How I Approach Busy Powerful People and Influencers — Experimenting with Multiple Templates Included

The podcast “The Nishant Garg Show” started without knowing anyone in the mental health and mindfulness industry. Why am I specific to only the mental health and mindfulness industry? When I reached out to people, usually their first question was “what’s this podcast about?” Therefore, I had to pick a topic that I cared for and had been personally practicing for some time. If I had chosen a topic I wasn’t passionate about, I’d have given very early on. So, the key is to focus on the topics you care about and are passionate about. Fast forward, I’ve covered many other topics such as trauma healing, relationships, leadership, and more, as my interest level grows and I evolve with time. Growth is never a linear process – not sure who said this.

I had to start from somewhere. Some of my kindest friends said yes to being on the show in the beginning to boost my confidence and courage. You will need more courage than confidence when you literally know nothing about podcasting or any new venture. Remember – courage overconfidence.

I knew that if I want to go further, I can’t just rely on a few friends. I had to try something else. To begin with, I started connecting with people on LinkedIn and start pitching my little heart. I had zero experience in cold messaging. As they say, you just start, keep refining your approach with time, and observe what’s working and what’s not.

As of writing this, I must have done thousands of cold-pitches. I had a lofty goal since the beginning although I didn’t know where exactly I want this podcast to go. My only intention was “building skills and developing connections” in this process even if I stop doing this so-called podcasting. I, personally, am not a fan of “networking” as I am a person who likes to create deeper connections with a few souls only. I don’t believe in creating superficial connections with many-many bodies.

Cold pitching is not an easy thing. Know that, busy people and influencers won’t have time to respond to you even when you have got a perfect pitch. When I was approaching someone busy (almost everyone was busier than me ;)), I always made sure to keep it short, sweet, and clear, and tried to make it easy enough for them to respond with either YES or NO. Did this approach work? Yes, it did get me to this stage, but not all the time. Most of the time, I didn’t get any response. It was a practice ground for me to become comfortable with NOs and No Responses, and still is.

Your patience is going to be tested. When you don’t have credibility, it’s really difficult to get people to say YES. However, it’s possible though. It’s a numbers game. When you’re just starting, don’t start with reaching out to people with a huge following – I did that mistake so many times early on. Your message will be lost in the overwhelming requests they receive or you will get a NO from their assistants. Here is the thing, be nicer to the assistants – they are the gatekeeper and they can let you in. So, be nice even when they say NO. You never know when the equation changes.

I realized that if I approach 100 people, at least 10 would say YES. That’s it. That’s all you need. It’s a numbers game. Now, after launching 167+ episodes, I very rarely cold-pitch people and I purely rely on referrals and connections.

Cold pitching is very time-consuming and I strongly believe that it’s the best option for anyone starting afresh. In this process, you will learn to take NOs and rejections less personally. Busy people already have a lot on their plate, hence, the timing and luck definitely matter.

I was lucky enough to get some big influencers (Guy Kawasaki) early on. Maybe, they read my emails when they were in a happy mood or less busy, who knows.

The first step is to test with different email templates. Be precise and clear with your message about why you’re reaching them. Don’t write pages of emails – no one has time for that.

Don’t be pushy and salesy. Follow up 2-3 times over the weeks/months. It’s ok if you don’t get a response. The world is full of amazing people. If one says no, there is always another amazing person who will say yes. NO isn’t a rejection if we look at it from different. It simply is that they are not enrolled in your mission.

In my messages/emails, I showed empathy at the end by giving them a clear exit if they don’t have time to respond or were uninterested in my pursuit. Ex: I understand that you get such an inbound request all the time, and If you have read my email this far, it means a lot to me. I am not in a rush to do this. Thanks in advance.

Two books, which really helped in understanding the purpose and mission, and being comfortable with rejections, are The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life and The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact.

I started capturing each cold pitch that worked for me in my go-to Evernote. To inspire you that it’s possible to make this happen from zero level, I’ve copied some pitches below. Nobody wants to be enrolled in a podcast; therefore, I had to create a mission and purpose around it, because we all human beings want to be part of a bigger purpose. I am glad to share that this little show is helping some people live a fulfilled and abundant life and they are the source of ripple effects.

Template 1:

“Hello X, I hope you are well and I will be brief here.

My name is Nishant. I’m originally from India and now live in Austin, Texas, USA. I am an Engineer and the Podcast host of the show “The Nishant Garg Show” where I invite world-class experts including Researchers, Psychologists, Business Tycoons, Mindfulness Experts, etc,  to share tools and practices to improve the quality of life. I am on a mission to help people live a fulfilled life and live more mindfully.

You have been on my mind for a while and have heard about you many times on Tim Ferriss and The Trauma Therapist Podcast. Thank you for making a difference in society.
My intention from this email is to invite you to my podcast as a guest, and I’d be honored to have you join me in this mission and share your wisdom with the listeners. As of writing this email, I have published 112 episodes in just 10 months. I understand that you get such an inbound request all the time, and If you have read my email this far, it means a lot to me. I am not in a rush to do this. Thanks in advance.

Much Love to you and Gratitude.”

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Dr. Romie Mushtaq — Optimizing Brain Health, Cure for Busy Brain, Restore Sanity, Sleep, & Sense of Connection, Wellness Paradigms, Connection with Divine, Root causes of Depression, and More (#167)

Dr. Romila “Romie” Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM, is a neurologist, mindfulness teacher, sought out keynote speaker, and never-to-recover chocolate addict. She is the first Chief Wellness Officer for a corporation of 5,000+ employees in the United States (Evolution Hospitality), integrative medicine specialist, and mindfulness expert who has impacted over 1.1 million lives across the world through her keynotes and corporate workshops on mindfulness and brain health.

Dr. Romie entered neurology at a time when less than 5% of neurologists were women. After reaching the pinnacle of “success” while working 80-100hr weeks and achieving her career milestones, she developed a rare, nearly-lethal health disorder. This experience sparked a shift towards mindfulness, meditation, and integrative medicine and led to her current path of shifting the minds of Fortune 500 leaders, organizations, and corporations through science-based meditation talks and workshops.

With nearly 20 years of expertise and her signature style, energy, and sass, Dr. Romie delivers dynamic corporate wellness keynotes and workshops, corporate leadership lectures, and business wellness consulting. She is an in-demand speaker with a popular TedX talk on “The Powerful Secret of Your Breath” and she is featured in NBC, Fox Business, Inc, CBS, Huffington Post, NPR, and dozens of other national media outlets. Dr. Romie has worked with Grammy-award winning musicians, top NBA/NFL/PGA athletes, and Fortune 500 company executives.

Check out her Ted Talk: The Powerful Secret of your Breath

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Nina Paul — Calming Anxiety and Distress,, Emotional Resilience Work, Emotional Freedom Tapping(EFT) technique, Therapy and Healing Modalities, and More (#166)

Nina Paul is a mindfulness instructor for adults and teens. She has taught workshops in Virginia, led courses for teens in the Fairfax County school system, and is a Lecturer of Mindfulness at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, working with college students, staff, and faculty to incorporate fundamentals of mindfulness into their everyday lives.

Nina has received training in Mindfulness through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, Mindful Schools, the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction -Teens (MBSR-T) program, and the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. She is trained to teach mindfulness to youth through the .b Mindfulness for Teens Curriculum certification (UK), Mindful Schools K-12th curriculum training and MINDS INC’s High School Mindfulness Curriculum Training. Nina is also a Practitioner in Training through the EFT Universe.

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Show Notes:

  • Between the period of 1994 and 1997, you were working as a Montessori teacher, educating children on being aware of their bodies to understand themselves.Could you elaborate on that experience of yourself?
  • How did you raise your own children and what was your parenting style?
  • How old were you when you entered into therapy?
  • After you went into therapy, what changes or breakthroughs did you observe in your own self?
  • What advice would you give to someone who maybe looking for a therapist?
  • At what point in your life did you enter into mindfulness space?
  • What was the underlying cause of your anxiety and distress? Was there any childhood connection?
  • I want to touch upon healing modalities. You have been in therapy for a while. So what different healing modalities have you tried or practiced on your own?
  • How do we practice Emotional Freedom Tapping(EFT) technique?
  • Could you describe about your meditation practice now?  How much time do you spend in your meditation every day?
  • You mentioned that you manage your stress well now. What is your relationship with stress?
  • You are also an emotional resilience coach. So how do you help people?
  • You are also a lecturer of mindfulness at the George Washington university in Washington, DC. So what does a lecturer of mindfulness do?
  • Could you recommend some resources in terms of books, blogs, or online resources to live a calm better life?
  • And, much more

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Bryan Robinson on Work Addiction Recovery, Internal Family Systems(IFS) Therapy, Helping Recover Alanis Morissette, Why Relationships Fail, Doing Nothing, and More (#165)

“Instead of asking “How’s life treating you?”, ask yourself – “how’re you treating life”?

Bryan E. Robinson is a licensed psychotherapist and author of two novels and 40 nonfiction books. He applies his experiences to crafting insightful nonfiction self-help books and psychological thrillers. His multi-award winning southern noir murder mystery, Limestone Gumption, won the New Apple Book Medal for best psychological suspense, the Silver IPPY Award for outstanding mystery of the year, the Bronze Foreword Review INDIEFAB Book Award for best mystery, and the 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book Award for best fiction in the Southeast.

His most recent release is Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations and Inspirations for Writers (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018). He has written for Psychology TodayFirst for Women, and Natural Health, and his blogs and columns for writers appear in Southern Writer’s Magazine. He is a consulting editor for The Big Thrill, the online magazine for International Thriller Writers. His long-selling book, Chained to the Desk, is now in its 3rd Edition (New York University Press, 1998, 2007, 2014). His books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he has appeared on every major television network: 20/20Good Morning America, ABC’s World News TonightNBC Nightly News, NBC Universal, The CBS Early Show, CNBC’s The Big Idea. He hosted the PBS documentary, Overdoing It: How to Slow Down and Take Care of Yourself.

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  • Could you please share about your love for hiking?
  • When you speak of doing nothing, in the area of doing nothing, do you think we can watch TV? Can we read books or just nothing?
  • Difference between old Bryan and the newer version of Bryan?
  • Do you have any formal meditation practice?
  • I would like us to explore more on the work addiction and workaholism aspect. So when you found yourself addicted to work, what did it give you? What did you feel emotionally?
  • Relationship with spouse
  • I want to ask you about more on addiction. So there is always a source. There’s always a cause that goes back to childhood for any addiction. Would do you mind talking about more on the causes of your work addiction?
  • I think in 2018, you wrote a blog, the five reasons relationships fail. If you remember, could you elaborate on some of the reasons why relationships fail? One of the reasons it’s work addiction.So in general, why relationships fail? If you could shed some light?
  • I want to go back to the topic of addiction. So when you found yourself addicted, what measures or what actions did you take to break through this pattern?
  • When you work with addicted people in your psychotherapy practice, what common symptoms have you observed in them?
  • Could you please describe about the Internal Family Systems(IFS) therapy?
  • What do you mean by thanking those internal pars in IFS therapy?
  • Letting go of the parts that don’t serve us
  • How did you help Alanis Morissette in her recovery?
  • Difference between addiction and workaholism?
  • What books have inspired you the most?
  • And, much more


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Hunter Clarke-Fields on Grounding Relationships, Raising Good Humans, How to Talk about Parenting Responsibilities, Expansion and Contraction, How to Heal Childhood Wounds, and More (#161)

Hunter Clarke-Fields is a mindfulness mentor, host of the Mindful Mama podcast, creator of the Mindful Parenting course, and author of the book, Raising Good Humans. She helps parents bring more calm into their daily lives and cooperation in their families. Hunter has over twenty years of experience in meditation and yoga practices and has taught mindfulness to thousands worldwide. She is the mother of two active daughters, who challenge her everyday to hone her craft!

In this episode, Hunter discusses about parenting, her own childhood and upbringing, relationship with her dad, how to show empathy with children, on raising good humans, and much much more.. She also mentions how she is inspired by Buddhist monk Thick Nhat Hanh and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Without further ado, please enjoy this wide ranging conservation.

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Hunter’s new book: Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids

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Other links: Blue Cliff Monastery

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  • If I were to ask your daughters, how would they describe what does mama do?
  • When you say mindful mentor or mindful parenting, what do you mean by that?
  • I want to ask you about your own childhood. What was your relationship like with your dad specifically?
  • Do you remember any memorable conversation with your dad that may have had the positive impact in your life?
  • What is your current meditation practice?
  • Are you watching any specific movie or documentary on Netflix?
  • You mentioned about plum village. Do you follow any specific teacher?
  • Do you remember any specific book or books from Thick Nhat Hanh that you enjoy reading or had made the most impact on you?
  • How did you get introduced into the mindfulness world at the age of 17?
  • Talking about what was going on when you were 17 – you mentioned that you were desperate, you were not feeling good. What happened?
  • I have some research that if a woman doesn’t have a good relationship with her dad, she might treat her partner, romantic partner, not in a good way unless she has done some therapeutic work. How has that sort of relationship showed up with your spouse?
  • What do you mean by grounding relationship with your husband?
  • How do you distribute your parenting responsibilities with their partner? And I’m sure a lot of listeners would want to know that when we have children, how do we talk about dividing or distributing child responsibilities – who should do this, who should do that? And what kind of a conversation we should have with a partner?
  • With children comes a lot of responsibilities and sometimes parents forget to focus on themselves. Right? So how should couples focus on themselves and still work on their romantic relationship?
  • How do you define happiness for you and for your life?
  • You are an artist you enjoy painting, and this topic has come up many times. So I’m curious to ask you, could you expand more on your artistic view of life and your painting as a painter? How do you see life and what kind of painting do you do now?
  • I want to ask you about empathy. Children live in a very different world. And how does someone practice empathy with them or how do you practice good communication, empathy with your own children?
  • What is your sleep routine?
  • In the preparation of this conversation, I found your Huffington post, which you wrote back in 2017 or 2018, and it is about expansion and contraction. So I’ve read that article and I understand that, but could you briefly describe about expansion and contraction to our listeners?
  • What is your relationship with Wayne Dyer?
  • And, much more


The Nishant Garg Show:

This show is about helping you live a fulfilled life and my job on this show is to sit with the world class experts to extract the practices, routines and habits to help you live a fulfilled and abundant life. For any question, please contact me.

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Della Duncan on Right Livelihood, Relationship with Money, Reducing Suffering, Sexual Violence Prevention, Buddhist Economics, 5Rhythms Dance, Finding Moments of Happiness, and More (#160)

There is enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed

– Gandhi

Della Duncan is a Renegade Economist based in San Francisco. She teaches workshops and retreats about alternative economics around the world, supports individuals working to better align their values with their work as a Right Livelihood Coach, and offers consulting to organizations, businesses, and local governments contributing to equitable and sustainable economic systems change.

Della is also the host of the Upstream Podcast challenging traditional economic thinking through documentaries and interviews, a Senior Fellow of Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute in the London School of Economics, the Course Development Manager of Fritjof Capra’s Capra Course on the Systems View of Life, a Gross National Happiness Master Trainer, a member of the 36×36 project (36 femxle change makers rethinking global economic frameworks), the Community Leader of Ingleside Community Power (a community-owned solar-power neighborhood cooperative), and a founding member of the Doughnut Economics California Coalition (DECC).

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  • What did you learn from book abolishing Silicon valley?
  • What do you mean by improving Silicon Valley?
  • Could you speak to your relationship with money perhaps now are in your earlier years?
  • How should someone find more moments of happiness?
  • What are your spiritual practices on a regular basis?
  • 5Rhythms dance movement practice
  • Connection with London School of Economics
  • People who are making more money and who are at the top of the economic ladder, they would say that they have worked so hard to come to this position to make more money and people who are not making money, they may not have good qualification or something like that. So how do we handle that?
  • What do you consider yourself as a Buddhist or a bodhisattva?
  • Eight fold noble path
  • Why is it that you are more attracted to a right livelihood in this eight fold noble path?
  • How do we use her right livelihood concept to reduce suffering and harm in the world?
  • How do you define suffering from Buddhism perspective?
  • To reduce the pain and suffering, you suggest to you mindfulness. Are there specific concrete practices?
  • Could you share any memorable story from your own suffering in the past, if anything that comes to your mind?
  • Where do you see this Buddhist economics going in the next 10, 15 years to alleviate, suffering and improve the systems?
  • Spiritual ecology
  • Under the umbrella of Buddhism, we have Zen Buddhism, we have Tibetan Buddhism. So what kind of of Buddhism are you talking about in this conversation?
  • The world needs more deep generalist. Could you describe that in brief?
  • Do you have frameworks or rules to practice deep generalist? How do we cultivate more of this deep generalist?
  • You also work in the areas of sexual violence, prevention and intervention.
  • How do you use mindfulness into preventing sexual violence?
  • And, much more


The Nishant Garg Show:

This show is about helping you live a fulfilled life and my job on this show is to sit with the world class experts to extract the practices, routines and habits to help you live a fulfilled and abundant life. For any question, please contact me.

If you have enjoyed listening to my podcasts, please subscribe to the new podcast updates on Itunes please provide your reviews on Itunes which will really help me. Subscribe to the Newsletter. You won’t be spammed! I hate spams too! You will receive only one email every Friday on the latest published podcasts.

If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in growing this little show. I also love reading reviews! Instructions are: a)If you’re on an iPhone, simply scroll down to “Reviews” inside the Podcasts app. b) If you’re on a desktop, click on “Listen on Apple Podcasts” under “The Nishant Garg Show.” Once inside iTunes, click on “Ratings and Reviews” and you’re set.

Raj Sisodia on Wholeness and Healing, Spiritual Journey in the Himalayas, Mind Maps for Writing, Ayahuasca Experience, Feminine and Masculine Energy, Conscious Capitalism, and More (#159)

It is one thing to awaken. It is another thing to remain awake.

– Raj

Raj Sisodia was born in India and spent parts of his childhood in Barbados, California and Canada. He was educated as an electrical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS, Pilani). He pursued an MBA in Marketing from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai after which he earned a Ph.D. in Marketing and Business Policy from Columbia University.

Until 1998, he was the Director of Executive Programs and Associate Professor of Marketing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. From 1985 to 1988, he was Assistant Professor of Marketing at Boston University.

He also spent 15 years at Bentley University as Trustee Professor of Marketing, Department Chair and founder/director of the Center for Marketing Technology. Raj is a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc. and a member of the board of directors of The Container Store. He has consulted with and taught executive programs for numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, Rabobank, McDonalds and Southern California Edison.

Raj is an American citizen residing in Boston, Massachusetts. Raj has published ten books and over 100 academic articles. His work has been featured in the Wall Street journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe,CNBC and many other media outlets.

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  • Could you tell us the meaning of your first name to our listeners?
  • Could you share one of your memorable childhood moments?
  • You lived abroad between the age of 7 and 12 and then moved back to India, how was the culture shock for you and how did you adapt to the changing environments?
  • Did you have a good relationship with your father?
  • Blend of Feminine and Masculine energy
  • You mentioned that your dad wanted to you to be something else. What was that?
  • How do you find the balance between loving and striving to have more in your own personal life and personal relationships?
  • What are the concrete practices you have in an everyday life to cultivate more of healthy masculinity and be more self aware and awakened?
  • You went for a shamanic experience, you also went to a silent retreat in upstate New York. And then you also went to a spiritual journey in the Himalayas. When was it? Could you double click on all of these experiences and share with us?
  • what does healing mean to now?
  • When you were going through the spiritual awakening and multiple dimensions of healing, what was your inner voice at that time? What were you telling yourself? Any self-talk that you remember?
  • What do you do in the first 60 to 90 minutes of your waking up in the morning?
  • Writing process
  • Could you give us a small concrete example of mind mapping that you have used recently in your writing?
  • Not everybody can have access to you and Michael Gelb. So could you tell us some resources on mind mapping that we can go and learn more about it?
  • You have coauthored a lot of your books with other amazing writers? So are there some principles, rules, structure, frameworks to write a book with another human being?
  • What did Michael tell you to just trust your instincts?
  • What do you mean by words coming from soul versus words coming from the consciousness?
  • Why Jag Sheth is your mentor and what qualities does he have that you seek him as your mentor?
  • what is the specific impact you want to leave on this world?
  • And, much more


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Ora Nadrich — Questioning your Thoughts, Transformational Thinking, Cultivating Calm and Relaxed State, Mindfulness in Motion, Dream Work, Live True, and More (#158)

If you want to change the world, start with yourself

“Don’t believe everything you think”

“A life unexamined is not worth living”

“There’s nothing to fear, but fear itself. And when you get on the other side of fear, you realize there’s less and less to be afraid of”

Ora Nadrich is the founder and president of the Institute for Transformational Thinking and author of Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity, named in the 100 Best Mindfulness Books of All Time by Book Authority. She is a certified life coach and Mindfulness teacher, specializing in transformational thinking, self-discovery and mentoring new coaches as they develop their careers.

Ora’s rare combination of insight, intuition, compassion and charisma has made her one of the most effective and sought-after coaches in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in Women’s Health Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, Fast Company, Success Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Elevated Existence, NBC News, LA Yoga Magazine, Yahoo! Health, and many more.

From a very early age, Ora has been a seeker of knowledge, with a particular interest in discovering how our thoughts work. Her lifelong journey towards this inner awareness, along with her distinctive combination of intuition and compassion that allows her to open up avenues of trust and connection, eventually led to her becoming a life coach and developing her simple yet effective questioning method, designed to uncover both the pitfalls and potential our thoughts have in determining our destiny. Her unique method, which has guided her clients to unlock the strength and promise within, allowing them to deal with the fears and other obstacles that have held them back, has thus been successful in helping thousands of people realize their desires and reach their goals.

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  • What do you drink in the morning? Do you drink tea or coffee?
  • Can you elaborate more on Dream Work? How can we practice in our lives?
  • When you retrieve a dream on a regular basis or at times in your life, what does it do to you personally? How do you feel after that?
  • How have you been able to cultivate this calm state of being?
  • What advice would you give to somebody who wants to live a calm and relaxed state of being and live a more calm life on a frequent basis?
  • Life Gazing practice
  • Do you have a specific time in your daily life to stop and pause and just do nothing?
  • Mindfulness in motion
  • What is your relationship with mother nature?
  • How did you influence your husband Jeff to meditate?
  • Transitioning from work life to home life
  • How has your relationship with your husband transformed through mindfulness practices?
  • At what point in your life you got introduced to mindfulness and meditation?
  • Whenever any trauma comes to you in your life in many ways, what questions do you usually ask it?
  • We all face obstacles and negative thoughts in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we have to let them keep us from achieving our goals and dreams
  • Transformation thinking – WHO method
  • Can you give us an example on changing negative thinking to positive thinking?
  • Challenging your thoughts
  • Live True Journaling process
  • Do you have any favorite quote or philosophy that you live your life by?
  • and much more

The Nishant Garg Show:

This show is about helping you live a fulfilled life and my job on this show is to sit with the world class experts to extract the practices, routines and habits to help you live a fulfilled and abundant life. For any question, please contact me.

If you have enjoyed listening to my podcasts, please subscribe to the new podcast updates on Itunes please provide your reviews on Itunes which will really help me. Subscribe to the Newsletter. You won’t be spammed! I hate spams too! You will receive only one email every Friday on the latest published podcasts.

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