This week on Talk Learn Connect, Freelance Writer Yvonne Reddin asks The Digital Mentor and Podcaster - Alan Hennessy to share some TLC (Talk Learn Connect)
Can you give the Talk Learn Connect (TLC) audience a summary of your professional path?
I’m a digital mentor and marketing consultant, podcaster and LinkedIn expert. I help solo entrepreneurs and business owners to navigate the digital landscape and break through the noise of social media to help them create visibility and build awareness for their brand. I've been in this profession for fifteen years and I also have two very successful podcasts.
My two podcasts are quite different - the Social Media Talks Podcast is where I talk to some of the world's leading experts in digital marketing, social media and business. The other podcast - the Curious Fire Podcast, I co-host with my good friend Trevor Lorkings. This is more of a passion of mine and delves into subjects that are a bit off-center but they are topics that people don't ask.
The types of topics are Procrastination, Digital Dopamine, Where are our Thoughts and The Wisdom of Age and we have conversations about them. So, you can see the two podcasts have very different content and I like that variety of conversation.
You have interviewed a range of guests for your podcasts, what or who inspires you?
Many years ago, I heard a quote that I think is brilliant and it sums up what I do and what I believe in - ‘Your only limitation is you.’ I think it's so true because we limit ourselves and we seem to say, we can't do something that we can actually do.
There would be several people including Simon Sinek or Mark Schaefer that I aspire to. Simon Sinek has a way of speaking the truth and his explanation of understanding life and your own ideas of life. Mark Schaefer looks at a subject and develops it in such a way that the reader can understand it and we all learn from it.
I was fascinated by his book - The Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins. It changed my perception and vision for marketing because he came at it from a different angle. It was so insightful and a pleasure to read.