In the late 1800s, two ships were wrecked at opposite ends of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island, within a few months of each other.  Neither crew knew the other was there. The island has a rocky, unforgiving coastline, and a year-round perishing climate of freezing rain and howling winds....

Death. You might consider it a challenging topic for a reality documentary series. Yet sometimes, the most unexpected topics have the power to make the greatest impact Recently I discovered The Casketeers, a reality TV show following the daily goings-on at Tipene Funerals, in West and South Auckland....

Last year, a book idea took up residence in my head and refused to leave. It’s like a squatter, moving furniture around in dusty, shadowy spaces, scribbling on the walls and generally making a nuisance of itself. Try as I might to dedicate my time to more...

I once asked a well known television producer where he got ideas for his stories and documentaries. He looked at me quizzically before replying: “Stories are everywhere.” At the time I found his answer slightly maddening. Back then I was a frustrated media lawyer, desperately yearning for more creativity...

If you know what you want to be known for, why aren’t you out there doing it yet? Are you afraid of what others may think? Or what might happen when you release your ideas to the world? Perhaps there's a fear of being criticised, or ridiculed. Fear of...

Do you ever feel exposed in your online business? All that blogging, social media, Periscope, podcast interviews, Youtube – suddenly you’re putting yourself out there in a way you never had to before. Last week I wrote about why sharing your story is one of the most...

We’ve all heard that storytelling is an important part of marketing your online business. After all, everyone loves a good story. But what if sharing your story doesn’t come naturally? When I tell clients to bring their personal story into their website, some will visibly shudder. ‘No...