Female Potential Podcast


Women exploring possibilities, igniting passion and unlocking female potential.


  • Episode 12 - Unlocking Potential with the Enneagram

    Episode 12 - Unlocking Potential with the Enneagram

    12/07/2019 Duração: 31min

    An interview with Grace Galliot from the Natural Health Clinic and Michelle Johansen from Female Potential on how to unlock potential with the Enneagram https://femalepotential.co.uk/product/understanding-yourself-and-others-with-the-enneagram Michelle:                          Today we are going to be looking at how we can use the Enneagram as a tool to unlock more of our potential. And this is something that I do in my work as a coach and trainer, so I've invited Grace Galliott from the Natural Health Clinic to come in today and interview me. Hello Grace. Thank you ever so much for coming along and interviewing me, I'm even sitting in the interviewee seat today. Grace Galliott:                 Okay, so what is the Enneagram? Michelle:                           Okay, so the Enneagram essentially Ennea means nine, gram is a diagram and it's a nine pointed figure inside a circle, which shows us the nine personality types that the psyche develops into. The Enneagram is really an ancient system, it's been

  • Episode 11 - Namaste: A Journey to Everest

    Episode 11 - Namaste: A Journey to Everest

    16/01/2019 Duração: 46min

    Okay, today I am delighted to welcome back Emma Despres. Emma is here to talk about her second book, "Namaste." And for our regular listeners, you might remember that Emma was actually our interviewee on Episode Number Two with her first book, "Dancing with the Moon: A spiritual journey through IVF." Since then, because that's nearly a year ago, Emma has now published a second book. Michelle: Welcome, Emma. Emma:                  Hi, thank you for having me. Michelle:             She’s kind of cringing, slightly. Emma:                  And I can't believe that's almost a year though, since the first book, but yes, how it flies by time. Michelle:             Yes. I remember it was snowing when I interviewed you last year. Emma:                  It was, wasn't it? Yes, I walked around in the snow, Yes. I had forgotten that. Michelle:             And we were talking about crazy sea swimming, and here we are, a year later, talking about exactly the same. I'm just trying to warm up after having

  • Episode 10 - The F Word in Business

    Episode 10 - The F Word in Business

    19/12/2018 Duração: 46min

    An interview exploring the word Feminine and Feminine Business with guest Sasha Kazantseva-Miller. Okay, so today's episode's got absolutely nothing to do with that F word, the one that Gordon Ramsey uses a lot, and everything to do with the other F word. Feminine. And in particularly, feminine business, which was the title of an event that I was invited to co-host a couple of weeks ago with my guest today, Sasha Kazantseva-Miller, who is the Chief Mummy Officer at Island Mums. But that's only part of what Sasha does. She is a serial entrepreneur and certainly one of the most dynamic thinkers that I know. Over the years that I've known Sasha, we have had a co-mentoring arrangement where we've mentored each other, and it's been really useful for me with Sasha being a millennial and a different generation to myself. She has a different way of looking at the world, and I think we really have helped each other along the way. She certainly is someone that has challenged me with some of my thinking. So it was

  • Episode 9 - Finding Meaning through Childrens Stories

    Episode 9 - Finding Meaning through Children's Stories

    26/11/2018 Duração: 36min

    An interview with Tracey Thomson on her journey as an author and how we can find meaning through children's stories. Hi, this is Michelle from Female Potential, local women, global issues. Episode Nine, finding meaning through children's stories. So with me today is Tracey Thomson, a locally based author of children's books, and these are children's books with a message. They're all designed for children's well-being. But we'll also be talking about Tracey's own journey to become an author and how this has helped her find meaning after a change in career. Michelle:             So good morning, Tracey. Thank you ever so much for coming and joining me this morning. Tracey:                 Hi Michelle. Thanks for having me. Michelle:             That's wonderful. So as usual, local women, but this is a local woman without a local accent. So where do you come from Tracey? Tracey:                 Well, the accent might give it away. I'm from Scotland originally, but I've been in Guernsey for over 20 years now.

  • Episode 8 - The Divine Feminine

    Episode 8 - The Divine Feminine

    19/10/2018 Duração: 44min

    An interview with Yogini Kamadevi Carla Zurcher on awakening intuition and the Divine Feminine Michelle: Today you find me fresh from a really intriguing weekend experience with Kamadevi Carla Zurcher who has been here in Guernsey helping us to awaken our female intuition. The story for this particular episode starts with a friend and colleague of mine who is on her own particular path to find out more of her female potential and on that quest she felt cool to go out to Goa. I think that was earlier this year. Anyway, while she was there she met up with Kamadevi and was so inspired that she invited her to come over to Guernsey this last weekend. Kamadevi has been offering yoga sessions, sadly I couldn't go as I was out on the island on that day, but I did return in time to have one of her intuitive massages which was an amazing experience. I felt certainly very much more awake and alive and tingling at the end of it and also to host an awakening women circle yesterday morning which we had six intrepid ladies

  • Episode 7 - Flirting with Burnout

    Episode 7 - Flirting with Burnout

    13/09/2018 Duração: 57min

    Taking a look at burnout, overwhelm at work and what we can do to alleviate stress – with Grace Galliott from the Natural Health Clinic Michelle: 12 years ago I had a burnout. I’m not sure that I’ve ever said the words in exactly that way before because I think for most of the last 12 years I’ve actually been in denial that it was actually a burnout. I think I had in my head that burnout meant that the men in white coats came and dragged you out of the office or at the very least you went off on long-term sick, never to return, when in fact what happened to me is I just turned up one day and quit, and turned my back on 20 years of hard slog to get me to the position I was in, which was on the board. It was only recently, when I started researching this subject, that I looked at the symptoms of burnout and I thought, “Actually I was experiencing most of those.” One of the classic symptoms leading up to a burnout is denial that you’re in trouble and I think I was totally in denial of the stress levels I was

  • Why Money Matters to Women

    Why Money Matters to Women

    04/07/2018 Duração: 40min

    An interview with Liz Taylor-Kerr on her mission to teach adults, particularly women, about investing, and also to increase conversations with our children about financial literacy. Today, you find me waiting for my guest to arrive, Liz Taylor Kerr, will be with us shortly. I'm dashing around, I've got a to do list as long as my arm and I was thinking, "Oh, Why Money Matters, that doesn't sound like a really interesting title and I wish I could go back to doing the Vagina Dialogues," which is what I'm planning to do soon. I got to thinking yes, I've got a to do list as long as my arm and where on that to do list is looking at my money, my investments, my future, my pension? It doesn't even get on to the list. For some reason this just isn't a sexy subject for me. I am hoping that by the time Liz finishes talking to us today that it will be slightly sexier, but more important than sexy is it might motivate me to actually do something. I think, I can hear the scooter now. Hello Liz, welcome. Liz: Thank you ve

  • Episode 5 Are Killer Heels Killing Our Planet

    Episode 5 Are Killer Heels Killing Our Planet

    22/05/2018 Duração: 37min

    Today we have a guest with us, and her name is Kay Davidson. Kay’s a style guru, a business wear designer, and the creator of an online fashion magazine. Is it fashion, or is it style? Kay: It’s more style. Michelle: Right, so welcome, Kay. Kay: Hi. Thanks for having me. Michelle: Lovely to have you here. Now, we’ve got lots to talk about today, because the other thing that I didn’t mention in the brief introduction is that it’s not just style you’re about, it’s also sustainable fashion. Kay: Absolutely. Sustainability is my passion when it comes to clothes and fashion, and that’s why I always say that I work with style rather than fashion, because “Fashion fades, Style is eternal.” That’s a quote by Yves Saint Laurent. I’ve always believed that we should make clothes in a sustainable and ethical manner, and my business wear collections have always been produced in that way because I was selling to businesses who actually cared about their staff and needed to avoid any sort of scandal of child labour or slave

  • Whats Best for Baby and Your Career?

    What's Best for Baby and Your Career?

    16/05/2018 Duração: 45min

    So today, we’re looking at working Mums, and the decisions that have to be taken when you have a baby. We make an assumption that the best thing for baby is to stay at home as long as possible, and we make an assumption that the best thing for our career is to get back to work as soon as possible, and therefore it’s always going to be a balancing act between these  two competing demands. Sometimes, circumstances make that choice for us. In Guernsey, we’ve only recently got maternity legislation in place giving the right to six months’ maternity leave, but there is no right to payment for that period. So if you don’t have an employer that is offering best practice based on a UK model, you often have to get back to work as soon as possible just to pay the bills. Michelle:             Back in the day, when I had my daughter, I went back to work full time at ten weeks – there was no option. We needed to do that. But I do wonder now, having become a coach and knowing what I know now about psychological developm

  • Episode 3 Afraid to Speak Up? #MeToo

    Episode 3 Afraid to Speak Up? #MeToo

    06/04/2018 Duração: 41min

    A look at #MeToo from a Guernsey perspective with local lawyer Rachel Michelle: The global #MeToo campaign and Time’s Up, have been so big over the last few months. I’ve been finding it impossible to keep up with the daily flood of information. I find myself seesawing between, “This is fantastic. I’m really with this,” and the, “Hmm, I’m not so sure. What’s the backlash going to be? Are we going too far?” The one thing that I know for certain is whilst there’s so much attention out there in the global media, that I’ve not heard a single conversation in the media locally here in Guernsey. So what’s that all about? Michelle: Today, I’ve invited a lawyer, Rachel, who’s going to come to talk to us. We’re going to look at this subject from both a Guernsey perspective and a wider global one. She’ll be with me later. Before Rachel arrives, I’ve done the usual thing, I’ve gone Googling, to look up what I can find on the #MeToo campaign. I’ve gone straight to the font of all knowledge called Wikipedia. This is what I

  • Episode 2 Dancing with the Moon

    Episode 2 Dancing with the Moon

    06/04/2018 Duração: 38min

    So today I have the absolute pleasure of interviewing Emma Despres. Emma is a local yoga teacher, a Reiki master and now a published author of her first book “Dancing with the Moon; A Spiritual Journey through IVF.” Now, I met Emma probably around 15 plus years ago, we actually both did our Reiki training together. All the way through from Reiki 1 to Reiki Master, but Emma of course has gone on to do something wonderful with her Reiki training whereas I only tend to practice on myself or the cat. I also see Emma from time to time at her yoga classes, she does some excellent classes and especially her retreats, I went on a wonderful one last year at Glastonbury and will be going again this year coming. Michelle: Also, I see Emma from time to time because we’re both part of this bonkers group of women who do all year swimming. And we occasionally meet up to go into the sea, which I can tell you is pretty cold at this time of year. But today, we’re here to talk about Emma’s new book “Dancing with the Moon,” whic

  • Episode 1 Ethos, Ideas and Ambitions

    Episode 1 Ethos, Ideas and Ambitions

    06/04/2018 Duração: 45min

    Hello and welcome to the very first Podcast from Female Potential   My name is Michelle and I am your host for these episodes. This is my first venture into Podcasting so I am going to be learning how to do this as we go along.   One of my aims in starting to podcast is to introduce some new listeners to this format, people who have followed me on other mediums in the past, so if this is you and this is your very first Podcast listen - welcome to a whole new world of online listening!   I’m of the generation myself who’ve only recently converted to Podcasts or should I say ventured past Radio 4 podcasts, so I’ll make a few recommendations for my favourite Podcasts in the show notes.   Favourite Podcasts The Guilty Feminist - http://guiltyfeminist.com/ Late Night Woman’s Hour - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02zhq5l Death, Sex and Money - https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/deathsexmoney   To start with I want to say that all other Female Potential Podcasts after this one, will have guest interviewees and will