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Podcast with Tim Reid – How to use this time of crisis to be creative

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At this time, it strikes me that we have an opportunity to look at our lives and our businesses in a new way and maybe get creative about what the future can bring.  So, I thought it would be good to talk about creativity and get some techniques and advice from my guest this week, BAFTA award-winning comedy writer and creativity expert, Tim Reid.

 

Bio

Tim Reid is a multiple award-winning comedy writer, best known for co-creating and co-writing the BAFTA winning sitcom, CAR SHARE.

As well as winning the BAFTA for Best Scripted Comedy, CAR SHARE also won Best Original Programme at the Broadcast Awards, 2016; Most Popular Comedy Series at the National Television Awards, 2016; and Best TV Entertainment Programme at the Television and Radio Industries Club Awards.

In addition to being a successful comedy writer, Tim is a world class innovation expert, and he’s passionate about combining these two skills to help businesses become as creative as comedians.  Tim has worked for some of the worlds most creative organisations, including global ad agencies, innovation consultancies and the BBC. He’s helped clients from beer brands to broadcasters, confectioners to condom makers reimagine the future and re-invent their businesses.

Tim is quite possibly unique in the world of advertising having worked in every discipline available in an ad agency. He started his career as an adman at J Walter Thompson as a Media Planner, before moving to McCann Erickson as an Account Director, then Strategic Planner, and finally as an award-winning Copywriter. Tim’s unwillingness to be boxed in by a job title or discipline reflects his approach to creativity, and his ethos in inspiring creative thinking in others.

From his unique position as both a successful innovation consultant and comedy writer, Tim has drawn together a practical guide to applying the trade secrets used by top creative professionals, comedians and writers.

During the process of writing, developing, and filming a major sitcom for BBC One, Tim learned first-hand how many of the same tools and techniques of creativity and idea generation are used by writers, comedians and commercial innovators alike.

As well as sharing these ‘trade secrets’ through his keynote speeches, Tim continues to coach companies in innovation and is currently working on new sitcom formats and screenplay scripts.

Tim is a master at keeping audiences actively engaged and positively energised. Whether it’s getting people on their feet and playfully interacting or switching on different parts of their brains through quick mental exercises, Tim can make sure your audience is alive, alert and full of energy throughout your event.

Recorded on: 1st May 2020

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Podcast with Kevin Gaskell – How to lead your business in a time of crisis

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At the time of recording we have just heard in the UK that British Airways will be making 12,000 people redundant. Oasis, Warehouse and Carluccio’s amongst other household names have gone into liquidation.  Our country is in its second month of lockdown and many businesses find themselves unable to trade and are doing their best to just keep themselves afloat.

My guest this week is an expert in leading businesses through crisis so that they not only survive but grow.  During his career he has founded start-ups, driven turnarounds and led major brands.  He has built over 3 billion pounds of shareholder value. He’s led transformational growth at 14 companies and now acts as Chairman to a number of growing businesses.  Let’s get some timely advice from this week’s business expert, Kevin Gaskell.

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Kevin Gaskell is an extraordinary leader who led iconic brands Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini to unprecedented levels of success before creating global businesses from scratch. A corporate trailblazer, serial entrepreneur and world class team builder recognised as one of the most outstanding leaders of his generation.

As a CEO, chairman, founder and investor Kevin has enjoyed success in sectors including automotive, data, technology, manufacturing, brand marketing and professional services. He has repeatedly led teams to achieve extraordinary performance in companies ranging from 7 to 7,000 employees. He believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results – and he has the experiences to prove it. Passionate about the development of leadership skills he is frequently sought to reinvigorate teams and companies. His firmly delivered belief it’s that success begins and ends with the people and the engagement and inspiration of every member of the organisation.

Over a number of years Kevin has set the business world alight with success after success. His fin tech business Traderoot Technology was nominated as e-commerce business of the year; Achilles won the Sunday Times award for the best private equity investment of the year; ITS Technology reached the final of the World Communication Awards; Market Research platform Delvv.io won the EMEA Innovation Award; he integrated 31 companies to create EurotaxGlass’s, the world’s largest automotive data company, and his landscape gardening business has just been recognised as APL Supreme Champion. He is a man who demonstrates that the principles of outstanding leadership are transferable across business sectors.

It was leading the turnaround of Porsche from close to bankruptcy to market leader that saw Kevin Gaskell, at the age of 32, recognised as one of the most capable leaders of his generation. He consolidated that recognition with 4 years as Managing Director of BMW (GB) during which he led the business to record growth and a 500% improvement in profitability.

Since his roles in the automotive sector he has led businesses to massive success in the digital, technology, data, brand marketing, market research, construction, retail, professional services and manufacturing sectors. Such flexibility and adaptability has confirmed his position as an extraordinary and inspirational leader.

A highly motivational and engaging speaker, he believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results – and he has the experiences to prove it. He has led global corporations, start-ups, private equity portfolio companies and organisations large and small to create shareholder value in excess of $5billion. He has also found the time to walk to both the north and south poles and climb the world’s highest mountains to fund the construction of a cancer treatment unit.  In January 2020, along with 4 team-mates, he set a new world record for the fastest ever Atlantic crossing by a 5 man rowing boat!

Using an energetic and inclusive style he shares the tools and techniques which have enabled his teams to deliver results which even they considered impossible – until they achieved them. His approach of ‘Inspired Leadership’ at every level in the organisation has been demonstrated to achieve extraordinary success again and again. As a leader who has led established businesses and founded technology startups which have grown to global scale he is able to demonstrate the competitive opportunities from both sides of the divide.

He shows that leadership is an adaptable and transferable skill and is a key enabler of successful teamwork in any situation. Drawing upon his experience and his ongoing leadership roles in growing companies Kevin shares practical lessons of how individuals in businesses from 7 to 7,000 employees can be inspired to create teamwork which transforms organisations and achieves world class performance.

Kevin Gaskell is a leader who has been there and done it, and then done it again, and again. His speeches provide the inspiration, and share the tools, which enable each member of the audience to return to their role energised and informed and ready to achieve something extraordinary.

And if the audience need an energiser they could always ask Kevin to play his guitar – in his spare time he plays in a rock band!

Recorded on: 29th April 2020

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Podcast with Psychologist Adrian Furnham – Coping with the new normal

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My guest this week is coming back for a second visit, he is going to help us while we deal with the Corona virus. He was Professor of Psychology at University College London for 26 years and is now Principal Psychologist at Stamford Associates, an asset management company

Like Noel Coward, he believes that work is more fun than fun and considers himself to be a well-adjusted workaholic. So today we are going to be talking about working from home, motivation, isolation, money worries and loneliness.

My guest is Adrian Furnham.

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Adrian Furnham was Professor of Psychology at University College London from 1992 – 2018. He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College, Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009) and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2014). He was also previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a D.Sc (1991) and D.Litt (1995) degree.

He consults to many organisations in various different sectors (particularly airlines, banks, civil service) and in many different countries (particularly continental Europe and Asia).

He has written over 1300 scientific papers and 85 books. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy established over 30 years ago.

Like Noel Coward, he believes work is more fun than fun and considers himself to be a well-adjusted workaholic. He rides a bicycle to work (as he has always done) very early in the morning and does not have a mobile phone. Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, arguing at dinner parties and going to the theatre.

Adrian is a serious academic who can explain important current ideas and concepts in a clear and understandable way. He is able to communicate his messages to audiences all over the world in an educational and very entertaining manner. Adrian is at ease speaking as a conference keynote or delivering a witty after-dinner business speech.

Recorded on: 16th April 2020

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Podcast with Caspar Craven – We’re all in the same boat. Or are we?

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My guest this week has been with us before, but I’ve brought him back as at the time of recording this episode, we are going through a lockdown situation.  We are trapped at home with our families and our loved ones and this man has experienced this for himself for a long period of time.

He is an entrepreneur and adventurer he believes in challenging conventional thinking on how leaders and teams become truly effective and create extraordinary results.

His toughest challenge by far was building his family team to sail around the world: with his wife and three children aged 9, 7 and 2.  Today he is going to share with us what he learned in those 2 years that can help us in our time of lock down.

My guest is Caspar Craven.

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From entrepreneur, to corporate team management, to yachtsman, Caspar Craven has over 30 years’ experience in building teams to make things happen. After University, he spent 8 years in the corporate world – first as a Chartered Accountant and then as an Investment Banker at KPMG.

In 2000, Caspar left the corporate world for a brand new team and he signed up for the BT Global Challenge (called the World’s Toughest Yacht Race). He joined “Yacht Quadstone” as the youngest crew member onboard.  After winning trophies around the world and building a team as Watch Captain, he returned to KPMG to run a Technology and Telecoms team. In 2001 he returned to entrepreneurial life as an e-commerce entrepreneur.

His toughest team challenge by far was in 2009 when he built his family team to sail around the world: with his wife and three children aged 9, 7 and 2.

Throughout his career as both family man and entrepreneur, he’s built multiple successful businesses from scratch and sold one for a 7 figure sum…whilst sailing the Pacific Ocean.

In his Keynotes and Workshops Caspar takes the audience through the key steps he’s developed to create and build winning, high-performance teams in business, sport and family environments. He weaves in stories from his experiences leading a team on the world’s toughest yacht race, building a successful business, and building teams within global corporates.

Caspar Craven delivers a truly memorable message with energy, with humility and humour so that you come away inspired with fresh ideas and energy to have the biggest impact on those that you work and spend time with.  Each session is tailored to meet the exact needs of your organisation.

Recorded on: 21st April 2020

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Podcast with Penny Mallory – How to be Mentally Tough

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My guest this week has appeared with us before sharing her expertise to compete against the odds.  Today she is back to talk about Mental Toughness.  She is going to share with us how and why developing confidence, resilience, commitment and focus is critical in today’s challenging business and personal environment.

Motorsport and TV fans know her as the first and only woman to drive a World Rally Car. Let’s welcome back this week’s guest and good friend, Penny Mallory.

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Motorsport and TV fans know her as the first and only woman to drive a World Rally Car. Penny knows how to compete and beat the odds, but she also knows top performance requires even more than sacrifice and maximum commitment. It also takes heart, insight and the courage to keep going and the refusal to quit. She gets it, because she’s lived it.

As a leading authority in Mental Toughness, Penny has perfected the art of Psychologically-Powered Performance. Her interactive, challenging and transformational insight into how and why developing confidence, resilience, commitment and focus is critical in today’s business environment.

No secret sauce or overused buzzwords, her engagingly authentic but wildly entertaining keynotes and masterclasses are enjoyed by international audiences. From senior leadership to middle management, her experience working inside and alongside world class teams, including Formula

One, enables her to inspire and influence meaningful change within organisations.

Penny’s expert understanding of how our thinking affects our behaviour is brought together in her Keynote ‘World Class Thinking, World Class Behaviour’.

These aren’t hollow marketing words, her life attests to their human truth. As a child she saw alcoholism and mental illness destroy her family. Fleeing home at 14, homeless and fending for herself on the London streets, her life couldn’t have been more dangerous or bleak, yet an inner strength and self-belief enabled her to take control of her future. She made impossible possible and has since dedicated her life to helping others do the same.

It is these experiences that have made her keynotes acclaimed international favourites for many of the world’s most powerful and storied brands, including Coca-Cola, Grand Vision, Waitrose, Tesco, Telefonica, Klesch, Sony, Volkswagen, HPI, Jaguar, Proctor & Gamble, Airbus and many more.

Her life is a continuing series of doing what conventional thinking says she simply can’t – from competing in three marathons on three consecutive days to hell runners and triathlons; finding the courage to enter the boxing ring twice and the physical resolve to conquer two of the world’s highest mountains. Little wonder that her interactive keynotes inspire taking action, and to believe you can because you can. With Penny in your corner, you can and will.

The author of ‘World Class Thinking, World Class Behaviour’ and ‘Take Control of Your Life’, Penny is a descendent of George Mallory, widely believed to be the first man to conquer Mt. Everest. If you’re ready to change, determined to move forward, committed to unleashing your best and realising all that you dream,

Penny Mallory will partner in your success with coaching, keynotes and workshops igniting psychologically powered performance.

Recorded on: 14th April 2020

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Podcast with Charlie Cannon – Resilience in times of crisis

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My guest this week is a performance coach who specialises in supporting leaders to build personal resilience.

For the last fifteen years he has worked at the interface of leadership and wellbeing with some of the biggest brands in the world.

His passion is to support leaders to play the ‘inner game’ of life better, so it enables them to lead themselves, their teams and their families.  At this time of crisis, I think we might all learn a few things so let’s give a warm Speaking Business welcome to Charlie Cannon.

 

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Charlie Cannon – Helping leaders, teams and organisations build resilience so that they can embrace change and sustain performance in a disruptive and uncertain world.

Charlie is a much sought after performance enhancement coach who has helped leaders, teams and global organisations build resilience thus enabling them not only to embrace change in an uncertain disruptive world, but able to sustain high levels of performance and thrive no matter what the world throws at them.

For the last fifteen years he has worked as a leadership development consultant and coach with some of the most well known brands in the world, including, HSBC, PepsiCo, Tesco, BP, Roche, Ebay, Airbus, The Metropolitan Police, Deloitte, Allen & Overy, Mars, Unilever, Uber, Manchester City Football club, The Soho House Group, Santander, Marks & Spencer and Amazon.

In Charlie’s live events and trainings he draws upon his rich life experience and combines this with cutting edge research from science and psychology to give them tools and techniques that they can act upon immediately that will catalyse their performance and well-being.

Prior to working in business Charlie was a successful health and fitness coach, where at one point he was training an Oscar winning actor and actress. What he observed, was that most of his clients were busy, time poor, stressed and burnt out executives who wanted to increase their energy and manage stress better. This concerned him.

His passion for helping people build resilience stems from not just working with all these stressed out executives, but also his own story in not becoming the professional sportsman he had dreamed of being, due to struggling to be at his best when it counted.And, perhaps more tellingly, he knows first-hand what it takes to recover from a near death experience that left him hospitalised and his sister moments away from dying.

At 21 he was involved in a traumatic car accident with his sister who almost died. This incident eventually inspired his research into resilience and overcoming adversity.

Charlie played rugby for England, West of England hockey and county cricket as a school-boy, but he struggled to perform under pressure, which has showed him the importance of developing a growth mindset and building mental toughness.

Recorded on: 7th April 2020

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Podcast with Beau Lotto – Deviate or Die

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This week I’ve delved into the archives again.  This particular speaker is a bit of a clever chap.  He has actually done 3 main stage TED talks and has got a brain the size of a planet.  When he speaks, he says “I want the audience to go away knowing less after I’ve spoken than they did before I spoke”.  At first, I thought this was crazy, but he’s a very clever man and what he is saying is that people need to be asking better questions, so when they come away from hearing him, they will be asking better questions because better questions lead to better answers and in this time of this uncertainty, that is so important.

My guest is neuroscientist, Beau Lotto.

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Beau Lotto’s aim is to use the principles of perception to enable individuals and organisations to adapt to an increasingly uncertain world.

Dr. Beau Lotto is a Professor of Neuroscience, author and entrepreneur. He is a three-time main stage TED speaker (with over 7,000,000 views). He is author of two books: Why We See What We Do’, and ‘Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently’.

He has spoken at the G8, Google’s Zeitgest, Wired and contributed to many television and radio documentaries by the BBC, National Geographic, Netflix and PBS.

He is CEO and Founder of the sound-based AR company Acoustigram, and Director of The Lab of Misfits LLC, a neuroperception studio. He and his group have worked with organizations as diverse as Cirque du Soleil, L’Oreal, Charles Koch Foundation, BCW Public Relations and The London Science Museum.

The world is in a moment of massive change, and we must adapt individually and organisationally if we are to thrive. Change is essential. The biggest barrier to change is perceptual change. As a leading international neuroscientist who studies perception, Beau seeks to employ the principles by which the brain makes meaning to enable individuals and organizations to literally see differently and thus become more adaptable in a changing world.

What differentiates Beau’s scientific research and presentations is that everything he does was discovered by his lab of misfits and is applicable to the real world. Thus, being grounded in his lab’s own research, his proprietary method unlocks meaningful insights that drive adaptability, creativity and innovation. By breaking down the walls of the traditional laboratory and studying humans in their natural habitats, his ‘Lab of Misfits’ creates measurable, interactive insights that informs and transforms from the scientific to the personal.

Beau is not a coach. Coaches tend to distil and present other people’s research. Everything that is presented was created and discovered by his Lab of Misfits Studio, which is a truly unique combination of science, art, design, technology and theatre. It is both casual and approachable, challenging, stylish and contrarian. His style of presentation is highly interactive and immersive.

“Beau’s incredible session created a transformational state in the audience of leaders. In three hours, he provided the group dozens of new ways to think differently about their problems, how to successfully innovate and build effective teams.  Beau wonderfully integrates neuroscience, psychology and perennial wisdom into an inspiring and practical set of powerful takeaways. He is one of best speakers we’ve ever seen.” Jean Gomes (CEO of The Energy Project) after a Masterclass for the Senior Executives of Warner Music

Recorded on: 14th June 2018

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Podcast with Stéphane Garelli – Competitiveness after Covid 19

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My guest this week has done so much that it would take the entire podcast episode just to read his CV, so I’ve picked a few highlights.

He is Emeritus Professor of World Competitiveness, at IMD business school and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

He is the Founder, of the World Competitiveness Center, and publisher of the Annual World Competitiveness Yearbooks ranking the competitiveness of nations.

Author of Two bestselling books published in several languages:

  • Top Class Competitors – How Nations, Firms, and Individuals Succeed in the New World of Competitiveness”
  • Are you a Tiger, a Cat or a Dinosaur?

He is the Former Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and the Davos Annual meetings.

My guest is Professor Stéphane Garelli.

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Stéphane Garelli – a world authority on competitiveness – has pioneered research and the theory in this field. Professor Emeritus at IMD (Institute of Management Development) Lausanne, where he has founded the World Competitiveness Center, he is also Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness at the University of Lausanne.

Professor Garelli is closely connected to the world of business. He was, among others, Chairman of the Board of Directors and shareholder of “Le Temps”, the leading French language Swiss newspaper, Chairman of the Board of the Sandoz Financial and Banking Holding, and Member of the board of the Banque Edouard Constant.

Stéphane Garelli was the Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and of the Davos Annual meetings for many years.  He was also permanent senior adviser to the European management of Hewlett-Packard.

He is a member of a number of institutes, such as: China Enterprise Management Association, Board of the ‘Fondation Jean Monet pour l’Europe’, The Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Mexican Council for Competitiveness, etc. and an advisory committee member of the Thai Management Association.

He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee commission on Sustainability and Legacy.

Stéphane Garelli is the author of numerous publications on competitiveness and global business, He published his best-selling book “Top Class Competitors – How Nations, Firms and Individuals Succeed in the New World of Competitiveness” with Wiley. His latest book ” Are You a Tiger, a Cat or a Dinosaur?” is published in several languages.

Stéphane Garelli was a member of the Constitutional Assembly of his local state – Vaud, Switzerland from 1999 to 2002.

Stéphane is widely considered to be one of the top lecturers on economic and business matters. He has a unique ability to analyse and describe the world economic environment as it evolves, and to draw conclusions about what changes in the world economy actually mean for companies and individuals alike. He is reputed for his trademark graphics combining an attractive visual style with a simple illustration of ideas, and a limited use of numbers. His presentations are dynamic, fast moving, to the point, business like, forward and “so what” oriented.

Recorded on: 5th March 2020

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Podcast with Shelley Bridgman – Harnessing the power of diversity in thinking

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My guest this week is Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, award-winning comedian and author. She survived the hedonistic sixties with the inevitable round of clubbing, fashion and drugs; then she made the most of the seventies, travelling to over sixty countries whilst running a travel business. But it was the eighties that tested her to her limits. Battling depression, bankruptcy, addiction and suicide attempts, She found the strength to confront her need to change gender and achieve harmony with herself. Today she is on a mission to create transformational change for leaders by developing a Fearless Mindset.

My guest is Shelley Bridgman.

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There are speakers who have led a conventional life then there are those with a hinterland and Shelley Bridgman is certainly is among the latter. Shelley is a Transformational Change & Thought Diversity expert, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Trainer, & Author.

She has become a media commentator specialising in psychotherapy & psychology, with appearances on BBC Television, Sky and Channels 4 and 5 as well Radio 4’s “Woman’ Hour” “Midweek” and the “Jeremy Vine Show”. She has also featured in “Psychologies,” and “Therapy Today” magazines.

As a Speaker, Shelley’s topics are Developing a fearless mindset, Transformational Change, Diversity & Thought Leadership. Although speaking has taken over from performing comedy on the Stand-up comedy circuit where she performed five one-woman shows at the Edinburgh Festival and completed a seven-night run Off-Broadway in New York, she still MC’s nights in comedy clubs as it makes for being a better speaker.

Recorded on: 16th January 2020

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Podcast with Gray Scott – The Future is a Portal Inward

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My guest is a futurist, philosopher, and a leading expert in futurism and emerging technologies. He is a populariser, commentator, and influencer of all things futuristic. He is the host of the techno-philosophy YouTube series FUTURISTIC NOW and is listed in the top twenty must-watch futurism shows on YouTube. He has spoken at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre, Boston University, The London Business School, and 2016 International Judicial Symposium in Korea held by the Supreme Court of Korea.

 

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Gray Scott is a futurist, techno-philosopher and one of the world’s leading experts in the field of emerging technology.

Gray has appeared on Discovery Channel Canada, History Channel, CBS This Morning, FOX News, Cheddar News, Yahoo News, as well as in several documentaries including The Future of Work and Death.

Gray’s future insights have been frequently quoted in Forbes, Vanity Fair, Yahoo News, VICE MOTHERBOARD, Fast Company, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Business News Daily, Verizon News, New York Post, The Star, San Francisco Magazine and SingularityHub.

Gray has advised advertising agencies, think tanks and corporations in the area of foresight, including AT&T’s recent 25th anniversary YOU WIL campaign.

He has spoken at conferences around the world, including NASA Johnson Space Center, Boston University, London Business School and the International Judicial Symposium of the Supreme Court of Korea.

Recorded on: 24th January 2020

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Podcast with Sir Chris Hoy MBE – Be The Best You Can Be

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Sir Chris Hoy MBE, multiple world and Olympic champion track cyclist, is one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes, with six gold medals and one silver.

Chris retired from competitive cycling in 2013 and his achievements throughout his career make him Scotland’s most successful Olympian, the first Briton since 1908 to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games, and one of the most successful Olympic male cyclists of all time.

In June 2016 Chris added to his record list of achievements when he finished the world’s most demanding motorsport endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, on his debut.

Following his retirement Chris successfully launched a range of kid’s bikes, HOY bikes, as well as publishing a series of children’s books – Flying Fergus.

Chris is now a main stay amongst sporting commentary and punditry in the UK having been an integral part of the BBC’s team covering the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2018 European Championships and the Tour de France.


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Sir Chris Hoy MBE is one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes of all time, with six gold medals and one silver.

Chris won his first Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004 in the Kilo – an event that was dropped from the programme for Beijing 2008. Chris took this in his stride and switched his focus to three other track sprint events – the Keirin, Sprint and Team Sprint. He went on to win a gold medal in all three at the Beijing Olympics, cementing his name in the history books.

Following his historic hat-trick of gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, Chris was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He was also awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list, capping an extraordinary year for the track cyclist from Edinburgh.

In 2012 at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris won his fifth and sixth gold medals – in the Keirin and Team Sprint – becoming Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete of all time with six gold medals and one silver.

Chris retired from competitive cycling in 2013 and his achievements throughout his career make him Scotland’s most successful Olympian, the first Briton since 1908 to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games, and one of the most successful Olympic cyclists of all time.

Following his retirement, Chris remains passionate about bikes and has successfully made the transition into the business world following the launch of his HOY bike range. He has also published a series of best-selling Flying Fergus children’s books.

In June 2016, Chris added to his record list of achievements when he finished the world’s most demanding motorsport endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, on his debut.

Chris Hoy is an accomplished public speaker and is at home speaking at small intimate gatherings as well as the largest international conferences.  Chris’ experiences and achievements make him an incredibly interesting speaker, and the challenges presented to him and subsequently overcome during his stellar career have fascinating parallels in many other walks of life.

Recorded on: 22nd January 2020

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Podcast with Claire Young – The Learning Cliff of speaking in schools

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My guest was made famous by her role as the highly driven runner up of series four of ‘The Apprentice’ where was dubbed a ‘Rottweiler’ by Lord Sugar for her tenacious approach in the boardroom and drive not to quit. She beat 40,000 candidates to reach the final and this experience inspired her to set up her business ‘School Speakers’. It is the UK’s No 1 speaking agency working alongside schools, colleges and universities across the world to provide talks to students and staff. She also works within the media as a journalist & radio presenter in addition to advising the government on a range of projects supporting young people and women.

She studied Equine Science at the University of Bristol and remains a keen rider with her Irish Sports horse.  She has won several business awards and combines her busy career with being a mum to her young daughter Eva. In January 2018 she become a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle.  I’m delighted to welcome entrepreneur and Apprentice finalist, Claire Young.

Bio:

Claire Young was made famous by her role as the highly driven runner-up of series four of ‘The Apprentice’ where was dubbed a ‘Rottweiler’ by Lord Sugar for her tenacious approach in the boardroom and drive not to quit. She beat 40,000 candidates to reach the final and this experience inspired Claire to set up ‘School Speakers an award-winning business. It is the UK’s No 1 speaking agency working alongside schools, colleges and universities across the world to provide talks to students and staff. She also works within the media as a journalist & radio presenter in addition to advising the government on a range of projects supporting young people and women.

Claire started out her business career in roles at Colgate Palmolive (sales and finance), L’Oréal UK (brand and marketing) and AS Watson (retail buying for Superdrug). She shares her experiences, and insights, from, climbing the corporate ladder to then starting her own business.

Claire Young supports the National Apprenticeship Service by heading up their Young Ambassador Network and works in partnership with the Peter Jones Foundation supporting Tenner Tycoon and Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Claire is a proud government adviser working on many successful initiatives, including enterprise education, SME growth, employability skills and the women in business agenda.

Claire works within the media as a journalist and radio presenter and is currently writing for a number of publications, regularly commentating on radio and making guest contributions to a number of TV shows.

Now a successful businesswoman Claire Young hopes that her story will motivate others – with hard work, drive and determination anything is possible.

Recorded on: 20th November 2019

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