Archive for December 2007

Presenting on the Radio!?!

December 13, 2007


Last week saw the start of a new adventure for me, I began a short course to learn how to present a radio show! The radio station will be Community Radio Swindon, a brand new radio station for the community by the community of Swindon and will launch on the 14th January 2008. Great excitement!!…..and more program presenters needed!!

So last week, my 1st week on the course was really just an introduction to programming and a play with the equipment. I learned what a play out system was and how to use it. Which faders went to which and microphone and when to use them. How to listen to one track whilst playing another on air and all of that good stuff! We discussed what went into a radio program, the content and how the time is filled. My homework is to put together a running order for a half hour show to go out on a week day morning.

Introduction to yourself and the program

What music would you play?

Would you have a guest?

Will there be a phone in? and if so what about?

Is there news or a headline preview?

Time checks

Traffic reports

What’s on locally?

So – here’s my plan for a half hour show……

Good morning and welcome to Community Radio Swindon this wonderful Wednesday morning. I’m Tracey Dowe, TeeJay to my friends….and I hope I can call you all my friends…so TeeJay to you too…….and I’m with you until 11.30 this morning. It ‘s the New Year and a new show and like you I’ve started both with all good intentions. It’s a time to make resolutions, decide on our goals for the year, plan what we want to do, where we want to be and for some of us…deeper than that… plan who we want to become. Today we’re going to chat about how to give your self the best possible start to the New Year and how to turn those resolutions into actions and Results!

But first let’s play a little music……as last years is now history and we plan for the new one ….Queen…Another on bites the dust!(4mins)

Great record isn’t it?! Another one bites the dust! And didn’t last year fly by? They just seem to get quicker and quicker don’t they? So 2007 is now history and it’s time to decide how to be great in 2008! In a moment or two we’re going to open up the phone lines and find out just what your NY resolutions are and how you plan on achieving them… get dialling and let us know by calling 01793 xxxxxx now!

(Next record) Let’s hear what magic you’re going to create for yourself this year…..

“You can do magic – America (3 min 55)

Take a few calls – 5 mins

Record How to be a millionaire – ABC (3min 40)

More calls 5 mins

Record – Life will never be the same – Haddaway (3.40)

Fantastic record, brings back some powerful memories! Thanks to all of our phone in listeners for sharing their dreams with us and we wish them every success too. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more on how to dream, set goals and more importantly how to make them happen!

Next up on air with you is the lovely xxxxxxx…….

I leave you with Stevie Winwood…finer things…have a great day!!!

So…that was my home work. I hope to turn it into a reality on air in the New Year on a longer than 30 mins show so that I can actually lead listeners through a goals setting workshop on air – that would be so cool!

Let me know what you think!!!

Depression – A hereditary illness or a hereditary belief?

December 5, 2007

j0410127.jpgI came across a lady today who told me that she had taken antidepressants for 20 years, that she couldn’t live without them, they were her life line.  This reminded me of a previous client who told me a similar story a little while ago.  Both ladies had taken antidepressants for over 20 years. Both said they relied on them, neither had ever tried to stop taking them to see if they might be fine without them. Both believed that were clinically depressed and that it was inherited.

When I hear this story it makes me so sad and I know that there are those who would fiercely defend this story because they believe it, they have researched it or because they have taken being clinically depressed on as who they are. It has become their identity. None of that makes it true though does it and as an expert in neurostrategies I have to question it’s validity.

Everything we do is simply a process that we follow, a strategy. We have a strategy for getting up every morning, a strategy for choosing what to eat, a strategy for being happy and a strategy for feeling sad. And yes – a strategy for feeling depressed. Every one feels down at times, some more than others, but if we get in to the habit of running the same pattern of thought and action over and over it becomes a habit and we get stuck in it. If on top of this we get some sort of benefit from this pattern…..such as sympathy, attention, friendship, significance, connection…..what ever need it might meet for you…..then there is more reason to stay stuck than there is to change.

That’s when we get given a label and think that’s who we are, that we have no choice but it’s just a label. We can choose to keep it, replace it with a different label or simply take it off and throw it away at any time.

Now is the depression hereditary or is it simply a behaviour that we saw in our peers as we grew up and copied that behaviour because we thought that’s how you behave. Or, did that role model tell us that we would be depressed too and so we are innocently doing as we were told as a child? Is it then, passed down in the genes or, could it simply be passed down as a belief? The danger then is that we doom our offspring by giving them the same limiting belief and so it is perpetuated causing unnecessary suffering through generations.

I wonder then if we were to address the need that is being met by the depression and gave the person a better strategy to follow that would meet that need met in a more positive way and the limiting belief was replaced by an empowering belief  would that person really still be depressed? Could it be that every one can live a happy fulfilled life no matter what the circumstance if they choose the right strategies and beliefs?

I believe that thy can and that every one can if they change the way they think to change the way they feel, if they put themselves back in charge of their thoughts, feelings and actions instead of being fooled into thinking that they are at the effect of the world and what others do.

A bold statement…but I’ve seen people rise above the most challenging circumstances and win. I believe we all can if we choose to.

Anchors Away!

December 4, 2007

An anchor is “A created association between a specific stimulus and a specific state i.e. a specific emotion.”

Any time a person is in an associated, intense state, if at the peak of that experience, a specific stimulus is applied, then the two will be linked neurologically.

The intense emotional state may be a resourceful state such as confidence, love, joy, passion, excitement, certainty and equally could be an unresourceful state such as anger, sadness, fear, hurt, guilt, loneliness, grief, disappointment. Each of those emotions can be easily linked to a stimulus or a trigger either inadvertently or deliberately.

For example you’re at a funeral of a loved one and the funerals guests all come up to you and touch you on the arm as they express their sadness. Now you could be out at another social event – a wedding perhaps, feeling great and someone comes up to you and touches you on the arm in that place – all of a sudden you don’t know what happened but you feel so sad and upset – just like you felt at the funeral..

Negative anchors are often set up between couples or in the work place.

You arrive at the office or home from work and you’re telling your colleague or spouse how awful it is, what a bad day you’ve had, feeling bad – looking at their face, feeling angry looking at their face.

 One day you’re having a fantastic day – everything is going great – you feel amazing and you walk into the office or arrive at home all excited to tell your colleague/spouse and you see their face ………

And you feel upset, angry, frustrated.



Negative anchor!


The good news is that when we recognise negative anchors – we can collapse them and replace them with a much more empowering emotion instead. A great tool to have if you want to remain happy in your relationship,  to enhance team work in the workplace and to have your customers associate you with feeling good and want to not only come back themselves but to also recommend you to their friends. 

Equally useful is to create resource anchors i.e using resourceful emotions quickly and easily when ever we want to. Anchors that we can set up in advance so that they are at our fingertips the moment we need them. Imaging being able to feel courage and confidence instantly before going to an interview or in for a meeting with your boss. How would life be if you could feel joy and happiness in any moment no matter where you are or who is around you? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel fantastic any time just because you chose to feel that way?


Well – once  you understand anchoring, how to create resource anchors and collapse un-resourceful anchors you can do just that. Live life in a more empowering, inspiring and enjoyable way – every day!

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