Bruce, Chris, Bruce Lang discussed on Mindfulness Mode
Help Him. And? Wasn't too long ago. I said Bruce said you need to do a podcast on your own podcast. You've got so much that people don't know about you. And he agreed in here. We are so let me go. Let me tell you guys a little bit about Bruce Lang for that. You may or may not know, but Bruce Langford is a mindfulness speaker. These a writer life coach a consultant. He's the founder of the mindfulness mindfulness mode podcast. What you guys are all very familiar. Tell me through, so I think. We've check last time. I checked up on your one point six million downloads of your of your podcast where we at well, it's taken a lot of work, but we are actually over two million downloads. It's two point one and pushing toward two point two million downloads now two point two million dollars. You're doing something really. That's that's amazing. Bruce's has extensive experience bullying prevention, enabling him to help other people who have been bullied or who are experiencing self bullying. We're going to get into that. I want to ask you some questions about self bullying. That's very interesting. Bruce's delivered more than seventeen hundred live presentations and his writings have appeared in numerous publications around the world. So with that, said Bruce Welcome to your own podcast with me taking over your podcast. Chris it's great to be here. Thank you. Thank you for the warm, welcome and the Nice words. Of course Oh, let's start off like this I. I'm actually curious. Give us a little bit of background. You know who are you? You didn't just all of a sudden. Have this overnight unbelievably successful? PODCAST and consultancy and all of those things. Where did this start? Where did it come from well? I was a teacher, and I loved teaching, and I was a music teacher, so I've got that creative thing going on love doing the music teaching, but what I didn't love was when I saw kids that were being picked on and bullied and I thought man. This should not be happening, and it made me think of my son who, at that time was just a little kid? He was around four or five years old, and I thought man I don't want my son to get bullied. Bullied I want him to get picked on, so I got this idea of you know I'm going to switch and I'm going to start working in this field I'm going to help as many people as I can, and through that I'll be able to help my son be strong kind of guy that will know how to stand up to bullying how to deal with it. You know not just like be able to punch people out like as which is what sometimes people think is how you have to deal with it, and so I started doing presentations all over the place and I started. Doing so many talks and keynote addresses and stuff, and then I it just happened that you know. All of a sudden people started to identify me as the anti-bullying Guy I. was. You know sometimes, they said I was the bullying guy wasn't sure whether that was quite right. But, anyway, so that's what happened and I started doing all that and then I I just realized that I I really loved doing live presentations. I loved helping people and. You know I would go back to some of the same schools and people would come up to me, and they would say you know I remember when you were here before and I was being picked on, and I did some of the stuff you taught me and I was just experiencing so much pain in my life was so miserable, and and then after I started doing some of. Of these things you taught in the presentation, then you know my life has turned around so I really liked that, and then later I started working in mindfulness, and started coaching, and found I could do the same thing in coaching and help adults who are experiencing a lot of pain and suffering, and even though a Lotta Times, their life looked amazing inside. They were experiencing a lot of. Frustration, and I could kind of help them with that and move through to them to a better place. So Bruce Essentially. You could have work things a little bit backwards where you started essentially group. Coaching people. Because in your presentations, that was a group coaching session essentially. and. Then you went more one on one and started working with individuals, and that type of thing right? Yeah, that's right. How did how did the anti bullying? Knowledge and everything else help you with the coaching process. Wow, it was amazing. Because through doing the anti-bullying I realized that not only do people bully each other I mean in business in life everywhere, not just kids, but a lotta times we bully ourselves, you know we have this inner voice going on, and and it can be just brutal, and it can pull people down who are like? Like intelligent successful people who have everything going for them, but this voice in their head can cause so many issues, and can just stop them in their tracks, and they can end up having so much pain and frustration and feeling of overwhelm, and so because of what I learned doing the bullying prevention. It's Sorta gave me the the tools, so I could help people deal with that voice. So wonderful and I assume that you're now you're now. You're starting to work with companies and employees and individuals of one of the things I. was curious about is. How can companies continue to thrive I? Mean obviously we're in an unprecedented time right now. We're still in the midst of global pandemic disrupted. Everything and you know so. There's people that are scared out there. There are people that are really struggling right now. So how can companies continue to thrive? Even while employees are experiencing stress and disconnection well, the thing is everybody needs more confidence than ever. They just need to be lifted up. They need to know that somebody cares and that somebody's behind them and you know they need to be noticed for what they're doing. That's positive for their accomplishments, and of course that can happen through the leaders in that company where their project leaders or the CEO's like you I'm sure. Sure Chris you lift up people that work for you and you give them confidence and support, and you know they just need those leaders out there. They're everywhere. They just need to be reminded that what they're doing is right when they're lifting people up and building their confidence, and helping them to feel empowered and strong, and some leaders are afraid of that. Some leaders are afraid they'll be seen as a as a pushover. They'll be seen maybe not as strong if they're always helping and always encouraging when in fact, that is completely incorrect. Wouldn't you agree with that Chris? Yeah of course I mean I've I've seen some of those pictures where they show. You know leader yelling from the back you know, go go and everyone's stressed out freaked out. Many got a leader pulling from the front. And I think that's what we WANNA do is we want to pull our people with us in the lead? The rated the leader is determined by the speed of the pack is determined by the rate of the leader. So I agree with you so important for people to lead right now it's so important for people to get outside themselves and think about their own employees, so I just love what you're sharing. Tell us some of the things that you're seeing. What are some of the challenges that people are experiencing with? Covert nineteen and maybe even in your own family, because these are real problems, so tell me what kind of challenges and pain that people are experiencing right now. Well, the challenge of of not knowing what's coming and that's always a challenge for people. You know we don't know how long this lockdown is going to be. We don't know you know when we can get our haircut you know. Know there there are so many things that impact people you know, and you know a lot of it has to do with financial like a lot of people you know they've either lost their jobs, or maybe they're just unsure whether their job is going to continue. And you know there's just so much insecurity out there, and then you look on social media or you listen to the news and. And people are all over the place you know there are people arguing and some people believe one thing, and some people believe in other thing, and we're not always getting consistent messages from our our leaders, you know our politicians, and so on that can cause a lot of insecurity, so not only are employees experiencing insecurity, but our leaders in business are as well, and that's some of the you. You know that's actually what I do is I. Help People gain confidence to realize that they're on the right track, and so you know it's just a really tough time right now, but at the same time it is a time to thrive, because there are lot of opportunities opportunities for people who are strong leaders to kind of take the rain and move forward and help those that need help. You and I assume that you work with a lot of leaders and companies, CEOS and executives and people like that. Is that kind of target market for you? Yes, yes, it is!.