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Living on a tight rope

Living on a tight rope

NB: During the welcome to this episode of The Different Stories Podcast and during the conversation itself, you will hear it referred to as The Other Stories Podcast.

That was the original name of the podcast until we were requested to change it in November 2023, due to the presence of another podcast of the same name, of a completely different genre.

The podcast is now known as The Different Stories Podcast across all platforms.


At the age of 18 and poised ready to embark on an engineering apprenticeship, Tom Henwood woke to find himself in a hospital bed with no memory of how he had got there. He’d actually woken up from an induced coma he’s been put in to help his brain recover from a sudden onset of encephalitis. This left him with uncontrollable epilepsy and spelt the end of his apprenticeship before it had even started followed by a so far unsuccessful bids to find meaningful work.

In this episode Tom shares his story of how he’s now on a mission to educate employers about epilepsy using his unique brand of humour and speaking.

LinkedIn: Tom Henwood - Lowestoft, England, United Kingdom | Professional Profile | LinkedIn

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About the host Rachel Maunder

Rachel Maunder is a Story Coach, helping people find and craft their personal stories for greater engagement through speaking. Her secret sauce includes a blend of an ability to spot the key parts of a story and to highlight those in a relatable way. With a lifelong curiosity around what makes people different Rachel is an advocate and ally of acceptance and inclusion. Combine that with her gentle way of drawing people’s stories out of them and you’ll start to see Rachel’s motivation behind creating The Different Stories Podcast. Rachel coaches individuals and runs bespoke workshops for organisations.

You can find her contact details or book a complimentary exploratory call here:

DISCLAIMER: Any views, thoughts and opinions shared and expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. Please carry out your own due diligence.


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