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DO Lectures podcast with Gav Thompson

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The DO Lectures is the long established ideas event run out of a chicken shed in Cardigan Bay, Wales.

The DO Lectures podcast with Gav Thompson is our first venture into the podcast format, bringing to life some amazing and inspiring personal stories, discussing some of the hurdles and barriers our guests have had to overcome in order to achieve their amazingness.
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The DO Lectures is an ideas sharing event run out of an old cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales. In this series of DO podcasts, Gav Thompson chats to people about how they have achieved their amazing levels of success, as well as uncovering some of the despites that they have had to overcome to get there. In this episode, Gav chats to Penny Mallory, the first woman to ever compete in the World Rally Championship, despite claiming she was only a mediocre driver. As a child she saw alcoholism and mental illness destroy her family. Fleeing home at 14, homeless and fending for herself on  London streets, her life couldn’t have been more dangerous or bleak, yet somehow she turned things around, became a champion rally driver and went on to have a very successful career as a TV presenter, author and speaker. Penny is a qualified Coach, a licensed and accredited Mental Toughness Coach and Trainer, and Master Practitioner in CBT. She now helps people and companies with Mental Toughness. Please do have a listen, leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you.
The DO Lectures is an ideas sharing event run out of an old cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales. In this series of DO podcasts, Gav Thompson chats to people about how they have achieved their amazing levels of success, as well as uncovering some of the despites that they have had to overcome to get there. In this episode, Chris Moon MBE talks to Gav about his unbelievable life story. After leaving the army, David worked for the Halo Trust clearing land mines. In 1993 whilst working in Cambodia, he was kidnapped by the Khmer Rouge (one of the most brutal terror groups in history), but somehow he managed to survive. Two years later, whilst clearing mines in Mozambique, he trod on a mine, blew himself up and ended up losing his right leg and arm. Amazingly, less than a year after this terrible accident, Chris ran the London marathon with a prosthetic leg and arm, and less than a year after that he became an Ultra-marathon runner and completed the notorious 156 mile Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara Desert, in doing so he became the first amputee ultra-runner. Chris sums up the spirit of "Being Amazing Despite...". He has an amazing story and incredible resilience. I found chatting to him truly inspirational. Please do have a listen, leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you.
The DO Lectures is an ideas sharing event run out of an old cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales. In this series of DO podcasts, Gav Thompson chats to people about how they have achieved their amazing levels of success, as well as uncovering some of the despites that they have had to overcome to get there. In this episode, the co-founder of The DO Lectures, David Hieatt, chats to Gav about his road to becoming amazing (David's, not Gav's). David started his career in advertising, whilst being somewhat distracted by his obsession with sports brands. This obsession turned into his own skateboarding and biking brand, Howies. David and his wife, Clare, built Howies into a very successful and uber cool brand that they eventually sold. David talks about his regret at selling Howies at the wrong time to the wrong people and how that "despite" actually fed and led to the phenomenal growth and success of both The DO Lectures and his and Clare's brilliant Made in Wales jeans company, Hiut Denim Co. Dave is the reason that this podcast exists and the reason that I am hosting it. He has an unbelievable amount of creativity, wisdom and warmth, which I hope the listeners get the chance to tune into here. Please do leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you.
The DO Lectures is an ideas sharing event run out of an old cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales. In this series of DO podcasts, Gav Thompson chats to people about how they have achieved their amazing levels of success, as well as uncovering some of the despites that they have had to overcome to get there. In Episode 6 of Being Amazing Despite..., Gav chats to Philippa White. In 2004 Philippa left a career "flogging shit" in advertising in London to set up a social enterprise, The International Exchange (TIE), in Brazil. A leadership program where business leaders from the developed world can help tackle some of the bigger problems in the developing world The story of TIE is a major amazing achievement that Philippa is rightfully proud. TIE was doing very well and growing nicely. And then Covid struck, and the idea of business people travelling across the world to help developing charities on the ground became impossible. Facing the potential end of her life's work with TIE, Philippa managed to swiftly pivot the organisation and rebirth TIE as something new and brave (and potentially bigger). Please do leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you. Learn more about TIE at www.theinternationalexchange.co.uk
The DO Lectures is an ideas sharing event run out of an old cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales. In this series of DO podcasts, Gav Thompson chats to people about how they have achieved their amazing levels of success, as well as uncovering some of the despites that they have had to overcome to get there. In Episode 5 of Being Amazing Despite..., Gav chats to Caspar Craven. Caspar was running an unsuccessful business and was close to divorce when he had the genius idea to pack it all in and sail around the world for 2 years in a small yacht with his wife, who hated sailing and suffered from seasickness, and his 3 little children, aged 9, 7 and 2. This in itself is a very interesting, if slightly bonkers, story. But the amazingness of Caspar's story is actually how he managed to achieve such a monumental adventure and his learnings along the way, including overcoming himself and his habit of stuffing things up. Please do leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you.
The DO Lectures is an ideas sharing event run out of an old cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales. In this series of DO podcasts, Gav Thompson chats to people about how they have achieved their amazing levels of success, as well as uncovering some of the despites that they have had to overcome to get there. In Episode 4 of Being Amazing Despite..., Gav chats to James Shone. James was a successful teacher who in 2012 had just landed his dream job as a headmaster. Then, during a routine medical examination, doctors discovered James had a huge brain tumour. After 27 hours of surgery, James' brain tumour had gone, but so had his eyesight. He woke up after the operation to discover he was blind. Shortly after this, he also lost his job This story is about how James went from rock bottom to doing amazing things through setting up a charity, 'I can and I am', to inspire children and teenagers to a life of confidence and potential, despite being blind and unemployed. Please do leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you. https://www.icanandiam.com.
The DO Lectures is an ideas sharing event run out of an old cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales. In this series of DO podcasts, Gav Thompson chats to people about how they have achieved their amazing levels of success, as well as uncovering some of the despites that they have had to overcome to get there. Sue Perkins is one the the UK's best loved comedians, performers and TV presenters. She chats to Gav about her time as President of the Cambridge Footlights, about starting out in the industry with her best friend Mel Giedroyc and the road that led to her becoming the queen of the baked goods light entertainment juggernaut, Bake Off. They talk about her very honest and refreshingly human approach to travel shows and debate when one becomes a National Treasure. They also have a very revealing conversation about some of Sue's despites, such as her brain tumour and anxiety, as well as compare Dad dying stories. Please have a listen, enjoy, subscribe and review.
In this second episode of Season 2 of "Being Amazing Despite...", Gav chats to Eleanor Tweddell about being amazing despite losing your job. Eleanor talks to Gav about her new (rather timely) book 'Why losing your job could be the best thing that ever happened to you' (a subject very close to Gav's heart) and offers some tips and advice for anyone going through something similar. Eleanor founded Another Door, a club supporting people who have been made redundant or lost their job, when she was made redundant and had a feeling she wanted to do something other than corporate life. She has worked for organisations such as Costa Coffee, Virgin Atlantic, Vodafone - but it felt like it was time to change.  Feeling a little lost, she went to The Do Lectures, and she says we were the catalyst for her making the big leap into the unknown and starting Another Door. Eleanor's book is here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0241458978/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_VWSTFbN9EWQQH and Another Door is here https://www.anotherdoor.co.uk  Please listen, enjoy, review and subscribe. Show produced by George McDonagh. Music by James Morton
In this first episode of Season 2 of "Being Amazing Despite...", Gav chats to comedian and award-winning podcasting maestro, Adam Buxton. Adam Buxton is a comedy legend. Starting in the Adam & Joe show in the 90’s. Movie roles in Hot Fuzz, Stardust & Son of Rambow followed along with his own radio shows on XFM and 6 Music. More recently, he has hosted BUG, the very funny show on stage & Sky Atlantic that analyses music videos and their hysterical online commentary. Most pertinently, for the last 5 years has been hosting the Adam Buxton Podcast which has won many, many podcast awards and is generally considered to be about as good as podcasts get. Gav & Adam compare notes on their childhood obsession with snogging, how Adam first discovered David Bowie, the art of the brilliant podcast, Adam's alternative career prospects, and how he recently came very close to offending Robbie Williams.   Please listen, enjoy, review and subscribe. Show produced by George McDonagh.  Music by James Morton.
Here is a little trailer to announce Season 2 of The DO Lectures Podcast with Gav Thompson. Season 2 is entitled Being Amazing Despite... In this second season, Gav will talk to guests about their own amazing lives and careers, but paying particular attention to the things that they have had to overcome to achieve their amazingness - big and small, public or private, physical or mental, failures or small curve balls. Season 2 kicks off with episodes featuring  - Adam Buxton, comedian and podcast legend - Eleanor Tweddell, author of "Why losing your job could be the best thing that ever happened to you" - Sue Perkins, baking commentator, traveller and national treasure with many more to follow. Released every alternate Friday, starting on Friday 6th November 2020. Please listen, enjoy, review and subscribe. 
In the final episode of Series 1, Gav Thompson talks to Richard Mullender, Hostage Negotiator, about his job and about listening. Hard. Episode Seven - Hostage Negotiation Richard was the lead trainer at the UK police training school for Hostage Negotiations. He knows how to listen. He knows how to negotiate. He has helped negotiate international hostage situations and he has helped negotiate people out of suicide situations.   In summary, he knows how to negotiate and he knows how to listen. Have a listen to this. Richard has a fascinating story to tell and he helps teach Gav how to listen. Please listen, enjoy, subscribe & review
In Episode 6, Gav Thompson talks to Hector Boswell, 14, who was clinically diagnosed with anxiety when he was 10 years old. Episode Six - Childhood Anxiety Hector always knew he was different from most of his friends. He got nervous and anxious about stuff that didn't seem to bother other kids of his age. When, aged 10,  he finally told his mum, Polly, "Make these feelings go away", the family knew it was time to act. Hector has learnt to live with his anxiety and, remarkably, now talks very openly and publicly about how this condition feels as a child. Both Hector & Polly chat to Gav with real honesty and insight into how they learnt to live with the diagnosis, how it effects the family and how Hector has thrived in the 4 years since. Please listen, enjoy, subscribe & review
In this fifth episode, Gav Thompson chats to ocean adventurer, Arctic racer & compassionate leadership expert Manley Hopkinson. Manley has led a remarkable life and he has some amazing stories to tell. He started off his career in the British Navy, then moved to the Royal Hong Kong Police, before becoming an adventurer. Firstly, he skippered a yacht in the 9 month, 32,000 mile BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race.  And next Manley won the inaugural race across the Arctic to get to the magnetic North Pole. His record has never been broken. He hopes soon to be the first person to get to both magnetic poles, as his next planned adventure is to the magnetic South Pole. All that experience makes him very qualified to talk about his current work and area of expertise, which is leadership. In particular, compassionate leadership.  Please listen, enjoy, review and subscribe. Show produced by George McDonagh. Music by James Morton.
In this fourth episode, Gav Thompson chats to the trailblazing female technology entrepreneur Carrie Longton Carrie Longton became one of the first British female tech entrepreneurs when she founded Mumsnet in 2000. Mumsent went on to become the single largest British online community, with over 128 million page views a month and 15 million monthly users. In 2010 Carrie was awarded Red Magazine's Red Hot Woman Of The Year, and in 2013 she was listed 7th on the BBC's Power List of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. She chats to Gav about how she made it in the tech world, despite being a complete luddite and lifts the lid on how Mumsnet played a key role in the 2010 general election. Please listen, enjoy, review and subscribe. Show produced by George McDonagh. Music by James Morton.
In this third episode, Gav Thompson chats to the amazing female advertising entrepreneur Helen Calcraft. Helen Calcraft is one of Britain’s most successful advertising entrepreneurs. She has been the founder of two of Britain's leading advertising agencies, MCBD & Lucky Generals, both of which she set up, grew and then sold. In the often male-dominated world of advertising, Helen is a true female powerhouse. However, her personal crusade is perhaps even more astounding than her professional one. She has battled with cancer twice, dealt with an unbelievably difficult and traumatic pregnancy, and has brought up two fantastic daughters as a single working mum. In this episode, Helen talks with real honesty and candour about resilience and how she has managed to bounce back from everything life has thrown to her. We think it is a pretty inspirational story. Please listen, enjoy, review and subscribe. Show produced by George McDonagh. Music by James Morton.
The DO Lectures have a new podcast series entitled "DO Podcast with Gav Thompson". The first season is all about The Person behind The Story and The Story behind the Person and this is the second episode, entitled "Uncommon Conviction" with Johnnie Boden. Johnnie Boden is one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs. He has built his fashion brand, Boden, to be one of the largest privately-owned clothing businesses in the UK. Boden is currently the 3rd biggest selling British fashion brand in the US. Johnnie talks with real honesty and authenticity to Gav about his uncommon conviction and how, as an untrained designer, he managed to believe in himself and his vision and build up his empire from very raw beginnings in 1991 selling menswear to his friends to becoming the huge womenswear and childrenswear empire that it is today. Johnnie talks about becoming the next Gok Wan and his uncanny similarities to his old schoolmate, Boris Johnson. Please listen, enjoy, review and subscribe. Show produced by George McDonagh. Music by James Morton.
The DO Lectures have a new podcast series entitled "DO Podcast with Gav Thompson".  We have been releasing The DO Lectures in Podcast format recently, but we thought it was time to actually start making some podcasts that were, well, you know, actual podcasts. We have asked our old friend, Gav Thompson, to host these. Gav worked with David back in the 90's, has been a friend of the DO for ages and gave his own DO lecture in 2012. The first season is all about The Person behind The Story and The Story behind the Person and this is the very first episode, entitled "Self-Belief" with Tom Goodwin. Tom Goodwin is currently something of a marketing guru within the US, with over 750,000 followers on social media. He has recently pivoted from talking about the future of marketing to having some very outspoken views on Covid and the way the media reports on it. This has created a little bit of a stir, not least because some of his views are seen by a few as controversial (or contrarian...), which culminated in him getting very publicly fired a few weeks ago from a high profile job in New York.  Gav explores the route of Tom's self-belief and tries to probe a little deeper behind both what happened and why Tom feels this way. Please listen, enjoy, review and subscribe. Show produced by George McDonagh. Music by James Morton.
Mark explains how he came to run a small design studio and book publishing company. He provides us with a set of practical design principles (from his handbook 5 simple steps) that he constantly comes back to, changes and refines when he's working on his own projects. Web Designer and Founder of Mark Boulton Design & Five Simple Steps Publishing Mark is a designer, author, speaker and teacher from Wales. Founder of small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, he pushes pixels for the likes of Al Jazeera, CERN and ESPN, alongside that, he and his team publish books under the guise of Five Simple Steps – a small, scratchy independent publisher for web people. Mark regularly speaks at web design and development conferences such as SXSW, An Event Apart and Web Directions South. Despite living in Wales, Mark doesn’t own a small holding, keep bees, or walk to work. But, he’s working on it. — Recorded live at the global event in Cardigan, west Wales in 2013. Watch Mark's full talk here: www.thedolectures.com/talks/mark-boulton-embrace-change --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/do-lectures/message
Winky has been making photographs for as long as she can remember. She has made it her life’s work to capture the moments and moods of growing up. Living in Portland Maine with her husband and three children, Winky mostly shoots her kids, their games and the lives they lead in the West End of Portland and on Isle Au Haut, where the family spends its summers. — Recorded live at the global event in California, USA in 2016. Watch Winky's full talk here: www.thedolectures.com/talks/winky-lewis-take-some-ideas-off-the-back-burner --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/do-lectures/message
James Victore runs an independent design studio hell-bent on world domination. He is an author, designer, filmmaker and firestarter. His paintings of expressionist designs can be seen on ceramics, surfboards, billboards and supermodels. Recently described as “part Darth Vader, part Yoda,” Victore is widely known for his timely wisdom and impassioned views about design and it's placed in the world. He expresses these views and teachings through his numerous lectures, workshops, and writings. James’ work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in the permanent collections of the museums around the globe. His work was recently published in a monograph titled, “Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss?” Victore teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. — Recorded live at the global event in Cardigan, west Wales in 2012. Watch James' full talk here: www.thedolectures.com/talks/james-victore-in-the-particular-lies-the-universal-how-to-do-work-that-matters --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/do-lectures/message
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