STORIES THAT HAVE THE POWER TO INSPIRE
WE EXPLORE THE STORIES
THAT DEFINED OUR GUESTS
WHO WE ARE
Hi I’m Matt Burke, creator and presenter of the Magic Minds podcast.
At the age of 16 years old I left school with a failed Leaving cert. Like many of my peers from this area, for one reason or another the school system in this country wasn’t flexible enough to grab somebody like me and stop me falling through the cracks or helping to guide me in the right career direction. For the next sixteen years I worked in many jobs. Some i liked and some I hated. It wasn’t 2008 while unemployed again I had a chance meeting with an employment mediator called David Brown.
iI was extremely scared with the idea of returning to education as a mature student yet David Brown in that moment was able to reach me and help ignite an new energy and desire in me to take that first step back into education. I was returning to an education system after 16 years that I felt uneasy about. I always had an interest in fitness and following much discussion with David I returned to college to pursue a degree in Sports Science and Health. In 2014 I graduated with first class honours from IT Tallaght.
Today I work as a Senior Training Facilitator in the Brain Injury programme, at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire. Little did I think back in 2008 that I would be where I am today had I have not had the support and encouragement to take a leap of faith in myself and return to education. The last 10 years have been an amazing journey and I cannot wait for next decade to commence. In the last 18 months I set about establishing the magic minds podcast to listen, share, educate and promote other people’s stories. Join me every week on social media as we explore new stories.
Mind your little self!
Bsc. Sports Science & Health
We facilitate a safe listening space
Listening means paying attention not only to the story, but how it is told, the use of language and voice, and how the other person uses his or her body to tell their story to others.
Given all the listening that we do, you would think we’d be good at it! In fact, most of us are not, and research suggests that we only remember between 25 percent and 50 percent of what we hear, as described by Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience. That means that when you talk to your boss, colleagues, customers, or spouse for 10 minutes, they pay attention to less than half of the conversation.
Turn it around and it reveals that when you are receiving directions or being presented with information, you aren’t hearing the whole message either. You hope the important parts are captured in your 25-50 percent, but what if they’re not?
Clearly, They are not statistics we are happy about so that is part of the reason we setup the Magic Minds podcast. We give you peoples stories that will inspire you to listen to the end!