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Podcast with Monika Bielskyte – Imagining the Future

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 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

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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.

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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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Podcast with Thomas Anglero – The Power to be You

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 we are talking to Thomas Anglero.  He is Director of Innovation for IBM in Norway, a two-time entrepreneur, a veteran basketball coach, and an extremely popular motivational speaker.  Thomas was born in New York but has lived in Norway for more than 20 years. He has been an executive for large private and public global companies that gives him a unique perspective on people, technology and culture.  Thomas’ favourite presentations are all-out Q&A’s with the audiences, no slides, no rehearsal, in real-time living in the moment with the audience making life happen!  In this episode you may be surprised to hear ‘All You Need is Love’, the Beatles were right!

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Thomas F Anglero is one of the most exciting and sought-after public speakers in the Nordic countries.  He is an expert in “the new culture challenges that comes with the AI revolution”, innovation, teaching disruption to executives, and artificial intelligence’s effect on people, society and businesses.  In 2017, Thomas key-noted at over 100 conferences to over 35,000+ people and consulted to executive leader groups and government officials throughout the Nordics and Europe.

He is a 20+ year entrepreneur and the Director of Innovation for IBM Norway responsible for IBM Watson and innovation with clients.  Thomas is the creator of the IBM Watson Innovation Lab at the Oslo Cancer Cluster which is the Nordic HQ of IBM Watson for all the Nordic countries.

Prior to IBM, Thomas was the Director of Innovation for the Norwegian Tax Authorities (Skatteetaten). His pioneering work identified the disruptive nature of cryptocurrencies, virtual currencies, and other digital financial systems/technologies that immediately affect existing national financial markets. Thomas Anglero has over 25 years of global IT and telecom executive experience including founding several start-ups in the US, Norway and Serbia.

Thomas is a serial entrepreneur, 2017 TED talk speaker, 2013 Undomiciled Project (UP) Unsung Hero Award Recipient, winner of the 2009 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (IESI Business School), 2006 Top 10 Most Influential Foreigner in Norway, and a 10x champion Level-2 FIBA basketball coach with over 10+ years of winning experience.

Recorded: 21st March 2019

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Podcast with Angela Oguntala – Designing for the Future

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This week we are talking to Angela Oguntala.  Angela is a futurist and a director at Greyspace, a design and futures consultancy. She works with organisations spanning from fashion to healthcare to finance and in various other spaces across culture and technology. Her clients range from small, creative organisations to Fortune 500 companies. Recently, Angela has been named a Future Innovator by The United Nations ICT and Ars Electronica, and featured as a leading creative entrepreneur by Kinfolk. Listen in and find out why Angela is a bit of on an ice queen!

 

 

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Angela Oguntala is a futurist and a director at Greyspace – a design and futures consultancy that partners with organisations to think, plan and design for the future. She has worked in education, healthcare, finance, fashion, sustainability and in a range of other spaces across culture and technology. Selected clients of hers include IKEA, Hermès, Microsoft, Philips, and various media groups. She has also been an advisor for policy organisations and large-scale city planning projects in Northern Europe.

Angela is a Salzburg Global Fellow and has been named a Future Innovator by The United Nations ICT / Ars Electronica for her thinking and work. In 2017, she was also named a leading creative entrepreneur by Kinfolk and featured as part of their best-selling book series The Kinfolk Entrepreneur.

She previously served as the head of the Innovation Lab at EH Design, a group focused on designing and experimenting around emerging technologies.

Angela Oguntala is a frequent speaker at conferences and events on future-facing topics, including themes that explore the possible impacts of near-future technologies on culture and society.  She is an American, currently based in Copenhagen.

Recorded: 28th February 2019

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Podcast with Geoff Ramm – Celebrity Service

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 we are doing something a little different. As well as finding out about the speaker who is the person behind the mic we also find out a bit more about the actual presentation/keynote and we deconstruct the speaker’s keynote and tell you bit by bit how he presents his content to the audience.

My guest this week is the creator and author of Celebrity Service & OMG Marketing. He’s challenged and inspired audiences across six continents to create award-winning ideas to outperform the competition. Recently featured in Forbes…. they said Celebrity Service was ‘A Game Changer’. His clients include, Emirates, Specsavers, IHG and McDonalds.

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Geoff Ramm is the creator of Celebrity Service and OMG Marketing.  He knows the only way you can attract more customers is to create jaw-dropping marketing and that great customer service leads to lucrative, repeat business.  A multi-award winning customer service and marketing speaker, Geoff has challenged and inspired audiences across five continents.  As well as being genuinely passionate about his subject, Geoff is humorous with original content and will challenge you to achieve greater results.

Implementing Geoff Ramm’s ideas really will make a difference to your business.  A business to business Valentine Card achieved a record 70% response rate by the Bauer Media Group after implementing OMG Marketing. Indian giants TATA won two Direct Marketing Association awards following a two-day OMG masterclass. Tiger Brands, South Africa introduced a dozen new ideas after Geoff’s keynote and masterclass. Just one of these ideas increased sales by over 53%.

So how do you create highly successful marketing ideas? And how can you design a customer experience that has you talked about for decades?  In Geoff’s interactive keynotes, you will not only discover out-of-this-world ideas, you will come up with them and be excited to implement them too. Companies across six continents have outperformed their competitors by using Geoff’s unique insights on customer service and marketing.  Laugh out loud at the greatest cabin crew member of all time. Get a lump in your throat at the sight of a sesame seed bun. Discover simple and cost-effective ideas that will have the world talking about your business.  At the end of Geoff’s session, you will want to make massive changes tomorrow and become the brand of choice in the eyes of your customers.

Recorded: 14th February 2019

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Podcast with Fons Trompenaars – Understanding Cultural Difference

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 my guest is the Fons! Dr Fons Trompenaars! Fons is a world leader in understanding cultural difference.  His seminal book Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business put culture in business on the map.

He has been ranked as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by the Thinkers50.  Fons has spent over 30 years helping leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance.

He turns corporate leaders into top performers through developing their ability to identify and reconcile dilemmas. We also find out that he’s probably Neil Young’s biggest fan, so I hope Neil is listening in.

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Dr Fons Trompenaars is recognised around the world for his work as a consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on all subjects of culture and business.  He is a world leader in understanding cultural difference, his seminal book Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business put culture in business on the map.

He has spent over 30 years helping Fortune500 leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas to increase global effectiveness and performance, particularly in the areas of globalisation, mergers and acquisition, HR, Managing Change, leadership development and digitalisation.

Fons Trompenaars has been ranked as one of the most influential management thinkers worldwide in the Thinkers50 three times in 2011, 2013 and 2015.  The fact that business is getting more and more global makes it imperative to address the issue of managing cultural differences. Fons’ vision and expertise in this area, therefore, made him a logical contender for this list.  He was inducted Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in November 2017 which salutes distinguished Management Thinkers and their contributions whose names and legacies are added to the ranks of those who have arrived before them.

Fons’ passion is in translating values into performance. He turns corporate leaders into top performers through developing their ability to identify and reconcile dilemmas. Outstanding leaders sense the dilemmas facing their industries and their organisations before their competitors and tend to find solutions quickly. The more formidable the dilemma, the greater the gain from resolving it first.

Recorded: 7th February 2019

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Podcast with Chris Wharton – All things website and branding

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Podcast with Chris Wharton - All things website and branding

This week I’ve gone a bit off-piste, I haven’t got one of my speakers as a guest, instead I have Chris Wharton who is Creative Director of 2nd Floor, a web and design studio.

Chris is my go-to guy for all things website and branding and I thought I’d quiz him a bit to help speakers or anyone else looking for assistance in this field.

Chris has been working on a computer since he found MS Paint and created bank cards for his sister to play shop with. He has successfully managed, consulted and worked on projects for RBS, Renault, Coutts Bank, IKEA, WorldPay, Schroders, amongst others.

Chris has a wide range of skills including digital consultancy, UI design, UX and web build, sketch and illustration and project management. He knows a lot basically! Chris has created the branding for two of my businesses, Maria Franzoni Ltd, speaker bureau and for Speaking Business Academy. He also designed, built and maintains the Speaking Business Academy website as well as creating our company brochure.

Recorded: 5th February 2019

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Podcast with Linda Yueh – Answering the biggest economic questions of our time

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In this episode we are going to talk about economics and history with Dr Linda Yueh.

Dr Linda Yueh is a leading economist, writer and broadcaster. Her latest book, The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today answers the biggest economic questions of our time by drawing on the ideas of the thinkers who have changed our world. It was selected as The Times’s Best Business Books of 2018 and also by Newsweek magazine in the U.S. as the Best Fiction and Non-Fiction of 2018.

 

 

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Dr Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School, and Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS. She is a broadcaster, including for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and was the BBC’s Chief Business Correspondent and host of “Talking Business with Linda Yueh”, as well as Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV.

Linda Yueh has served as a special advisor for the World Bank, the European Commission, Asian Development Bank, and World Economic Forum in Davos. She was Co-Chair of the Global Cities Business Alliance (GCBA) and sits on the supervisory Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF). Linda has been a Non-Executive Director of several FTSE companies, an advisor to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and Board member of London & Partners, the official promotional agency for London. Linda gave testimony before the Treasury Select Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, UK Parliament, on the impact of China on the world and UK economy.

Linda Yueh is widely published and is the Editor of the Economic Growth and Development book series at Routledge. Her latest book is The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today (What Would the Great Economists Do?)

Linda’s expertise is in economic and business issues, particularly the global economic environment, including the Chinese economy and Brexit.

Recorded: 22nd January 2019

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Podcast with James Kerr – Creating a High Performance Culture

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In this episode we are sharing the secrets behind some of the world’s elite business, sports and military organisations. My guest is high performance culture expert and best-selling author James Kerr.

James authored the global best-selling book Legacy: What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life. His work explores what drives the best teams to extraordinary results, including:

•          a relentless focus on excellence

•          a collective commitment to an ‘uncommon cause’

•          and emphasis on individual accountability

James has advised US and UK Special Forces, Formula 1 teams and Olympic Performance Directors – as well as corporations from Google to PayPal, Red Bull to Unilever, and Shell to Boeing.

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James Kerr is a bestselling author, speaker and business consultant specialising in defining, designing and delivering change for leaders of world-class teams and organisations. His book, Legacy, reveals 15 leadership lessons from the All Blacks, the world’s most successful sporting team, and his corporate clients include HSBC, Boeing, Raffles, UBS and Shell. In the sporting arena he has also worked with UEFA, Team Origin, the RFU, Adidas and the Australian Kangaroos. His key message is that “higher purpose leads to higher performance” and that successful change begins with a values-based, vision-led, purpose driven mindset – and ends without it.

The secrets of Legacy are now available to leaders in all fields through a series of keynote speeches, workshops, engagement programmes and leadership coaching modules. James works with leaders to define, design and deliver life-changing coaching and change programmes, and inspiring workshops and keynote speeches. His brand storytelling agency, Chalk Projects, specialises in bringing strategy to life for some of the world’s most respected businesses, teams and leaders.

James has addressed some of the world’s leading organisations – including HSBC, Post Office, Adidas, Redstone, Lawyers Worldwide, Warners, and Boeing – in conferences and private events on a variety of subjects. His speeches are noted for their ability to address real-world commercial issues via the principles of some of the world’s most successful sports, military, aviation and business teams. Informative, engaging and inspiring.

About Legacy
In Legacy, James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world’s most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business. Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success – sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle the pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you’re gone? What will be your legacy?

Recorded: 17th January 2019

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Podcast with Allyson Stewart-Allen – Working with Americans

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Allyson Stewart-Allen 1This week we talk about how the Americans and the British do business very differently. We discover the mistakes businesses make when entering the US market and what leaders should be doing to build their personal brands.

My guest this week is advisor, author, broadcaster and entrepreneur – Allyson Stewart-Allen.

Allyson has advised over 200 businesses in 26 countries on how to successfully avoid the minefields of international expansion. She has authored the best-selling book Working with Americans, and is a regular media commentator for the BBC, CNN and the FT.

 

 

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Allyson Stewart-Allen is a renowned marketer, whose expertise in brand internationalisation is sought by leading businesses globally through her consultancy, publications, appearances, mentoring and corporate education.

A Californian based in Europe for over 25 years, Allyson applies her extensive international consulting experience, MBA education with Dr. Peter Drucker and languages (French, German) to the company she founded, International Marketing Partners.

Having recognised the need for international brands to better align their global and local marketing practices, Allyson Stewart-Allen created the BrandBarometer™ powered by Seattle-based GMI (Global Market Insite), which surveyed a worldwide panel of over 17,000 consumers across 17 countries on their perceptions and direct experiences of the world’s most recognised brands. Using the BrandTravel™ methodology, Allyson helps companies and their leaders to successfully and profitably span international and functional boundaries by giving them the tools to be more effective in a global arena. The benefits clients enjoy as a result include better localisation, increased corporate diplomacy capability and more effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Allyson is engaged for her award-winning corporate education experience by both Fortune 500 companies and the world’s leading business schools including Oxford University, London Business School, HEC Paris, Duke Corporate Education amongst others.

Following her early career with blue-chip consulting firms PwC, PA Consulting Group and Hay Management Consultants, Allyson now advises executives and Boards of Directors in the professional services (legal, property, financial and retail), food & drink, travel, consumer goods and industrial sectors to name a few. Her work with clients enables them to lead and manage across cultures, achieve their marketing and business development strategies through successful strategic alliances/joint ventures, organic growth and/or acquisitions.

Allyson Stewart-Allen is co-author of the best-selling book Working with Americans, the first business manual exclusively about the US business culture, which helps professionals improve their relationships with, and profits from, American business partners, bosses and colleagues.

Allyson is recognised in The Female FTSE Report 2014:100 Women to Watch list produced by Cranfield’s International Centre for Women Business Leaders as well as being listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among Women. Allyson is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences including The Conference Board, Wilton Park, Economist Conferences, Institute of Directors Conferences, British American Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Society and the American Marketing Association on a variety of global marketing trends and developments.

An experienced and frequent commentator, she lends her insights to broadcast, print and digital media across the globe.  Besides her 4-year slot for Sky News as The Muse of Marketing, she has appeared on several television shows including CNBC’s The Business Class and the past three seasons of BBC’s The Apprentice.  Other outlets applying her insights include BBC News, ITV News, CNN, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, USA Today, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Fortune magazines.  In addition to her role as a Board member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she is a judge for numerous international business awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Recorded: 15th January 2019

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Podcast with Jackie Fast – Diversity through Sponsorship

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Jackie Fast 1Today we are going to find out about the commercial advantages of B2B sponsorship and the importance of being relentless in your quest for success.  My guest is author and entrepreneur, Jackie Fast.

Jackie sold her sponsorship agency for millions just 6 years after starting it in her bedroom with £2k, she now covets clients including Sir Richard Branson and the Rolling Stones along with FTSE 100 brands.  More recently she’s launched a global ice wine brand to create a new drinks category for the masses.  And if you are a fan of The Apprentice, we are going to ask the questions that you are dying to ask.

 

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Jackie Fast, former Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Media Disrupter of the Year recipient is no stranger in utilising change to amplify growth.  She directs leaders on how to succeed through the power of sponsorship in the current era of disruptive media fragmentation.

Arriving from Canada in 2007 with the intent to backpack Europe, Jackie ended up staying in London and launching her career. Her first business – Slingshot Sponsorship – was started in her bedroom in 2010 with just a laptop and £2,000. A relentless 6 years later with offices worldwide, Jackie sold Slingshot for millions, having worked with notable international clients including Sir Richard Branson, the Rolling Stones, Shell, Red Bull and many more.

Jackie Fast has now launched her latest disrupter business REBEL Pi, an ice wine brand. Relatively unknown, ice wine production is the rarest and riskiest in the world. Taking an exceptional product from her hometown in Canada, Jackie is determined to turn REBEL Pi into a global drinks brand that will create a new drinking moment for audiences with a bold and discerning palate.

Jackie continues to travel the world presenting on the future of business and entrepreneurship with her best-selling business book PINPOINT. The book shows you the pitfalls to avoid to ensure how virtually anyone can succeed.

Jackie is also a Non-Executive Board Director of the European Sponsorship Association, one of the youngest Board Directors in the association’s history.

Jackie Fast is a regular keynote speaker within Europe and has spoken at global marketing conventions in Australasia, the Middle East, and throughout North America.  From sharing exciting stories on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island to marathons in India, Jackie has the ability to utilise real-world case studies to truly capture an audience through her enthusiasm and vision.  Interactive, energetic and exciting makes every speaking engagement a memorable experience and one that gets talked about. Due to her diverse experience, Jackie has the capability to speak on a broad range of topics – from women in business to how to sell sponsorship more effectively.  Not one to shy away from controversy, she also regularly sits and chairs panels.

Recorded: 3rd December 2018

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