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Podcast with Jake Meyer – Succeeding in the face of Adversity

Each week I invite one of my speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

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My guest this week is world record breaking mountaineer and adventurer, Jake Meyer.

In this episode we talk about being too cool for school, the dangers of getting out of the wrong side of the bed, embracing stress and the importance of choosing the right team mates when your life is in their hands.

 

 

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Jake Meyer is an experienced public speaker whose incredible story of climbing Mt Everest aged only 21 is an inspirational tale of determination, tenacity and an unerring will to succeed.

Jake was only 14 when he set his sights on wanting to climb the ‘7 Summits’ – the highest mountain on each continent. At 6.30am on the 4th June 2005, aged only 21 and 135 days old, he reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world and his 7th continental highpoint. At the time, he was the youngest Briton to climb Mt Everest, and the youngest man in the world to complete the 7 Summits.

Not content with just the 7 Summits, he also holds the record for the fastest ascent of the highest mountain in each of the 48 states in the contiguous USA. This culminated in 48 mountains, 350 miles of trekking, 100,000ft of climbing and 15,000 miles of driving in 23 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes. He has also made first ascents of mountains and routes in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, holds the record for the fastest ascent of the highest point in every county in England, and numerous expeditions to Africa and South America. In 2009 he spent 2 months in Pakistan on K2, the second highest mountain in the world and arguably the most difficult and dangerous (with a 1 in 4 death rate). He reached 7700m without oxygen before bad snow conditions forced a retreat to safety. Jake returned to K2 in 2016 as part of the first British Team to attempt the mountain in over a decade – which was described as ‘probably the strongest team on the mountain’. Again unfortunately, the summit wasn’t to be – during the summit attempt, a huge avalanche destroyed Camp 3 (7300m), calling a halt to all climbing for that season. Jake will be returning to K2 in summer 2018.

In 2010 Jake Meyer joined the Inspirational Development Group as a consultant. IDG offers first-class training designed to transform the behaviour of individuals and teams, and lead to sustainable change within an organisation. They offer a range of bespoke Leadership Development programmes focussing on the interlocking areas of Leadership, Followership and Partnership, to produce accomplished leaders who are also effective followers and highly skilled team players.

He was an ambassador to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme, and regularly presented the Gold awards at St James’s Palace, and has worked closely with a number of charities including Walking With The Wounded, Help for Heroes, The Prince’s Trust, the Prince’s Teaching Institute, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the CAIRN Trust.

Jake is also a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve, and in 2012 spent 6.5 months in Afghanistan as a Battlegroup Influence and Consequence Management Officer.

Jake Meyer is available as a thought-provoking, inspirational and motivational speaker for events around the world. His presentation can be tailored specifically to the audience and to fulfil the aims and objectives of the client. He is comfortable providing focused and intimate discussion with small teams of Senior Executives or presenting to large audiences of 1800+.

Recorded: 22nd November 2018

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Podcast with Carl Honoré – Go Slow

Each week I invite one of my speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

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My guest this week is bestselling author, broadcaster and leader of the global Slow Movement, Carl Honoré.

In this episode we talk about slowing down.  How it makes you more productive, improves your relationships and your health. So, if you would like to learn how to unleash your inner tortoise this podcast is for you.

 

 

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Carl Honoré is a bestselling author, broadcaster and leader of the global Slow Movement. His TED talk on the benefits of slowing down has been viewed 2.6 million times.

Described by the Wall Street Journal as “an in-demand spokesman on slowness,” Carl travels the world to deliver powerful keynotes that put time and tempo in a whole new light. His message is simple but counterintuitive: To achieve peak performance in a fast world, you have to slow down. Carl’s talks are dynamic, inspiring, informative and full of humour and his audiences range from business leaders, entrepreneurs and sales professionals to teachers, academics and medical practitioners.

Carl’s first book, In Praise of Slow, chronicles the global trend toward putting on the brakes in everything from work to food to parenting. Under Pressure explores how to raise children in a fast world and was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.” Carl’s latest book, The Slow Fix, shows how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life without falling for short-term quick fixes. Translated into more than 35 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries.

Carl featured in a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coach in which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled people slow down. He also presented a television show called Frantic Family Rescue on Australia’s ABC 1.

Carl is an advisor to Jack Media, which makes messaging apps, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City.

Recorded: 22nd November 2018

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Podcast with Stephen Archer – Leading Through Uncertainty

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Podcast with Stephen Archer - Leading Through Uncertainty

My guest this week is business analyst, consultant and former Trustee and Communications Director for the Cutty Sark, Stephen Archer.

Stephen talks about leadership in the context of the changes in European and global economics and the shifts in the political impetus behind globalisation.  He is both excited and vexed by what is going on.  His work is focused on supporting leaders to navigate through the chaos of what may seem impossibly unpredictable times.

In this week’s show, we talk about making sense of the chaos of what is going on in world and we hear about the 5 traits that make a great leader.

 

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Stephen Archer’s expertise and experience uniquely places him to speak on the changes in worldwide economics and structural changes and their impact on your organisation. The ‘new order’ of globalisation is now being rocked, free trade is no longer a given and even democracy cannot be taken for granted.  In short, we have entered a period of instability.

All of these fundamental 21st century changes are happening so fast that the need for a special kind of leadership is now essential. For everyone it is increasingly hard to see through the fog of news and decipher the implications. Employees and customers alike feel the same and look for informed leadership to help them to understand the place of the organisation and the individual in today’s world. Issues such as runaway global debt, trade wars, populism, nationalism, low economic growth rates, artificial intelligence and volatile sovereign leadership are all taking their toll on confidence and despite ‘progress’ there is also a widespread retrenchment in investment. This is understandable with such uncertainty, but an understanding of more certainty is possible.

Stephen will take you through the state of the planet today and how all of these pieces fit together. He will lay out a clear picture of what is happening and how to lead yourself and your organisation through the coming years. It’s a serious topic but Stephen is an entertaining man – you will have fun on the journey. As he says: “I refuse to get depressed by world events. There is so much craziness going on and feral behaviour amongst politicians. You can turn off the news in horror, but I prefer to understand it and see the absurdities and the funny side. If you see the funny side it helps to make sense of it all and give a clearer perspective.”

Stephen Archer has been a consultant to multi-national companies in the USA and Europe at C-suite level. His main areas of expertise are commercial performance and leadership improvement in high-performance organisations. Stephen talks both in the capacity of an advisor to businesses and from the perspective of a business owner and someone who has set up and sold businesses. A decade ago he became a regular commentator on the challenges of the world’s politico-economic flux. In this time of unprecedented uncertainty he brings clarity to issues surrounding Brexit, global leadership and the economic outlook. He was a Trustee and then chairman of Cutty Sark when it went through the disastrous fire and rebuild but was there for the Queen to re-open it in 2012. 

Recorded: 8th November 2018

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Podcast with Chris Moon – Step Beyond

Each week I invite one of my speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

Chris MoonMy guest this week is one of the most fortunate people you’re likely to meet. He should be dead many times over and his exploits have been covered in a Discovery documentary with the very cheerful title ‘I Shouldn’t Be Alive.’ My guest is Chris Moon.   Chris knows exactly what it takes to overcome adversity and supposed limitations. He was blown up in Africa whilst clearing landmines for charity, losing his lower arm and leg. Less than a year after leaving hospital he completed the London Marathon and now runs the world’s toughest ultra-marathons. He’s also one of the few Westerners to have survived being taken prisoner by Khmer Rouge.

In this week’s show, we find out why Chris was kidnapped by the Khmer Rouge and how he negotiated his release. How he defied all expectations to run the London Marathon after losing his lower right leg and arm in an explosion clearing land mines and why the biggest limits in life are those, we impose on ourselves often without even realising it.

 

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Chris Moon is one of the most fortunate people to be alive you’re likely to meet. He should be dead many times over and his exploits have been covered in a Discovery documentary with the cheerful title I Shouldn’t Be Alive.

Chris is a former British Army Officer with three years operational experience who left to work for a charity clearing landmines. He survived being taken prisoner in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge (one of the most brutal terror groups in history) and negotiated his release and that of two colleagues from threatened execution.

In 1995 he was blown up in a supposedly safe area of a minefield in remote East Africa losing an arm and a leg. He survived initially because he treated himself. About fourteen hours after injury he arrived in South Africa where doctors said they’d never seen anyone live with such a small amount of blood. He recovered three or four times faster than was expected, was out of hospital in less than two months and within a year of leaving hospital ran the London Marathon, raised significant sums to help disabled people in the developing world and successfully completed a full time Masters Degree.

Chris Moon taught himself to run and is the world’s first amputee ultra distance runner. In 1997 he completed the gruelling Marathon De Sables. Since then he’s run the world’s toughest ultra-marathons, including the Badwater Death Valley 135 mile ultra and the West Highland Way 95 mile Race which he recently completed, while trialling a new running leg. He’s run numerous ultra-distance events and several one thousand mile events. When it comes to challenging the concept of limitation, adapting to change and overcoming adversity he literally walks the talk.

Chris helps people do what they do better. He draws on his unique experiences to illustrate principles people can use in their daily lives. As well as a practical understanding of human performance in the most extreme situations and overcoming adversity, Chris also holds a Master’s Degree in human behaviour and management theory.  As a speaker Chris delivers humour, passion and inspiration. Topics include change, motivation, risk and safety, communication, improving sales and personal and strategic leadership. He runs short workshops to improve individual and team performance & coaches and mentors a wide variety of executives.

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Podcast with Michael Solomon, Understanding Consumers

Each week I invite one of my speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

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Today my guest is Michael Solomon.  Michael “wrote the book” on understanding consumers.  Literally. Hundreds of thousands of business students have learned about Marketing from his books, including Consumer Behavior: Buying, Having, and Being — the most widely used book on the subject in the world.

Michael often is asked to provide briefings to global executive teams who want significant increases in their bottom line and who understand that’s accomplished by a deeper connection with their customers.

Michael’s mantra is:  We don’t buy products because of what they do.  We buy them because of what they mean. He advises global clients in leading industries such as apparel and footwear, financial services and e-commerce, retailing, sports and transportation on marketing strategies to make them more consumer-centric.  He is frequently quoted in major media outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, Adweek and Time.

In this week’s show, Michael and I fight to get heard over an electric drill,  I ask why companies continue to focus on new customer acquisition rather than on growing relationships with their existing customers and I find out how to best connect with a post-modern consumer.

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Podcast with Mark Gallagher, Driving High Performance

Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

Podcast with Mark Gallagher, The Business of Winning

 

Today Maria’s guest is Mark Gallagher.  Mark has held leadership roles in F1 for over 30 years with Jordan Grand Prix Red Bull Racing and Cosworth Formula one engine company. Today he runs his own consulting business and is a F1 analyst for media organisations.

In this week’s show, we find out what is it about Lewis Hamilton that makes him the champion driver he is. We discover what people really thought about Eddie Jordan when he first entered Formula 1. We find out who Michael Schumacher considered his only real rival and we get amazing insights into how to lead high performance teams.

 

 

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We Are Spectacular – Podcast with Maria Franzoni

Maria Franzoni 2Maria Franzoni recently recorded a podcast with We Are Spectacular for their Marketing Podcast series.  Maria gave insights into how to be a better public speaker and how you can make £££ by speaking at events. It’s an incredible insight into a way for you to unlock your inner speaker and a new way to make money from your knowledge.

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Podcast with Nick Jankel – Leadership Futurist and Transformational Catalyst

Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

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Today Maria’s guest is award-winning author, innovator, entrepreneur, leadership futurist and transformational catalyst, Nick Jankel.

This week we talk about one man’s journey from McDonald’s burger maker to student of philosophy, we talk about how everybody is born to transform and we find out why innovators and business leaders have never had so much political responsibility.

 

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Podcast with Kubi Springer – creating, building and growing brands for commercial success

Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

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Today Maria’s guest is international brand specialist, Kubi Springer. Kubi has 20 years’ experience in consumer brand marketing with some of the world’s top brands as her clients.  Quite simply Kubi builds brands.  She describes herself as a little girl with a big mouth and I’ll tell you what every word that comes out of that mouth is pure wisdom.

This week we do some serious celebrity name dropping.  If you are a music fan like me you are going to love some of these names.  We share a bit of tough love and we get some really top advice on how to truly connect with your customers for sustainable commercial growth.

 

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Podcast with Mary Tillson

Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

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This week, Maria’s guest is Mary Tillson.  Mary is the Head of Momentum and Executive Learning at MFL.  Mary has worked internationally as a management and leadership development Principal Consultant. She has held leadership roles, both within the training industry, for OnTrack International, GBS Corporate Training, and for American Express where she jointly ran the UK 24-hour Authorisation Centre.  As Head of Momentum and Executive Learning at MFL, Mary provides 90-minute Injections of Inspiration workshops as well as custom designed learning programmes and masterclasses.

Mary talks about the cost of forgetting, how to set yourself up for a success when you book a speaker, how you get a better return on investment and we also ask her about her previous life when she was a 6ft 1” private investigator!


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Podcast – Showreel Special

This week we are going to do something a little different, we are going to learn about showreels.  We are going to learn the difference between how to shoot a show reel vs shooting a normal event, about what else you could add to your reel other than video and why owning a spanner doesn’t actually make you a mechanic.

Maria’s guest is Neil Armstrong.  Neil has been making films and TV programmes for over 33 years. He started his career as a Film Assistant at the BBC and worked his way up to become a highly respected and sought-after Series Producer and Director.

Neil’s credits include ‘Alter Ego’ with Jon Culshaw, ‘Renford Rejects’, ‘The Miners “Location, Location, Location”, “House Doctor” for C5), and the “Teletubbies”. Neil has filmed all over the world writing, producing and directing for a great range of brands from Astra Zeneca, Barclays and UBS right through to L’Oreal, John Lewis, Microsoft and Tate&Lyle.

He has also made Speaker Showreels for Roger Black, Sahar Hashemi, Sally Gunnell, Jamil Qureshi, Linda Yueh and Viv Creegor amongst others.

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Podcast with James Kettle

Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

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This week, Maria’s guest is James Kettle, a professional script and speechwriter. He has written for the likes of Rory Bremner, Ed Balls, David Gower and Miles Jupp.

In this week’s episode, we find out that a speech writer has a lot in common with the effervescent vitamin tablet Berocca, making speakers “them”, but them on a really good day.  And we hear about liquid lunches with former English cricketer David Gower.  So, let’s dive right in.

 

 

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