Lauren Currie; named a top 30 women under 30 changing the world by ELLE, on challenging the norm and the power of confidence

August 10, 2016
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Episode #30 is now live on the air! I interviewed a Scottish designer, innovator, entrepreneur and TEDx speaker who describes herself as “an ambassador of people”. Her popular service design blog; redjotter.com has attracted over 350,000 readers and she is now the Head of Service Design at The Good Lab in the UK


Management Today named her as one of the UK’s top 35 business women under 35, and ELLE also featured her as one of 30 women under 30 changing the world.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Why fulfilment and finding meaning look different for every person
  • How the design industry and education providers can better work together
  • Encouraging diversity onstage through her social intiative #upfront
  • And why she believes that confidence is the key to unlocking most problems we face


I present to you, the super intelligent and wildly thought-provoking… Lauren Currie! 


More on Lauren can be found via the links below:

Website: http://www.redjotter.com
Twitter: @redjotter
Email: myredjotter@gmail.com
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#Upfront: 
http://weareupfront.com
Twitter: @Upfrontglobal

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Ilise Benun aka the Marketing-Mentor, on taking charge of your business and finding the right niche

July 21, 2016
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Welcome to Episode #29 Giants! Our guest is the founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, with 25+ years experience guiding self-employed creatives. She is the author of 7 books including “The Designer's Guide to Marketing & Pricing" and “The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money”


She’s also a CreativeLive.com instructor, the Program Partner for HOW Design Live and host of the HOWLive Podcast. She’s been featured on Entrepreneur.com, Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, HOW Magazine and more.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to find your niche and make it count
  • How to get paid what you’re worth from clients
  • Why having a proactive mindset is crucial to ongoing success 
  • How to identify ideal clients and nurturing those relationships
  • And how to ensure a steady income when freelancing


I present, one of the most impactful marketing leaders guiding the creative community, it’s none other than… Ilise Benun! 


More on Ilise can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @mmtoolbox 
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ilisebenun/
Website: http://www.marketing-mentor.com 
Creative Live Workshop: Click Here
Books: http://www.amazon.com/Ilise-Benun/e/B001H6UHA

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Danling Xiao of Mundane Matters on creating emotional sculptures and sensory experiences using natural ingredients

July 4, 2016
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Episode #28 is now live and ready to rock your ear buds! Our guest is a senior graphic designer and the brain behind Mundane Matters; known for creating beautiful and intricate masterpieces through humble fruits and vegetables


Her work has been featured in more than 30 online publications and TV channels, including Food Network (US), Huffpost (Japan), Mashable, Designboom, Trendland, Beautiful Decay, Design Taxi and many more.

Some of the things we spoke about include:

  • Why we should stop taking nature for granted and practice sustainability
  • How she has found creative freedom by being more relaxed
  • Why it’s important to find our purpose before anything else
  • And having that one special person to kick your ass!


I present to you, the creatively quirky, and colourful, Danling Xiao! 


More on Danling can be found via the links below:

Website: http://mundanematters.co
Blog post: http://mundanematters.co/a-practical-guide-on-quitting-your-day-job-and-living-your-passion
Instagram: mundane_matters

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Tina Roth-Eisenberg, Founder of Creative mornings, aka swiss-miss, said “it saves me a huge amount of time.” Forbes said it is “Incredibly user friendly”.

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Taj Pabari on being a 16 year old Founder and CEO of tech empire Fiftysix Creations

June 13, 2016
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Giants, welcome to Episode #27, where we chat to the 16 year old Founder and CEO of tech empire Fiftysix Creations; also known as the Lego of the 21st Century. 


Coined by some as “the next Steve Jobs”, he was exposed to his first school laptop in Grade 4, and started his first blog and entrepreneurial journey at the age of 11. He’s currently still a full-time high school student who runs his business by waking up at 4am every morning to connect with his team throughout Australia, the US and London.

Some of the things we spoke about include:

  • How he balances his double life as a CEO and Grade 12 student
  • Why it’s important to educate third-world countries about technology
  • How to up-skill with life fundamentals that aren’t taught in school
  • And insights on the jobs of the future


I present, the teenage entrepreneurial whiz shaking up the tech industry, Taj Pabari! 


More on Taj can be found via the links below:

Website: http://www.tajpabari.com
Fiftysix Creations: https://hellofiftysix.com
Taj’s LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/1NH55JN
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tajpmahal

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Do you need help getting a mentor?

I’m sure you all understand the importance of getting a mentor, but many just don’t know how to go about it. So my next book launching soon, will serve as a way to cut the guess work, get the shortcuts, see the blind spots, and succeed faster.

Head on over to GiantThinkers.com/Mentor to sign up to the mailing list for all the details of my upcoming book on Mentorship.

Robyn Wakefield, Australia’s female Yoda and veteran of the design industry for 30+ years, on staying relevant

May 29, 2016
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Welcome, to episode #26! If you’ve ever wanted to hear from a woman who was born in the 60s and started her design career in the 80s, has travelled the globe working with clients including Coca-Cola Amatil for 10 years building their brand across several continents, as well as working with some of Australia’s most successful corporate businesses such as QANTAS; then you’re in for an absolute treat. 


To this day she has worn all the hats you can imagine in the design space, from junior to mid to senior designer levels, all the way to Art Director, Executive Managing Director and now she is the business owner of an agency that’s been running for 16 years.

In this episode, we cover:

  • What the design industry was like three decades ago
  • How she’s adapted herself to stay relevant from the analog era to the digital age
  • But, why analog and manual processes are still so important today
  • Ways to up-skill yourself and be of more value to your clients
  • And why it’s crucial to engage with juniors in the industry.


I present to you, the tenacious, intelligent and wonderful Robyn Wakefield! 


More on Robyn can be found via the links below:

Website: Walterwakefield.com.au
Email: info@walterwakefield.com.au
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robynwakefield
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robyn.wakefield.35 
Snapchat: @robynwakefield

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Ted Leonhardt, master negotiator and former Global Chief Creative Officer, FITCH Worldwide on getting what you’re worth

May 18, 2016
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Welcome to episode #25! The guest joining us is a world-class expert negotiator for creatives and was the former Global Chief Creative Officer for FITCH Worldwide.


In 1985, he was the founder and CEO of the branding agency ‘The Leonhardt Group’, which employed over forty people and annually billed $10 million to clients including Nissan, Nordstrom, Charles Schwab, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft.

He’s also lectured at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts, is a contributing writer for Fast Company, and now brings decades of experience in helping creatives win negotiations and be in control of their professional survival and creative happiness.

I’m excited for you all to listen to this episode because (truth be told) negotiating pricing and salaries, and asking for what we feel we deserve can be difficult for all creative people – it certainly was for me when I started out. Our guest shows us how we can learn to negotiate with confidence.

In this episode, we cover:

  • 10 negotiation tips; from planning ahead, to getting as much as we can
  • Why we should never do work for free
  • How to instantly handle your emotions on the negotiation table
  • Why we should ask more and talk less
  • What to do with your first offer (and it’s not what you think).


I present to you, the wise, witty and empowering, Ted Leonhardt!!


More on Ted can be found via the links below:

Website: http://tedleonhardt.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TedLeonhardt

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tedleonhardt

I’ve also included the link to my Creative Live class, featuring Ted as one of my guests: 'Get The Design Job You Want'

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Do you want a central meeting place that connects people, information, and processes for you and your team?

It's called Igloo; modern cloud-based intranet software. You and your team have access to what they need, using tools they already know. Igloo has been recognised as one of the fastest growing technology companies in both Canada and North America, alongside names such as Tesla, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

If nothing else, you’ve got to see their very quirky 30 second video – head to GiantThinkers.com/igloo

Nelson Kunkel, Deloitte Digital’s National Creative Director on evangelizing the value of design

April 27, 2016
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Giants, here on Episode 24 we peek into the incredible mind of a professional creative problem solver, who also happens to be the Executive Design Director and National Creative Director for Deloitte Digital.


For the last two decades he has consulted with Fortune 50 companies, built agencies, created brands and shares with us his knowledge collected from a diverse range of experiences, including:

  • His top tips for getting your foot in the door at a design company
  • The power of sweating the details with your online and offline communication
  • His thoughts on why being ‘interested’ comes before being ‘interesting’
  • How your personality can truly contribute to an organization
  • His advice on starting any business
  • And his insights on augmented reality. 

He describes himself as “spending an obsessive amount of his life daydreaming about how to improve the world around him” … the humble and wise, Nelson Kunkel! 


More on Nelson can be found via the links below:

Twitter: twitter.com/NelsonKunkel
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/nelsonkunkel

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.


Do you want a central meeting place that connects people, information, and processes for you and your team?

It's called Igloo; modern cloud-based intranet software. You and your team have access to what they need, using tools they already know. Igloo has been recognised as one of the fastest growing technology companies in both Canada and North America, alongside names such as Tesla, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

If nothing else, you’ve got to see their very quirky 30 second video – head to GiantThinkers.com/igloo

Nike+ Design Director, Ben Fullerton on interaction design, channelling your creative voice and bringing it to life

April 10, 2016
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Today we are diving into episode number 23, where I chat with the Design Director for Nike+, who has worked across the realms of digital products, physical products, services and brands. He is best known for his interaction design work, and his CV includes the likes of Samsung, Twitter and IDEO.


His work has been recognised by:

  • BAFTA (the British Academy of Film & Television Arts
  • the Spark Awards
  • the Webbys
  • the Pixel Awards
  • and the Interaction Design Association’s Awards.


Has been published by:

  • Fast Company
  • Core77.


And presented workshops at international conferences:

  • including South by Southwest!

Whether you’re an emerging or established designer, you’ll get solid insights and practical advice here.


He shares his experiences with:

  • small and large companies
  • project challenges
  • on-the-job realities
  • health-tech wearables
  • and navigating your way through curiosity.

 

I now present to you, one of the great minds behind arguably the world’s most iconic sporting brand... Ben Fullerton!

 


More on Ben can be found via the links below:

Twitter: twitter.com/BenFu
Instagram: instagram.com/BenFu
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/benfl

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Are you struggling to get a mentor?

This year (2016) I'll be releasing my second book, titled 'How To Get A Mentor As A Designer, Guaranteed.' Cut the guess work. Get the shortcuts. Succeed faster.

To be notified on the launch, head to GiantThinkers.com/Mentor

The legendary Ric Grefé on listening, leadership and legacy via design to impact social change

March 28, 2016
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Our guest on episode 22 is unlike any other. His CV includes a broad range of accomplishments including working in naval intelligence during the Vietnam War, working as a journalist for the Associated Press, and contributing as a business writer for Time magazine. His most recent and significant contribution to the world of design has been his 20 year tenure as the Executive Director of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), where he was committed to advancing creative thinking from 1995 through to 2015.


The thing that astounds me is the profoundly unique way that he observes the world we live in. I guarantee that you will view design, and your ability to impact the world, in a whole new dimension. It’s an exciting and deep episode, so I won’t give too much away.

I present to you, the complex and poetic mind of the incredible Mr Ric Grefé.


More on Ric can be found via the links below:

Email: grefe@me.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ric-grefé-023237
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ricgrefe

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Daniel Flynn, Co-founder and MD of ‘Thankyou’ on donating 100% of profits to end global poverty; giving over $3.7 million to date

March 7, 2016
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We are pumping out episode number #21 with a guest who is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou. They make water, food and body care products, then give 100% of the profits to help end global poverty.


Their recent video was brought to my attention only a few days ago and I had to get this gentlemen on the show. I was so moved by their cause and impressed by their actions to bring their vision into reality.

As of January 2016:

  • They’ve given over $3.7 million dollars to people in need
  • helped get safe water to over 192,000 people
  • helped feed almost 90,000 people
  • helped the hygiene and sanitation of over 300,000 people.

I’m certain you’ll be inspired by this interview.

The man behind the incredible business and social enterprise success story, someone that has been a recipient of the Junior Chamber International 10 Young Outstanding People of The World Award, is none other than, Daniel Flynn!


More on Daniel can be found via the links below:

Chapter One Book: https://chapterone.thankyou.co
Thankyou Website: https://thankyou.co
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thankyouAUS
Instagram: @danielflynn88
Twitter: @danielmflynn

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.


Have you seen the app, that functions as a notepad-calculator?

It’s called Soulver. Just type your problem and Soulver shows you the answer. It’s smarter and clearer than a calculator, and quicker to use than a spreadsheet. Available for mac, ipad and iphone.

Plus, they’re giving listeners 20% OFF. The discount is already applied if you head to GiantThinkers.com/Soulver