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Existing, not living

Existing, not living

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.


Pollie Rafferty’s pathway out of her continuing journey with depression and anxiety showed up when she discovered storytelling. Having found something creative that she could lose herself in she started to live, not merely exist. In this episode she shares how having been so inspired herself by storytelling that she decided to turn it into a business.

Pollie is known as the Speakers Storyteller, an international speaker and creator of the STAR storytelling system. She has performed in schools, networking events and more, She then began to study storytelling, learning its history, purpose and effects. She has battled with mental and physical health issues for decades and has overcome many hurdles to get to where she is now. Pollie is determined to make it easier for people to speak out and be heard and for others to not feel alone.


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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