By Engel Jones
Time stamp-Monday 17th october 2016 at [19:00]hrs ET
48 Days to go and 1317 conversations to go
Social media is HUGE. There are so many opportunities for communication however the improvement of conversation is deteriorating. Challenges of distance, time and language have been removed with technology. Virtual communities are being created via mediums such as Facebook, Twitter and many, many more, yet conversation that is authentic is not occurring as much as they can or should.
MY GOAL : Create a Guinness World Record for the Most Podcast Interviews in 3 months- 1509 #12minconvos w/ Engel Jones
In January 2016 I came up with an idea to communicate a bit deeper in “The Community” which I am a part of which was started by Aaron Walker of View From The Top.
“The Community” at View From The Top is the online place for men to go and grow. To connect and share the answers, insights and inspiration as we all gain success and significance in our business, personal and spiritual life.
After doing the maths I came up with a 12min conversation format to facilitate conversations which I believe could help foster better relationships in the Community. Nico Mellet, the Microsoft Excel King who is also part of “The Community” created the tool for us to use and with the permission of Aaron Walker and Tom Schwab we began to connect with each other in virtual #12minconvos via Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, FB Chat and phone calls. The relationships I built over this time have helped to change my life amazingly, in a couple of months.
On March 31st I launched my podcast “Twelve Minute Convos w/ Engel Jones with a goal to reach 1585 episodes by December 31st. N.B There were two podcasts that I listened to regularly the previous year and those were The Dave Ramsey Show and Entrepreneur on Fire. Two of which I highly recommend.
Well according to my calculation which could be off by +/- 1 John Lee Dumas’ EOFire will be at episode 1582 on December 31st. I thought it a challenge to go after the best there was to me. I intended to surpass him convincingly, so I thought I would go for 3 more :). After starting to podcast I quickly gained HUGE respect for all those who were doing podcasts. Trust me!!! It is a lot of work, dedication and consistency that is required. I continued though, inconsistently, but I continued.
On August 23rd 2016 my wife, Amanda, and I travelled to beautiful Tennessee to attend a conference like no other by Dan Miller which is rightly named Coaching With Excellence. There are so many stories to share between these times but for now I will keep it short. One quick story I will share is how Amanda and I ended up staying with The Slingerlands. Jamie Slingerland who leads the mastermind I am a part of through View From The Top opened up his home for us. His wife Ruthie and their children Diego, Cecilia, Jovany and Emillio created for us a most hospitable experience. Jamie and Ruthie are an awesome couple.
Back to The Story
So I am sitting, listening to Dan Miller speak and a bolt of inspiration hits and it sounds to me like,
“You need to re-focus on your goal Engel, NEVER GIVE IN!”.
Now where did that lightning bolt of inspiration come from? I’m not sure. I can say though that Dan Miller’s residence has a peace that I haven’t experienced anywhere before. I can also say that Dan Miller and Joanne Miller are an inspirational couple to look at and listen to.
At this point in my podcasting journey I have 76 episodes in the podcast treasure chest. Right where I sat I began to write and calculate on my trusty yellow pad, believing more and more that it will be possible. Now surely it would take a lot of work, but it is possible.
The Power of Community
I came back to Trinidad pumped and ready for action. Interestingly enough I had a meeting that was scheduled with Tom Schwab when I got back. We spoke and I told him of my goal to get to 1509 conversations in 3 months. He recommended that I apply to create this great challenge into a Guinness World Record. Tom is also attempting a Guinness World Record as the most interviewed on podcasts. If you want a great guest for your podcast message me and I can connect you to Tom. Thanks Tom for the idea. I applied on the same day which was September 5th 2016. I marked this day as the start of my 90 days on the goal to get to 1509 conversations in 3 months.
The reason this must be done now!
I believe that there are amazing people in the world. Today I spoke with Rob Dial and he shared with me why he was holding an orange in his picture and I loved the concept. He shared that Wayne W. Dyer stated “When you squeeze an orange, you’ll always get orange juice to come out. What comes out is what’s inside. The same logic applies to you: when someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, or says something unflattering or critical, and out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, tension, depression, or anxiety, that is what’s inside. If love and joy are what you want to give and receive, change your life by changing what’s inside.” I added to this interesting concept that thus far in the conversations I have had that I realized a lot of people can be like that orange because of how harsh the world is. That first outer skin could be bitter but I have learnt that there are those once you get pass that first layer, are beautiful.
Let’s Do This!
I LOVE GREAT CONVERSATIONS WHERE A LIFE’S JOURNEY IS COMMUNICATED NOT ONLY THROUGH WORDS BUT TONES AND EMOTIONS. EXPLOSIVE EXPRESSIONS THAT ALLOW YOU TO FEEL WHAT THEY FELT AND LEARNT. A FOOL LEARNS ONLY FROM HIS OWN MISTAKES WHILE THE WISE LEARN FROM THEIR OWN AND FROM THOSE, OTHERS HAVE MADE.
If you or someone you know are a Champion at heart and would love to have a #12minconvo with me. Book into my calendar by clicking HERE