one another in our struggles, working as an activist and personal growth. Connect with him:YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFraJo0JLPnEid_4Agnfa7gTwitter @alxndrleon | Instagram @alexand_erleon#BooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatterInstagram: @alexreadsVero: alexreadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
11/03/2051m 40s

Black Wellness and The Process

This week I explore:- Trusting the Process, a deep cut from the VERY first episode- Diversity in the wellness industry- Black wellness festivals - Black Book Festival Black Book Festival: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-book-festival-tickets-83042583603Noir Fitfest: https://noirefitfest.com/Lorraine Russell: https://www.instagram.com/misslalaworks/Donna Noble: https://www.instagram.com/curvesomeyoga/Natalie Morris piece: https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/25/fitness-industry-overwhelmingly-white-needs-change-10799039/#BooksThatMatter - https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176-alex-reads?shelf=booksthatmatter&utf8=%E2%9C%93Socials: Twitter: @tttalkpodInsta and Vero: @alexreadsWebsite: alexreads.co.uk
06/03/2041m 23s

Ryan Nile: Maturing In Self-Forgiveness

'How you do anything, is how you do everything.' This week we have a friend of mine on the show, Ryan Nile. Ryan is a podcaster, YouTuber and Visionary and creator of the Ryan Nile Show, and For The Creators, as well as producing the Tech-Ish podcast. So happy to have him on the show, and welcome! Connect with him:YT: YouTube.com/RyanNile | Twitter @ryannile | instagram @ryan.nile.show#BooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatterInstagram: @alexreadsVero: alexreadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
03/03/2055m 50s

Emotional Wellness

This week on I explore:- The Enneagram: https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/types- The 4 Interior Empires by Robin Sharma: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=986RpUg8FCc- How to open up your life Resources: Examples of PTSD:https://www.business2community.com/social-media/can-social-media-cause-post-traumatic-stress-01439471/ampDoes the internet make it worse?: https://www.talkspace.com/blog/ptsd-does-internet-make-worse/“Do I have PTSD or anxiety?”: https://theoakstreatment.com/ptsd/do-i-have-ptsd-or-anxiety/#BooksThatMatter - https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176-alex-reads?shelf=booksthatmatter&utf8=%E2%9C%93Socials: Twitter: @tttalkpodInsta and Vero: @alexreadsWebsite: alexreads.co.uk
28/02/2038m 25s

Abraham Adeyemi: A Life To Your Calling

'I urge you live a life worthy of the calling you received.' - Ephesians 4:1 This week, we have Abraham Adeyemi - a multidisciplinary wordsmith, screenwriter and playwright, a producer, director and founder of production company Creative Blue Balls.In 2019 he made his directorial debut No More Wings - as the winner of Soho House’s global screenwriting competition Script House. Find Abe here: Insta: @abeislegendTwitter: @abeislegend#BooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176-alex-reads?shelf=booksthatmatter&utf8=%E2%9C%93
25/02/2055m 32s

PTSD

This week on I explore:- What PTSD is?- Is it the same as anxiety?- My own experiences with PTSDResources: Examples of PTSD:https://www.business2community.com/social-media/can-social-media-cause-post-traumatic-stress-01439471/ampDoes the internet make it worse?: https://www.talkspace.com/blog/ptsd-does-internet-make-worse/“Do I have PTSD or anxiety?”: https://theoakstreatment.com/ptsd/do-i-have-ptsd-or-anxiety/#BooksThatMatter - https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176-alex-reads?shelf=booksthatmatter&utf8=%E2%9C%93Socials: Twitter: @tttalkpodInsta and Vero: @alexreadsWebsite: alexreads.co.uk
21/02/2035m 21s

Claud Williams: Neurodiversity and Dreaming Big

'The best way to predict the future is to invent it.'This week, we have Claud Williams the founder of Dream Nation, the personal development platform that combines tech to find our best selves. Find Claud here: dreamnation.coclaudwilliams.coInsta: claud_williams#BooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176-alex-reads?shelf=booksthatmatter&utf8=%E2%9C%93
18/02/2049m 6s

#TimeToTalkBooks: All About Love

#BooksThatMatter::This is the first #BooksThatMatter episode on All About Love by bell hooks.Themes:- Why men lie?- Courageous love- Valentines- Self acceptance and self esteemFridays will never be the same!I decided that Notes to Self should have its own episode. Welcome to #NotesToSelf: A sort of workshop and intimate conversation to explore how we are managing ourselves, dealing with excessive expectations and what resources we can use to help us through those moments. Once a month, I will be discussing a book from #BooksThatMatter - so read along with me! Read with me and send me questions if you have any. I’ll let you know the book for the following month at the end of the episode. So, as ever if you do have a question or comment to share, please email me at: tttalkpod@gmail.com Instagram: @alexreadsVero: @alexreadsTwitter: @tttalkpodAlso, if these episodes help you in any way make sure you comment, rate, review and subscribe so I can do more of these and better. Don’t forget to tune in to the TTT conversations I have each Tuesday. And finally, if you do tweet or Instagram the show, I want to know if you are listening so please use the hashtag #TTTwithAlex and let me know what you think. #BooksThatMatter:https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatter
14/02/2033m 26s

Ian McCaig: The Road To FIIT

Ian is a serial entrepreneur, with super energy. He is the co-founder and CMO of Fiit, a venture-backed FitTech start-up on a mission to make fitness addictive and effortless for the majority of people disillusioned with the gym and other offerings in the market today. We talk about grief, breaking traumas and redefining fitness. Connect with him on socials:Instagram: @fiit / @ianmccaigWebsite: fiit.tvGet a month of FIIT free here: getfit.tv/ocls0s3#BooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatterInstagram: @alexreadsVero: alexreadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
11/02/2045m 35s

Grief

Fridays will never be the same!I decided that Notes to Self should have its own episode. Welcome to #NotesToSelf: A sort of workshop and intimate conversation to explore how we are managing ourselves, dealing with excessive expectations and what resources we can use to help us through those moments. This week I speak about: Grief. - What is grief?- Struggles with grieving- Mourning a grandparent: https://whatsyourgrief.com/grieving-death-grandparent/- Media and Grief. Handling Kobe and Nipsey Hussle: https://elemental.medium.com/what-kobe-bryants-death-reveals-about-collective-grief-54ba14ef095f- How can we better support people who are grieving?Once a month, I will be discussing a book from #BooksThatMatter - so read along with me!The first #BooksThatMatter episode will be on 14th Feb and will be All About Love by bell hooks. Read with me and send me questions if you have any. I’ll let you know the book for the following month at the end of the episode. So, as ever if you do have a question or comment to share, please email me at: tttalkpod@gmail.com Instagram: @alexreadsVero: @alexreadsTwitter: @tttalkpodAlso, if these episodes help you in any way make sure you comment, rate, review and subscribe so I can do more of these and better. Don’t forget to tune in to the TTT conversations I have each Tuesday. And finally, if you do tweet or Instagram the show, I want to know if you are listening so please use the hashtag #TTTwithAlex and let me know what you think. Notes: Jay's episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3vHpNUEVZdAq18SC6vKr7p?si=lsjL4ux1TGuI0elVd-6UFg#BooksThatMatter:https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatter
07/02/2032m 9s

Nir Eyal: Becoming Indistractable

Nir Eyal is a bestselling author, of Indistractable. This book is perfect for people who need to streamline their lives, and become less distracted in areas of their lives revolving around work, relationships and cultures that keep us away from what matters. Connect with him on socials:Instagram: @neyal99Website: nirandfar.com#BooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatterInstagram: @alexreadsVero: alexreadsTwitter: @tttalkpod
04/02/2046m 0s

Cas Ajani: Finding Your Story

King Cas Ajani is a producer, music artist, director, mentor & advocate for young men'semotional wellbeing, an entrepreneur and ⅓ of the new podcast series: "Take It Or Leave ItShow". We speak about childhood trauma, healing and what it means to embrace your backstory to create new stories in your future.Connect with him on socials:Instagram: @ajanikingdom#BooksThatMatter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatter
28/01/2058m 22s

Sam McGrath: Compassionate Leadership

Major Sam McGrath joins Time To Talk today. He was the youngest Major of the Parachute Regiment since WORLD WAR 2 commanding over 200 men just as he turned 28-years-old.Since leaving the army after 10 years in service, he has run one of the most intense runs in the country called the Bob Graheme Round running 72 miles of the Keswick Fell in 23hrs 43mins, earned an Executive MBA with Barclays in 2009, became MD of Standard Charter in Singapore and the author of Be Para Fit, a 4-week formula for elite physical fitness all of which we will be delving into in this episode as we discuss being a compassionate leader at home, at work and in life.#BooksThatMatter:https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36960176?shelf=booksthatmatterSocials: Instagram: @be_para_fit and @sam_beparafit
21/01/2058m 46s

Kenny Mammarella D'Cruz: Sense Of Self

Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz is the founder of MenSpeak men's groups. He has a passion to make space for men’s voices to be heard, by self and others, towards a more authentic, loving, conscious and sharing world. ⁣⁣He is dubbed as “The Man Whisperer" and helps men getting in touch with a more authentic sense of self.⁣⁣This week, we speak about shame, daily mantras and the way that men can live authentic and happy lives without causing distress to others - by talking. ⁣⁣Kenny can be found here: https://www.kennydcruz.com/#BooksThatMatter ⁣Malidoma Somé: Of Water and the Spirit⁣Marlo Morgan: Mutant Message Down Under⁣Ryan Holiday: Stillness Is Key⁣
14/01/201h 16m

Sam Tompkins: Authentic Artistry and Vulnerability

Recording artist Sam Tompkins talks to me this week about mental health in his music, writing about his friend's suicide and how to remain authentic in your art. We explore his debut EP 'From My Sleeve To The World' and the vulnerability it took to produce it.Sam Tompkins - https://www.instagram.com/samtompkinsuk/EP: From My Sleeve To The World: https://open.spotify.com/album/5B9nB3l4Ge5AOiBz4jEs2o?si=MWUAhBE5RLmCU_R4Yk5T6Q#BooksThatMatter Steve Jobs - BiographyLady Sings The Blues
07/01/2046m 42s

Jimmy Westerheim: Forgiveness and Beating Stigmas

Jimmy Westerheim is the founder of mental health platform, The Human Aspect. We talk about stigma, growing up in Norway, forgiving ourselves and the importance of it when looking at our own core values. The Human Aspect - https://thehumanaspect.co.uk/Jimmy Westerheim - https://www.instagram.com/jimmywesterheim/#BooksThatMatter The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho Inner Engineering - Sadhguru
31/12/1955m 44s

Ben West and Nick Bennett: Loss, Emotional Fitness and Advocacy

Ben West and Nick Bennett both lost someone dear to them at a young age to suicide, and set them on a path to make a change in their lives around mental health in men. Ben talks about his loss and his mission to get a national discussion around suicide in young people to the fore, and Nick shares his reasons for developing Fika, an app on emotional fitness for students. #BooksThatMatter Be Your Own Best Friend - Jessie KingSapiens - Yuval Noah Harari That Remins Me - Derek Owusu
24/12/191h 7m

Owen O'Kane: Zen Habits and Fighting Troubles

This week we have author Owen O'Kane on the show. He talks to me about growing up in the Northern Ireland Troubles, his time in a monastery and how he became a psychotherapist leading to his amazing book Ten To Zen, his manual to becoming calmer and happier. Not one to miss!Time To Talk is a place where men come together to discuss topics that don't get talked about enough, with vulnerability and openness at its core, to help get men (and eventually others) talking about things they claim to never speak about.Check out Owen out on socials: @Owenokanetenwww.tentozen.co.uk#BooksThatMatter: - Ten To Zen - Owen O'Kane- A Guide To Rational Living - Albert Ellis- Daring Greatly - Brenee Brown- Notes on A Nervous Planet - Matt HaigTen To Zen: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ten-Zen-Minutes-Calmer-Happier/dp/1509893679Hashtag - #TTTwithAlex Hit me up on - Twitter: @tttalkpodInsta - @alexreadsVero - @alexreadsFacebook - @TimeToTalkPod
17/12/1955m 57s

Phil Samba: Changing The Stigma Around Sexual Health

Sexual Health Advocate Phil Samba is a force. He is on a path to educating men, of all backgrounds, about the importance of sexual healthcare and positive attitudes towards sex. We discuss 'coming out', positive mental health practices, therapy and how this all aligns within his context as a queer Black man. Time To Talk is a place where men come together to discuss topics that don't get talked about enough, with vulnerability and openness at its core, to help get men (and eventually others) talking about things they claim to never speak about.Check out Phil out on socials: @IdiosyncraticXL#BooksThatMatter: - Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carrol- When You're Engulfed In Flames, by David SedarisHashtag - #TTTwithAlex Hit me up on - Twitter: @tttalkpodInsta - @alexreadsVero - @alexreadsFacebook - @TimeToTalkPod
10/12/1955m 24s

Kwame Opoku: Breaking Down the Barriers of Therapy

What are the barriers stopping Black people, men in particular, going to therapy? Why are there less men of colour therapists? In this week's Time To Talk find out with psychotherapist Kwame Opoku. #Booksthatmatter- It's OK To Feel Blue, curated by Scarlett Curtis- This Book Could Help The Men's Head Space Manual, by Rotimi Akinsette
03/12/1930m 51s

Breath Guy and Naked Professor: Father Figures and Accessing Your Emotions

Trying to connect with our fathers, engaging with our mental health, discovering new ways to practise a positive mental attitude, we discuss it all in this episode. This week, I am joined by Richie Bostock aka The Breath Guy and Ben Bidwell, aka The Naked Professor. Despite our differences in our backgrounds and upbringing we draw on so many similarities as we discuss our journeys to openness and why we think it's important for men to talk about this now. Check out Ben on socials @thenakedprofessor and check out Richie @thebreathguy on all platforms. #BooksThatMatter: - Daring Greatly by Brene Brown- Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Dr Joe DispenzaHashtag - #TTTwithAlex Hit me up on - Twitter: @tttalkpodInsta - @alexreadsVero - @alexreadsFacebook - @TimeToTalkPod
26/11/1957m 9s

Dane Baptiste: Masculinity and Heartbreak

Comedian Dane Baptiste joins me and we talk about everything from fatherhood, matriarchal families, masculinity, mental health and love - and we have hella laughs on the way!Time To Talk is a place where men come together to discuss topics that don't get talked about enough, with vulnerability and openness at its core, to help get men (and eventually others) talking about things they claim to never speak about.Check out Dane on socials, and get tickets to his new show 2020 tour - 'The Chocolate Chip': https://sohotheatre.com/shows/dane-baptiste-chocolate-chip/#BooksThatMatter: - Mask Off by JJ Bola - We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity by bell hooks - We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- Weapons of Mass Instruction - John Taylor Gatto Hashtag - #TTTwithAlex Hit me up on - Twitter: @tttalkpodInsta - @alexreadsVero - @alexreadsFacebook - @TimeToTalkPod
19/11/191h 3m

[Trailer] Time To Talk About...New Directions

Hello, I’m Alex Reads and this is Time To Talk: the space where we discuss anything from masculinity, mental health, love, careers, parenthood and more, exploring the all-important reasons for why talking is so important. These topics mean things to different people, so I’ll be in conversation with a cross-section of guests from all walks of life, spanning class and culture about mental health, love and connection.Why? Because without a space to talk, we don’t have space to fully live our lives. Listen and subscribe on Global Player, or wherever you get your podcasts.Tune into the show weekly!Get in touch: Email: tttalkpod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @TTTalkPodFacebook: facebook.co.uk/timetotalkpodFollow Alex Reads on Vero to see #BooksThatMatter: https://get.vero.co/alexreads
14/11/192m 4s

#30: JJ Bola: Mask Off Masculinity

This we speak masculinity through JJ Bola's new book, Mask Off, which addresses masculinity and manhood. Get your copy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mask-Off-Masculinity-Redefined-Outspoken/dp/0745338747/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2Z5R9B4Y4N5W5&keywords=mask+off+jj+bola&qid=1570000170&sprefix=mask+off%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
02/10/191h 4m

#29: Preetaji: The Four Sacred Secrets

Stress and anxiety are some of the biggest health pandemics of the 21st century. In the bestselling tradition of The Four Agreements, learn how to access the hidden power of consciousness, shed anxiety, and cultivate a life of wealth and happiness with this eye-opening and accessible guide outlining the four keys to success—from the founders of the revolutionary O&O Academy.From stress to calm.From isolation to love.From chaos to peace.From lack to abundance.The Four Sacred Secrets combines proven scientific approaches with ancient spiritual practices to take you on a journey that will open your mind to an extraordinary destiny.Drawing on the power of our untapped consciousness, brilliant insights will help you find solutions to long-held challenges. The easy-to-follow meditations included in this book will transform your experience of reality and open you to the power of creating a beautiful life for yourself.Get it from all bookshops now, or this link: https://www.amazon.com/Four-Sacred-Secrets-Prosperity-Beautiful/dp/1501173774 Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
18/09/1950m 5s

#28 Zoe Norridge: Not My Time To Die

Dr Zoe Norridge is a Professor of Comparative Literature at Kings College London. She specialises in African Literature and translated the book 'Not My Time To Die' by Yolande Mukagasana, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsis in Rwanda. We speak about love and hate, motherhood and the power of retelling stories in the voice that was not your own but to get to as many people in the world as possible. This is Yolande's story. This is Zoe's story. This is Finding What Matters. Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-Time-Die-Yolande-Mukagasana/dp/9997772563/ref=sr_1_3?crid=18GDQIS86QL66&keywords=not+my+time+to+die+yolande&qid=1567789243&s=gateway&sprefix=not+my+time+to+%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-3Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
11/09/1940m 48s

#27 Latitude Festival: Richie Brave - Men, Mental Health and Love

This week's episode comes from Latitude Festival, where What Matters was part of the podcast platform, The Listening Post in July 2019. It was an amazing conversation and experience.We were joined by presenter and host Richie Brave, where we spoke about love, men and mental health - as well as getting into it about Queen, Dancehall and South African House Music. Enjoy!Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
04/09/1954m 55s

#26 Martin Newman: The Consumer Champion

Martin Newman is a 'Consumer Champion' who focuses on putting the customer first. Martin has been working in the consumer-facing sector for 37 years, founding and chairing e-commerce consultancy Practicology, and heading up multichannel operations for brands such as Burberry, Ted Baker and Harrods. Martin is known globally as a champion of customer experience, being at the heart of end-to-end customer-centric transformation in the industry.This week we speak about sustainability in fashion, the environment and we talk about his experience growing up as an adopted child in Glasgow.We also get down the matter at hand: diversity. Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
28/08/1955m 58s

#25 Men of Manual: Men and Mental Health

This week, I speak to Dr Earim Chaudry, the Medical Director at Manual about men's mental health and how society is shaping the way they interact with medicine and the medical industry. There's also talk on erectile dysfunction and hair loss (yikes)!Search for Manual.co for more information!Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
21/08/1938m 37s

#24 Ronke Lawal: Knowing Your Brand

We speak to Ronke Lawal this week about branding, personal attainment and appreciating the gifts you have and your worth. It's not one to miss! Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
14/08/1945m 40s

#23 What Matters Live: SAFE

What Matters Live at The Curtain speaking to Derek Owusu, Nels Abbey and Aniefieok Ekpodoum about Black British manhood and what it means to be SAFE. Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
07/08/1942m 0s

#22 Mariezain Kabba: Unconditioned Roots

We are joined by author and businesswoman, Marie Kabba. She is the founder of Unconditioned Roots, an online Afro-Hair curation platform, and author of children's book 'Ama's Amazing Afro'. She spoke on What Matters varying from motherhood, business and life, while we caught up on years long gone by. Enjoy!Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
31/07/1937m 24s

#21 Wunmi Etti: Travelling With Dunni

This week we have Wumni Etti, founder of Angry Black Wumni and Angry Black Kitchen and we talk about motherhood, taking things personally and travelling abroad with your child. Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
24/07/1948m 2s

#20 Aaron Wright: A Gift of Friendship

This week we have Aaron Wright, one-third of the brilliant Table For Three Podcast. We speak about freelancing, multiple jobs and the importance of men having impactful and accountable friendships. Enjoy!Aaron:Instagram:@tableforthreeuk @aaron3000_Twitter: @flavainyourear Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer Clarissa Pabi
17/07/1950m 14s

Mini Matters: Decluttering Your Mind

Mini Matters, where I answer your questions on life, health, focus and in general - just being. Do you get overwhelmed and can't declutter your mind? This Mini Matter might help. Book: The One Thing by Jay Papasanhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-bestselling/dp/1848549253/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+one+thing&qid=1563101023&s=gateway&sr=8-1Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @whatmatterswarFollow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer: Clarissa Pabi
14/07/1926m 47s

#19 Jay Richards: Lessons On Confronting Grief

Welcome to What Matters with Alex Reads. This week we have Jay Richards, founder of DivInc and we speak about Gen Z, new working cultures, becoming a better man and how he dealt with grief to become the person he is today. Find Jay:https://wearedivinc.com/Twitter: @jaykrichardsInstagram: @wearedivincRate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
10/07/1955m 33s

#18 Akash Vaghela: Making Time For Fitness

Akash Vaghela joined us this week, and we had a great discussion about fitness, nutrition and mindset. Akash runs a company called RNT Fitness, where he is in the business of transforming people’s lives through encouraging mindset change and fitting a healthy lifestyle into our busy lives.Find Akash:Insta - akashvaghelaWebsite: www.rntfitness.co.uk
03/07/1940m 49s

#17 Nathaniel Cole: Beyond The Blue

This week we have Nathaniel Cole, the co-founder of SwimDem the swimming collective. This week we speak about fitness and mental health, writing for your own eyes, friendship and more. Check out www.swimdemcrew.co.uk for more information. Nathaniel: @nathanielacole nathanielcole.co.ukRate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
26/06/1942m 52s

#16 Paul Otote: Lean and Green

This week we have Paul Otote, founder of Dungubook, speaking all things vegan, business and health. Grab your notebooks - going vegan might be easier than you think!Follow Paul @dungubook on Twitter, Instagram and YouTubeSite: Dungubook.comRate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
19/06/1943m 19s

#15 The McQueens: Marriage Matters

This week we have professional speakers The McQueens - Madeline and David - who speak to me about marriage, parenthood and business and why it matters in that order. Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
12/06/1946m 50s

#14 Allyssa Rochelle: Power In Vulnerability

This week, we have Allyssa Rochelle. The host of Vulnerable Podcast, and mentor. She discusses her experience with trauma, her childhood and how we can use vulnerability to get to the root of a deeper human connection. Keep tuned in!Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
05/06/1950m 13s

#13 Aimee Felone: Time To Say Yes

We have publisher and businesswoman, Aimee Felone!We discuss the power of learning when to say YES, how we determined self-love, entrepreneurship and importance of personal spirituality. Enjoy!Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/05/1942m 11s

#12 Tonia Buxton: Raising Greek

This week we have Tonia Buxton. Tonia is a cook and lifestyle goddess and an all-around joy to be around! You may recognise her as a regular contributor to ITV’s GMB & Lorraine shows, Channel Four’s Sunday Brunch & BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, and she’s forever talking about ageing gracefully, looking great as you grow up and wanting to live her best possible life as she does!This week, we speak about parenthood, mental health, immigrant families, Greek flavour and how to live a life of purpose centred on your values and family. And it was really good to reflect upon how we live our lives to our truest potential as well as live for ourselves, and not just for our duties...Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
21/05/1947m 31s

#11 Amani Simpson: The Return To Learning

Amani Simpson, is a businessman, public speaker and as of late, a producer having produced a short-film ‘Amani’ which amassed an amazing 1 million views in four days on YouTube and has grown from strength to strength with each passing day. His story is inspiring and fantastic, have a listen! Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
15/05/1948m 49s

#10 Bonita Samuels: Self-Love and Knowing God

This week, I speak to Bonita Samuels - blogger, podcaster and marketer. We ask: Do you struggle with self-love? Self compassion? We dig deep and speak about faith, grief and growth. Catch her each week on Adzvice Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-adzvice-podcast/id1106121460Twitter and Instagram: @BonitaRochelle-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
08/05/1949m 52s

#9 Josh Rivers: Forgiveness, Social Media and Transformation

This week, we are joined by Josh Rivers, the host of Busy Being Black. Question: "How do you forgive?"We also talk about social media, finding mental clarity, Jussie Smollett and of course, living our best life. Rate, review and subscribe! Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersMusic: JMZ Artwork: Mike-Andre Joda Website: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
30/04/1946m 40s

#8 Emma Gannon: Cancel Culture, Social Media and Multi-Hyphenating

Emma Gannon the millennial whisperer. Emma Gannon is a journalist, author, writer and podcaster who has written two books both chronicling the millennial journey. Ctrl Alt Delete and The Multi-Hyphen Method. This week, we find out what matters to her.This week we speak about the challenges and impact of social media, how freelancing has changed or will change our lives and what it takes to fully take time out and time off.Welcome Emma Gannon to What Matters!Emman Gannon:@emmagannonuk - Instagram@emmagannon - TwitterCheck out: www.emmagannon.co.ukJoin the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/1950m 3s

#7 Nico Himowicz: Habits, Six Hats and Cold Showers

Nico Himowicz loves exploring how we think. In fact, he thinks we can do better by changing the way we think to do better, alter mindsets, mentor and set goals.Nico Himowicz, (Insta and Twitter: @nico_himo) is the founder of MindApps (www.getmindapps.com) the platform that is helping businesses to think outside of the box to get better results.This week we speak about the impact of wearing different hats to get varied results, as well as explaining the reasons for cold showers (brrr!), Facetime HIIT sessions, meditating twice a day and travelling in order to get the best out of your week.Welcome Nico Himowicz to What Matters!Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/1946m 21s

#6 Ebun Ali: Emotional Intel, Rejection and NLP

Ebun Ali is the founder of Mentality Live, a platform that seeks to help men empower themselves to live better lives by being more open, communicative and generally curating safe spaces for discussion and work.She is a trained Neurolinguistic Programmer, and works to create the best possible life she can by altering her moods and thoughts to have the most effective and impactful days.Book:Your Erroneous Zones - Dr Wayne DyerDaring Greatly - Brene BrownInsta/Twitter/FB: Mentality LiveWebsite: menatlitylive.co.ukEbun Ali: @theheartstylistEnjoyJoin the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/1949m 48s

#5 Aaron Wallace: Image, Skincare, Stoicism and the Universe

Aaron Wallace is a force of nature.The Founder of a successful grooming company, Shear and Shine, Aaron came to the fore when in 2016 he launched his barbershop Shear & Shine Grooming for hair and skin care tailored towards the specific needs of Afro Caribbean men, born out of the Shear & Shine Barbershop in East Croydon.This week we discuss all things from growing the perfect beard, starting a business and what the universe means to us.We delve into the rabbit hole this week, so stay tuned to find out What Matters.Twitter:@aaronmwallace@shearandshineInstagram:@aaronmwallace@shearandshineJoin the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/191h 1m

#4 Siana Bangura: Creative Entrepreneurship, Atheism and Inspirations

Siana Bangura joins me this week on What Matters!This week we have Siana Bangura joining us.A prolific speaker, Siana Bangura is an award-winning poet and performer, author, blogger and freelance journalist hailing from South East London.Her debut collection of poetry, ‘Elephant’, was published in May 2016 by the Haus of Liberated Reading.Adding to the list of things ‘Siana Does’ - we can add producer, working across film and theatre and is currently producing the upcoming film, ‘1500 & Counting’, investigating police brutality and deaths in custody in the UK, and founder and editor of Black Feminist platform, No Fly on the WALL.This week, we speak about freelance careers, combating oppression in the face and ultimately curating the career you want while filtering out the noise of social media.Welcome Siana, to What Matters.Siana Bangura:Twitter: @sianaarrghInstagram: @sianaarrghWebsite: sianabangura.comJoin the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/1945m 40s

#3 Charlotte Cox: Balancing Work, Life and Passion Projects

This week on What Matters, we have Charlotte Cox.After spending 8 years working in one of the most prestigious and impressive law firms in the country, and 11 years in law - Charlotte Cox decided that she wanted to find value in what she does as a day-to-day career.Sneaking off to workout on her breaks at the same time her boss went to have lunch, she found that her health and career were heading in a direction she had no control over.Charlotte started FLYLdn several months ago and it has been thriving ever since. Listen to us discussing passion projects, corporate jobs and ways to balance your lifestyle.Welcome Charlotte to What Matters with Alex Reads.FLYLDN:Instagram - @FlyLDNWeb: flyldn.co.ukJoin the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/1946m 30s

#2 Jonny Benjamin: The Stranger on The Bridge: Men, Music and Mental Health

Jonny Benjamin began having mental health problems at the age of 10 when he started experiencing auditory hallucination. He later developed depression at 16 and was eventually diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in his early 20s.Jonny’s book, The Stranger on The Bridge, tells the story of how he was saved from jumping off a bridge in London in 2008.This is an awe-inspiring conversation with a man who has had to struggle with a condition that has haunted him most of his life but has used that to become one of the most magnificent speakers and mental health advocates in the country.Welcome Jonny Benjamin to What Matters With Alex Reads.Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/1948m 14s

#1 Claud Williams: Dream Nation, Faith and Having Gratitude

Claud Williams is the founder of Dream Nation.We discuss fighting comparisons, finding the dream, what goes into a gratitude post, fitness and meditation and religion and more.Have a listen to find out What Matters to us.Meet Claud here: claudwilliams.comJoin the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/1954m 32s

[Prelude: The Open Letter] Trusting The Process, Social Media and What Matters To Me.

Hello listeners,This week, I speak to YOU.I discuss my reasons for the podcast, what I experienced with social media, and explore what matters to me.Sincerely,Alex ReadsWelcome to What Matters With Alex Reads!Join me, Alex Reads, as I speak to a host of thought leaders, creatives, health experts and entrepreneurs about their personal journeys and how they embrace what matters to them.Tune into the show weekly!Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/1932m 37s

What Matters With Alex Reads: Trailer

Welcome to What Matters With Alex Reads!Join me, Alex Reads, as I speak to a host of thought leaders, creatives, health experts and entrepreneurs about their personal journeys and how they embrace what matters to them.Tune into the show weekly!Join the community:#WhatMatters #WhatMattersPodcast #WhatMattersNewsletter: alexreads.co.uk/newsletterEmail: whatmatterspod@gmail.comInstagram: @AlexReadsTwitter: @AlexReads__Follow Alex Reads on Vero: https://get.vero.co/whatmattersWebsite: alexreads.co.ukExecutive producer and manager Clarissa Pabi
29/04/191m 1s
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