Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling

Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling

Unbroken – The Podcast with Madeleine Black, features amazing individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others. Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her. She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.

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September 22, 2021 35 min

I was so excited to speak to my guest today as I’ve admired her for years, especially after watching her during the Larry Nassar case where she allowed his victims to share their truth in her court room over seven days.

 She is such a fierce difference maker and I know you will love her too!

 Judge Rosemarie Aquilina earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1984 after earning her Bachelor...

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**TRIGGER WARNING**

Before you listen to this powerful episode, I feel I should mention that descriptions of a child being killed in a road traffic accident are mentioned, which some listeners may find upsetting

I heard about my guest today when I was in a Facebook group about climbing the Munros (a mountain over 3000 feet high) in Scotland and saw her “team” leaving flags at the summit to remember her daughter, and was so moved by w...

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September 8, 2021 38 min

I loved my interview with Amy, so young and so wise with such a wonderful energy!

Born and adopted from Da Nang, Vietnam at six months old. Her birth name is Dang Thi Minh Hanh; a very symbolic and meaningful name. In Vietnamese “Minh” means “bright” and “Hạnh” means “good morale, good soul”. Combining those two doesn’t just make a powerful name, but a powerful person, and that power has unintentionally made Amy Minh Hạnh Corey not ...

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September 1, 2021 40 min

After hitting rock bottom, Craig Stanland was forced to make a choice: Give up or rebuild. 

He thought he had “it all” until he lost sight of what’s truly important and made the worst decision of his life, losing everything along the way, including his own self-worth. Through the painful, terrifying process of starting over, Craig ultimately discovered that when you have nothing, anything is possible. 

Today, Craig is an author, spea...

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August 25, 2021 39 min

Rayson Choo is dubbed as "The Celebrity Whisperer".  On his podcast show, called The Raygacy Show, he loved to pick the brains of the best entrepreneurs in the world such as Gary Vee, Grant Cardone, Steve Sims etc. to find out from them what are some of the simple and effective steps that millennials can take to experience success in the swiftest and most effective way possible.

 His mission is to inspire people around the w...

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I became aware of Andrea and her story after watching a video made by The Forgiveness Project where she talks about her journey of being sexually abused at aged seven by a family member and how she forgave him

 Andrea Martinez is an award-winning actress who is originally of Venezuelan descent. 

 She has featured in several independent film projects from short films to series and feature films. She has also done adverts for brands su...

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Azim Khamisa is an inspiration and I first heard about him through
The Forgiveness Project and his wonderful TED talk with Ples Felix, the
grandfather of the man who shot his son.

He has been hailed by dignitaries such as the Dalai Lama, former President Bill
Clinton, and Al Gore; Azim carries his inspirational message of forgiveness,
peace, leadership and hope into the world.

Following the murder of his son in 1995, Azim Khamisa founded...

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August 4, 2021 45 min

Today’s episode is a wee bit different as I’m interviewing a fellow podcaster, Andrew Gold, who is also a collector of stories!  We met over on Instagram and have been a guest on his show too.

 I also love his podcast show “On The Edge” he has a great interviewing style and his guests are always fascinating. In this episode we discuss some of the thought provoking people he’s interviewed, whether he should give some of his interview...

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July 28, 2021 33 min

I first heard Simon speak when I was attending a PSA (Professional Speaking Association) conference when he was taking part in the annual “Speaker Factor” 5 minute talk competition.

 I was so impressed with his talk and performance especially when you consider that his content was about his fear of public speaking!

 After years of suffering with crippling communication anxiety, Simon Day was left with two choices: spend his whole lif...

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July 21, 2021 37 min

I met Jo on a podcasting panel when I was just starting out and I heard a wee
bit about her personal story and knew I had to share it!

I found her interview so moving and honest as she shares the recovery and
healing she went through after her former partner experienced a brain
haemorrhage just eight months ahead of their wedding.

She is a professional property investor, podcaster, public speaker and
performance coach. Moving into the wo...

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It’s not often I interview two people at the same time for the show, but I was introduced to Pat and Kerry and had to share their story of friendship and love through the good and the worst of times.

Pat is a former head teacher who has dedicated herself to raising awareness and understanding of mental health since the loss of her son, Dom, to suicide at seventeen.  She is a keynote speaker and trainer in mental health first aid and...

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In one moment, Ella’s life changed, and she felt like every plan, hope and dream for the rest of her life had collapsed around her.

 

However, it didn’t!  Ella is a prime example of Unbroken as she hasn’t let the accident she had when she was running which led to her right leg being amputated above the knee, stop her.  In fact, I would say she is thriving and has found an inner strength that she maybe didn’t know she already had.

 

She...

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Michelle was riding the crest of a wave, winning multiple business awards and accolades for her business. Taking some time to celebrate, she found herself smack bang in the middle of the Michelle was riding the crest of a wave, winning multiple business awards and accolades for her business. Taking some time to celebrate, she found herself smack bang in the middle of the biggest natural disaster in our living history.  It changed h...

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For those of you that have been listening to the show from the very start will know that I launched my podcast on the 11/11 at 11:11 all because I love the number 44 (11+11+11+11 = 44)

 And how amazing that my guest today is not only episode 44 but she was born on the 11/11 at 11:11!!

 I “met” Gordana Biernat over on Twitter and I was immediately drawn to her empowering tweets like a magnet, because she just says it h...

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I saw a post about Adam on Facebook, and it was a list of where he used to be to where he is now and I was intrigued to how he got from those low points to where he’s at now! 

 Adam Smith has been on an incredible journey from being declared dead in 2010 by the Police, to being the founder and co-director of a multi winning and global initiative of The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP)

 He set up in December 2013, to revolutionise the d...

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I met Martin over on LinkedIn and heard his story of curing his cancer using nutrition, meditation and making lifestyles changes and wanted to hear more!

 He is a Holistic Coach with a focus on the wellbeing of men and is passionate about helping men to open up and practice self love.

 Ditching the corporate blazer to becoming a trailblazer for the wellness, the growth and the empathetic human. 

 A resilient, charismatic successful st...

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Can you imagine meeting the man who planted the bomb that killed your father in a terrorist attack and then making friends with him and go on to share many platforms with him?  That is exactly what my extraordinary guest did!  She is such a force for making positive change, peace and hope and I’m honoured to call her my friend

 Jo Berry is an inspiring speaker who works to resolve conflict around the world. Sixteen years after her f...

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I met both Steve and Gary a few years ago over on Twitter and have been so touched by their courage in breaking their silence to help others come forward too.

 This episode is very close to my heart as I really believe that if they hadn’t heard Andy Woodward speaking out on the Victoria Derbyshire show, then they may not have found their voice

 It confirms how powerful it is to hear someone sharing their story and the courage it can ...

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I loved my interview with Lisa who I originally met over in the Twitter world a few years ago and in real life when she was speaking at a conference in Edinburgh!

 Lisa’s early years in the 1970s New York City were a mixture of encounter groups, macrobiotic diets, communes, Indian ashrams, and watching naked actors on off-Broadway stages during the musical HAIR. By the time her older brother was ten, Lisa’s father had him smoking po...

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May 11, 2021 35 min

I was really moved by my conversation with Emma, she emanated peace and kindness and her words stayed with me for a long time.

She was born in Kent and had a highly successful international career in finance. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and worked as a Senior Analyst in London, New York and Hong Kong for HSBC working on an investment portfolio of $1bn. 

Following a life-changing visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, where she w...

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