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We All Communicate.  All The Time

I'm a highly specialised visual communicator and of course, I want to improve my craft.  I realised that in order to become a better portrait photographer, I need to become a better communicator.

So I decided to start a little project.

If we can learn to transmit ideas better from some of the best minds out there, then we can master our own communication.  I'm chatting with folks who profoundly understand their own particular style of communication.  I dig into their unique perspectives and the ways they navigate some very interesting waters.

17. What Becoming Fluent in Arabic, Experiencing a War Zone and Traveling Taught Cynthia Dearin About Communication

cynthia dearin

Cynthia Dearin’s resume is lengthy enough to require its own filing cabinet. With nearly 20 years experience in international business, she’s also been a diplomat for the Australian government, a consultant in Iraq, and a teacher.

Now, Cynthia is managing director of Dearin & Associates, an international business consultancy that looks to help businesses access new and exciting opportunities in emerging markets — all while utilizing the power of cultural understanding and empathy.

On the show, Cynthia shares some of her stories from Iraq, how her fluency in Arabic gained her a host of opportunities across the world, and why understanding another culture — rather than criticising it — is so important.

In this episode, we also chat about:

  • How Cynthia (unexpectedly) ended up in the Middle East

  • Common misconceptions about Middle Eastern culture

  • How Cynthia became fluent in Arabic

  • The dynamic of being a white woman in the Middle East

  • How a tragedy in Iraq forced her to reconsider her priorities

  • Why there are more things that unite people than divide them

  • What you can do to become better at understanding other cultures

  • Why learning a language can change your life


Dearin & Associates



16. Non-Verbal Communication, Body Language and Active Listening with Trish Braithwaite

Trish Braithwaite

If you take away words, how effective would your communication be? In today’s episode of the Communicator podcast, Equestrian coach Trish Braithwaite argues there is a myriad of effective communication methods without words. Trish is currently an Equestrian Australia-qualified D Level (Australian National medium/advanced) dressage judge and regularly trains to upgrade.  As a full-time freelance coach, Trish travels daily around the greater Brisbane area coaching at private and club facilities.

Trish shares with us what effective communication looks like through the lenses of nonverbal and body language communication. Trish also talks about how to establish yourself as a leader in the eyes of a horse and how adaptation, patience, and persistence are all keys to communication on the saddle (and off it).

Topics also covered in this episode:

  • Why ‘give and take’ is so important

  • Why communication is never a one-way street

  • How to gain trust with anyone

  • Why dedicating yourself to one thing helps you learn more about yourself

  • Why equestrians ‘ride with their skeletons’

  • The key to working better in a team

  • How to establish yourself as the adult in any situation

  • Why repetitive tasks are the essence of mastery

  • Why adaptation is the key to success in just about anything



15. Tracy Harrison on Acknowledging Children, Well-Being, and the Art of Active Listening

Tracy Harisson

When you were growing up, did you ever feel silenced as a kid? Have you ever wondered if we could be teaching and communicating with children more effectively? Then you’ll be fascinated by this week’s episode of Communicator. On the show, I’m speaking with Tracy Harrison about our misconceptions surrounding children and how to actively listen more.

As the founder of Ignite Parenting, Tracy brings a specialty in early childhood education into practice—planning programs and workshops within engaging environments. Tracy and I discuss the idea of children as capable and competent, and what we can do to encourage our kids to feel a greater sense of well-being. Tracy also touches upon non-verbal communication and all the ways it can go ignored.

You’ll find plenty more to intrigue you in this podcast, including:

  • What it means to give children a sense of free expression

  • How we can engage and educate our children through play

  • The phases of non-verbal communication in early childhood

  • Why we should be listening to and acknowledging our kids

  • How to handle information overload with parenting styles

  • Why self-worth and well-being are crucial to us in adulthood

  • How our emotions are affected by generational baggage


Ignite Parenting

14. The Hidden Communicational Lessons of a Chiropractor with Therese Perdedjian

Therese Perdedjian

Have you ever thought about how your body communicates with you and the world? In today’s episode of Communicator, I talk with Chiropractor, doula, and childbirth educator Therese Perdedjian. Therese travelled to Christchurch after the earthquake in 2011, the Dominican Republic after the Haitian earthquake, and has started 2 organization's: MissyonTrips which sends teams of health professionals to Armenia to serve the kids in orphanages, as well as Blessed Bundles, which empowers girls in orphanages around the world through educating about childbirth

Therese Perdedjian and I discuss the different ways your body is constantly communicating. From the physical, to how your body stores up energy over time, to the sacred geometry that makes up your body and all living things, Therese is the expert in the physical nature of communication. She also dives into how the subconscious mind influences your body communication, why pain reduction is only the beginning of the healing process, and how to be more in touch with your physical self.  

Therese also covers:

  • Why your body stores physical memories
  • Why patients are an essential part of the healing process
  • Why pain reduction is only the beginning of becoming a healthier person
  • Why feedback generates trust
  • The difference between interpretation and translation
  • Why language is so linear
  • What is ‘sacred geometry’ and how it can transform your world
  • The secret to understanding your body’s communication better




13. Natasha Zuvela on Brandishing Your Best Persona, Boosting Your Self-Confidence, and Being a Courageous Communicator

Natasha Zuvela

Do you ever feel nervous and awkward in front of the camera? Do you find yourself wondering how actors and actresses communicate so easily and effortlessly? Then you’ll want to stay tuned for this week’s episode of Communicator. On today’s show, I chat with Natasha Zuvela about video marketing and the art of being your best self in-person and on-camera.

Since her first gig at MTV Australia and Europe, where she hosted the #1 rated MTV show for 3 years straight—reaching over 60 million viewers—Natasha’s been helping clients transform their businesses, and their feelings of self-worth, through her company, Video Mastery. Natasha and I cover everything from persona to charisma and the magic that happens when the camera starts rolling.

We touched on many other topics as well, including:

  • What it takes to stand out from the competition on-camera

  • How to channel your most charismatic persona

  • How your self-confidence and self-worth can skyrocket overnight

  • Natasha’s strategy for growth and achieving success

  • Why you should be looking at yourself on camera

  • The secret to moving past your deepest and darkest fears



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12. Mary Trantino on Decision-Making Personalities and Effective Communication

Mary Trantino

Are you intrigued by other people’s quirks and personalities? Do you ever ask yourself how you could be communicating more effectively, person to person? Then sit tight, because this week’s episode of Communicator is right up your alley. I chat with Mary Trantino about recognizing and communicating with other personalities—through the metaphor of birds!

A former accountant and independent consultant in the industry of children’s entertainment and educational products, Mary Trantino now heads the Photography Business Academy. Mary and I discuss the fundamental keys of communication in 2018, and the unique idea that we’re all just birds of a different feather at heart. Mary explores the five decision-making personalities that we all encounter and engage, day-to-day.

You won’t want to miss this insightful podcast, which also covers:

  • What it means to build a relationship with a peer or client
  • How you can maximize your sales, simply by communicating
  • Why it’s crucial to listen closely to your clients, from the start
  • The “Eagle” as a decision maker
  • The “Dove” as a decision maker
  • The “Peacock” as a decision maker
  • The “Robin” and “Owl” as decision making personalities
  • How you can be authentic and effective as a communicator



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Mary Trantino - Facebook

11. Communicating with Empathy and Perspective – a Conversation with Jill Brennan

Jill Brennan

It’s so easy for us to get completely caught up in our own little business worlds that we forget that, to our customers, what we think we’re communicating can often be a foreign language. That’s why I was so glad to have the chance to talk to Jill Brennan in this latest episode of the Communicator podcast.

As a professional marketing consultant and founder of Harbren Marketing, Jill works with ambitious small businesses that want to build their own marketing engine that makes their marketing repeatable and scalable. Jill’s a master at helping businesses communicate with their customers from a perspective of empathy and perspective.

During our conversation, she brings some fantastic insights into how we can all communicate more effectively, both with our clients and as people. Not only does it make perfect sense, but best of all, it’s stuff that’s useful and actionable right now in your business or personal life.

But the goodies don’t stop there. We also get into:

  • Why empathy can be more important than words
  • Why a good vocabulary also has its place
  • Understanding your own perspective and that of others
  • Having a bigger vision for your clients than even they have
  • How branding and collateral fits in to all this
  • Tell the story of your business – it can be a key competitive advantage
  • The value of communicating your mistakes and struggles
  • Message attachment and objectivity
  • The super secret of marketing communicators – Control-F


Jill Brennan – Linkedin
Harbren Marketing
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10. Why Thinking Is The Death Of Art With Jason Malouin

Jason Malouin

Thinking is encouraged throughout our lives. Whether that be at school or work, thinking about what we do and how we do it plays a part. On this weeks episode of Communicator Ronsley Vaz joins Jason and turns the table on him. Jason is a celebrated portrait photographer and podcast host.

Jason shares an in-depth chat about his artistic process and how thinking is one of the things that holds us back from achieving our potential. Not only that, but for the first time in the history of the communicator podcast, you’ll get to see the inner workings of the podcast host and how he sees communication. We talk about how our societal tendency to think about everything often holds us back from making the art we want to make, because creativity and thinking are like oil and water.

Just ask Jason Malouin, the communicator host, and portrait photographer.

We also get into the following:

  • Why creativity isn’t everything.
  • How to create your artistic process
  • Why restrictions are right for your life and art
  • Why people feel like they need permission to show themselves
  • Why people are essential to all artist’s work
  • Why doubt has no place in your creative process
  • Why we go with our thoughts over our instincts
  • How to altogether avoid creating from scratch


Jason Malouin - Website
Jason Malouin - Twitter
Jason Malouin - Facebook

9. Geoff Hetherington, The Clarity CEO, on Communicating With Clarity

Geoff Hetherington

Achieving absolute clarity in your communication can sometimes seem like a herculean task. Lucky for us there is a highly acclaimed coach that spends his life teaching people how. Educator and mentor, Geoff Hetherington has spent years teaching people from all different walks of life how to be more explicit in their communication. He’s helped people in business, accountants, speakers, writers, chemists, data scientists, etc. see what they weren’t seeing.

Geoff remains the youngest person ever elected to the YMCA Board of Directors (at age 17), served for five years as Chairman of the Sutherland Shire Skillshare Project, and is currently the Chairman of the Central Coast Business Enterprise Centre. In this episode, Geoff and I discuss how to achieve clarity through communication, and how it can be both challenging and incredibly rewarding to get your message across with as few and fine tuned words as possible.

We also get into the following:

  • What the first rule of communication is in any setting.
  • What Alexander The Great can teach you about clarity in communication
  • The difference between conscious competence and unconscious competence
  • What it's like to run five businesses in Indonesia
  • Why the human connection is the key to any discussion
  • Why You should never trust a coach who doesn’t have a coach
  • How Geoff’s detangling can help you
  • The virtues of telling people you’re going to sell them up front


Geoff Hetherington - Website
Geoff Hetherington - Twitter
Geoff Hetherington - Facebook

8. Early Childhood Education Expert Dympna Kennedy on Why Listening is the Best Thing a Parent Can Do for Their Child

Dympna Kennedy

Dympna Kennedy wants parents to shut up and listen. The mother, author, entrepreneur and child psychology expert has a simple and reassuring approach to parenting: parents need to listen to their children, rather than simply telling them what and what not to do at every moment. On a recent episode of Communicator, Dympna and I met to chat about how traditional, authoritative parenting styles are leading to generations of adults that are stressed, have trouble connecting and continue to perpetuate an unhealthy parenting style.

Dympna is the founder of Creating Balance, an organisation that for more than 18 years has been at the forefront of promoting mindful, emotionally intelligent parenting. In addition to being a certified Circle of Security Parent Educator, founder of the SSSIB Parenting Program, and having a host of other qualifications, she is an incredibly gifted and devoted early childhood expert. In this episode, Dympna and I delve into some of the profound insights that are changing the way parents treat their children.

We also get into the following:

  • Why 1 in 4 babies has notable mental health issues before their first birthday

  • How to be both a friend and protector for your children

  • Why every parent already knows how to make their children calm and happy

  • A newer, more intelligent definition of “respect”

  • How the way an adult treats children is indicative of their own childhood

  • The four key personality traits of a good parent

  • How to curb attention-seeking behaviour in children

  • Why too many adults are “fairweather parents”



Dympna Kennedy - LinkedIn
Creating Balance

7. How to Navigate Conflict and Persuade Others with Clarissa Rayward


If you struggle with personal communication skills, or want to be better at creating rapport with others at work or in your own life, Clarissa Rayward can help. In today’s episode of Communicator I am joined by Clarissa who is known as ‘The Happy Family Lawyer’ as she specialises in helping couples stay out of Court and work together to reach a resolution to their relationship breakdown. She is the author of Happy Lawyer Happy Life: How to Be Happy in Law and in Life’ and ‘Splitsville: How to Separate, Stay Out of Court and Stay Friends’. She is also a practising divorce lawyer, podcaster, blogger, speaker and dancer.

Clarissa shares how she creates rapport in one of the hardest places to do it, divorce law. She also shares with us the questions you need to ask to begin building trust and understanding with anyone, as well as giving insights on how conflicts commonly occur and how to navigate them effectively. Clarissa also talks about the keys to finding common ground and how to turn adverse situations into empowering ones.

Some other communication insights covered are:

  • The questions to ask that always connect you to other people
  • Why curiosity over judgment
  • Why divorce is the second most significant loss for people besides death
  • The steps to getting someone to calm down
  • What a “Stupid box” is and how it can help you build rapport
  • Why people are better at running from unhappy things then happy things
  • How divorce can be empowering
  • How to regain trust with others
  • Why human connections are so important to work and home life
  • How Harvard and oranges can help us be better communicators



Clarissa Rayward-Website
Clarissa Rayward- Facebook
Clarissa Rayward-Twitter
Clarissa Rayward-LinkedIn

6. Effective Communication, The Physicality of Speech and Personal Branding with Sharon Moore

Sharon Moore

What would it be like to have your ability to communicate verbally taken away from you? In today’s episode of Communicator, Sharon Moore, a speech pathologist and founder of the company Well Spoken. Sharon has 37 years of clinical experience as a Speech Pathologist in Australia and overseas, across a range of clinical settings, including: Education Department, Child Psychiatry, Independent Schools Board, Cochlear Ltd., Private Practice, School for Hearing Impaired, The Canberra Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster, London. She has worked with adults, teens and children, with a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders.

Shares shares with us what it’s like for patients who lose their ability to communicate or struggle to cultivate the gift of communication. She talks about the muscles and airways that make communication possible as well as the obstructions that can make it impossible along with the many facets that make up communication we take for granted. Along the way, Sharon will also discusses personal branding, why it's so important and the reason most businesses get it wrong.

These fascinating insights are also mixed with::

  • What makes up 70% of our overall communication. (And it's not our words.)
  • The year of life when humans learn the most
  • What communication is to a speech pathologist
  • The evolutionary reason our facial muscles and airways govern our communication
  • Why you should never say the same thing the same way twice
  • What a larynx is and why it's so crucial to your communication
  • How Jason picks out all his guests
  • The key to taking great photos even if you only have an iPhone
  • The most important part of developing a personal brand
  • What Jason hates most about his business



Sharon Moore-Website
Sharon Moore- Facebook
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5. Award-Winning Cartoonist, Geoff Hook, on Communicating Without Words

Geoff Hook

There are many different ways we can communicate with each other. One of the more interesting media is through art, or more specifically, (as is the case of my latest podcast guest) cartooning. Geoff Hook has been a notable political cartoonist with a career that has spanned the past four decades. Having been a cartoonist for publications including The Age and The Sun News Pictorial, Geoff has had great experience in connecting with people through his drawings.

Geoff is a published author and an award winning artist, and has been commended for the service he’s provided in many different ways - even being awarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012. In this episode, Geoff and I discuss the medium that is cartooning, and how it can be both difficult and highly effective to communicate in what is perceived to be quite a limited medium.

We also get into the following:

  • How to communicate your ideas and opinions effectively when you don’t have much space to do it in
  • The visual impact of cartoons and its continual presence in the media
  • Cartoon controversies
  • How we all interpret things like cartoons differently, depending on our own individual filters
  • The responsibilities and opportunities felt by Geoff throughout his long career
  • Staying as unbiased as possible, and how that can be difficult
  • How to separate your own personal views from the message you want to communicate
  • How Geoff has so far found his retirement, and the legacy he intends to leave
  • His opinions on the state of modern-day journalism



Geoff Hook - Website
Geoff Hook - Books

4. Feeling Stressed? Amanda Foy, Emotional Strength Trainer, Can Help

Amanda Foy

On this week’s episode of the Communicator podcast, my guest is someone truly remarkable. Amanda Foy, also known as the Emotional Strength Trainer, acts as the voice of your emotional immune system. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Amanda has an uncanny ability to tap into people’s emotional and mental wellbeing, and works one-on-one with people to rid their minds of stress, heal themselves and overcome years of torment.

Amanda works with individuals from all walks of life to help them become stronger, more capable and ready to take on whatever comes their way in life. She is truly a fascinating person to talk to, and during this episode we discuss a wide range of topics including the science behind stress, the dangers of repressed trauma and the three-level process towards total emotional wellbeing.

We also tap into the following:

  • How stress manifests itself in the body
  • The neuroscience of trauma
  • The processes Amanda uses in order to get people to release their inner pain
  • How we tend to create self-perpetuating cycles of stress and pain
  • The four key elements you need to address to get better
  • Amanda’s method of communication, and why it’s so effective
  • The one sentence you need to learn in order to stress less
  • Why self-care is so important



Amanda Foy - Website
Amanda Foy - LinkedIn
Amanda Foy - Instagram
Amanda Foy - Facebook
Amanda Foy - Twitter


3. Using Emotion to Communicate Better, with Aideen Gallagher

Aideen Gallagher

If you want to learn how to be a better communicator, then you’ve come to the right place! On this week’s episode of The Communicator podcast, I’m speaking with Aideen Gallagher. Aideen is author of the #1 Amazon Best Selling book - The Manual Handling Revolution, and her experience working in the mental health and occupational fields has taught her plenty on the subject of communicating.

In this episode, we dig deep into the nuances of communication and everything that Aideen has learned throughout her career. She shares with me some of her most touching stories, life lessons and tips, and she outlines her keys to successful communication. I enjoyed the conversation enormously, and I’m sure that you will too.

Listen to the full podcast to hear all of the above, plus things like:

  • The backstory of Aideen’s career
  • The physical aspects of communication
  • Examples of the bad news Aideen often has to give
  • Why people ignore cues from others
  • How to identify grief
  • How to break hard news
  • Aideen’s top communication tip
  • How to connect with people in a short period of time
  • The power of using someone’s name
  • The value of having time parametres for communication
  • Relationship-building, and what a ‘therapeutic’ relationship is
  • How to open channels with people
  • Why avoiding an impositional communication style is a good idea
  • The wisdom in being ‘hard on the problem and soft on the person’


The Manual Handling Revolution

2. Andrew Griffiths on the Age of Distraction, Storytelling and How to Be a Better Communicator

Andrew Griffiths

Do you want to learn how to be a better communicator? Are you keen to hear a master storyteller share some of his learnings of the past 30 years? Andrew Griffiths is a powerhouse of the Australian small business and marketing space. He’s an inspirational speaker, mentor and author, having written 11 books that are sold in over 50 countries and translated into many different languages.

In this episode, we dive headlong into all things communication. Andrew shares some of his most fascinating stories, life lessons, tips and outlined his life philosophies with communication as a lens. I enjoyed the conversation tremendously, and so will you.

Listen to the full podcast to hear all of the above, plus things like:

  • Communicational lessons from aboriginal cultures
  • Why Andrew talks to himself in the mirror
  • Reasons to emulate Richard Branson
  • How respect is one of the fundamental drivers of good communication
  • Best tips for getting better at communicating
  • Approaches taken by the world’s best communicators
  • Why Andrew hangs up on people and walks out on meetings
  • What it means to be a student of communication
  • How fear can be used as an attention capturing tool
  • How the ‘a little goes a long way’ adage applies to communication
  • The power of nonverbal communication
  • The ways in which Andrew thinks about and uses authenticity
  • Why communication isn’t taught in school
  • How adverse situations can be formative in unseen ways
  • The lessons Andrew learned from running a dive shop



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1. Ronsley Vaz on Self-Communication, Superpowers and Channeling Your Creativity

Ronsley Vaz

Do you want to learn to be a better communicator? Keen to hear some contrarian thinking on creativity? Interested in the idea of unleashing your superpowers? If so, you’ll not want to miss this inaugural episode of Communicator podcast. In this show, I was lucky enough to sit down with Ronsley Vaz. It’s difficult to condense Ronsley into a single paragraph. At various times, all of the following titles were his: entrepreneur, DJ, software engineer, financial adviser, restaurateur and chef, speaker, author, and marketer. His podcast, Bond Appetit, is Australia’s #1 food podcast on iTunes, and he’s also the founder of content marketing agency Amplify.

In this episode, we talk about self-communication, authenticity, how to think about and approach creativity, and ultimately how to let your inner powers flourish. We pulled at various philosophical threads, had a few laughs and rounded out with Ronsley’s advice that everyone should ‘remove the filter’. I found the talk fascinating, and I’m sure that you will as well.

Listen to the full podcast to hear all of the above, plus things like:

  • The power of simply asking
  • Reframing failures and always finding ways to see the upside
  • Why cliches are harmful and what you can do about them
  • Different approaches to communicating your creativity
  • The value in asking uncomfortable questions
  • The biggest gift that Ronsley’s mother gave him
  • How to become a more complete version of yourself
  • The value in exploring non-linear thinking
  • The power of photography as a medium of communication
  • The intimacy and communicational value of food



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