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Welcome to, The Campus Experience: With Josh Farr. This podcast explores the fascinating world of student leadership with a focus on clubs & societies as well as ambassadorial, entrepreneurial & leadership programs.

I’m your host, Josh. This audio experience also documents my journey building Campus Consultancy. With unprecedented demand for our first of its kind program, I’ll show you how I am realizing the potential of connected & empowered student communities, by building Australia’s most recognized club & society entrepreneurial leadership program.

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Our next guest is Dr. Jo Newton, a 2018 Australian Financial Review Top 100 Woman of Influence & Chair of Youth Voices Leadership Team. Growing up in Melbourne, Jo was told at 16-years old that she was “too smart to study agriculture” before moving to regional New South Wales to enrol in a Bachelor of Rural Sciences at the University of New England. While an undergraduate, Jo stepped up to be the 2nd year representative of the rural science undergraduate society in 2009, the Treasurer in 2010 & join SIFE (now renamed to Enactus) from 2010-2015. Jo would ultimately go on to receive the University Medal & complete her PhD in Quantitative Genetics in Armidale at UNE. In this episode, I’m speaking with Jo about her experiences in club leadership roles as an undergraduate, what she learned about leadership & entrepreneurship, & discuss the impact she’s made to date.Top quotes from this episode:Saying thank you isn't enough for the opportunities you can have as a young person.In Australia less than 1 in 3 leadership positions are held by women. In agriculture its less than 1 in 7 leadership positions held by women.I got real world project management experience hosting an event for 300 people & bringing 20 companies to Armidale. These practical real-world skills help you stand out when you’re looking for a grad job.We’re a group of students. We’ve discovered that we don’t really know what we’re going to be next year & we’d like to change that. This is what we’re going to do.I said yes to any opportunity to get up in front of people. The nerves are still there & now I see them as a good thing. A colleague said, “The butterflies are a good thing, because it means I care & if I ever get up in front of people to speak & I don’t have that’s when I’ll worry because it means I’ve stopped caring.”If you equip a whole team & bring the whole team on the journey you are paying it forward by giving other young people access to opportunity & they pay it forward again & you have this amazing ripple effect.  Resources:Susan Cain’s TED Talk:é Brown’s TED Talk & Podcast with Tim Ferriss: Miki Quietly Powerful: with Enactus Australia CEO, Judy Howard:jhoward@enactus.orgConnect with Jo on LinkedIn: For more interviews with leaders like Jo, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy: Website: LinkedIn: To connect with our host, Josh Farr, connect on LinkedIn at Join us again soon!
Our next guest is Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist of Canva, one of Australia’s unicorn startups & an online digital design platform used by hundreds of student clubs across the country. Guy has done it all. Before he was working with Aussie startups, he was the chief evangelist of Apple, CEO of multiple companies himself & co-founded others.He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, has given TEDx talks, shared the TEDx stage with Dr. Jane Goodall & shared the South by South-West stage with Mark Cuban amongst others. Guy joins us on The Campus Experience to discuss his latest book, Wise Guy which has just been released today, February 26th, 2019!Top quotes (from this episode & Wise Guy):If serendipity presents an opportunity, don’t be proud. Take it.If a billionaire knight who owns an island and kitesurfs with Barack Obama can get on his knees and shine your shoes for your business, you can, too!As you make decisions in your life, more data is better than less, so traveling, living away from home, and meeting people with different backgrounds are all valuable. There are no perfect candidates – there are only successful candidates who made their shortcomings irrelevant.If you’re a boss, [ask yourself] are you offering employees a way to master new skills while working autonomously toward a meaningful goal?God’s gift for finding something in common with people is LinkedIn. There you can learn about someone’s education background, work experience, and social connections to you. It’s the best tool ever for finding something on which to agree.I made many mistakes in these positions, and I discuss them here so you can at least make different mistakes.Do what’s right. Influence comes with a moral obligation to stand up for your principles and to help less fortunate people.Resources:To learn all about the new book Wise Guy, visit: the Wise Guy: Guy on LinkedIn: more interviews with leaders like Guy, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy:Website: To connect with our host, Josh Farr, connect on LinkedIn by typing in "Josh Farr"Join us again soon!
Our next guest is Jim Whalley, South Australia’s Chief Entrepreneur. Before entering the business world, Jim joined the Royal Australian Air Force straight out of school where he was a pilot for 27 years. He then returned to complete his MBA at the University of Adelaide & in 2000 Co-Founded Nova Systems which he lead as CEO for 16-years, growing the business from 2 to 550 employees & landing on Top 20 fastest growing companies in SA, BRW Fast 100 & BRW “Best Places to Work.”Jim is currently Chair & Executive Director of Nova Systems as well as leading South Australia’s entrepreneurship model to support the South Australian Government’s new approach to economic growth. I joined Jim at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide & can’t wait to unpack his leadership & entrepreneurship journey & hear about his plans for the future of entrepreneurship in South Australia. Resources· Read about Jim’s view on making entrepreneurs heroes:· Follow Jim on LinkedIn: · Learn more about The Office of The Chief Entrepreneur:· “When you have a vision or a goal, it makes many of the decisions much easier.”· “My professor said…, ‘Think of something or fail.’”· “I’m into celebrating people having a go.”· “It’s just having an open mind, an enquiring mind & a logical mind that allows you to scan the environment & the landscape, see an opportunity & then look at how your capabilities match…”· “If you go too far from your level or expertise & confidence there is a high risk of it going wrong.”· “I think it’s great that athletes in Australia end up on the front page of the paper, but I’d also like those people that take a risk, that build businesses, that provide jobs, & do great things on a national & global scale that they’re celebrated as well & that they end up as role models for us.”· “We need to make entrepreneurs heroes & there is an obligation that goes with that & that is that entrepreneurs do good, not evil.” What's Next?For more interviews with leaders like Jim, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy:Website: free to connect with Josh on LinkedIn at Join us again soon!
On this episode of the Campus Experience, you will hear the condensed of a 2.5hr workshop that I ran for the Next Step Forum in Nigeria where 256 young Nigerian leaders came together to hear about my journey. By using a combination of Whatsapp voice messages & text responses to questions, we conducted the session so it was mobile compatible & internet friendly for those who didn’t have strong connection. They were so engaged & I wanted to share this with all our 800+ listeners as well as the students themselves so I’ve downloaded each of the audio clips, stitched them together & over the next 30-minutes you will hear 7 of the principles that have helped me buil­­d Campus Consultancy. It’s raw, it’s to the point & I hope there is something in here that can help you too! Enjoy!Principle #1 – SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS  PROBLEM: I didn't have any friendsSOLUTION: I got involved in "on campus life" e.g. clubs, societies, or groups like THIS, the Next Steps Forum. VALUE = social connection, support, growth etc. Principle #2 – SCRATCH YOUR OWN ITCH  Tim (as if I know him), is a NYT best-selling author, so he stared his first business based on a problem HE experienced. He turned what COST him money, into an opportunity. If you can solve a problem for yourself & others, that's valuable.Q: What's a problem you're facing & how could you solve it?  Principle #3 - ADD VALUE FIRSTTry to find a way to EDUCATE your audience on the problem you're solving. You don't have to be cheapest, that's only what you do when you have run out of creativity :D  Principle #4 = ONLY DO THINGS THAT GIVE YOU ENERGYWe all have our demons & things we have done wrong in life.THAT IS OK. We all have that. I focus on things that make my life better & the lives of others better. I see my different sources of energy as:1. Mental2. Physical3. Emotional (relationships)4. Spiritual (not in a religious sense)  Principle #5 = FOCUS ON OUTPUTS & OUTCOMES Outputs = what you produce e.g. sell 1000 books, take 500 students through a course Outcomes:1. Financial (jobs, profit)2. Natural (land, air, waste)3. Physical (Shelter, clean energy, water supply)4. Human (skills, leaders)  Principle #6 = SUBTRACT RATHER THAN ADD TO SOLVE PROBLEMSWhen I have a problem in my life, I used to say, "What extra thing do I need to solve this problem?"I've found that a BETTER QUESTION is asking, "What do I need to remove that's painful, a waste of time, or a bad habit that's causing me issues?" So I stopped. I subtract a problem rather than added in something else.I now, in my business do just 4 things:1. Present Programs2. Create Programs3. Sell Programs4. "Give"  Principle #7 = KEEP LEARNINGCheck out TED talks, Podcasts, Youtube or even renting books from libraries that are all 100% FREE.   For more podcasts, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy:Website:
Our next guest, is Mariam Mohammed: recent President of the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA), & in fact the youngest President in the 40+ year history of the organisation, where she managed a team of 17 staff, 28 councillors & a $1.6m budget to benefit ~25,000 post-graduate students . Alongside her co-President Kiriti, they lead an outreach campaign that resulted in a 632% increase in voting over two-years! Mariam is also the Founder of MoneyGirl, a social enterprise focused on making financial education more fun & accessible for young Australian women. She is brutally honest with her insights into why financial literacy is such a pressing issue, particularly for women due to the links to domestic violence. Top Quotes:· “We, as student leaders, come into positions that we may have never been in before…and then we discover… that the vision we have, or the vision our people have, are very different to what the organisation is willing or able to do.”· “Our strategy was essentially to have a community engagement strategy, which didn’t really exist before.” · “Figure out who it is that you want to engage, how are you going to do it & what is it that they need from you in order to engage with you.”· “If you think about yourself as the brand… I need to figure out who Mariam’s market is. I need to go through the exact same process for myself! Knowing how to map your stakeholders; knowing how to identify those gaps, knowing exactly who you are serving & why,… [is so valuable after your lifetime as a student leader & into your career].”· “I work very mindfully to make sure I don’t turn into a workaholic.”· “Recognise your guiding purpose.”· “Only 50% of Australians know very basic personal finance… That number goes down to 35% when you look at just Australian women… If you look at Australian youth that number goes down further to 24%.”  · “Financial literacy is a survival skill.” · “MoneyGirl is not just about financial literacy, MoneyGirl is about women’s wellbeing.”  · “We don’t talk about the bad or harder parts about building a business too often!” Resources:· Connect with Mariam via· Follow the MoneyGirl story via· Reach out to MoneyGirl on Twitter: @MoneyGirlAUStatistics:· “1 woman per week is murdered by her partner [current or former]  in Australia,” Data supported by White Ribbon website, original source: Bryant, W. & Bricknall, S. (2017). Retrieved from: you, or someone you know, is the victim of domestic violence, please utilise the free support services available at the White Ribbon website: more interviews with leaders like Mariam, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy:Website: remember to connect with our host, Josh Farr, on Join us again soon!
Our next guest is Mads Grummet, CEO of GirledWorld, an organisation that’s ewpowered more than 20,000 high-school girls lifting their aspirations towards careers in STEM. A passionate advocate for equality, Mads is the mother of 4-teenage girls herself & in this episode we cover everything from life as an early stage founder, changing careers & starting studying again, what it’s like to grow a business & how she thinks about leadership in the 21st century. For this episode, a big thank you (& huge love) to MYOB for providing us with a beautiful recording studio! Enjoy this episode & as always, let us know what you got out of it.#LifeIsJustABunchOfTuesdays … Don’t worry. That hashtag will make sense once you listen to the episode. Enjoy!Top Quotes:· “If I feel like something intrinsically is not sitting with me then I need to act.”· “[For teenage girls] It’s really difficult to know where to find role models.”· “Don’t accept systems as they are & don’t take status quo as the way things should be.”· “I don’t need to ask for permission.”· “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.”Note: Mads put a call out on social-media for teenage girls to share their stories about social media & received thousands of responses from around the world for the campaign, You Are Not Your Face. Keep an eye out for this book when it is released!Resources:· Check out her website:· GirledWorld WOW Summit 2019:· Wade Institute:· AIME leaving social-media:· Rufus Black – A strong leader & influence on Mads· Connect with Mads on LinkedIn: to know more about girledworld 2019?· read about the girledworld WOW NSW Summit here and here.· read about our 2019 girledworld Projects +Partnerships here· learn about our International Women’s Day 2019 National Program with Virgin Australia here· learn about our Future of Work programs with schools across Australia here· learn about the You Are Not Your Face global storytelling project by teens for teens here· watch this space for girledworld WOW Summit Geelong (Victori
Our next guest is Tony Nash, CEO of the 100% Australian owned company Booktopia. Tony went into business with a budget of just $10 per day. After their first year in business, Booktopia was selling more than $100,000 worth of stock per month, and now, more than 14-years later, employs 200+ people, sells a book every 6.1 seconds & in the last financial year achieved an annual revenue in excess of $110 million.On this episode of The Campus Experience, Tony & I will be talking about how his role as a leader has developed from bootstrapping entrepreneur to building a company that placed on the Australian Financial Review’s Fast 100 list 8 years in a row (the first & only company in Australian history to do so).Enjoy this conversion with the incredibly wise, Tony Nash!Top Quotes“I wanted to see the world before I started working.”“If you can ask good questions, then the quality of your life is impacted.”“If you want to slow down, just look to your left or your right & see where your competitors are. But if you want to go as fast as you can just look straight down your lane at a point at the very end & focus on that.”  “My style is empowering people, giving them the space to go after the goals they’ve set themselves.”“Things come out of left field. You’ve got to expect the unexpected.”“I had 200 LinkedIn messages [after the Success Resources talk] & I got back to everyone.”“We all have our light[sic] & our dark.”“I’ve done, probably, 500 days of professional development workshops [over 15-years].”“I was going on the downer [of the roller-coaster] with the handbrake full on. I eventually got there very slowly, but I had no momentum to go up the other side!”Tony’s Top Book Recommendations:· Richard Bach’s book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull· Kahlil Gibran’s book: The Prophet · Kenneth Blanchard’s book(s): The One Minute Manager Series· Paulo Coelho’s book: The Alchemist · Brené Brown’s book: Braving The Wilderness· Check out the full range of books available at Booktopia· Connect with Tony on LinkedIn:· Connect with our host, Josh, on LinkedIn: more interviews with leaders like Tony, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy.</
Our next guest is Jacob Masina, one of thirteen Board Directors at the University of Sydney Union, a not-for-profit body looking after more than 50,000 students, staff, alumni & who are responsible for the financial management & allocation of $29million. Prior to this role, Jacob was the President of the Sydney Arts Student Society (SASS) - the official Faculty Club for Arts and Social Sciences students at the University of Sydney. If you’re a regular listener, you will be familiar with Michael Hester, the University of Melbourne Arts Student Society President, so today, from beautiful Sydney we are hearing another perspective on what it takes to lead one of the largest student societies on campus as well as hear all about Jacob’s other leadership roles & experience. Top Quotes:“The ultimate question is balance.”“Google calendar is my bible.”“People don’t really know what direction they want to go, they know which direction they’re heading.”“Everybody has the capacity to know where they want to go.”“Empowerment is a leader harnessing their own potential & the potential of their community to encourage & lift up everybody to improve their environment so that everybody who is a stakeholder in that environment is having a better time… Entitlement tends to blind leaders to that vision… & pushes away the very community members who you said you wanted to take care of.”“The only solution to entitlement is empowerment.”Resources:School Paper Interview: Soit Interview: from Nelson Mandela: Australia – Reaching 100,000 students (Depression Awareness Campaign): Health Awareness Society (MAHSoc): Sinek TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” with Jacob via… more interviews with leaders like Jacob, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy.Website: LinkedIn: Join us again soon!
Our next guest is Afra Cader. As a student, Afra was Treasurer for her Residential Hall – Queen’s College – at the University of Melbourne as well as the National Treasurer for NAAUC – the National Association of University Colleges, where combined she oversaw $450k in annual expenditure. Afra is now a Management Consultant for PwC & works in preventative mental health care for Game Changers & Flourish Girl. It is my absolute pleasure to welcome my friend, the very impressive Afra Cader, to The Campus Experience. Top Quotes: “The journey that I’m on is figuring out what I really stand for & how I can bring my true self to wherever I go.”“Now, I’m looking at how I can … make what I stand for a non-negotiable & in doing so empowering all the people around me to do the same & step into what they really care about to make that change. That’s a stand & that’s the leader I want to be.”“My motto is regardless of how young you are, how much experience you have, what you’re doing, what your background is, where you grew up; you have the ability to influence change.”“Stepping into the unknown & trying new things out … was the biggest thing that helped me find myself.”“I had to be the best & what I’ve discovered over the past year that that traps me in such a big way… If I’m so fixated on being perfect, I’m not going to learn anything.”“Finance was where my skillset was & all these causes was where my passion was, & where I found a connection between the two was where I felt unstoppable & I find that it’s that intersection that when young people connect to, you’re able to do your best.”“I have had a lot of failures. I didn’t get into Melbourne Uni on my first go, I didn’t get into college on my first go, & that really shook me to the core & what that did was almost propel me to go in for the second time … when I got what I wanted in the end, I went in there with so much more drive to make a change & be a better version of myself.”“What’s really important is to realise that there’s nothing wrong with being uncomfortable & part of learning is being uncomfortable.”“Look at life as an experience & a way to have fun & enjoy it!”Resources:Connect with Afra via’s College, University of Changers Figures Like A Girl more interviews with leaders like Afra, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy.Website: LinkedIn: Join us again soon!
Our next guest is Zack Bryers, Young Australian of the Year ACT 2018. After going through his own personal journey of struggles, including experiences homelessness, PTSD & receiving more than 250 rejections from job applications, Zack’s ability to develop himself is remarkable. He served in the Australian Armed Forces in Afghanistan (2011) and only a few years later trained himself to play professional level American Football by watching Youtube videos and in just 17 months, earned his place in the #52 jersey on the Australia Team for the 2105 IFAF Gridiron World Cup. Zack then worked in youth outreach with homeless or at risk youth to help find them security, purpose & hope in life through Youthcare Canberra for 4 years before finding himself in 2018, starting his own business, Bryers & Associates Social Innovation Design. It was my absolute pleasure to interview Zack on The Campus Experience.Top quotes:“You don’t actually know what your limits are until you test them.”“Coming back from Afghanistan was way more intimidating than being in Afghanistan because you can’t control a lot of things in everyday life.”“I think the biggest challenge in life is not knowing where you’re going to end up.”“The conversation you have with yourself is often the hardest.”“After 170 [job rejections], I didn’t really know where I was going to end up. I forgot about my process. I had to rediscover that. Instead of playing the victim, instead of going, ‘Oh, I can’t get a job,’ [I started] doing something proactively to change my situation.”“Doubt creeps in even more when you’re not being genuine to who you are.”“I wanted to be as real as I could… but I also wanted to be employable… being stuck in those two worlds I did neither.”“I may go through this hard time but I can control my smile because that makes somebody else’s day better as well.”Resources:S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting:S = SpecificM = MeasurableA = ActionableR = RECORD BREAKINGT = Time-boundDr Van Der Kolk: with Zack at Bryers & Associates Social Innovation: more interviews with leaders like Zack, make sure you follow Campus Consultancy.Website: LinkedIn: Join us again soon!
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