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I was recently invited to speak by the social entrepreneurship platform  Impact Circles on the topic of storytelling. How can we become more persuasive storytellers? How do we adapt the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves? Why is finding your 'WHY' so important? As Dr Jim Loehr so eloquently put it: "The power broker in your life is the voice that no one hears. How well you revisit the tone and content of your private voice is what determines the quality of your life. It is the master storyteller, and the stories we tell ourselves are our reality."I'll continue to share these shorter soundbites, in-between regular guest episodes, in the hope that some of you find them helpful.  Home of the podcast:Coaching & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.comLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionIG: @michaelxcampion
"Don't sell your soul because you can't buy it back. Selling out is something I just can't do."My guest this week is Justin Fornal and I’m incredibly lucky to have him. He’s someone who has lived and continues to live such an exciting and technicolour life that he very much resists categorisation. To describe Justin as an international explorer, cultural detective, award winning writer, filmmaker, culinary celebrity, and extreme athlete is about as close to the mark as you’ll get. In 2018 Men’s Journal simply ranked him as the #3 most adventurous person in the world. As a cultural detective, in search of secret societies, lost rituals and ancient talismans, he has travelled to the far corners of the earth, living with hunter-gatherer tribes, meeting with witch doctors who (still to this day) believe in human sacrifice, and taking part in ritual exorcisms, so just be aware that some parts of our conversation are not for the squeamish or faint-hearted.   Everywhere Justin goes, he always sets off with a deep respect for each culture that he interacts with, and sharing whatever he finds with integrity and a real commitment to the truth of a place, not adherence to institutional narrative. He is the Co-Founder of the History, Arts, & Science Action Network (HASAN) a non-profit organization that focuses on relic repatriation, historic justice, and documenting vanishing cultures. He’s also the co-host of TV show UNEXPLAINED AND UNEXPLORED, alongside one of my previous guests Emiliano Ruprah, a show that has been airing on the Discovery Channel and Science Channel since 2019.Justin has also written extensively for National Geographic, VICE, The Explorers Journal, and Parts Unknown. I strongly recommend you read some of his articles which I’ve linked to below. He is also an extreme open water swimmer and having swum 100 miles around the Whisky Island of Islay on Scotland’s freezing West Coast, he is currently planning the longest unassisted swim in history for Summer 2022.  The GREAT ARCTIC SWIM will be the first attempt to swim from Canada to Greenland across the Nares Strait. Truth is, unless there’s a documentary made about his life, I’m not sure one CAN do Justin Fornal justice. The sheer depth and breadth of his experience makes keeping pace with him an impossible, yet very very enjoyable and joyous task. He truly is larger than life and a real polymath in every sense of the word. We start the conversation with him lighting up one of his rare pipes collected on his travels, before journeying through his culinary, cultural, and sporting adventures in that order. I hope that you find this conversation as interesting as I did.Links: @justin_fornal Homes, Atlas ObscuraHome of the podcast:Coaching & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.comLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionIG: @michaelxcampion
If you watched the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, or you're one of my listeners in Hong Kong, Siobhan Haughey will need absolutely no introduction as she is essentially a national treasure and the most recognisable celebrity in the country right now. Siobhan made sporting history last year,  winning two Olympic Silver Medals in the 200m and 100m freestyle events.  Not content with that she stormed to a new World Record in the 200m freestyle at the 2021 World Short Course Championships. As a general rule I prefer to have guests who are a bit longer in the tooth. People who are further along in their journey through life. Age is not a proxy for accomplishment, but there is something to be said for having done a few more laps around the sun. However, there are exceptions to every rule and this 24 year old is certainly one of them. The chance to learn from someone who is at the absolute peak of their profession so early in life, and a role model to millions, is an opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up. She retains the infectious positivity and optimism of youth that makes her so likeable, but there’s also a very mature head set on those young shoulders. She’s given countless interviews since taking the podium at Tokyo 2020 and I wanted to make sure that this conversation had no sponsors, no corporate agenda, and that it went a little differently. I wanted to take a couple of off-ramps that might reveal a different side of her. I think that we succeeded. I thank Siobhan for being so open and generous in sharing how she is developing her inner game. Join us to find out what motivates this Olympian and what she is most proud of... Links:IG: @siobhanhaughey01Wikipedia Home of the podcast:Coaching & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.comLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionIG: @michaelxcampion
“I only loved doing well. I never really allowed myself to enjoy it. Enjoyment came through performance and feeling like I contributed to the team. If I didn’t perform well I felt a huge sense of emptiness. I felt insecure. I felt pretty damn fragile a lot of the time.” My guest this week is Nick Compton, former first class cricketer and England’s opening batsman. Nick had an excellent first class cricket career, making 194 appearances and clocking up 12,168 runs. He represented England in 16 Test matches, scoring back to back centuries against New Zealand, and was part of the dynamic duo with Alistair Cook that famously beat India on their own patch for the first time in 28 years.  The cricket and football fans among you will no doubt recognise his surname, the entire Compton family has huge sporting pedigree. His Grandfather Denis is sporting royalty, famously playing both cricket AND football for England and Arsenal, was one of the finest cricketers to ever walk the planet, and has a stand at Lord's named after him. Nick and I became mates at Durham University back in 2002 where we lived on the same corridor and despite not having been in touch for ages, I was delighted that he accepted my invitation to come on the podcast. He has had an exceptional career and been in the limelight for much of his life. More recently he has been spending more time behind the camera lens rather than in front of it, so I wanted to hear about his burgeoning professional photography career too and future plans. Nick and I talk about what it takes to reach the top of elite sport, we talk about peak performance, mindset and visualisation, we talk about growing up in the shadow of greatness. He also generously shares the difficulties that he’s facing as he transitions out of sport, when his identity and self-worth have been so tightly wound around this one profession for so long. I’m very grateful to Nick for not holding back and rendering himself somewhat vulnerable by revealing the various challenges he’s faced with his mental health over two decades. I know that he would have it no other way, but it always makes for a better episode when high-profile guests bring their authentic selves to the table. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Links:IG: @nick.comptonTwitter: @thecompdog Highlight Reel: of the podcast:Coaching & Speaker Profile: www.michaelxcampion.comLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionIG: @michaelxcampion
"The first question you must ask yourself is - do you believe, or do you not? If you do believe - are you doing everything that it takes? We believe that if you’re in, you're in. With all of the consequences."So many great answers on this podcast, but so many great questions to sit with too. The way in which Manuel has built up Pirata Group over the years has been truly impressive to watch. Even more so when you realise the consistency and integrity that runs through everything he does. There's something very special about sitting down in a restaurant when there's nobody else around.  Just you, the owner, a bottle of Malbec and honest conversation. We cover so much ground in this one, from his early rap career to getting fired as a dishwasher, how to scale culture, optimising for kindness, day architecture, the infinite game, why he always wins twice,  the 80/20 principle, and how pictures and notes from his journal manifested into the restaurants you see today.Whether you're a food lover, entrepreneur, business leader, or just someone looking for more motivation to attack the day, there's plenty of gold in here for everyone. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!Shoutouts: IG: @piratagrouphk IG: @manuelpiratahkLinkedIn: @manuel-palacioHome of the podcast:LinkedIn: @michaelxcampionIG: @michaelxcampion'Thursday Thoughts' & Speaker Profile:
If there was one man I wanted to have on the show in the first week of January, right when people are busy making New Year’s Resolutions and setting health and fitness goals, then it was the man who whips superheroes like Wolverine and Deadpool into shape. He’s built like a Greek god, runs an ever-expanding health and fitness empire, is a loving family man, and possesses a rolodex that’s the envy of most people in Hollywood. His list of clients past and present is frankly ludicrous: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Sebastian Stan, Jake Gyllenhall, Emily Blunt, Cindy Crawford, Anne Hathaway just to name a few. More importantly, Don Saladino is a man who loves to help and finds joy in serving others. He’s a natural giver, not a taker, which is a large component of why he’s enjoyed the success he has. The celeb clients are a nice draw for the podcast, sure, but they’re really just an indicator from the marketplace that the man is good at what he does, that he adds value, that he really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to strength and conditioning. More importantly, I know firsthand that the guy has a big heart, he’s opened up his home to my family when he didn’t need to which speaks volumes to the kind of man he is, and anytime you come across someone with that blend of kindness, positivity, and discipline, there’s always lessons worth unpacking.A well-known celebrity trainer, Don founded Drive 495, has graced the cover of the iconic Muscle & Fitness Magazine, is on the advisory board of Men’s Health Magazine, and has appeared in the media countless times on the likes of Cosmo, People, US Weekly and the Today Show. He and I talk about the fundamentals of patience, passion, consistency, and plenty of hard work. Lots of hard work. Shoutouts: @donsaladino Instagram: @jenny.campionInstagram: @fourfoxsakeofficialInstagram: @ouraringHome of the podcast:LinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @playingtheinnergamewww.michaelxcampion.comWeekly Newsletter  'Thursday Thoughts'
*Turn the tables episode* This week sees a slight change in your regular programming as I vacate my usual role as host, and take on the role of guest. Historically, there have been other opportunities to record this type of episode but it never felt quite right. However, when an old friend of mine Jason Mountford got in touch to say he’d love to catch up and have me appear on his Spotify UK Top 20 Business podcast called The Hedge, previously known as The UK Money Podcast, I was very happy to oblige and accepted the invitation without hesitation. I think Jason did a wonderful job of probing the right areas for conversation, and I thank him for deeming my inner game, worthy of further exploration.Let me know what you think of the gear change, but either way Playing The Inner Game will be back to its regular format later in December, where I’ll be bringing you more incredible entrepreneurial and inspirational guests that we can all learn from. Links:Youtube Trailer - The 3 Pillars for Achieving Wealth & Happiness w Michael Campion - The Hedge PodcastHome of the podcast:LinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampionWeb:  www.michaelxcampion.comWeekly Newsletter  'Thursday Thoughts'
My guest this week is Tess Collins - a brilliant singer and songwriter who has most recently been the artist in residence at Carlyle & Co, the exclusive private members club that sits atop The Rosewood Hotel. She grew up on a lumber yard in rural Maine and followed the big city lights all the way to Hong Kong over a decade ago. She has performed all over the globe - everything from Canadian jazz festivals to London Clubs, to the Beijing Olympic Stadium. From 5 Star Hotel Lobbies to partnering with BMW, Chanel and Estee Lauder. She’s shared the stage with Ne-Yo, Coco Lee, and opened for the legendary Dionne Warwick. That's all well and good, but to read her accomplishments from the page does nothing to prepare you for the force of nature that is Tess Collins. To see and hear her perform live, on stage, is really the only way to experience the full extent of her magic. There are singers, and then there are artists. Tess belongs firmly in the latter category. My goal for this conversation was to capture a small piece of that magic through the spoken word. I hope that I’ve succeeded. My biggest takeaways from this chat with Tess? The importance of compassion, connection, and confirmation (if it were needed) that all great art is born from a place of sensitivity and vulnerability.  Our biggest superpower lies right next to our deepest wound.This episode is also very special because it is book-ended by a sneak preview of her upcoming single which has not yet been released. The single is out soon and is called “Sober”. Links:Instagram: @tesscollinsmusicWeb: LinkedIn: tesscollinsmusicSpotify: Choosing HappyFeatured Single: "Sober" (release date tbc)Home of the podcast:LinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampionWeb: Newsletter  'Thursday Thoughts' Cameron - "Remembering" carlyleandco
My guest this week is the brilliant comedian, Jocelyn Chia. The speed of her ascent in the comedy world has been impressive to watch, given that she had absolutely zero involvement in the world of stand-up before 2014. She’d barely watched any stand-up let alone performed on stage, which makes her opening for the legendary Bill Burr last month even more impressive. As well as having appeared on AXS TV, MTV and Comedy Central, she’s rapidly gaining recognition in industry circles and is becoming a firm favourite on the New York circuit where she holds down a regular spot at two of the city’s most iconic clubs, the Comedy Cellar and Gotham Comedy Club. Only a few days ago, Jocelyn was also chosen as the face of comedy for the new NYC campaign celebrating the reopening of New York's arts scene, alongside some Broadway legends.Born and raised in Singapore, Jocelyn gave up a high flying career at law firm Weil, and later as a management consultant, in order to pursue what she felt to be her true calling. Chatting with comedians is always good fun and if any of you feel like you might have a true calling that you’ve been ignoring up until now, this conversation might be just the motivation you need to start walking that path. Links:Instagram @jocelyncomedy of the podcast:LinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampionWeekly Newsletter  'Thursday Thoughts' Cope - The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True CallingJason LeongSam MorrilTJ Miller in Silicon ValleyAziz AnsariAnthony JeselnikAli WongJerry Seinfeld
Professional golfer, Zane Scotland grabbed the attention of the media in 1997, when he was hailed as Britain’s answer to Tiger Woods at age 14. A year later he was a scratch golfer and in 1999 at just 16 years old, Zane became the youngest English player ever to qualify for The Open Championship. He was Europe's #1 amateur player and represented both England and GB & Ireland. As well as progressing to the European Pro Tour he also holds a record 11 wins on the MENA tour. Zane now runs his own golf academy, based at The Wisley in Surrey, England. He also works as an expert analyst on Sky Sports and is a brand ambassador for Callaway. There are some great sporting anecdotes and stories in here, so golf fans will hopefully love this podcast, but this episode is not just about golf. It’s about mindset, it’s about race and identity, it’s about using the feeling of being an outsider as fuel. We discuss dealing with injuries and setbacks, the reality of borrowing money from your parents, driving through the night, cheap airport motels, and buying golf shirts on a maxed-out credit card before making your big breakthrough. It’s also about the power of goal setting, visualisation, and creating your own reality.I love golf, so I won’t apologise for getting excited about this one and milking it for coaching tips. But I was cognisant the entire time (as I am with every pro athlete on the podcast) that I should look for patterns to parlay into self-development, business, and life lessons more generally. I wanted to steer him towards topics and motifs that bleed into others. How can we extract the general from the specific? What can we learn over here that also applies over there? Playing the Inner Game is all about mentality. It’s about adjusting the aperture through which we view life’s events, and in that regard, I think Zane absolutely delivered.Links:Instagram @zanescotlandgolfTwitter @ZaneScotlandYoutube Vodcast of the podcast:LinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampionTop Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts' WisleyGrant Cardone - Be Obsessed or Be Average
Peter O’Hanlon is a well-recognised sports presenter with one of the best voices in the business. His commentary has been featured on major channels like Sky Sports, Fox Sports, Eurosport etc and his passion for the sport of rowing has taken him all across the globe.  Most recently, he achieved his long-held ambition of receiving a prestigious invitation to provide commentary for the Olympic Games. I caught up with Peter as he returned from a very strange games in Tokyo, to recount how he accidentally fell into the world of sports presenting over 10 years ago. He’s a good example of someone who has created their own luck, who has diligently honed their craft, and someone who has turned opportunities into passions. He’s such a great presenter and I wanted him to help unpack some of the mystery that surrounds great communicators. There is a tendency to look at people in the spotlight and ascribe to them some mystic, innate talents that have eluded us. Hopefully, someone who is as polished as Peter is will help demonstrate that real life is much messier, and prove that when we see a flawless live performance on TV (athlete or presenter) we are only seeing the final rep. Not the thousands of reps performed in the dark.You’ll know by now that I always enjoy finding guests who wear double hats and “Corporate Peter” holds a serious job with HSBC as a Digital Transformation Director having joined the bank in 2019 as their Global Head of Methods and Capabilities. Prior to that he held senior leadership roles at the Lloyds Banking Group. We talk about how these two parts of his identity feed and complement one another, as well as his most helpful habits and guiding formula for success.Links:Instagram: @pdohanlonLinkedIn of the podcast:LinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampion Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts'
Emiliano Ruprah joins me on the podcast this week. Born in Mexico to an Italian mother and an Indian father, he grew up in Washington DC.  He is an explorer, adventurer, writer, tv presenter, and documentary filmmaker, who continues to walk the path less travelled. He has traveled to some of the most inaccessible places on earth, documenting wildlife, conflict zones, and vanishing cultures for the likes of Discovery Science, Smithsonian, National Geographic and Atlas Obscura.Emiliano has managed to retain the sense of wonder and intellectual curiosity that this world needs more of, and he’s got so many interesting stories that we could likely fill several episodes. I caught up with him just after he landed back in the US, having returned from some time in the rainforest tracking the movements of endangered Jaguars. Most notably, his latest documentary on epic animal migrations called NOMADS, which he directed, received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography. I was lucky enough to watch it, and if you’re a fan of famous programs like BBC’s Blue Planet or any of the David Attenborough specials, you’ll love NOMADS too.I hope that you enjoy listening to Emiliano speak to all the inner work he has done, all the interesting places that he has seen, and all the lessons he’s learned on his travels across the globe. Links:Instagram: @emilianoruprah TrailerWar Tourist FilmOscura Productions Writing: Home of the podcast:LinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampion Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts'
It’s been 1 year since the podcast began, and I’m giving myself a moment to pause and reflect. 25 episodes released. 35 hours of conversations captured. Close to 100,000 downloads across a total of 111 countries. Hosting this podcast has definitely enhanced my 'inner game', and my biggest wish is that it’s done the same for you. By happy accident rather than design, I have discovered that I now carry each guest with me. I wear their words like talismans. Out of nowhere, I’ll find that something they said will come to me when I need it most. This show really is the gift that keeps on giving.There are some of you out there that have listened to all 25 episodes and walked with me every step of the way. For that I am incredibly grateful. In most cases, you haven’t listened to every guest, and that’s ok. There’s only so many hours in the day, after all.  To try and mitigate against you overlooking an absolute gem due to me writing a shoddy headline, and you being deprived of someone who might provide you with inspiration (or consolation) when you need it most, I thought it wise to share one passage from every episode, all in one convenient place. I’ve taken 3-4 minutes of each guest, so that you get a flavour of what they’re about. It’s not necessarily, objectively, the ‘best’ part of that conversation, if such a thing even exists, but each soundbite is a window into their thought processes, and one that, to me, reveals something humorous, motivational, or profound. Each clip is designed to be a soundbite in the most literal sense - something so tasty that it stimulates the appetite for more. If nothing else, consider this the equivalent of a Greatest Hits Album, a Greatest Goals or Highlights compilation that can be enjoyed in and of itself. I hope that you enjoy this stroll down memory lane and I'll be back with a fresh guest for Season 2 very soon. A big thank you to my listeners for your support so far. I love and appreciate you all.Home of the podcastLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampion Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts'
Simon Jablon is the Owner and Creative Director of Linda Farrow. Simon’s mother (Linda) was a fashion designer in 1970's London, whose brand of luxury eyewear quickly rose to acclaim. However, the demands of raising a young family meant that her emerging business took a back seat and eventually lay dormant for 20 years. Simon was fresh out of university when his parents asked him to clear out an old commercial warehouse in North London. It was there and then that he discovered boxes upon boxes of pristine vintage sunglasses that the family had completely forgotten about. His eyes lit up at the quality of what his mother had produced decades earlier, and despite close to zero industry knowledge or experience, he vowed to breathe new life into his mother’s creations. This was back in 2003 and today, Linda Farrow is one of the most respected luxury eyewear brands in the world of high fashion, with flagship stores in some of the most valuable real estate in the world. Their designs are worn by everyone from Lady Gaga, to Beyonce, to Rihanna.If you’re not well-versed in the fashion world or the luxury goods space, do not worry. It doesn’t matter. This podcast is a brilliant entrepreneurial story and it strikes at the heart of what it takes to build a brand from the ground up. From forgotten treasures in a dusty warehouse,  to a business of global significance. It’s about passion, drive, and walking the delicate knife-edge...that blurry line between greatness and lunacy. I like to think of all creative work as an act of violence. To bring anything new into this world is a violent act. For it to be born and then not just survive, but thrive against all odds, requires an enormous amount of force, and this man is force of will personified. There is some sound advice in here for budding entrepreneurs, plenty of humour, and it’s just a wonderfully relaxed and open conversation. It’s a candid portrait of someone who exudes passion for what they do, in a way that only founders can.Links: @lindafarrowNylon Magazine ArticleHome of the podcastLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampion Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts'
My guest today is Robyn Lamsam, a former Olympian and holder of 21 National Swimming records. She was a silver and bronze medallist at the 1994 Asian Games and received the Badge of Honour from Queen Elizabeth II herself back in 1997 in recognition of her achievements and contribution to sport in Hong Kong. Robyn qualified for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona at the tender age of just 14 years old. Anyone who has competed on the world’s biggest stage, at an age when most of us are awkwardly stumbling through puberty and achieving nothing of note, is worth talking to. Anyone who has lived and breathed that elite performance mentality is worthy of further examination. What does it take to achieve one’s maximum potential? What are the sacrifices? What are the principles and habits that are transferable to business and just everyday life? She was also a star pupil of the legendary coach and Hall of Famer, Bill Sweetenham, who led Australia, Great Britain, and Hong Kong across 5 Olympic games, smashing records wherever he went. There's a link to Bill’s Life Lessons in the show notes below and if you are a business leader, a coach, a manager of people in any context whatsoever, it’s required reading.  The man is a genius and Robyn has some great stories to tell from working under him. No less importantly, Robyn has also gone through some tough times as a mother and parent. Finding people who are willing to be vulnerable in public and shine a light on one’s emotional and mental health is always valuable. If I can sum up the narrative arc of this podcast, I’d say that it pulls on 3 main threads: Firstly, it is about discipline, desire, determination. The elite mindset. Secondly, it’s about coaching, leadership, motivation. How to manage people.And thirdly it’s about positivity, gratitude, resilience. How to deal with adversity. Framed in this way, I believe there are lessons in here for everyone, sports fan or not. Links: @robynlamsam of the podcastLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampion Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts'
"The starting point always has to be truth. How do we tell the truth about ourselves, and how do we do that in a compelling way?"Bob Sheard is the Founder and Co-Owner of FreshBritain, aka The Brand Vision Company. To characterise FreshBritain as just another Brand Design Agency or Creative Agency doesn’t really do them justice. FreshBritain are the absolute tip of the spear when it comes to redesigning and repositioning some of the world's most iconic brands. I’ve likened Bob to the invisible hand behind the scenes...quietly controlling the narrative, nudging each brand he works with, back towards their true north. Over the last 20 years he’s worked with giant Private Equity Funds, celebrities like Bear Grylls and Al Gore, and countless iconic brands such as Nike, Levi’s, 2XU, Doc Martens, Ben Sherman, Converse, Renault, Arc’teryx, and New Balance, just to name a few. Bob has this masterful command of the English lexicon, mixed with a salt-of-the-earth Yorkshire accent that I find very pleasing on the ear, and he is very funny to boot. All of which makes for an excellent podcast, and there are many great stories from his life and career here that anyone will find interesting, not only those working in advertising, branding or marketing. We discuss some of his favourite pieces of client work such as, the time he got a phone call from the President of Levi’s saying “Hey Bob, we need you to un-f**k Levi’s for us”. We also discuss why we respect Novak Djokovic but we love John McEnroe, how COVID has changed consumer behaviour and brand behaviour for good, and how we might think about re-designing a new world order. As always, we end the podcast by talking about habits, principles, and words to live by.LinksFresh BritainLinkedIn: Bob SheardFreshBritain WebsiteFreshBritain TestimonialsInstagram: @freshbritainHome of the podcastLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram: @michaelxcampion Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts'
Richard Koch is an entrepreneur and prolific author, his seminal work, 'The 80/20 Principle', is one of the most successful business books of all time, and has been translated into 30+ languages, selling well over 1+million copies. In essence, the book is about how to achieve more with less. It’s about recognising the asymmetries between inputs and outputs. 80% of your revenues stem from 20% of your customers. 80% of your happiness is derived from 20% of your activities and relationships. It’s all about focusing our efforts on the small subset of activities that really move the needle.He was also a very successful management consultant, having worked at the Boston Consulting Group, making Partner at Bain & Co, and subsequently founding his own strategy consulting firm, L.E.K, which now employs thousands of people worldwide. I’ve admired the way this man’s brain works for a long time. Reading The 80/20 Principle many years ago has influenced me more than perhaps any other business book out there. It was an honour and a pleasure to have Richard on the show.  LinksTwitter: @richardkoch8020Site: The 80/20 Principle  Book: Unreasonable Success and How To Achieve It Home of the podcastInstagram: @michaelxcampion Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts'
"Your worst days don't break you, they make you"Molly Dare Hillenbrand is a successful entrepreneur in the PR, Marketing, and Media space who’s spent many years behind the scenes on the production side, and many years in front of the camera as a TV host. Molly is the Founder of Hillenbrand Media and host of the excellent podcast ‘On Air with Molly Dare’.Molly and I first met in 2019 and I’ve had the privilege of getting to know her over the past couple of years - I wanted her on the show because she typifies the new breed of businesswoman that can be held up as a real role model to so many. Yes she’s good looking and glamorous but she’s also gritty, and scrappy in just the right measure. She’s someone who has built a successful career for herself from the ground up in Retail, Marketing and Media, all whilst being a single working mother of two.    This conversation is really upbeat, she’s an incredibly positive and optimistic human being who’s been through some tough times and processed them. The podcast is punctuated throughout with moments of clarity, laughter, and motivational gems a plenty. Appearances can be deceiving, and Molly is someone that reminds us once more that everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. We discuss the constant tension between work life and family life, her battle with Lyme Disease, and how losing her ability to speak ignited a passion to give other people a voice. We talk about the challenge of being soft enough to feel things, but being hard enough to survive in the cut-throat world of business. We also discuss her new podcast and the art of interviewing - we cover a lot in the space of an hour. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I IG: @michaelxcampionLinkedIn: @michaelxcampionInstagram@mollydare@hillenbrandmedia@onairwithmollydareHillenbrand Media website
Oliver Proudlock, or simply, ‘Proudlock’, as he is widely known, is a Reality TV Star, Model, Designer, and Entrepreneur.He first shot to fame in the UK when he was cast on the hit reality TV series ‘Made in Chelsea’ which chronicles the glamorous lives of West London's well-heeled crowd. He quickly became one of the most likeable and central characters on the show, and he’s leveraged that fame to evolve into an entrepreneur in his own right since leaving the program. He’s involved in several business ventures, most notably as the founder of the men’s fashion and jewellery brand Serge Denimes, his company now entering its 10th year of operations. Ollie and I were introduced a few years back through mutual friends, some of you know that I manage a Japanese sake brand, and I was told that Ollie had picked up a bottle by chance. He loved the whole concept and our friend thought it might be wise for the two of us to have a chat. We hit it off instantly, and we’ve been friends and business partners ever since.This was a lot of fun, we’ve been meaning to catch up for a while, and I thought it might be nice for my audience (and Ollie’s millions of followers) if we just recorded our chat and let everyone be a fly on the wall to our conversation. It’d give them an insight into how his brain works, we could talk about his whirlwind wedding in December, and we’d try to touch on some areas that he hasn’t covered in the past. For example - what he thought he would be when he was younger, people who left a mark and influenced him, how the pandemic has forced him to simplify his life, words to live by, and he reveals the new business venture he is launching with his wife Emma Louise in the next few weeks.LinksInstagram @proudlock@sergedenimes@fourfoxsakeofficialwww.sergedenimes.comwww.fourfoxsake.comHome of the podcastInstagram: @michaelxcampion Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts' relevant links@emmalouiseconnolly@thegreedymodel
"I don't know how many moments of clarity anyone is afforded in life.  But I knew in that moment with 100% clarity that I wanted what they felt. More than what they had. I wanted what they felt, and I would do anything to get it."An American figure skater, Evan Lysacek reached the absolute pinnacle of sporting achievement, taking gold at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. In 2016, he was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He is the first Olympic gold medallist on the show, and frankly I could not be happier with the result. This is a deep-dive into the mindset of a winner, and I consider this conversation an absolute privilege. It is stacked full of universal principles and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.This podcast is not just about skating - we discuss how he’s reinvented himself after sport and channeled those competitive instincts into the world of business, how failure shaped his eventual success, and how happy he is to have found and married the love of his life, a relationship that just wasn’t possible when he was in blinkered pursuit of gold. Follow EvanInstagram @evanlysacekYoutube - his winning performancehere and hereHome of the podcast @michaelxcampionLinkedInTop Ten Public Speaking Tips + 'Thursday Thoughts' MentionsFrank Carroll
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