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Must you experience a problem first…BEFORE solving it?

#FunkyThinkers - Ben Dell

Ben Dell
ben dell

Ben Dell - From England - woop woop

Ben Dell (we are in a unique club-  Ben vs Benjamin and Jon vs Jonathan) is something of a rarity for the show. 

For some reason, most guests seem to be from the US or Canada with the odd one from Australia or New Zealand. 

We discussed the skill of talking to strangers. (Crops up quite often).

Practicing your pitch for investment. (Most people probably don't do this - verbalise why someone should give you money).

Ben would love to go to Victorian London and Bruce Willis would play him in a film.

You can contact Ben via his twitter or via www.missinglettr.com

ben dell

I know which one I would take home to meet my mum…

I know which one I would take home to meet my mum...

helen blunden

Helen Blunden - Melbourne, Australia

From Navy Blue to Corporate Grey, after 10 years in military (& additional 11 years in the Reserves), I went into corporate into Training departments only to realise that 'knowledge workers' were not being prepared for changes in their jobs, work and life. Focus is now helping people to learn how to learn so that they can manage information, build networks, engage in communities and build their own professional identity and reputation online through social networks and platforms.

Who would play Helen Blunden in a film?

elaine benes

Elaine Benes from Seinfeld ?


Fran from Blackbooks. ?

I know which one I would take home to meet my mum...

Quit bleeping around…

Quit bleeping around...

Quit bleeping around...

Christina specializes in super achieving and it is her personal mission to help individuals achieve more in life. She accomplishes this mission through her company, Quit Bleeping Around, and has published a series of books as well as a podcast show, all of which can be accessed at www.quitbleepingaround.com.

Christina has a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership, an M.S. in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement, and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC).

In the episode, we discuss Fort Boyard and there is a full episode below for you to enjoy...

Plus jump over to Christina's site to get the goodies we talked about.

“A red felt pool table and a pinball machine does not tick the culture box”.

"A red felt pool table and a pinball machine does not tick the culture box”.

Ian Farrar

Ian Farrar - Funky Thinker

Sales professional Ian Farrar has over 20 years in global business development roles.  Trained by the UK Institute of Directors, Ian has successfully negotiated business deals… scams, martial arts street fights and car crashes across the Middle and Far East.
With a strong, global network of influential contacts to call on, Ian has held management and operational leadership positions for engineering and technology companies.  Ian also has impressive experience holding non-executive directorships for public sector organisations.

Passionate about driving growth and exposure into forward thinking clients, Ian founded the sales and marketing agency Far North to assist manufacturing and software companies in his native North-East England.
Ian enjoys working with clients to coach them through their business growth and strategy plans and works one-on-one with individuals to realise their potential.  Ian delivers upskilling group masterclasses such as Business Model Canvas, Social Media Mastery and Sales Leadership.

As a self-confessed Social Evangelist, Ian embraces relationships across many social platforms.  Founding and hosting the UK’s top-ranking business podcast Industry Angel, saw Ian nominated for a 2016 European influencer award alongside Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Ferris.

In his speaking roles, Ian often shares his burn out experience that landed him pushing through businesses meetings with beta blockers and ultimately collapsing in hospital.  Ian subsequently fired himself from corporate life in 2015.  With a calling to share his thoughts on culture and leadership, Ian speaks passionately about the need for leaders to protect their teams from work place stress.  “People don't leave a good position, they leave a bad manager.  A red felt pool table and a pinball machine does not tick the culture box”.