September 2018 – Funky Thinkers


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Colton Geschwandtner-Too busy thinking about the possibilities?

Colton Geschwandtner-Too busy thinking about the possibilities?

Colton Geschwandtner
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We are inching towards 100 episodes with someone who is excited not for himself but for other people.

Colton Geschwandtner is reviving the live music scene in Western Canada.

Watching other people have success and reveling in it is a pretty cool trait.

People like Colton are much more interesting (and useful to have in your network) than those 'friends' who insist it is them in front dead centre of the instagram picture.

To his desert island, Colton would take a sweater to guard against the cold. (Being Canadian...), his accoustic guitar, a fishing rod, safety gloves and The art of war by Sun Tzu.

Now I am seeing a desert island.

I wonder if he will have some of those cut off jeans and bare feet.

A brief discussion about looking guilty and best advice for social media detox is to go for a long walk with someone.
Busier thinking about the possibilities than we are actually chasing the possibilities?

Colton Geschwandtner

Too busy to listen to the full episode - Listen to the insight below.

Tristan Wright- The trouble with emoticons…

Tristan Wright - The trouble with emoticons...

Tristan Wright
Tristan Wright

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One of the problems with modern technology is that there is no rule book.

Centuries of learned behaviour are being slowly and painfully ripped up.

Like the power of body language.

Verbal non verbals - The power of "Ummm" and "aha" and gestures are almost always underestimated.

Watch and listen as Australian business strategist Tristan Wright uncovers a gem with regard to text messages.

We also discuss extreme high achieving people, the formality of business and suit & tie vs soft shoes and no tie.

Alanis Morrisette cropped up for the first time, as did Celine Dion.

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Hari Kalymnios-More to sleep than meets the eye

Hari Kalymnios - More to sleep than meets the eye

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In this episode we talked about sunny weather and the way that sun and daylight impacts our performance.

Instead of having an audio alarm to wake you up in a shot, Hari has a light alarm that gets slightly brighter and brighter to wake you up gently. Just like the rays of the sun,

If you want something doing - give it to a busy person is a phrase that has cropped up over time - Hari used it again on the call.

I never realised that JFK had such a reputation with the ladies. Hari would be stuck in a lift (elevator) with Socrates, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez. Interesting lift (elevator).

We also discussed Michael Jackson albums and thankfulness we are still alive.

Hari Kalymnios

If you are pushed for time - watch the insight below

Phil DeLuca-The problem is that this person has purple hair

Phil DeLuca - The problem is that this person has purple hair...

Phil De Luca
Phil DeLuca

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Phil DeLuca is a relationship coach.

The internet and all the changes in behaviour that it has brought has made his job much more difficult over the last few years.

We talked about, amongst other things, Crocodile brain syndrome. (Watch for it - it's everywhere).

Staying sane by turning off the TV cropped up again.

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We might be accused of discriminating against people with purple hair.

I know a few people with purple (and sometimes other) coloured hair.

I don't know anyone in a position of power or authority with purple hair..

If you are such a person - please contact me - I would love to have you on the show.

We talk about the crocodile brain - and remembering that this is the 21st century - not the 1970's. (Purple hair aside).

Mo from The three stooges crops up, The good life crops up - clip below.

(The good life is a 1970's British sitcom) - synopsis below.

Pushed for time? Watch the snippet below>>>

the good life

In this clip from The good life - Tom and Barbara have made some very strong home made wine.

Diana Bianchi-Facebook is for BORED PEOPLE

Diana Bianchi - Facebook is for bored people...

Diana Bianchi
Diani Bianchi

Diana Bianchi

Do me a favour - head to Facebook. Scroll around for a few minutes (take your time...) and then come back and send me a tweet @jonsenior1 if you find ANYTHING interesting or useful. ANYTHING AT ALL.

Which just goes to prove Diana's theory that FACEBOOK is for BORED PEOPLE.

We talk about Thor's hammer, The middle of the Kai river, Bangalore, Silicone Valley in India and more.

Arbitrary pleasant events crop up also.

These are those micro-dopamine hits when we see or hear something random or unexpected that, in the bigger picture of our life, is pretty meaningless. It just gives short, temporary release from the monotony.

Listen to the show - or if you are pushed for time - watch the video below.

diana Bianchi

If you are PUSHED FOR TIME >>> Just watch this...


Frances Robbins-Top gun teacher

Frances Robbins - Top gun teacher

Frances Robbins
Frances Robbins

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The Frances Robbins interview was one of the first with the new set of questions.

If you have listened to many episodes, you know that I do put some effort into the questions.

They are designed to be, on the face of it, quite flippant. But on further inspection, more and more thought provoking.

Of course, being ex-military - Frances Robbins knew exactly what to take if she was marooned on a desert island.

And just rattled them off quick style.

(If you want to know - you will need to listen to the whole episode).

We also discussed what it is like to try to persuade young top gun style men to stop drinking when she was old enough to be their mother.

Other stuff that cropped up - obstacles, ex-military culture and more.

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Maggie Georgopolous – Up the ladder in a skirt

Maggie Georgopolous - Up the ladder in a skirt

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Maggie Georgopoulos

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How far is it from Australia to Scotland?

Answer:Well you can probably figure out that it's a long way.

What is it like to swim in open water in Scotland? We talk about this.

We also talk about what the impact of Prince William and Prince Harry talking about mental health.

We talk about local councils collecting data for the sake of collecting data - and maybe - just maybe to stick posters up on the wall saying

"We support your mental health" 

We talked about burnout in the fitness industry.

Maggie's most unusual place she has visited is Libya and Iraq (Erbil) and the difference between ancient ruins there and ancient ruins in places that are more built up - like Greece and Rome.

Remember though - don't try this at home kids - they probably aren't the safest places to go...

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Hope Zvara – A yoga teacher targeting truck drivers.

Hope Zvara - A yoga teacher targeting truck drivers.

Hope Zvara
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The normalite way of thinking is to try and work harder and harder than your competitor.

There are loads of tools and software out there to scan for backlinks and reverse engineer what people are doing.

Instead of going on endless fools errands and blind alleys figuring which of these tools to use (and paying for the privilege), Hope Zvara took a different approach.

By the way - the top results for Yoga on YouTube is Yoga with Adrienne. She has almost 4 million subscribers and over 400 videos. 

Do you think you can compete with that?

NO I thought not.

What Hope Zvara has done is to take work a bi smarter.

Who is the typical audience for conventional yoga teachers like Adrienne?

Students, semi pro and wanna be semi pro athletes.

Who would benefit from Yoga?

ummm - everybody.

So by dropping all the ritual chanting and other stuff, Hope Zvara has written herself into the Funky Thinkers text book.

(When you get to a stop sign - Instead of drumming your fingers on the dashboard - think of this as a queue to turn your head to the left and the right...)

Hope Zvara

Otakara Klettke – A REAL AUTHOR

Otakara Klettke - A REAL AUTHOR...

Otakara Klettke
Otakara Klettke

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When people say they are an "author" - what they really mean is that they have written the minimal viable book possible to promote their speaking business or their consulting business.

The book is really what would happen if you hired them as a consultant or a coach.

It is their view of the world.

 Otakara Klettke is a REAL AUTHOR.

That is - she has written fiction AND NON FICTION books.

We discuss illustrations for children's books.

Harder than you think because the picture must appeal to the child (it must look fun), it must appeal to the mum & dad (it must look safe) and to the person buying the book - (the Grandma & Grandad).

We talk about activities where people chase a ball round, Socrates - never talked to women apparently.

Catherine Zeta Jones would play Otakara Klettke in a film.

Otakara Klettke

Why a flooded basement was good for Mary Shores

Why a flooded basement was good for Mary Shores

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Mary Shores

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Was was Mary pleased  delighted when she got flooded and all the contents of her basement were flooded?

What if the basement (or cellar as we call them) was a metaphor for your mind?

I have heard this before with people who has 10,000 unopened emails. 

You are subconsciously carrying round all this junk in your head. 

You need to deal with this ALL THE TIME.

We also talk about uncomfortable emails, people taking control of their own health and lives in general.

I also reported on the book "Wilful blindness" which I started reading.

Mary likes to sleep (always good), take a good bubble bath and - shock horror - read books to find out stuff.

Mary Shores