Candice Kumai on the Japanese practice of golden repair and celebrating our imperfections

July 1, 2018
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Giants welcome to episode #62. Today we have an internationally-renowned wellness writer, chef and content creator. She’s in fact a classically trained chef, who has cooked on the line at several restaurants. And impressively (but not surprisingly) was the youngest chef competing in the first season of Top Chef. Other accomplishments include being a former tv host, former-model-turned wellness journalist, and a five-time best-selling author. ELLE magazine describes her as “The Golden Girl of the Wellness World.” She sits on The Well+Good Council and was named one of Arianna Huffington’s “Top 20 New Role Models in 2017.” Her mother is Japanese and her father is Polish-American.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How we can harness ‘Kintsugi’ for healing and strength – which is actually the Japanese practice of golden repair – we elaborate on this in depth.
  • We also chat about core principles such as ‘Gaman’ — which infers: ‘Live with great resilience’ and ...
  • Shikata ga nai — that means: Accept what cannot be helped.

 

This is a rollercoaster episode – we share many laughs and many vulnerabilities … including some tears.

So if that sounds appealing and If you’re interested in the intersection of culinary arts, Japanese philosophy and wellness, then you are in for an absolute treat.

 

I present to you … the kind hearted, tenacious and passionate ... Candice Kumai!

 


 

More on Candice can be found via the links below:

http://candicekumai.com

Instagram: @CandiceKumai

Twitter: @CandiceKumai

Kintsugi Wellness on Amazon

LinkedIn Profile

Candice's Facebook Page

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Matt Mullenweg, Creator of WordPress and Founder & CEO of Automattic on tireless tinkering

June 13, 2018
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G’day Giants, This is episode #61! Our guest today is best known for developing the free and open-source web software that is insanely popular called: WordPress – which to date, officially powers 30% of websites on the internet. Including The New York Times, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Music, Bloomberg, BBC America, TechCrunch, Wired, People Mag, even Beyonce and Katy Perry’s websites run on the Wordpress CMS platform.

Back in 2007, our guest was named #16 of the 50 most important people on the web by PC World, reportedly – the youngest on the list. In 2011, he was named one of the top 10 most influential people online for changing the face of the internet by Business Insider. In that same year, he was listed by Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social and Mobile – for the impact he has made on the blogging world through open source.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How he went from playing the jazz saxophone, to majoring in Political Science, to pursuing a job at CNET
  • How WordPress all started
  • His thoughts and approaches on validating a feature or functionality of a product
  • And his definition of good design.

 

If you’re someone who is interested in the journey of product design and creating a massively disruptive, global company, then this episode is for you.

 

I present to you … the down-to-earth, genuine and highly accomplished ... Matt Mullenweg!

 


 

More on Matt can be found via the links below:

https://ma.tt

https://matt.blog/

Twitter: @PhotoMatt

LinkedIn Profile

Automattic Website

Matt's Facebook Page

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Jules Lund, Founder of TRIBE and former presenter of Getaway on relentless hard work and world-class discipline

May 30, 2018
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Hello wonderful Giants, welcome to episode #60! Today we have a former host of Getaway (which is actually Australia's longest-running travel and lifestyle TV program) and he appeared on Getaway for almost 400 episodes over 8 years. He’s hosted the Logies Red Carpet, Game-shows, Reality TV, live events, celebrity interviews and plenty more. He is a highly respected Australian TV and Radio superstar. On top of that, in the digital space he is widely known as the Founder of global influencer marketing platform Tribe; which connects brands with micro-influencers.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The extreme lengths he went to in order to land a spot on Getaway
  • Advice on how to get match fit no matter what we are pursuing
  • His take on the differences between TV, Radio and Social Media and why it matters
  • Advice for those that want to branch out and expand their creative output
  • Tips on how to get from concept to first round iteration
  • And his four ingredients for staying in peak performance

 

If you’re someone who is interested in the intersections of broadcasting, entrepreneurship, technology and design, then this episode is for you.

 

I present to you … the quick thinking, fast moving and determined ... Jules Lund!

 


 

More on Jules can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @JulesLund

LinkedIn Profile

TRIBE Website

Jules' Facebook Page

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Blair Enns, Founder of Win Without Pitching on pricing creativity and how to best position our value

May 18, 2018
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Welcome to episode #59! Today we have the founder and CEO of Win Without Pitching, the sales training and coaching organization for creative professionals. He is also the author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto and the brand new book titled Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour. This man has taught me and many thousands of creative people and businesses around the world, on how to build a lucrative client base without having to pitch ideas for free.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to best position our value in order to win business
  • How to command the high ground in the client vs creative relationship
  • His approach to proposals
  • His view on retainer clients
  • Rules on pricing creativity and so much more.

 

If you’re someone who is interested in moving from a vendor position to an expert practitioner position, then this is absolutely for you.

I present to you … the sharp and charismatic ... Blair Enns!

 


 

More on Blair can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @BlairEnns

LinkedIn Profile

Pricing Creativity Book

Win Without Pitching Website

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Ryan Carson, Founder and CEO of Treehouse on creating products from thought to reality

April 27, 2018
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Welcome to episode #58 Giants! Our guest today is a father, a husband and an inspiring entrepreneur, widely known as the Founder and CEO of Treehouse – which is an online technology school that offers beginner to advanced courses in web design, web development, mobile development and game development. I absolutely love Treehouse because their courses are hands-on in teaching people how to code for a career in the tech industry.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The many businesses that existed prior to bringing Treehouse to fruition
  • Advice for anyone wanting to create an app or online tool
  • The power of beginning with the end in mind
  • And setting boundaries to ensure time with family is protected

 

If you’re someone who is interested in connecting the dots between your thoughts and creating a product around those thoughts, then this is absolutely for you.

I present to you … the highly accomplished, hard-working and disciplined ... Ryan Carson!

 


 

More on Ryan can be found via the links below:

Try Treehouse for free for 7 days

Twitter: @RyanCarson

Instagram: @RyanCarson

LinkedIn Profile

Medium posts

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Are you struggling to find a mentor?

Find your compass. Cut the guess work, see the blind spots and succeed faster with a mentor.

Grab a copy of my book, How to get a mentor as a designer – where I break down HOW in 12 steps. It’s available in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats.

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Michael Bierut from Pentagram on visual communication, career development and the big picture

March 23, 2018
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This is episode #57. Our guest today is arguably one of the graphic design industry’s most well known designers. He worked at Vignelli Associates for ten years before joining Pentagram as a partner in 1990 where he still works till this day, after 28 years and counting.

His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Robin Hood Foundation, MIT Media Lab, Mastercard, Princeton University, the New York Jets and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a volunteer to Hillary Clinton’s communications team, he designed the H logo that was visible everywhere throughout her 2016 presidential campaign.


 

Our guest also served as the national president of AIGA from 1998 to 2001. Is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art. And is also one of the founding writers of the Design Observer blog. He’s paved quite an extraordinary life and I can’t wait for you to hear this.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His favorite typographic font of all time
  • His thoughts, feelings and actions when he started out as an emerging designer
  • His interpretation of corporate identities versus branding
  • And his advice for those that feel stuck in a creative rut.

 

If you’re someone who is interested in the fusion of visual communication, career development and making creative impact, then this is absolutely for you.

I present to you … the highly accomplished, inspiring and level-headed ... Michael Bierut!

 


 

More on Michael can be found via the links below:

Michael’s LinkedIn profile

Twitter: @MichaelBierut

Pentagram website

2016 AIGA Medalist page

The Observatory Podcast

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President & CEO at Effie Worldwide; Traci Alford on building exceptional relationships, and leadership lessons learned while at Cadbury Schweppes and Shell International

February 20, 2018
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Welcome to episode #56! Our guest today is the President and CEO of Effie Worldwide. Effie is an organisation best known for championing and improving the practice and practitioners of marketing effectiveness. Prior to joining Effie Worldwide, our guest spent 13 years at Cadbury Schweppes in a variety of marketing and business roles, up to Global Business Development Director. And she also spent almost 7 years at Shell International.


 

Her roles at Shell included General Manager of Global Consumer Brands — Global Head of Brand Strategy in Retail — And Vice President of External Relations, Asia Pacific. Amongst her impressive career life, she’s also a mum, so you can see why I’m so honoured AND excited to introduce her.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Ways to build exceptional relationships without compromising our integrity
  • Lessons learned from transitioning from the food and beverage sector to the fuel and energy sector
  • How to manage culturally diverse teams both directly and virtually
  • And advice for creatives when starting a product or service business.

 

If you’re someone who is interested in the fusion of marketing, leadership and people skills, then this is for you.

I present to you … the highly experienced, intelligent, superwoman of marketing ... Traci Alford!

 

 


 

More on Traci can be found via the links below:

Traci’s LinkedIn profile

Effie Worldwide website

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Are you struggling to find a mentor?

Find your compass. Cut the guess work, see the blind spots and succeed faster with a mentor.

Grab a copy of my book, How to get a mentor as a designer – where I break down HOW in 12 steps. It’s available in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats.

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Prince Ea on reaching over 1 billion video views and 10 million subscribers by spreading positive social change

December 19, 2017
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Hello dear Giants, this is episode #55. Our guest today is widely known for creating motivational and inspirational spoken word films and thought provoking content. His YouTube and Facebook videos have received over a billion views each on both platforms. And he covers a range of topics such as environmentalism, socio-economics, work–life balance and spirituality.


 

He leverages life experience, self-teachings and his honors degree in anthropology. Oprah Winfrey’s TV show ‘Super Soul Sunday’ has featured our guest as well as a long list of media outlets, from Huffington Post, FOX, Wired, MTV, CBS News and Buzzfeed.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His creative process from ideation to execution
  • Where his own personal inspiration comes from
  • How he measures the impact of his videos
  • And advice for those that want to make videos but don’t have the budget to produce high end quality.

 

If you’re someone who is interested in the fusion of education and entertainment in the form of spoken word poetry, then this is for you.

I present to you … the mindful and innovative ... Prince Ea!

 


 

More on Prince can be found via the links below:

Prince’s personal website

Prince’s YouTube channel

Prince’s Facebook page

Prince’s Twitter: @PrinceEa

Prince’s Instagram: @Prince_Ea

 

 

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Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surfing Champion on longevity, setbacks and mental toughness

December 13, 2017
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Hello wonderful Giants, this is episode #54. Our guest today is truly one of a kind. He’s an 11-time world surfing champion. Holds the record as the youngest (at age 20) to win the title and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title as well. A living legend, an inspiration to millions of people, by far the best-known surfer on the planet and chatting with him blew me away.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His thoughts on longevity and making a career out of something you love – in his case, surfing in professional competitions for over 33 years
  • The importance of humility, respect, resilience, family and personal relationships
  • We spoke about doubt and setbacks and building mental-toughness, including his 2-3 year hiatus which was part of the 7-year gap between winning his 6th and 7th world title
  • His 10-year journey in creating the perfect man-made wave pool – what once was a dream is now a reality
  • I of course asked for his key tips for beginner-level surfers - for those that want to start, and there’s just an avalanche of quality insights in this interview – the list goes on.

 

So If you’re someone that’s interested in hearing the ups, the downs and everything in between – from a world champion, then this episode is for you.

I present to you … the hard-working, super humble, 11-time world champ ... Kelly Slater!

 


 

More on Kelly Slater can be found via the links below:

Kelly’s personal website

Kelly Slater Wave Company website

Kelly's menswear brand: Outerknown

Kelly’s Twitter: @kellyslater

Kelly’s Instagram: @kellyslater

Kelly on Facebook

 

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Jake Kassan, Co-founder of MVMT on humble beginnings and growing a business to $80+ million in revenue in four years

December 5, 2017
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This is episode #53. And today’s guest is the Co-founder and CEO of MVMT pronounced as ‘movement’. MVMT are a global – fashion, watches and accessory brand for millennials, that has sold over 1.5 million products. 


 

After almost failing out of high school and dropping out of college, our guest started this brand at age 22 while he was $20,000 in debt. Four years later, his brand has grown to more than $80 million in revenue and 4 million social followers.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His first t-shirt business while still in school and his action steps getting that off the ground
  • Then, his rise and fall in selling rave lighting and accessories
  • His advice for growing a business from $0 to $1 million within 12 months
  • And how MVMT watches all started.

 

So If you’re someone that’s interested in designing a product and designing a thriving business around it, then this episode is for you.

I present to you … the resourceful, determined and inspiring ... Jake Kassan!

 


 

More on Jake Kassan can be found via the links below:

Jake’s personal website

MVMT website

Linkedin profile

Jake’s Twitter: @jakekassan

Jake’s Instagram: @jakekassan

MVMT on Instagram: @MVMT

MVMT on Facebook

 

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Ayse Birsel on deconstructing and reconstructing to design the life you love

November 28, 2017
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Welcome to episode #52! Today’s guest is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Birsel + Seck, the award-winning design and innovation studio working with clients including Herman Miller, GE, Colgate-Palmolive, IKEA and Toyota.


 

She’s a highly experienced and sought after New York based designer. Is the creator of Design the Life You Love, a book and coursework that teaches designers and non-designers how to create a meaningful life using her design process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction™.

Fast Company identified her as one of the world’s most creative people and is on the Thinkers50 Radar List of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of organisations.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Her secret love for Karate
  • The most rewarding projects of her career – from toilet seats to car interiors to office spaces and furniture
  • How she handled the global financial crisis when clients no longer engaged her for work
  • And what a meaningful future really means.


If you are someone that’s ever been interested in using a design process to design the life you love, then this episode is for you.


I present to you ... the optimistic, imaginative and purpose driven ... Ayse Birsel!

 


 

More on Ayse can be found via the links below:

Aysebirsel.com

Birsel + Seck website

Design The Life You Love – Book

Linkedin profile

Twitter: @AyseBirselSeck

Instagram: @designthelifeyoulove

 

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Interested in becoming a developer?

All me to introduce … Treehouse! They are an online technology school, offering courses in web design and coding – from HTML, CSS, PHP to JavaScript, Python and iOS – in the space of web, mobile, and game development, taught by a team of in-house, expert teachers.

If you head to GiantThinkers.com/TreeHouse – they’re giving the Giant Thinkers community a 7-day free trial so you can try it out with no commitment.

On top of that, if you’re happy with the trial, and thereafter, continue learning on TreeHouse -- let me know and I will personally give the first 5 students a one hour Skype call coaching session, each -- for free.

So if you’d like to learn how to code, are interested in becoming a developer and are after the skills to get a job as one, pop over to GiantThinkers.com/TreeHouse

Lewis Howes on the story you tell yourself, the power of forgiveness and how to break through barriers

November 22, 2017
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Giants, welcome to episode #51! Today’s guest is a former professional football player who suffered a career-ending injury, and is now an international lifestyle entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, has a consistently top 100 podcast in the world and is the founder of a multi-million dollar online media company. In this episode he shares the struggles of negativity and loneliness, and how he re-discovered his vision and identity.



Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His journey from anger, resentment and loneliness to a more peaceful, liberated place

  • The masks that men learn to wear and how these can damage effective communication and in turn, relationships

  • We spoke a lot about our personal identity versus our personal brand

  • And … how we can all improve our emotional health.


If you or someone you care for has been struggling to break through internal barriers and struggling to forgive, then this episode is for you.


I present to you ... the giant in mind, body and spirit ... Lewis Howes!

 


 

More on Lewis can be found via the links below:

lewishowes.com

Linkedin profile 

Facebook page

Twitter: @LewisHowes

Instagram: @LewisHowes

Lewis's Youtube Channel

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Interested in becoming a developer?

All me to introduce … Treehouse! They are an online technology school, offering courses in web design and coding – from HTML, CSS, PHP to JavaScript, Python and iOS – in the space of web, mobile, and game development, taught by a team of in-house, expert teachers.

If you head to GiantThinkers.com/TreeHouse – they’re giving the Giant Thinkers community a 7-day free trial so you can try it out with no commitment.

On top of that, if you’re happy with the trial, and thereafter, continue learning on TreeHouse -- let me know and I will personally give the first 5 students a one hour Skype call coaching session, each -- for free.

So if you’d like to learn how to code, are interested in becoming a developer and are after the skills to get a job as one, pop over to GiantThinkers.com/TreeHouse

 

 

Dr. Jim Kokkinakis, expert optometrist on managing dry eyes and computer vision syndrome

November 6, 2017
00:0000:00

This is episode number 50! Thank you all for your support on the podcast journey so far. It has been a privilege to bring you 50 guests since starting mid-2015. In this episode we dig deep into an often overlooked topic, an area most of us take for granted, which is our eyes.


 

Our guest has been a top-practising optometrist for over 3 decades, and is one of Australia’s most experienced eye doctors. Currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, he has also lectured internationally on advanced contact lens fitting, dry eye treatment and computer vision syndrome.

He was one of Australia's first optometrists to be qualified in Ocular Therapeutics and is currently an active member of The International Society of Contact Lens Specialists, The American Academy of Optometry and Optometry Australia to name a few. He also runs a very popular practice in Sydney’s CBD on Market Street called The Eye Practice.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to manage the increasing epidemic of dry eyes, especially with our heavy use of digital tech
  • The importance of meibomian glands, and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (something I personally suffer from – you’ll hear about that in detail)
  • The misconception and dangerous overuse of eye drop products
  • And how to overcome blue light damage and eye strain (a big one for designers and anyone using a computer daily!)

If you’ve ever been interested in eye health and what to do to take care of our precious eyes, this is for you.

 

I present to you … the knowledgeable, easy-going and super dedicated... Dr Jim Kokkinakis!

 


 

More on Dr. Jim can be found via the links below:

Theeyepractice.com.au/Jim-Kokkinakis

Linkedin profile

Twitter.com/theeyepractice

Instagram.com/theeyepractice

The Eye Practice

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Interested in becoming a developer?

All me to introduce … Treehouse! They are an online technology school, offering courses in web design and coding – from HTML, CSS, PHP to JavaScript, Python and iOS – in the space of web, mobile, and game development, taught by a team of in-house, expert teachers.

If you head to GiantThinkers.com/TreeHouse – they’re giving the Giant Thinkers community a 7-day free trial so you can try it out with no commitment.

On top of that, if you’re happy with the trial, and thereafter, continue learning on TreeHouse -- let me know and I will personally give the first 5 students a one hour Skype call coaching session, each -- for free.

So if you’d like to learn how to code, are interested in becoming a developer and are after the skills to get a job as one, pop over to GiantThinkers.com/TreeHouse

Co-Founder and Principal of Meld Studios; Janna DeVylder on the materiality of service design

October 11, 2017
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This is episode #49! Our guest today is a Co-Founder and Principal at Meld Studios; an Australian design firm specialising in Service Design and Interaction Design. Her foundational beginnings stems from graduating with Honors in Psychology, Masters in Social Sciences, and starting in Information Architecture. Her career has been focused on humanising products and services down to the most detailed of interactions within them. She is an incredible woman, a mentor to me and many others, and I’m excited for you all to hear this.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Learning sign language from the age of 3 years old
  • How being inquisitive, feeling uncertain yet excited helped her navigate student-life and her early career
  • The definitions of design thinking, human centered design and service design
  • Brain activity versus gut activity
  • Her internal dialogue when faced with rejection and so much more.

If you’ve ever been fascinated by the collision of human behaviour and design, this episode is for you.

I present to you … the warm-hearted, generous and thoughtful ... Janna DeVylder!


More on Janna can be found via the links below:

Medium.com/@jdevylder

Meldstudios.com.au

Linkedin profile

Twitter.com/jdevylder

Instagram.com/jcybill

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.


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It’s been one whole year since releasing my second book ‘How To Get A Mentor As A Designer’. I released it in October 2016. As a one-year anniversary gift for you all, if you haven’t purchased the book but would like to, buy the paperback or ebook version by the end of October 2017, and I will send you the audiobook for free.

Head to Gettingamentor.com, take a screen grab of your receipt, email me at Ram@GiantThinkers.com and I will respond with the audio book version for you on the house.

CEO of Publicis Worldwide (AUS & NZ) Andrew ‘Billy’ Baxter on leading an organisation with 450+ people and 60+ major clients

September 14, 2017
00:0000:00

Welcome to episode #48! Our guest is the Chairman of Publicis Communications Australia and New Zealand, one of the largest communication agency groups in the region. He is also CEO of Publicis Worldwide Australia and NZ, with businesses specialising in advertising, digital, PR, CRM, activation, mobile, brand strategy and design. He leads over 450 people in an organisation that has over 60 major clients.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How he interacts with employees to unlock the best out of them
  • Advice on how to operate under pressure
  • His view on being a leader and how he leads such a massive amount of people
  • And why everything ties back to having a clear vision.

If you’re someone that aims to move into leadership in some capacity, this is for you. I’m certain that you’ll learn a ton -- from a person of this calibre.


I present to you … the highly respected, mover and shaker ... Andrew Baxter aka Billy!

 


More on Andrew 'Billy' Baxter can be found via the links below:

Billy's website

Linkedin profile

Twitter: @AndrewBaxter3

Instagram: @AndrewBaxter3

Publicis Australia website

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.


Want to see a glimpse into my USA tour?

I’ve been putting extra effort into my YouTube channel, posting vlogs of my last USA tour. They include my visit to places such as VISA, CreativeLive, AIGA, VaynerMedia and Squarespace.

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Oscar Trimboli, specialist coach in deep listening on how to listen beyond the words

August 25, 2017
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This is episode #47! Our guest is a specialist coach in deep listening. He's helped many individuals, to massive corporations; from Google to Microsoft to Universal.



The most powerful thing I personally got out of this interview was learning how to uncover meaning in dialogue from what’s said versus what’s unsaid.

 

Some of the topics we covered include:

  • How to listen deeply using the 5 levels of listening
  • The ideal ‘speaking versus listening’ ratio
  • Shadow listening styles to be aware of
  • And practical techniques to productively move the dialogue forward

 

This is a must listen for anyone that wants to truly improve the way they communicate, not just professionally (with your colleagues and clients) but personally (with your family, friends and loved ones).


I present to you … the calm, kind and wise ... Oscar Trimboli!

 


More on Oscar can be found via the links below:

Oscar's website

Linkedin profile

Twitter: @oscartrimboli

Instagram: @oscartrimboli

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Charbel Zeaiter, Co-founder at Academy Xi on UX design processes, VR, AR and the future of design

June 27, 2017
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This is episode #46! Our guest is the Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at Academy Xi. They teach groups and individuals in the areas of design and tech – but with a unique positioning and offering. Academy Xi specialise in teaching newly emerging disciplines such as virtual reality design, augmented reality design, service design and of course UX design as well.



As you can imagine, this gets me going because they aim to address the upcoming skills gap in technology and give students the practical skills to pursue new career paths. Actually, some exciting news that’s come out very recently is that Academy Xi secured $2.25 million dollars in a series A round funding, and they’ve only been around for a little over a year. Very impressive growth.

Now back to our guest, he started his design career in 1998. He’s helped iconic brands, eager startups and a broad range of organisations improve their ability to create long lasting relationships with their customers, by combining his belief in human centred design, research and collaboration.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The danger of assumption
  • Advice to anyone creating a product, service or a brand
  • Designing value systems
  • The process of elimination when solving complex problems
  • His Slideshare presentation titled ‘The Future of everything’ which has been viewed almost 400,000 times
  • And naturally, we spoke about where he feels design is heading.


I present to you … the bright, passionate and down to earth ... Charbel Zeaiter!

 


More on Charbel Zeaiter can be found via the links below:

Linkedin profile

Facebook profile

Twitter: @charbelxcharbel

Instagram: @Charbelxcharbel

Velvet Onion website

Academy Xi


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Dr. Carmel Harrington, sleep specialist for over 20 years on how to achieve better sleep

June 7, 2017
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Welcome to episode #45! Our guest is a former lawyer and educator who has a PHD in Sleep Medicine from Sydney University and consults with companies and educational institutions all over the world on sleep health. She’s an internationally recognised Doctor that has been working in the world of sleep for nearly 20 years.



She’s the Managing Director of Sleep for Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Children's Hospital Westmead. She’s also a founding member of the Sleep Health Foundation and a member of the Australasian Sleep Association. On top of that, she’s written two books ‘The Sleep Diet’ and ‘The Complete Guide To A Good Night's Sleep’.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The stages of a complete sleep cycle and how each affect our mind and bodies
  • How much sleep we actually need and why
  • The differences of sleep requirements for males versus females
  • How to naturally achieve better sleep
  • How to create a sleep plan
  • Her thoughts around power naps
  • What it means for those who snore, sleep talk, sleep walk or jolt suddenly, and plenty more.


I present to you … the warm, generous and intelligent ...  Dr. Carmel Harrington!

 


More on Dr. Carmel Harrington can be found via the links below:

Dr. Carmel’s website: sleepforhealth.net.au

Dr. Carmel’s LinedIn: click here

Blog post by Dr. Carmel: Are you getting enough sleep? 


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Musician Rachel Claudio on building electronic performances and the transcending power of sound

May 13, 2017
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Welcome to episode #44! Our guest is a European-based, Australian-born artist, composer, singer and producer. She uses electronic instruments and technology to create and perform masterpieces in real time, and has performed all over the world. She recently delivered a moving TEDx talk titled ‘how to translate the feeling into sound’ and is also a freelance lecturer in Creativity at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The various experiences of the composer versus the listener
  • The best tools she recommends for those wanting to experiment with electronic instruments
  • Her cover of Outkast’s 'Hey Ya' thats surpassed well over 2.5 million views
  • The time she took the plunge at 24 years old to live in Europe and the journey that followed dedicating everything to her art
  • And the process of simultaneously performing while envisioning the composition ahead of time.


I present to you, the stunning, soulful and exceptionally talented ... Rachel Claudio!

  



More on Rachel Claudio can be found via the links below:

Rachel's Facebook: click here

Rachel's Twitter: @RachelClaudio

Rachel's Instagram: @Claudiography

TEDx Perth Talk: click here

Full version of 'The Saddest ‘Hey Ya’ You’ll Ever Hear': click here

Rachel's Soundcloud: click here

Equipboard: http://equipboard.com

Ableton Live music software: https://www.ableton.com/en/live

 
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NOSHU founder Rachel Bajada on the reality of decision making, starting a business and creating a food product

April 8, 2017
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It’s a pleasure to have your company on episode #43! Our guest is the founder of NOSHU – Australia’s first food brand to be truly sugar free. Time Out Sydney included her as one of the top Forty Under 40.



What’s interesting is that she started her degree in Food Science, then did a pivot to Design (Visual Communications), she completed that, worked in the industry for a number of years, then moved to France for a while, and returned back to Australia to create the business. Her family history of diabetes and her struggle to find delicious, sugar-free foods became the catalyst to create her hero product, a healthy donut.

The International Anti-Additive Awards recently recognised her company NOSHU as one of the Asia Pacific winners for the 2016 Best of the year award.

The judging panel included Michelin Star Chefs, Nutritionists, Dieticians, Professors and Food Editors. Criteria involved presentation, taste, production and cooking process.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice when struggling to decide to stop pursuing something or to keep going
  • What surprised her most when launching a food product
  • Where to begin when in the research and development phase of making a food product
  • Cautions to be aware of before starting any business, and plenty more.


I present to you, the fun loving, hardworking and determined … Rachel Bajada!

 



More on Rachel and NOSHU can be found via the links below:

Rachel's LinkedIn: click here

Rachel's Twitter: @RachelBajada

Rachel's Instagram: @MadameRach

NOSHU's Twitter: @NoshuFoods

NOSHU's Instagram: @NoshuFoods

NOSHU website: Noshu.com.au

 


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Are you a designer or creative struggling to navigate your way?

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But if email isn’t your thing, add me on Instagram or snapchat, my handle is @TheGiantThinker -- it’s the fastest way to reach me and see my day-to-day activities.