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Podcast with Tom Morley – How do you create instant teamwork?

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 first stepped on to the stage over 40 years ago as a founder member and drummer with the band Scritti Politti. Following a power cut at a gig in Berlin he found that keeping the beat going, even in the dark, meant the show could most definitely go on. 20 years later he set up Instant Teamwork, a global team building company, giving out 200 drums to his corporate audiences so they could not only hear that beat but they too could CREATE it.   Breaking down barriers, working in harmony, and getting corporate teams ‘into the groove’ leads to agile mindsets in the companies he now works with. He is most definitely an interactive speaker.  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mister Tom Morley.

 

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Tom Morley was the original drummer and a founder member of Scritti Politti, the 70s / 80s band who were pioneers of DIY music before appearing on the dance scene. Unlike other bands Scritti used to make half their songs up on stage.

How is this significant to you? Simply because Tom creates INSTANT teams, delivering INSTANT team work. Within just 10 minutes Tom has a room working as one team in perfect harmony using drums. He generates the most extraordinary energy and good will, and has teams performing where there are no silos, no barriers and no hierarchical limitations. Delegates are given permission to take risks and become more creative, breaking through their self-limiting beliefs en masse while changing their individual mindsets.

Whether he is working with a group of 10 or 200, the end result is always the same. One high performing team achieving an amazing sound and creating a lasting legacy of what it feels like to be part of a truly performing team.

Tom Morley then explores with the group how they can take these feelings and achievements back into their place of work, thus making tangible that all important sustainable difference. He is truly original and inspiring around the topic of team building and his approach is refreshingly different and memorable! Tom’s background of life on many stages enables him to read a room and see exactly what the audience needs. He then delivers it with humour, style, and panache.

Having run hundreds of team-building events around the world Tom feels comfortable with any crowd, even the most hardened sceptics! He’s also happy to share the stage and collaborate with whoever else is on the schedule. If there’s a way of deepening the conference message with a custom-written anthem that the whole group can drum or sing along to just mention it when you speak to us.

Recorded: 6th June 2019

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Podcast with Shawn DuBravac – How will the next era of ‘datafication’ influence consumers?

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I am thrilled to be joined by trend caster, economist and a New York Times best-selling author Dr. Shawn DuBravac.  Shawn spent over a decade as the Chief Economist for the Consumer Technology Association and is now President of Avrio Institute. His research focuses on how technologies are rewriting the nature of work, how the next era of ‘datafication’ will influence consumers, and how companies should prepare for the forces that will define their organisations in the coming decades.

 

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Dr. Shawn DuBravac is author of the New York Times Best Seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate, which explores how the world’s mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity in the realms of business, healthcare, finance, transportation and culture.

Shawn DuBravac is a well-regarded futurist and trend caster who writes frequently on disruptive technological shifts. He advises companies and C-level executives on market opportunities and industry strategy. He is president and founder of Astra Insights which provides consulting, research and advisory services to CxOs on a myriad of topics including digital transformation strategies, business model disruptions, the pace of technological change and overcoming myopic thinking. For over a dozen years DuBravac served as chief economist for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer tech companies and owner and producer of CES.

Shawn has been widely published on the topics of technology, finance and economics. His keen insights regarding the economic drivers of the global tech industry and future trends have made him a highly sought-after keynote speaker and commentator. He travels both internationally and domestically to meet with tech industry leaders and present on technology trends and the economy. In addition, his analysis has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wired, Los Angeles Times, Barron’s and on-air with CNBC, Bloomberg, CBS and other media outlets.

He was the primary driver of smartphone and cyber-security equity indexes, developed in partnership with NASDAQ, and the CTA consumer confidence index. In 2012, DuBravac was named to Dealerscope’s “40 under 40” list of people to watch in the consumer technology industry. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economists and currently serves as the president of the Conference of Business Economists.

Shawn DuBravac has taught in George Washington University’s MBA program, George Mason University’s MBA program, at the University of Mary Washington and currently teaches at Marymount University. He holds economic degrees from Brigham Young University and George Mason University. DuBravac resides in Virginia with his three sons. When not helping executive teams unlock innovative thinking, he can be found climbing 14ers, running marathons and coaching youth sports.

Recorded: 30th May 2019

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Podcast with James Taylor – How are you augmenting creativity in your organisation?

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My guest this week started his career managing high profile rock stars – and yes of course I get him to name names.  He is now an internationally recognised leader in business creativity and innovation.

For over 20 years, he has been advising CEO’s, entrepreneurs, educators, governments, leaders, writers and rockstars on how to build innovative organisations, unlock creative potential, and increase productivity. His forthcoming book is called “Augmented Creativity: Becoming SuperCreative in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”.

 

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James Taylor M.B.A. F.R.S.A. – who started his career managing high profile rock stars – is now an in-demand keynote speaker and internationally recognized leader in business creativity and innovation. For over 20 years, he has been advising CEO’s, entrepreneurs, educators, governments and leaders from Silicon Valley to Singapore on how to build innovative organizations, unlock creative potential, and increase productivity.

As the founder of C.SCHOOL™ and the host of multiple global summits he has personally interviewed over 500 of the world’s leading creative minds including Silicon Valley tech CEO’s, New York Times bestselling authors, and artificial intelligence pioneers. Hundreds of thousands of people in over 120 countries have learned about creativity and innovation through his online courses, videos, media interviews and keynote speeches.

His clients have included Fortune Global 500 companies, government policy makers, industry associations, and he was recently the subject of a 30 minute BBC documentary about his life and work. He was awarded the S.D. Southern Prize from Canadian energy services company ATCO and named ‘ONTRApreneur of the Year’ from U.S. business and marketing automation leaders ONTRAPORT.

James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (F.R.S.A.) whose Fellows have included global innovators and leaders including President Benjamin Franklin, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Bob Dylan, Adam Smith, Nelson Mandela and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Business is changing at the speed of light. Exponential technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics are creating new disruptive business models almost overnight. In this age of disruption there is ONE distinctively human competitive advantage that you and your team must leverage…. your Creativity.

Recorded: 23rd May 2019

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Podcast with Simone Vincenzi – Selling from Stage

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My guest is serial entrepreneur and author Simone Vincenzi.  Simone has helped launch more than 500 profitable businesses all before the age of 30.  He is the go-to expert in selling from stage and in this episode, we talk about the differences and indeed the many similarities of speaking to sell and being paid to speak. Two Italians chatting about speaking, this is an episode not to be missed. Simone also shares his “Selling from stage check list” and “15 ways to get speaking gigs” which you can pick up in the show notes.

NB: This was originally recorded as a video and it was an interview in my Speaking Business group on Facebook so there are some references about how we both look. If you want to check out Simone’s amazing hair you can follow the link in the show notes.

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One hundred million new businesses start every year, and 90% of them fail within three years. How do we create sustainable companies? This is the question Simone Vincenzi answers every day.

Simone is a multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur and author who had helped people to launch more than 500 profitable businesses before he reached the age of 30.

He writes for Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Huffington Post and regularly features on tv and radio talking about entrepreneurship and the current small business landscape.

Simone Vincenzi speaks at more than 200 events every year, impacting thousands of entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses as well as large corporations. He has spoken at conferences featuring Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Gary Vee, Simon Sinek, John. C. Maxwell, Dr John Demartini and many more brilliant minds in the entrepreneurial field.

In 2016 he was nominated in the Houses of Parliament as one of the most influential migrant entrepreneurs in the UK by the Institute of Directors and won the award of Best Speaker in the UK by the ACPTC.  In 2018 he featured in magazines alongside the royal family and won the Maximise Man Of The Year Award.

Simone Vincenzi works with startup entrepreneurs and experts who want to grow their existing business as well as multi-millionaires who want to launch new ventures, bringing ideas to fruition at lightning speed.  He also supports numerous charities in the entrepreneurial space as well as working with young people to help them launch successful social projects.

Simone is an incredibly entertaining, practical and unpredictable speaker, bringing music, magic and basketball together during his talks and seminars to teach while making sure everyone has a blast.

Recorded: 15th April 2019

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Podcast with Geoff Burch – Irresistible Persuasion

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In this episode I struggle to contain my laughter, you might hear me squeaking in the background, and I also have to warn you that my guest drops a couple of naughty words.  But it’s all done in the best possible taste.

My guest this week is a leading authority on sales, leadership, customers and change and has been voted Business Communicator of the Year by the Speechwriters’ Guild. He is a regular contributor and presenter on TV and Radio and was the star of BBC television’s hit business show ‘All over the Shop’.  He is regularly seen as a business correspondent and presenter for BBC television’s Inside Out programme.  He is the author of many highly successful business books and he has taken a break from guruing around the world he is business guru, Geoff Burch.

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Geoff Burch is an international business expert, best-selling author, master storyteller and TV presenter. Geoff is the leading authority on sales, customers, leadership and change. His credentials are impressive, working extensively with the world’s major blue chip and FTSE 100 companies to motivate and inspire their people – his humorous and entertaining presentations enabling him to deliver powerful business principles, key messages and new ideas which are of use to everyone and can benefit all organisations of any size.

Recently voted ‘Business Communicator of the Year’ by the UK Speechwriters’ Guild, Geoff is considered to be one of Europe’s most exciting and motivational experts.

As a regular contributor and presenter on television and radio, Geoff is also the star of the hit business show on BBC Television, All Over the Shop, which focuses on small businesses helping them to survive and thrive. His humorous style and easily explained advice works well and has created a strong following amongst the business community.

A prolific writer, Geoff Burch currently has many hugely popular business books published worldwide including, Resistance is Useless – the Art of Business Persuasion: Go It Alone – the Streetwise Secrets of Self-Employment: Writing on the Wall: The Way of the Dog: and his latest offering, Irresistible Persuasion.

Geoff also has a particular passion for small enterprise. A third-generation entrepreneur – his grandmother and mother ran a number of successful enterprises – Geoff loves to inspire small businesses using the skills he’s acquired from working with big business. These experiences were distilled into two of his best-selling books ‘Go It Alone’ and ‘Self-Made Me’ which are aimed at all those planning to succeed in their own businesses. Funny and mischievous, the books, like their author, pull no punches.

A master storyteller whose observations are highly entertaining but also carefully crafted to deliver important business messages, Geoff has worked extensively with a wide range of international companies to inspire, motivate and inform their people. A true maverick, he shares powerful business principles and key ideas relevant to organisations of all sizes and in every sector.

Geoff Burch will challenge the way you do business and offer real-world solutions that can be immediately implemented. He will inform, create ideas and tangible tools that will improve your team’s and your organisation’s performance with unforgettable stories that make you remember what really works.

Recorded: 16th May 2019

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Podcast with Roger Fisk – Revolutionising Data

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My guest this week worked both Obama campaigns, starting in January 2007 as Director of Special Events, a position that would take him through 30 states with Barack Obama. Along the way he helped revolutionise how data is gathered and used, how old tools like TV and radio are harmonised for maximum effect with social media, and went on to serve in both Inaugurations, both Administrations, and the President’s re-election.

He says “The Obama campaigns are like 10 years of a corporation distilled into 18 months. In those few months the campaign is born, learns how to walk then gallop, then blossoms into a billion-dollar corporation that must reach out to 130 million people all in less than 2 years. It is marketing, social media, communications and branding all happening at once and all happening at light speed.”

He is the Principal at New Day Strategy, bringing these skills to clients in the business world. My guest is Roger Fisk.


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Roger Fisk is the political campaign, marketing and media strategist widely credited with playing a key behind-the-scenes role in the back-to-back electoral victories of US President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. He was heavily involved in these game-changing campaigns which are regarded as the best run presidential campaigns in the history of US politics.

Roger has a deep understanding of 21st-century presidential politics, political campaigning and the unprecedented power of information, relationships and marketing. He successfully engaged millions of people in long, sustained marketing and promotional strategies, using the internet and social media networks to great effect.

Roger Fisk was hired by the Obama Team as the National Director of Special Events in what would become a history-making Finance Department. Here he managed a nationwide grass-roots fundraising team that revolutionised modern political fundraising, totalling US$100 million in 11 months while building the largest donor base in American history. During the campaign, Roger served as principal liaison with US Secret Service and local law enforcement and was directly responsible for coordinating and managing the media’s coverage of over 150 events across the country. He was in charge of some key Obama media appearances including 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, and the historic Race Speech in Philadelphia in March 2008. Roger supervised teams in 27 states with direct managerial responsibility for event and advertising budgets, site selection, appropriation of staff resources, cultivation of targeted free media, coordination of web outreach, and collaboration with local, state and national elected officials.

Following President Obama’s first campaign he served as Cabinet Liaison for the 2009 Inauguration, then became a political appointee in the Obama Administration. In the Spring of 2012 Fisk joined President Obama’s re-election team, leading teams as a White House Lead Advance in critical states like Virginia, Iowa and Ohio, all of which the President won.

Roger Fisk lectures on these revolutionary campaigning techniques while also offering high-impact seminars designed to enhance Executive Communications and Leadership Skills.

Prior to his work for President Obama, Roger worked for Deval Patrick’s successful campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. All of this experience came from his work for Senator John Kerry, where he served as his Senior Aide in the US Senate for Communication and Policy. He advised Senator Kerry on a wide range of politically sensitive issues, including Medicare, AIDS, community health, and child nutrition. He worked for the Kerry Presidential campaign from its very first day to its last.

His Presidential appointment in the Commerce Department requires him to coordinate diplomatic and trade missions for the Cabinet and President. He has served as Lead USG Coordinator on trade missions to India and China and co-ordinated the Cabinet’s role in both the 2009 COP-15 Global Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. He served as President Obama’s point person at the 2011 G8 Summit in Deauville, France.

These experiences provide Roger with a deep understanding of 21st-century Presidential politics, how America’s political system impacts the rest of the world and the rapidly shifting cultural landscape they play out on.

Recorded: 2nd May 2019

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Podcast with Inma Martinez – Digital Acceleration

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My guest this week is an industry acclaimed A.I. Scientist, Tech Pioneer and Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, a venture-focused science institute where audacious entrepreneurial scientists explore solutions to the world’s challenges. She is an advisor to both the UK Parliament and the EU Technology Commission in matters of digitalisation and Big Data. Fortune and TIME have described her as one of Europe’s top talents in social engagement through technology, and FastCompany labelled her a “firestarter”.  Please welcome Inma Martinez.

 

 

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Inma Martinez is an engaged figure in the entrepreneurial, innovation and digitalisation sectors. An industry recognised Artificial Intelligence and digital visionary that pioneered 1:1 personalisation in the early days of the mobile Internet, Inma has been credited to be part of the original development teams behind Wireless Access Protocol (WAP), mobile music and video streaming, wearable technologies, “widgets” – the precursors to mobile apps, and the “connected car” and smart cities development. She is an inspirational keynote speaker on the effects of A.I. and Automation, Man-Machine Collaborations and the accelerated digitalisation of life, work and play.

Both governments and private corporations seek her advisory on how to address the digital challenges – she is currently an advisor to the board at the All Parliamentary Party Group on A.I. at the House of Lords, and has provided evidence at the EU Commission on A.I. and the misuse of citizen data in light of new GDPR policies. In parallel, Inma continues to commit her time to education at Imperial College London where she is is a guest lecturer at the MSc Management program, the MSc in Economics and the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and to the mentorship of innovative technologies at Deep Science Ventures, a venture-focused science institute where audacious entrepreneurial scientists explore solutions to world’s challenges.

Fortune and TIME have described Inma as one of Europe’s top talents in social engagement through technology, and FastCompany labelled her a “firestarter”. She has appeared in the international media as a tech commentator and written articles for a variety of media outlets. In 2018 she was listed at #1 amongst “The Top 10 Women Changing The Landscape Of Data In 2018” by Enterprise Management 360 and one of the top “50 A.I. Influencers To Follow On Twitter” by Cognilytica, an A.I. and Cognitive Sciences Research agency.

Inma Martinez’s most requested keynotes focus on the digital acceleration affecting Life, Work and Play, and how businesses should reorganise within to leverage from this transformational forces and be more innovative. In addition, she often presents new approaches to emerging sectors such as IoT, Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence deployed to create products and services.

Recorded: 25th April 2019

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Podcast with JP Kuehlwein – Secrets of the Ueber Brands

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My guest today is a global brand and business builder, recognised strategy expert, author and speaker.  He has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in successfully creating or re-staging brands that have grown to generate over a billion dollars in combined incremental sales annually around the world.

In our chat we learn what the Uber brands are doing and that it isn’t always wise to follow every whim, need and trend of the consumer.  Please welcome JP Kuehlwein.

 

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JP Kuehlwein is a global brand builder, accomplished business leader and recognised strategy expert. He has a 20+ year track record of creating or repositioning brands that then win in the market. JP’s diverse experience ranges from introducing the concept of disposable diapers and Pampers brands to India and South-East Asia to reviving an iconic New York Hair Care and Prestige salon services business.

Before co-founding the brand consultancy ‘Ueber-Brands’ in 2016, JP was Executive Vice President of Frédéric Fekkai and Managing Director of Global Strategy; Innovation, Premium Products at P& G.

Based out of New York City, JP Kuehlwein is on the industry advisory board of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT, NY), the CMO Council (San Francisco) and L2 Inc. (NYC) as well as an External Director of Smith & Norbu, a Hong Kong-based maker of luxury optical frames and accessories.

JP Kuehlwein has co-authored the best-selling “Rethinking Prestige Branding – Secrets of the Ueber-Brands”, which is becoming a marketer’s reference book. It reveals the success drivers behind some one hundred premium brands across industries. With his co-author Wolf Schaefer, JP advocates to put ‘myth back into marketing’ to ‘seduce rather than sell’ for a brand to be esteemed beyond size, price or performance. Their blog-cast ‘Ueber-Brands’ and related events are sought-after by marketing leaders around the world.

JP is regularly engaged in consulting, public speaking and teaching in English, French and German. His talks are lively with many practical examples and particularly popular with the big mass marketing groups.

He has been named ‘Inspiring Marketer of the Year 2015’ by the Association of National Advertisers / The Internationalist.

Recorded: 11th April 2019

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Podcast with Sophie Bennett – Achieving Extraordinary Results

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Sophie Bennett is a motivation expert and a student of the art of mastery. She has helped champions to win medals, business leaders to transform performance, sales people to win multi-million-pound deals and individuals to perform beyond their own wildest expectations.

She is a grand prix dressage rider, a former national equestrian champion, a ski instructor, a bestselling author, and was Head of Content for the global computer giant, Dell.  As part of the research for her latest book “Find Your Flame – Why Motivation Matters More Than Talent”, she interviewed 50 world class performers from business, science, the arts and sport.  She identified five new intrinsic motivation types that reveal how ordinary people tap into the motivation and achieve extraordinary things.

 

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Sophie Bennett is a best-selling author and champion dressage rider with a strong business background. She has been researching what drives successful people for the last 20 years and is the author of several books. Her new book about what really motivates people was released in September 2018.

Find Your Flame – Why Motivation Matters More Than Talent, explores five motivational triggers that her research has uncovered. Those triggers, The Five Flames of Motivation, are already being taught at Cranfield University as part of one of their leadership programs. Sophie has created a fresh and simple approach to motivating people and firing-up teams. The findings come from interviews with over 35 world-class performers from business, sport, science and the arts, a unique survey of more than 100 driven people and a review of the latest science.

Sophie Bennett spent over 10 years in the technology sector. She founded, built and sold a telecoms company in the early days of deregulation, became a professional writer for IT companies, has authored and program managed many multi-million-dollar winning proposals and she led a global content team at Dell.  She has a keen interest in technology, blockchain and artificial intelligence. She has also recently fulfilled a lifelong dream and qualified as a ski instructor. Her eclectic background as an equestrian, sportswoman, peak-performance expert, author, and businesswoman guarantees audiences an interesting journey.

Sophie is a regular guest on the Thomson Reuters Global Markets Forum, has been featured in Psychologies Magazine, Metro, BBC radio, Female First, Gulf News, Moneywise, and is a popular podcast guest. Her books include a best-seller about how we think and behave around money, Money Bondage – Discover the Power of Mind Over Money, that was a No.1 on Amazon for several months. She also recently structured, contributed and edited the futurism book Humanification – Go Digital – Stay Human, that was shortlisted for Business Book of the Year 2018.

Sophie Bennett is an ideal speaker for audiences needing a motivational boost during periods of rapid change. Her mental horsepower also makes her a strong choice for participation on Q&A panels and she is especially well-suited to expert panels discussing leadership, the impact of technology, employee engagement, women in leadership, people management and the changing nature of work.

Recorded: 4th April 2019

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Podcast with Monika Bielskyte – Imagining the Future

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My guest this week is a futurist, with an artist’s eye and an inventor’s mind.  She prototypes future world designs for the entertainment industry, technology companies and cities.  A large part of her time is devoted to research and strategy in the immersive media technology space. Her work consists in connecting bleeding edge technological innovation with some of the world’s most original creative visions. She is co-founder of ALLFUTUREEVERYTHING, an agency & a platform for prototyping futures. In her talks, she leads audiences on a journey through what could be. She takes the most cutting-edge digital concepts and places them squarely in our material world, opening our eyes to a future where we live with, in, and around technology much more deeply than we do today.  My guest is Monika Bielskyte.

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A futurist with an artist’s eye and an inventor’s mind, Monika Bielskyte prototypes culturally diverse, socially and environmentally engaged future world designs for the entertainment industry, technology companies, and cities.  A large part of her time is devoted to research and strategy in the immersive media technology space (Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality). Monika’s work consists in connecting bleeding edge technological innovation with some of the world’s most original creative visions.

Monika Bielskyte’s clients include technology leaders (Google, Reliance JIO, CERN, Intel, Telefonica), iconic media brands (Universal, Lionsgate, BBC), major Hollywood & entertainment figures (Ridley Scott Associates, Alex McDowell, Sam Esmail, Guy Laliberte), design companies (Rick Owens, Aston Martin) and governments (UAE, Mexico City).

She is also a co-founder of ALLFUTUREEVERYTHING, an agency & a platform for prototyping futures.

In mind-bending talks, Monika leads audiences on a journey through what could be. She takes the most cutting-edge digital concepts and places them squarely in our material world, opening our eyes to a future where we live with, in, and around technology much more deeply than we do today.

Recorded: 2nd April 2019

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Podcast with Nicklas Bergman – Technological Waves

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My guest this week has 25 years as a technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist.  Nowadays he also advises large corporations, the European Commissions and various non-profits.  He’s a founder, a funder and a futurist.  For me he’s an interpreter of trends and we find out all sorts of amazing things that are going to be happening in our future and that are happening already plus we get to meet Ripley!  Please enjoy, Nicklas Bergman.

 

 

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Nicklas Bergman has spent the last 25 years working as an entrepreneur and technology investor, mostly focusing on investments and business development in emerging markets, IT, instrumentation, nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art, currently through more than 10 direct and indirect investments.

Nicklas is the strategic advisor to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the European Innovation Council, working on a new innovation strategy for Europe. He is also Scandinavian representative of the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington and member of both the World Future Society and the Long Now Foundation.

Nicklas is a futurist and is optimistic about the promises emerging from new technologies but is equally concerned that society isn’t ready for the upcoming techstorm. We’re entering an era in which technology will redefine who we are, and it’s no longer a question of what it can do for us, but what we should allow technology to do. Technology in itself is pointless, it’s the applications and ability to improve people’s lives that’s important.  Digitisation is highly relevant but only the warm-up. True disruption will come from a combination of new digital technologies such as AI, blockchain and the Internet of Things in combination with a deeper understanding of nanotechnology, neuro technology as well as biotechnology and genetics. In a couple of decades, this will create a world that’s totally different from the one we’re living in today…

In 2016 Bergman published a book on how to deal with new technologies from a business perspective: Surviving the Tech Storm – Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty. With the conviction that technology is probably the strongest driver of change today, it’s obvious that anyone in a management position, or aspirations to eventually be in that position, must understand how technology is changing business from the ground up.

Nicklas Bergman is also part of Nordic Ways, the 2016 project at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C., USA. The final result is a compilation of essays on how Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are facing economic and social challenges through what has been known as the “Nordic Model”. Authored by people from the Nordic countries with backgrounds in politics, academia, design, arts, business, technology, and civil society, the book was released in the US in October 2016.

Nicklas is co-founder and investor in several companies including the Volvo trucks and buses distribution network in Romania, that grew into a E300 million business and was acquired by Volvo in 2006, and an electron microscopy company with a unique patented technology for movement and interaction on the atomic scale. With close to 150 high-profile customers in more than 30 countries worldwide, the technology was acquired by FEI in 2013.

Nicklas Bergman’s keynotes are technology and innovation focussed, sometimes with a specific industry perspective and based on his 25 years as an entrepreneur and start up investor.  As a futurist, Nicklas is not telling you what will happen, he is observing, providing tools, drawing conclusions and changing mindsets.

Recorded: 28th March 2019

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Podcast with L.Vaughan Spencer – International Self-Help and Management Guru Exclusive Interview

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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This week is a really special edition of the Speaking Business podcast. This is special because it is not very often that you get a guru of this stature to be a guest.  This is why we are going out today, on a Monday, when normally we wouldn’t because he has been available only this morning.  My guest says of himself ‘I am a succeedor in a long line of succeedors, Julius Casear, Abraham Lincoln, Tim Henman and Phil Collins all undoubtedly used my methods.  L. Vaughan Spencer or L. Vo as he is known to the hip, is a self-help guru and gangster motivator.  No longer will you be a success-a-phobe. 2004 business speaker of the year for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, L. Vo also came top in the northern hemisphere motivator of the year under 40 middle weight section.  Although not long ago he had just 19p to his name.  As he says, “somehow only when you are in the gutter, you can only see where the pavement ends.”  He turned his life around, so can you.  In his book ‘Don’t be needy, be succeedy’, the president of the Republic of Success, explains the alphabet diet, how to rethink your buzness card, how business can become buzness and how to embrace the new virility whether you are identifying as a man or a woman.  Ladies and gentlemen, you will be astounded by the brains and wisdom of this incredible person, please enjoy this podcast.

Bio

L. Vaughan Spencer has recently returned to his native Britain after a lengthy sojourn in Canada where he has built a huge following and massive reputation as a personal growth guru.

L. Vaughan Spencer was named the 2004 Business Speaker of the Year for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and came 12th in the Northern Hemisphere Motivator of the Year (Under-40 Middleweight Section). He is Business Ambassador for the South East England Tree Fellowship, editor-at-large of Success & Succeediness and is the Kall-Kwik Visiting Professor of Succeedership at the University of the Isle of Wight. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Skybrook Primary School in Stevenage.

He is the chief executive of the L. Vaughan Spencer Foundation, a not-for-much-profit organisation dedicated to its betterment and of Succeeder Solutions who provide “bespoke solutions to tricky problems”. He is Chair of the Succeeder Institute, a think-tank on important things which is trying to advise the government. He is considered one of the world’s leading trendologists. Having looked at Generation X, then Generation Y, he is firmly focused on the prospects for Generation Z. What comes after that remains unclear.

He is a global force and helped organise the famous Motiv-8 Event in July 2005, held near Wembley, and at locations across the world and Hertfordshire. Leading lights in the personal growth industry attended and so did someone from the European Union. In 2006, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Advanced Seminar on Succeederology (ASS). It is now offering a new course, The Two-Minute MBA.

As one of the UK’s leading thinkers (he has been acknowledged as one of the top ten thousand influential people on management issues in the Home Counties), he does a lot of thinking, often about Leadership, and is in demand internationally as an inspiring speaker, renowned for his passion and dress sense. His insightful and skilful story-telling mean he can make the Big Picture seem even bigger. He sits on the European Cheese Council, and plays tennis. L. Vaughan Spencer was recently awarded the Gold Star Lifetime Achievement Award by the Personal Development Association of Newfoundland for his services to humanity and sales of his videos. He has been married and lives not from far from London Luton Airport.

L. Vaughan Spencer’s mantra is that if you don’t aim the arrow right, it will never land where you want it. And you must pull the bow back.

Recorded: 1st April 2019

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