Anna Nathanson

Writer passionate about creativity, travel, life & learning

Watch out for new singer Monique - saw her tonight supporting JP Cooper and she was even more amazing live!  

Phenomenal show from star on the rise JP Cooper this evening at XOYO. The Manchester singer won’t be doing any more London shows for the time being, so there was no way I could miss it. A definite one to watch for 2014 #uk #talent #live #music (at XOYO London)

Jay Z Ranks His Albums From Best To Worst


This is interesting. Jay-Z’s verdict on all his albums. The picture above shows the order in which he would place each album, starting from the best at the top. He’s pretty critical of Vol 1, but I must admit that this has a lot of memories for me as it was the very first album of his that I bought when it came out (1997)…back then I was getting all my albums on cassette tape for 70p each in Poland, every time I went to stay with my nan. Remember accumulating a big container of them that I used to carry around, before the days of iPods and phones!

Click on the link in the title above to see what he has to say about each of his projects…

Watch this video of one of the most inspiring people I know, my very good friend Corey, explaining his brand new revolutionary fitness system - please share with those you know who are interested in fitness and wellness and who are committed to enhancing this in their lives. 

Wow! Love this…

The Gift Of The Gab


The Gift Of The Gab: Why confident communication is crucial

Presentation and Voice Coach Lisa Åkesson specialises in teaching people how to communicate with confidence and credibility. Here she tells us why coming across with gravitas is so essential, and shares some tips on what you can do to really make an impact.

“There are so many statistics that support the notion that it’s not what you say, but how you say it that makes the biggest impact. The body and the voice can reveal so much and if we can connect into that and know how to utilise it, then it can really serve us. Otherwise, it just shows up what’s hiding underneath.

First impressions are crucially important. Neuroscience has proven that we make a judgement in something like a twentieth of a second. It might be the case that the initial perception may change over time if they build a relationship with you, but the point is, you might not get that chance.

A lot of time companies send people to me and they have all the right credentials, but they don’t move up the career ladder simply because they are not taken seriously be their team. They are highly skilled and experienced, yet they’re stuck being perceived in a certain way and it holds them back.

Rapport building, tuning into the other person, mirroring and matching their body language and tonality, really hearing where they’re coming from and connecting with them; all these things are so important. There are some practical things one can do, such as breathing and accessing your full posture, engaging the centred voice, being able to use the width and the length of the posture, and really being able to take time, to pause and connect with where you are rather than going on a spiralling rush. When we change our physiology it changes how we feel, and science has now proven this; if we stand up straight and expand, we feel more confident and more empowered.

A very simple practical exercise involves standing flat footed on the ground, rocking from your heels to your toes a couple of times like a pendulum, and you will notice your weight is a lot more centred. Then close your eyes and imagine you have roots growing to the centre of the earth. This will transfer your energy to a different place and make you feel and appear more grounded.

Public speaking is a real fear for a lot of people, that sense of being judged can be terrifying. When communicating a message whether it’s to a group or individual, it’s best to stick to three key points that you want to leave them with. Including a story which illustrates your message is very effective, and lastly, a call to action; what do you want them to take from you that they can start utilising straight away? It’s also worth considering the energy you’re bringing and bearing in mind that that’s the energy you want them to tap into, whether that’s enthusiasm or seriousness; it will depend on the listener, so it’s important to know your audience.

A lot of people don’t really prioritise working on their communication, yet it’s the first thing people see. I’m amazed how people invest in so much else without realising that the icing on the cake is how you come across.”

Lisa Åkesson is a certified voice coach and master NLP practitioner. She trains actors for TV, film and theatre and also uses these tools in the corporate world. She also runs leadership workshops for women.

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By Anna Nathanson

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Love this track from talented new band Swallow and the Wolf - watch out for them! I was pleased to see them live a few weeks back at the Playtime Festival and they rocked. I predict big things for these guys!

The Need for Growth: Why Change Matters Now More Than Ever

A year ago I went along to a three day re-educational seminar called Turning Point, delivered by best selling author and international speaker Dr Rohan Weerasinghe. I was blissfully unaware at the time that my life was about to change for good.

Whilst the personal growth industry has long enjoyed popularity in the States, it is a relatively new field in the UK, and one that a lot of people are increasingly exploring, particularly in this uncertain financial climate.

At the Turning Point course, areas such as health, wealth and relationships are dissected during the 15 hour days, and you get the opportunity to really examine your core values and life purpose. Some people attend to address a particular area requiring improvement, whilst others are simply there to achieve peak performance in their lives.

One exercise for example looks at basic needs. Are you more security driven or do you instead value variety and freedom? Is love and connection most important to you, or are you driven by significance? It is important to look at not only how you want to show up in the world, but how you have been showing up until now, and whether there is a conflict there.

A childhood where one received very little recognition can result in a basic need for significance I discovered.

It hit me that having an overriding desire to feel significant is ultimately a pointless need, because realistically not everyone will recognise your worth, and even if they do, they may not communicate this to you. If that in turn has an impact on your state, then you are allowing your happiness or resourcefulness to rest on external factors, relinquishing a degree of control.

The reality is, a lot of people have a deep rooted need for recognition which can impact key life areas, and it’s not about demonising or criticising this, but instead becoming aware and questioning whether it’s really something that’s serving you. Is it something that’s true to who you are authentically, or simply the result of past circumstances?

As for health, it was a massive shock to the system discovering the full ugly truth about what actually goes into a lot of our food and the impact this has on the environment, let alone the body. Let’s just say, the days of consuming at least three cigarettes before even getting to work in the morning and typically grabbing a portion of chips or a Subway sandwich for dinner on the way home are well and truly behind me!

Rohan Weerasinghe, or Dr Ro as he prefers to be known, has a gift for breaking things down in an engaging manner that resonates and really gets the listener thinking, whilst providing the tools they need to really implement changes fast. His style of speech is refreshingly humorous and often explicit, delivering serious messages in a sometimes light hearted, sometimes hard hitting fashion, but always from the heart. I have never met one person who possesses such a massive amount of knowledge in so many different areas.

A leading trainer for Tigrent, a company specialising in training property entrepreneurs, Dr Ro delivers their courses in countries as far flung as Malaysia and Singapore. He does the same for Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad brand, encouraging and educating people to approach wealth creation in innovative and creative ways.

Dr Ro’s flagship Turning Point seminar and related advanced courses stem from many years of research, study, experience and a PhD in Civil Engineering.

He enlists the help of another powerful speaker, the charismatic Corey Donoghue. A former international professional footballer, Corey is also a cage fighter, martial arts champion and coach, and has developed his own cutting edge fitness system. His message and style, like Rohan’s, is nothing short of extraordinary.

I have just found out that this is the last Turning Point for the time being, and it appears that while a lot of people out there intend to make changes, when it comes to actually taking the steps necessary to do so and learning the tools, it can be tricky to step out of that comfort zone. In a lot of ways, an event of this nature is rather revolutionary and ahead of its time.

While we are certainly experiencing a global shift in consciousness at the moment, it takes time for this to take full effect. As John C. Maxwell once said, “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional”. As time goes on however, more and more people will see the true value of questioning their reality, and as a result seek new tools to evolve in this ever changing global arena.

By Anna Nathanson

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After the release of his debut EP Studiocoustic earlier this year, talented new UK artist J.Appiah is soon to drop his second offering come late Autumn. Still in demo stages, I was recently given a sneak preview of the forthcoming EP and the material is most definitely sounding strong! In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out the above cover of his interpretation of Holy Grail by Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.