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90 minutes | 3 years ago
A near death experience, manifesting your own redundancy, and a year of no buying with Rachel Smith
Today's guest is Rachel Smith of cyclingrachelsmith.com and author of Underspent: How I broke my shopping addiction & buying habit without dramatically changing my lifeOn today's episode we cover a range of topics including Rachel's near death experience while scuba diving in the UK.We discuss Rachel's year of non buying and what that has done for her personal finances.Rachel also introduced me to a concept of manifesting your own redundancy.Enjoy the episode!
79 minutes | 3 years ago
Selling your house to bet it all on a Startup, earning no revenue for 6 months, and lessons learned from 2 deployments in the army with Tim Walmsley
Today's guest is Bench On CEO and Founder Tim WalmsleyTim takes us through his story of dropping out of university, working in nightclubs, before becoming a member of the armed forces for 14 years.We talk about the discipline Tim learned during his time in the army and his experiences during his 2 deployments to the Middle East.Many of his learnings in the army have been directly applicable to business.We talk about how Tim sold his house to bring Bench On to life and the process of giving up an enjoyable, high paying job to pursue his dream.This discussion is full of wisdom as Tim gives us a warts and all run down of what his first couple of years looked like running Bench On.Enjoy the episode!
68 minutes | 3 years ago
Closing Down 2 Tech Companies, Challenges Hiring Agencies, And The Benefits Of A Distributed Team With Holly Cardew
Today's guest is Pixc's CEO and Founder Holly CardewHolly has a really interesting story and has basically been a lifelong entrepreneur. It's always great to speak to the pure breeds, but it will come as no surprise that she has had her fair share of challenges along the way like most entrepreneurs.We discuss how her first 2 tech businesses didn't work, what she learned about market validation from these experiences, and what she learned about working with development agencies.We also talk about working with distributed teams, Pixc utilises a team of all remote workers, and we discuss the pros and cons of this set up during the episode. But don't call it outsourcing, Holly doesn't like the term outsourcing and you will hear why in this episode.We also talk about Holly's time in San Francisco, Holly still goes back there regularly, but for those who haven't been there and are interested in what it is like, Holly provides great insight.Enjoy the episode!
73 minutes | 3 years ago
A Cold Calling Nightmare, Getting Promoted Before You're Ready, and Business to Enterprise Selling with Gavin Tye
Have you ever feared cold calling? What about door knocking?The guest on this episode Gavin Tye talks us through some of his most challenging times having to cold call and door knock for work. As an introvert we discuss how he has come to overcome his selling fears and what the early days were like when he first begun.Have you been given a promotion before you're ready? Known someone else who has?Gavin reflects on when he was given a promotion before he was ready and the pain that caused him professionally, and personally. A Fascinating story around knowing yourself and what you are ready to take on.We also talk about a different type of selling seldom discussed. Business to Enterprise Selling. You've heard of B2B? Well this is B2E. Listen in for all the ways this is different.Enjoy the episode!
65 minutes | 3 years ago
When your world falls apart, the pain of losing clients, and the art of leadership with Sonia McDonald
On this podcast, founder and CEO of Leadership HQ helps us to demystify what makes a strong and poor leader.She also talks us through her story of becoming a single mum to a young girl in a foreign company, what affect that had on her career, and how she got through it.We also hear about what it's like to lose clients while things were extremely difficult in her personal life.This episode is very raw, and personal. Prepare for a rollercoaster!
80 minutes | 3 years ago
A Challenging Experience on Stage, How Facing Your Fears Is Overrated, And How Enmeshment can affect your career with Jack Ferguson
The tables have turned on this episode of the podcast. Host Jack Ferguson is now the interviewee, and Justin Falk of Talent Vine is the interviewer.Justin managed to drag plenty of insights out of this conversation about challenging times in business including how a scarring performance in front of 2000 people still causes Jack problems with presenting in a business setting today.You'll learn why Jack feels that facing your fears is overrated, what he has learned from the podcast after 30 episodes, advice on whether or not he thinks you should start one and why. We also delve into the unexpected benefits of hosting and building a podcast.Justin asks Jack about his Reality TV experience and what that taught him about focus (surprisingly), how enmeshment has made it difficult for him to conduct business in the way he knows he needs to, and why he is passionate about facing the demons that are still crippling you from your childhood.Enjoy the episode!
106 minutes | 3 years ago
When the GFC hits, Logistical Nightmares, and when taking on a big industry goes wrong with Gerard Doyle
In Australia we mention the GFC from time to time but most of us didn't feel the full effects here.Gerard Doyle on the other hand was in London running a company during that fateful time in 2007.It's quite incredible to here the carnage an external factor can have on one's company and Gerard speaks at length about how that time was for him.Another story we discuss is Gerard's attempt to start a company and disrupt a large industry. Disruption is spoken about in Startup Land all the time, however what's often not mentioned is what happens when these industries fight back.Turns out the incumbents aren't going to roll over easily, which Gerard found out first hand.Enjoy the episode!
58 minutes | 3 years ago
Teaching Entrepreneurship to Children, Juggling 3 Major Roles, and when Public Speaking Goes Wrong with Sharon Hunneybell
We have many conversations about the failings of the formal education system on this podcast. Sharon Hunneybell is someone who did something about this.Startup Apprentice was created to introduce entrepreneurial concepts to children in school to help them think differently.On this episode we talk about some of the difficulties Sharon saw kids having and how providing them with an entrepreneurial outlet led to some life changing discoveries.Sharon shares some of her own stories around the familiar imposter syndrome, and her evolving self esteem over her career.We even hear a story about how Sharon went blank on stage, and the world didn't fall in ;)Enjoy.
36 minutes | 3 years ago
When Relying on Others Goes Wrong, Questioning Whether You Are On The Right Career Trajectory, And The Importance of Strong Hires with Demetrio Zema
Trusting other human beings to treat your business with the same care and passion that you would is tough. Finding them is tougher.On this episode I talk to Demetrio Zema, founder of Law Squared about some of his past business's, and how relying on other people to do what you assume they will can have devastating consequences.We also talk about Demetrio's approach to hiring so that he ensures he gets the right employees on board, what he looks for in interviews, the non traditional questions he asks, and why.What about if you start a career but in your gut know it's not really for you after a few short months? Demetrio talks about how his passion didn't lie with Law and how he navigated away from a model he didn't believe in.
57 minutes | 3 years ago
Bouncing back from Bankruptcy, the Imposter Syndrome, and the struggle of maintaining culture as your company grows with Chad Renando
Bankruptcy. It's a scary word. What is it like to experience filing? What the weeks and months building up to the inevitable like?On this episode we discuss this very experience amongst many others including the challenges associated with the Imposter Syndrome, that felling that you aren't enough, that voice in our heads that pops up from time to time and self sabotages.What about the challenge to maintain culture as your company grows and takes on more and more employees? We discuss what Chad would have done differently had he had his time again.We hope you enjoy this episode.
64 minutes | 3 years ago
Discontinuing a Tech Startup, The Solopreneur Life, and deciding not to do medicine with Dr Emily Vertege
It's a tough gig building a Tech Startup from scratch, going Global from Day 1 has a Myriad of complexities; like dealing with currency, culture, and logistics from all over the world.In this episode we are fortunate to hear Dr Emily Verstege's story about her experience growing a Tech Startup, the intensity, the journey from start to finish, and why she decided to shut it down.A skilled business diagnostician, Emily shares how she started out her life wanting to be a Medical Doctor, what turned her away from that career path, and why she has now come full circle, but instead of diagnosing patients, now diagnoses business problems.This episode is full of the challenges Emily has faced on her entrepreneurial journey.We hope you enjoy.
79 minutes | 3 years ago
Fil Cristaldi on why you shouldn't do what your clients ask, awkward on-stage experiences, and the struggle of managing your pipeline.
This episode features Fil Cristaldi; Director of Studio Culture.In this episode we talk about Fil's business and career challenges that have included learning to not always doing what his clients ask, and all the considerations that go into managing one's pipeline.We also speak about awkward on stage incidents he has had during his career as a Hip Hop dancer that built fortitude and resilience.We hope you enjoy this episode.
65 minutes | 3 years ago
Matt Tomlins on why he isn't seeking a mentor, why he doesn't rely on anyone else, and what it's like to try to have someone try and kick you out of your own company.
This episode features Matt Tomlins; CEO of CoverCard.In this episode we talk about Matt Tomlins' negative experience with a mentor, and why he feels he doesn't need one.Stories that also feature include Matt's choice between trying to make it as a professional cricketer or entering the business world, what it's like to have someone try and take over your company, and the challenges of starting a tech company as a non-tech founder.We hope you enjoy this episode.
71 minutes | 3 years ago
Paul Bennetts on making Superannuation interesting, why Ideas are underrated, and how he partnered with High Profile Investors.
This episode features Paul Bennetts; CEO of Spaceship.In this episode we talk about how Paul managed to engage younger generations around Superannuation.We speak about how being a founder not only can change your social life, but in fact can change the way you interact socially as well.Paul talks about partnering with high profile investors, the Tall Poppy syndrome, and why he likes to read alternate sources of information to other founders.I hope you enjoy!
59 minutes | 3 years ago
Justin Falk on Starting a Business in an Industry you haven't worked in, Micro KPI's, and rebelling against society's expectations.
This episode features Justin Falk; Founder of Talent Vine.In this episode we talk about how Justin started a business in an industry he had never worked in (recruiting), and how that naivety impacted the growth of his business.We speak about rebelling against society's expectations, and why being a good High School student could in fact hamper your development as a Business Owner.Justin introduces me to a concept known as Micro KPI's, we talk Sleep Apnoea and the effect that can have on one's productivity, and also the benefits Sensory Deprivation Therapy provides professionals.I hope you enjoy!
61 minutes | 4 years ago
Philip Sheen on Mental Health in Business, the Evolution of the Music Industry, and the Art of Storytelling
This episode features Philip Sheen; Founder of Sheen Media, Self Portrait, and Gig VR.In this episode we talk about Phil's experience with Anxiety and Depression as he endured the inevitable dips we all face at some point in our careers.We speak about the future of the music industry and live performances, and the role Phil's Startup Gig VR is going to play in a fast changing musical landscape.Of particular interest is how Phil is readjusting to Startup Life after running a semi-traditional company for so long.I hope you enjoy!
67 minutes | 4 years ago
Toby Jenkins on Negative Visualisation, Seeking Discomfort in Partnerships, and his experience as an Olympian
This episode features Toby Jenkins; Olympian, and CEO of Bluewire MediaIn this episode we talk about how Toby and his co-founder Adam dramatically changed the direction of their already established business and how they decided on a new direction.We also speak about the challenges Toby has faced with partnerships throughout his life and what he has learned is essential to that success.Of particular interest is a concept Toby discussed called 'Negative Visualisation', not a well known concept but a powerful one.Other notable topics include the stress of writing a book, Toby's experience as an Olympian and we all should implement 90 day checkins.I hope you enjoy!
67 minutes | 4 years ago
Mark Hocknell on Customer Centricity, Net Promoter Scores and Managing Your Team.
In this episode we talk to Customer Centricity expert Mark Hocknell.We speak about the challenges Mark faced managing large teams and projects in the corporate world.Also discussed is the benefits of understanding Net Promoter Scores, learning how to manage your team and a new take on demographics.I hope you enjoy!
60 minutes | 4 years ago
David Kaity on using psychographics to profile your customers, writing a book to educate the market, and why you don't need a Real Estate agent to sell your house.
In this episode we talk to David Kaity about his controversial 'Real Estate Agents Don't Sell Homes' book and his journey from employee in the Finance Industry to Entrepreneur.We speak about the challenges David faced when trying to find his initial customers and how that took 2 years before he was able to define his ideal customers.Also mentioned is some of the myths prevalant in the Real Estate Industry which David busts for us; one by one.A great positive guest and a controversial, yet fun episode.I hope you enjoy!
62 minutes | 4 years ago
Rhonice Ferguson on what school is for, why strikes are often unproductive, and the importance of encouraging men to become teachers.
This episode features Rhonice Ferguson, my Grandma who has spent 40 years working as a teacher.In this episode we discuss what role school should play in an individuals life, what are the characteristics one needs to develop in school, and what observable traits tend to set someone up for success later in life.We also speak about how strikes are often unproductive and why we need to encourage more men to become teachers.I hope you enjoy!
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