• Behind the scenes of a Managing Director – with Noel Kershaw

    I’m so excited to share this fantastic ‘Behind the Scenes’ conversation with Noel Kershaw.

    Noel is the Managing Director of Deli Fresh an amazing conversation that supplies fresh food to hotels and restaurants around the country, and in this conversation he shares:

    – His personal development journey in coaching over the past few years

    – Why he decided to dive into coaching, what was going on for him and why he felt it was important

    – How things changed for him as a result

    AND he shares a lot of wisdom from his own experience that you could use in your own business / life.

    Click here to have a listen

    PLUS – I’m super excited to share that the doors of The Leaders Circle Roundtable Mastermind is OPEN for enrolment.

    This is for you if:

    ✔️ You’re a Managing Director or Director

    ✔️ You’re great at focusing on the business and your team but not that great at focusing on yourself and what you need?

    ✔️ You realising that what got you here, isn’t going to get you there and that you need to learn how to up-level as a leader to get the results you really want?

    ✔️You have times when you feel like an imposter, and ask yourself ‘who am I to be a leader’?

    ✔️You feel like it’s lonely at the top, and you’d love a safe space to have vulnerable conversations without needing to know all the answers?

    ✔️You’re getting fed up with spinning all the plates and juggling all the balls and your fear of failure is a heavy burden to carry?

    ✔️Your work life balance, not very…balanced, and you’d like more time with your family, and partner?

    ✔️You want to be the best you can be at home and at work?

    ✔️You’re ready to focus on your development, and see how changes to your habits, thinking or daily actions can make a huge impact on all areas of your life.

    ✔️You craving headspace and time to focus on yourself without anyone needing or wanting your attention?

    If so, this is for you.

    Click here for more info

  • How to get out of the weeds in your business with Gary King

    Welcome to another episode of the podcast.

    This week I’m delighted to share a cuppa that I had with the fantastic Gary King.

    Gary helps business owners to have the freedom to choose where, when and how they work.

    After 25 years in high-growth businesses delivering results at a senior level, Gary knew he could use his skills to help SMEs. A straight-talking, no-nonsense Yorkshireman, he now helps ambitious business owners create the freedom to make choices about their life through a range of online and in-person programmes.

    Having turned around his business and his lifestyle when struggling in the first few years, Gary now runs three successful businesses and it’s his experience he uses to help other entrepreneurs ditch the guilt, start earning what they are worth, and have the ability to make choices about how they spend their time. He creates what many hard-working business owners are missing – the freedom to choose.

    In this episode Gary shares:

    – Why he started his business in the first place

    – How he got stuck in the weeds and how that affected his life

    – What he did to get himself out of the weeds

    – And loads of golden nuggets to help you if you can relate

    Have a listen here

    Gary is also Director & Northern Regional Head for the Association of Business Mentors.

    To get in touch with Gary visit: https://www.tendo-uk.com/https://www.tendo-uk.com/

  • How to declutter your mindset – with Claire Shamillia

    Welcome to this weeks episode of The Smash Your Own Ceiling Podcast.

    Today I’m really excited to share a fab chat I had with the lovely Claire Shamilla.

    We cover a lot of ground in this episode:

    – How Claire’s life changed back in 2008 with the birth of her daughter

    – Letting go of old conditioning and old beliefs that no longer serve you

    – How to re-connect with yourself and remember who you really are

    – How to de-clutter those beliefs

    And so much more

    This is one to listen to with a notebook and pen.


    Let me first tell you a bit more about Claire…

    Since 2008 Claire Shamilla has supported women around the world to get unblocked and live with purpose.

    She is a highly trained & experienced practitioner who holds a Degree in Education, is an Accredited Life Coach, EFT Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher and an Advanced PSYCH-K® Facilitator.

    She has a deep understanding of the mind-body connection and uses a holistic approach to support women to achieve lasting results, addressing not just the symptoms, but also the root cause of their challenges so that they can live a fulfilling life of balance, joy & purpose.

    Get the FREE One Minute Recharge Practice here: https://www.claireshamilla.com/recharge

    Website: https://www.claireshamilla.com

    Podcast: Rock Your Magic Podcast

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claireshamilla/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claireshamilla

  • How to maintain a growth mindset – with Alan Reynolds

    Welcome…I’m super excited to share a fantastic conversation I had with the amazing Alan Reynolds about a topic that’s so very close to my heart – how to maintain a Growth Mindset.

    In this episode we talk about:

    – The difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset

    – How to tell the difference, and spot the signs in yourself

    – How moments of a fixed mindset might be limiting your growth and results

    – How to shift from a fixed to a growth mindset

    And so much more

    Let me share more about Alan…

    Alan Reynolds draws on his wide experience in banking and finance and more recently as a business consultant and lecturer in management. He is also a successful and award-winning thriller and screenplay writer.

    Alan’s key attribute is being able to inspire confidence in those he works with, bringing possibilities into probabilities and probabilities into certainties. As well as the financial sector he has worked for a number of multi-nationals.

    Alan has developed and delivered numerous training programmes which have received nominations for a national training award; specifically aimed at management development, leadership, and people skills. On an individual basis he has provided one to one coaching to senior management & executive


    In addition to his business enterprise, Alan is also Chair of the Self Employed Professionals Group. As part of his remit he has developed a mentoring scheme for new start-ups and successfully supported many members of the group who are venturing into the world of self employment for the first time.

    Alan has Thirty-six years with Lloyds Bank, twenty-five of which were in management positions culminating in being appointed a Senior HR Manager.

    Director of Alan Reynolds Associates Ltd, business consultancy.

    Alan is a former Associate of the CIPD and the Chartered Institute of Bankers

    More recently, in 2010, he has taken up writing fiction and has fourteen novels published including the award-winning Flying with Kites.

    Other books published; Taskers End, Breaking the Bank, The Sixth Pillar, The Tinker, The Coat, Valley of the Serpent, Smoke Screen, Twelve- a Date with Obsession, Exfil, Trent Island. The Baker’s Story, Arthur’s War, The Last Poppy.

  • How to navigate change with a beginners mindset with Mitzi Campbell

    Have you ever had to take a leap into the unknown and start a new chapter in your life?

    That’s exactly what Mitzi Campbell and I talked about on this week’s episode as Mitzi shared her leap from Academia to running her own business.

    Mitzi has spent over thirty-five years in education.

    She teaches, and her dynamic skills in the areas of academia, psychology, non-profit leadership and the creative arts inform her life story in continuous, priceless, and powerful ways and allow her to impact and uplift others with divine sincerity.

    Mitzi is the creator and host of The Blessons Podcast where she uses her platform to connect humanity and inspire personal growth and self-discovery for the good of all.


    In this episode we talk about:

    The importance of a beginners mindset

    The catalyst for starting again

    Following your truth

    Imposter Syndrome

    Limiting beliefs that hold you back

    And the importance of meditation.

    We cover a lot of ground and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • Getting Leads from Linkedin with Judy Parsons

    Today I have the absolute pleasure of sharing a fantastic chat I had with Judy Parsons – The Linkedin Lady. 
    What Judy doesn’t know about Linkedin really isn’t worth knowing…in fact, this episode is so much more than a conversation and more like a workshop…so you’re going to want to get your pen’s at the ready.
    But first let me tell you more about Judy. 
    Judy is an independent LinkedIn trainer, speaker and LinkedIn marketing specialist, and works with business owners to unlock LinkedIn’s potential, so they Get Found, Get Famous and Get Clients on LinkedIn. Passionate about de-mystifying LinkedIn, Judy ensures her clients make the most of the time they spend on LinkedIn, closing the gap between ‘just being on LinkedIn’ and making LinkedIn work effectively as a tool for generating inbound enquiries. 
    Everything Judy teaches she uses to generate her own clients on LinkedIn. 
    She believes that if she can grow her business on LinkedIn then anyone can! 
    To find out more visit: 

  • Getting the most out of your team – With Ed Fish

    I’m really excited to be opening up 3 additional places for my 6 month one to one Coaching Programme.

    This is for you if you’re a business owner or leader and…

    You’re ready to elevate as a leader

    To get out of the weeds, and get some work life balance

    Lead your team and yourself more effectively

    Start to get the results that you really want

    Side step Imposter Syndrome or stop holding yourself back

    Live your truest potential

    All you need to do is send an email to info@barbaranixon.co.uk with the word COACHING in the subject heading and we’ll get back to you to explore whether it’s right for you.

    Also, if you know that 1-1 coaching isn’t right for you right now, but you’d love to work on your mindset and stop holding yourself back come and join the Smash Your Own Ceiling Collective and use the coupon code 50%OFF to get 50%o off.

    Now onto today’s episode…

    Today I’m sharing a fantastic conversation that I had with Ed Fish.

    Ed is an Organisational Climatologist which means that  he helps with the Climate in an organisation, which is fundamentally, ‘how it feels to work here.’

    Many feel this is ‘the soft stuff’, but it is steeped in science that Ed has been studying for the last 20 years.

    He uses this science to demystify how people interact and leaders lead, so maximise human potential and bring some joy to the workplace. Ed started the journey by studying biotechnology and going to work in the process industries.

    He is an unreformed engineer, still enjoying some complex maths.  However, his sojourn from design engineer to project management revealed that it is all about people. That is the crux, it’s about people, plural.

    It is about that complex area of social structure, and how we behave.

    That includes the inner workings of individuals (psychology and emotions) and how they interact in a social, productive context.

    You can find Ed on

    At his website ed@pandoraconsulting.co.uk

    Or email pandoraconsults@gmail.com

  • How to get unstuck and get the momentum you want

    You know that feeling of being stuck, where it just seems like you’re taking one step forwards and one back and you can’t seem to make the progress that you want no matter what you try?

    If so, this is exactly what I’m talking about today on this weeks podcast

    I’m sharing

    – How to get yourself back on track and starting afresh

    – How to stop yourself falling into the same traps as before

    – And how to maintain your momentum when it starts

    and if you’d like to the E-book so you can learn the 5 sneaky ways you’re holding yourself back and what to do about them, click here.


  • 5 powerful life changing questions

    I’ve been called ‘the Queen of powerful questions’ more than once because one thing I know for sure, when we ask ourselves deep questions we get great answers.

    It’s actually something we do on a regular basis in the Smash Your Own Ceiling world, so today I’d love to gift you some questions that the SYOC Community have loved!!

    All you need to do is get yourself your favourite drink, a notebook and a pen and write the question at the top of the page and answer it. There’s no right or wrong answer with how you do this, just answer the question and see what comes up.

    Have a listen and let me know which one spoke to you the most.


    I’d love to know what your favourite question is (and any light bulb moments that you might have had.) Let me know by hitting reply in the comments and if you’re ready to join the Smash Your Own Ceiling Community click here

  • How to make friends with fear

    Have this ever happened to you?

    You were happily doing your thing, feeling good about what you were about to do, when….suddenly…fear strikes…and your thoughts turned to things like…

    ‘What will other people think?’

    ‘This isn’t good enough’

    ‘I’m going to fail’

    And so on….

    If so, this week’s podcast is for you as I share tips on How to make friends with fear*

    Now you might be reading this thinking…why on Earth would I want to do that?

    Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but your fear is here to stay….and it’s always going to be popping up when you least want it to, stopping us in our tracks.

    Our job is not to avoid fear, but to learn to move through it so we keep taking action and we keep growing, and to know that fear is actually a sign that we’re growing.

    I share:

    What fear is really doing and why

    Practical tips to move through fear

    How to feel the fear and keep moving forwards.


    and if you’re ready for some support click here to see how I can help.