Grow Your Own Career | The Career Farm

Our guest this month is Vince Pizzoni, professor of engineering, executive search consultant, and career coach amongst many other things. Starting his career in chemical and environmental engineering, Vince has a portfolio career in international business, academia, executive search and career coaching and business mentoring. With his experience in a range of roles, Vince shares his insights into how you can target your approach to break into the growing energy sector and how to develop a broad portfolio career.

What you will learn:

  • Opportunities in the energy sector
  • How to develop a portfolio career
  • How to grow your network and maintain professional connections  





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Our guest this month is Jeremy Schifeling, Director of Consumer and Product Marketing at Khan Academy. Jeremy is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Linked: Conquer LinkedIn. Get Your Dream Job. Own Your Future. Jeremy's career has taken him from education to the tech industry, leading him to work at LinkedIn. With this insider knowledge, Jeremy lets you in on the secrets to getting the best out of LinkedIn.


What you will learn:

*How to stand out from the crowd on LinkedIn

*How to be the number 1 candidate for a job

*How to network and connect effectively 



Bestselling career book - Linked: Conquer LinkedIn. Get Your Dream Job. Own Your Future. 

Previous podcast episode - Breaking into Tech with Jeremy Schifeling





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Our guest this month is Sarah Pierman. Sarah is a non-executive director and CEO of Dynamic Boards. Sarah began her journey in the non-executive director world at 29 and noticed the challenges to get access to board vacancies. With Dynamic Boards, Sarah now helps connect people to board opportunities.  

What you will learn:

* The importance of all types of diversity on a board

* The responsibilities of a non-executive director

* What it takes to become a non-executive director

* Sarah's essential interview tips


"Something that you might massively take for granted is the way you learned how to work, the way you've learned how to position what your business does to your customers - and that could be hugely valuable to a board"

- Sarah Pierman


What is a non-executive director?

Jargon Busting 

Non-executive director pay 

What to write in your CV / cover letter

Rebels by Matthew Syed  

Boards by Patrick Dunne

Questions to Ask by Charlotte Valeur
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Our guest this month is Joseph Liu. Joseph is a public speaker, career consultant, and host of the Career Relaunch® podcast. Joseph helps professionals define and market their personal brands more effectively when making a career transition. Previously he worked for more than 10 years in brand management in the US and UK. 

What you will learn:

*The biggest mistakes candidates make when branding themselves

*How to grow your visibility

*How to make the most of LinkedIn

*The 3 keys to re-branding yourself when transitioning careers


"When you're trying to repair a brand or relaunch a brand it's very difficult to do that overnight. The first principle to keep in mind is that building a personal brand actually requires quite a bit of consistency and effort over time."

- Joseph Liu


What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How successful people become even more successful by Marshall Goldsmith

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck - Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins

The Competitive Edge podcast with Guy Ferdman

Career Relaunch® podcast

His website

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Our guest this month is Lucia Knight. Lucia is the founder of Midlife Unstuck and describes herself as a mid-life career satisfaction designer. She's also the author of X Change: How to torch your work treadmill. Previously she was a headhunter at Page Executive where she focused on board level positions.

What you will learn:

*How to get the best out of working with search firms

*The biggest mistakes candidates make

*How to prepare for an interview- The Inverted Pyramid model

*How to find your superpowers

*The secrets to a successful career change


"The best advice I can give is deliberately play. Deliberately play an experiment with your career every day. And I don't mean throw it, I mean tiny little experiments... Our careers can be dynamic if we choose to experiment and play."

- Lucia Knight


Her book: X Change: How to torch your work treadmill

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink

Connect with Lucia on Linkedin

Her blog on career design - at any age. 

Work with Lucia 

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Our guest this month is David Morris. David is Head of Technology and Media Careers at London Business School. For the last 17 years he's been connecting students to the technology and digital world at both startups and multinationals.  He has a really strong network in the London tech scene via VCs, incubators, accelerators, and also the wider technology scene.

What you will learn:

*The value in working at a startup

*The steps for interviewing at a startup or tech company

*How to research for an interview

*Which companies are right for you

*How to stand out


"A lot of people get put off working in tech because they believe that to work in tech you need to be a technical wiz …. but actually, the tech industry is open to career switchers. It's open for people who have those transferable skills and knowledge from other sectors." - David Morris

Resources: – jobs platform for startups and scaleups

Sifted - the latest news from across the startups / VC space in UK and Europe

UKTN- latest news from UK startup and tech scene


Atomico’s State of European Tech Report 2021 

Tech Nation 2021 Report 


Entering StartUpLand: An Essential Guide to Finding the Right Job by Jeffrey Bussgang  

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Our guest this month is Francesca Lahiguera. Francesca is an Engagement Manager at Lancor, which is a global retained executive search firm. She's been in the search field for more than 20 years and currently specializes in board-level search mandates, including CEOs, CFOs, board directors and private equity operating partners.
In this episode, we really dive into how the search world operates and how we can best position ourselves.
You will learn:
*How to work with recruiters 
*How to stand out as a recent MBA 
*How to be proactive about your career
*Cover Letter dos and don'ts 
"Recent MBAs, for sure should be thinking about the quality of the company, the quality of the culture, the quality of the people. For a recent MBA that is going to be so incredibly critical to them."
- Francesca Lahiguera
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Our guest this month is Frederic Kalinke. Frederic runs Exactimo, a company that delivers digital boot camps to business school students across the world.

Previously Frederic worked at Google on their marketing and sales graduate program, where he managed millions in advertising budgets.
You will learn:
* Google's application process
* Google's 4 pillars for every job candidate
* The skills that make you stand out at Google
* How to get an internal referral at Google
* How to create 'reviews' and not resumes
"Applying to Google directly is like going through the front door and there might be loads of those bouncers, whereas getting a referral is like going through the side door." - Frederic Kalinke
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For the final episode of 2021, Jane Barrett is joined by Tom Lawrance.

Tom is currently Head of Careers in Global Industries for University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. Prior to that, he was at Amazon for 11 years, where he ran the team responsible for hiring MBAs into Amazon's consumer and finance leadership programs across Europe.

In this episode Tom will take you through every step of Amazon's recruitment process.

What you will learn:
- The application process at Amazon
- How to align yourself to Amazon's leadership principles
- How to prepare for Amazon's interviews
- The steps for getting an internal referral
- A desirable skill for all Amazon jobs
"There's so many people, so many roles you can't really stand out.... it's more about aligning yourself really well to the role."
- Tom Lawrance
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Our guest this month is Mike Mascarenhas. Mascarenhas is an International Campus Recruiting Lead for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) based in Barcelona. Previously he was a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked at IESE Business school, which is where he got his MBA. 
In this episode he takes you behind the scenes and tells you what BCG look for in prospective hires and what their application process looks like. 
What you will learn:
- The application process at BCG
- What makes an impressive application
- The biggest mistake candidates make in interviews
- Ways to differentiate yourself
- What people get wrong in networking and what you should be doing instead
"I do think that the MBA is a really good launch pad into consulting. I don't have specific statistics for you, but I can say with certainty that it is, as a whole, a little bit easier to enter post-MBA than post-undergraduate, just because of the volume of applicants that we see." - Mike Mascarenhas
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Our guest this month is Aliya Ali-Afzal. Ali-Afzal has been a career coach for more than 15 years and is currently a freelance career coach with The Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program. In addition to her coaching, she's also author of the recent book, Would I Lie to You?, and is a creative writing mentor at Jericho Writers.

In this episode Ali-Afzal describes how she went from having no background in writing to obtaining a two-book deal from a leading publisher. What's remarkable is she's done this while maintaining her career and while raising three children.

What you will learn in this interview:
- Developing your career while being a working mother
- Acquiring a literary agent and landing a book deal
- Aliya's writing process
- Issues surrounding redundancy

"I think we know that a huge key to a lot of the things that we do, it's not our ability, it's not even our motivation, sometimes it's like a mental block and you need that coach. I really had to just give myself permission to do something for myself as well, irrespective of whether I would sell it or not, because it was enough that it made me happy and it was something I wanted to do." - Aliya Ali-Afzal

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Our guest this month is Paul Hargreaves. Paul is the founder and chief executive of Cotswold Fayre Ltd., which is a specialist and fine food wholesaler supplying nearly 2000 retail outlets in the UK. He is also the author of 'Forces for Good' and the recent book, 'The Fourth Bottom Line'.
In this episode Paul explains how he grew Cotswold Fayre from the cellar of his home to a leading UK food wholesaler. We'll also talk about why Paul made Cotswold Fayre a B Corp in 2015 and the benefits of running a B Corp. 
What you will learn in this interview:
- How to start a business that has a social impact
- Advice on launching a food brand in 2021
- The advantages of B Corps
- Lessons in leadership
"If we need one characteristic in this world for leaders, I think it's compassion." - Paul Hargreaves
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We are delighted to give you our new Hiring Trends Report so you can see what sectors are hiring.

Download it here

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Our guest this month is Janie van Hool. Van Hool is a RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) trained actress and corporate communications specialist. She's worked with many different companies (Vodafone, Nationwide, Sainsburys, London Business School, Imperial College) and leaders to improve their communication skills. She's also the author of the new book, The Listening Shift: Transform your organization by listening to your people and helping your people listen to you.

Her book is a constructive toolkit for raising the game in communication, providing the tools you need to create a listening environment where colleagues are heard and acknowledged, and yet understand clearly how to move forward.

What you will learn in this interview:
- How preparing like a performer will improve your interviews
- A breathing technique to prime you for an interview
- How to use silence to your advantage
- The best ways to interrupt someone
- How to be listened to at a meeting

"I think listening carefully is the thing that gets hijacked when we are under interview pressure.” - Janie van Hool

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In this episode, Jane analyses Bill Gates' new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need.

Jane talks about what opportunities there might be in the future of work, not only in terms of innovative businesses, but also in terms of the type of work that might be available in the future.

She then discusses the emerging markets addressing climate change, including international agricultural research and global green technology. Finally, she highlights one innovative company working to make a difference.

Blog Post: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster? A Career Opportunity in the Face of a Crisis


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Clinical psychologist Dr Candice Seti joins Jane to discuss self-sabotage, with questions taken from the audience watching via live stream.

In her specialist field helping people with weight loss and weight management, Dr Seti became aware of the overarching theme of self sabotage, which she defines as "standing in your own way".

She cites imposter syndrome as one of the many causes of self sabotage, and how important it can be to admit to what we don't know, rather than try and bluster our way through unfamiliar territory.

Jane and Dr Seti discuss their own self sabotaging voices, giving them names and finding ways to externalise them to make it easier to combat. They also talk about ways to combat procrastination, using Dr Seti's writing process as an example.

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In this episode, Jane talks to tax specialist Josephine Bush about her corporate transition into the world of ESG.

Josephine started life as a solicitor, focusing on accounting early into her career and navigating the change to a more client-focused role. After finding a niche delivering tax services for renewables businesses, working within Ernst & Young, Josephine was able to carve out this niche at a time when fewer people were thinking about renewable energy.

As she began to work within the sector, her passion for environmentalism and her sense of purpose grew. Since then she has pursued a certificate in ESG investing through the CFA Institute, and enrolled in a sustainable finance course with the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership,

Josephine believes that no business or individual is immune to the effects of climate change, but sees a wealth of opportunity for people who want to apply themselves to roles within environmental, social, and corporate governance.

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Jane is joined by Territory Manager at Shell, Thomas Hughes, to discuss finding work based on your passion, and making the most out of an MBA.

Thomas' first job at the age of 16 was washing pots for a banquet hall. He originally applied to study archeology, but instead chose to study international relations at Sheffield University. He was then offered a US internship to work at a lobbying company, then returned to his original occupation in hospitality.

Feeling it was time to change tack, Thomas then applied for an MBA, which encouraged and empowered him to look for work based on the impact he wanted to make in the world, rather than the industry he wanted to work within. This led him to an interview with Shell, where Thomas' passion for environmental issues saw him through the initial video interview, to the face-to-face interview, to eventually working as Territory Manager for the company.

Thomas provides his advice for students taking an MBA, and to anyone newly entering the world of work.

Going forwards, Thomas is committed to helping Shell continue its mission towards sustainable energy and electric vehicles.

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Jane discusses sustainable seaweed farming with Director of SeaGrown, Wave Crookes.

Former navy man and fisherman Wave and his marine-scientist partner Laura were working on a ship Antarctica, they came up with their seaweed farming business, as a way of allowing them to work in marine biology.

When Wave originally applied to join the Royal Navy, he was told to finish his studies before re-applying, which he did, and doesn’t regret. After working in the oil and gas industry, Wave wanted to focus his company on “giving something back”. Now SeaGrown is one of only a small number of larger-scale seaweed farms.

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Technology is a leading trend in hiring, likely to continue into 2021, so this month, Jane is joined by technologist and former kindergarten teacher, Jeremy Schifeling.

Jeremy interned at Apple, gaining the internship by demonstrating how he was able to apply the knowledge and experience he’d gained as a teacher, to a new and different field. He now works as Principal Product Marketing Manager for Khan Academy, and developed Break into Tech, a set of resources that helps people looking to change their careers find new pathways to working with technology.

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As Jane celebrates six years of the Career Farm podcast, we take a look at current market trends, to help you take a proactive approach to your career. You can download the report for free.

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Steve Glaveski is the author of Time Rich, a seal entrepreneur, investor and founder of a startup incubator. He joins Jane to talk about time management, saying no, and putting what we learn into action.

Steve experimented with a six-hour workday, and in his book, he challenges the notion that presence equals productivity and presents his philosophy of the ways in which our working time is hijacked: TYRE (Time, saying Yes, Residual work, path of least Effort).

More productivity and time management tools can be found on the Time Rich website. You can also listen to Steve’s previous appearance on /Grow Your Own Career/.

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Founder and CEO of sustainable pet brand Project Blu, Geryn Evans, talks to Jane about building a responsible brand, valuing businesses, and the risks an entrepreneur might undertake when they have attractive intellectual property.

Geryn prides his company on its genuinely disruptive approach to pet furnishings, by using recycled materials and avoiding fabrics with a high carbon footprint.

After leaving a large US consultancy firm and joining the family business, Geryn developed his interest in product design but became disheartened by what he saw as a race to the bottom in quality. After forming Ralph & Co, which supplied dog beds to leading retailers, he formed Project Blu to focus on sustainability, and was accepted to an accelerator programme in February 2020.

Jane and Geryn discuss the key traits of successful entrepreneurs, approaches to risk, and how to be a self-starter.

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Hanna has made her career in marketing, which provides her full-time employment, but when her job gave her a little headspace in March 2018, she made use of that time by starting Acala, a zero-waste, plastic-free health and beauty online shop.

Hanna used her digital marketing experience to promote the business, which her employer was happy for her to do (although not on company time!), and within the first 18 months the site turned over around a quarter of a million pounds.

Hanna and Jame also discuss the perils of drop shipping, managing social media, and working with influencers.

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Renowned coach and business owner Simon Clifford shares his journey from teaching to sports scientist to successful entrepreneur, and how he bet early on young enthusiastic footballers and coaches, lowering the barrier to entry by making his knowledge and experience more affordable.

Simon is known for introducing English footballers to Brazilian training techniques, via his Brazilian Soccer Schools franchise. He also works as a technical consultant for TV and film, including Bend it Like Beckham, The Damned United and the Netflix series The English Game.

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Dr Lynda Shaw shares ways to trick your brain out of interview stress, and ways you can help combat the sense of overwhelm and anxiety that’s worsened for many during lockdown.

Dr Shaw is a self-confessed travel junkie, who ran a number of successful businesses before becoming a working mother. She studied anthropology, psychology and neuroscience, focusing on the unconscious processing of emotion, and is the author of books that help readers take control over their brains.

In recounting a story from one of her most difficult moments in business, Dr Shaw highlights the importance of taking time out, being proactive and asking for help.

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Jane Barrett reaches out free access to Career Maximiser to help you job search and re-evaluate your career during these challenging times

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John Fitzgerald gives his expert tips on how to future proof your career and gives great advice on how to stop your current position from flatlining

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Jane Barrett reaches out to you all with her personal stress-relieving tips in these uncertain times

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Serial entrepreneur, Steve Kahan, inspires and shares his expertise on how to succeed at a tech start up

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How Diana changed career to reflect her two passions: Travel and Veganism.

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Everything you’ll need to apply to study abroad and apply for jobs abroad no matter where.

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Develop the power skills employers are looking for when you change career

Woodland Creation, Peatland Restoration, Carbon Capture, Stephen Prior tells us how it works as a career

Whether you have a dream to follow or you’re not sure yet which career is right for you, Camilla Arnold has advice on what you should do right now to ensure you succeed

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The world of work, like the world in general, is changing rapidly whether we like it or not. How to adapt your career and be part of the sustainability economy? Rhian Sherrington is an author and career coach who can help you make a change and make a difference.

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Do you have that nagging feeling that you want to set up your own business but you aren’t sure how to go about it. Bec Evans comes to the rescue with her new book which walks you through the process to set up your dream business

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What does it take to start your own growing business, write a series of successful books, be named in Forbes 30 Under-30 Social Entrepreneurs and an international power lifter on the GB team? Jodie Cook does it all.

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Can little things change your entire life? The answer is yes! I interview Graham Allcott, sometimes known as the “Productivity Ninja” about his latest book and how something as simple as choosing the right foods to eat can transform your life whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian, or an omnivore. There’s no right or wrong diet, but if you want to feel your energetic best, Graham reveals how subtle changes can lead to big payoffs.

'If only I could get in front of the right person!' This is something I hear all the time. I interview Matthew Du Pont, a job search coach who gives us proven techniques for doing just this. He shares approaches to get referred to someone who can hire you.

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Are you living for the weekend? Dissatisfied at work and itching to do something that is important to you? I interview Steve Glaveski, co-founder of Collective Campus, about his new book on how to leave your job behind and build something for yourself.

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In this episode I interview Angela Laws who has retrained in social media relatively late in life. Not only that she also travels the world with her husband looking after animals in their own homes as a ‘pet parent’ for

I interview a panel of coders to find out what it is really like to work in this field. What they like about their work and what isn't so great. These coders working in the industry give great insight and advice on getting into this in demand career. This episode is particularly useful for career changers, and young people wanting to get into coding, as well as parents and teachers who advising them.

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In this episode I interview ‘Mr LinkedIn’ AKA Mark Williams. Mark talks us through the common mistakes he sees job seekers make on LinkedIn and also the new features that LinkedIn has rolled out that you need to be aware of.

In this episode I interview Paul Murphy the author of "1000 Years of Career Advice". He picks the highlights from his interviews with 100 graduates about their career decisions and how it worked out for them.

In this episode I interview Peter Bregman the author of the new book ‘Leading with Emotional Courage, How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work.

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Emma Rosen is embarking on the kind of sabbatical I wish I'd had the confidence to do when I was in my early 20's. Trying 25 different jobs before she's 25. Thoughtful, witty and inspirational - it was a privilege to find out about her journey.

I recently read Give & Take by Adam Grant. It's revolutionised the way I assess my professional contacts - helping me to understand what's motivating others and how I can use that knowledge to build better relationships. Here are my key learnings.

This week I'm talking to Amy Morin, bestselling author 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do. I guess the title says it all! Her book has been a global sensation and I'm thrilled she's taken time to share her insights with us!

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Tim Bosworth lives and breathes the entrepreneurial life. At age 5 he decided he didn't want to be told what to do, and since then he's never looked back. Tim shares his thoughts on what it means to be an entrepreneur, the challenges and the rewards.

Technology is ripping apart industries before our eyes. Listen in for David's insights into how we can ride this tsunami of change, and how we equip the next generation with the skills they'll need to survive and thrive.

Do you want high energy to work on your business or do well in your job? I know I do! So with a strong personal interest I interviewed Rebecca Hirst who recently gave up her highflying corporate career to ensure people are operating with peak energy.

This week I'm talking to Scott Keyser about the art of tendering for business - and about persuasive writing in general. Scott unlocks the secrets of the tendering process - something that could literally make or break your business in the early stages.

Kate Hofman joined IBM from uni on a graduate scheme. She now runs Growup, a commercial scale sustainable urban farming business. How do you make that change?! A kickstarter campaign, another £1.2m raised in funding, multiple awards and 3 years. Enjoy!

So delighted to be talking to the fantastic Guy Jeremiah again. Guy is wonderful role model for entrepreneurs everywhere, and this week he gives us the story behind his successful crowdfunding campaigns for his latest hit product.

David Kyle has led a rich and varied career from international banking to grassroots education in India. He now nurtures future business leaders in the social enterprise space. Honest, insightful and practical - essential listening for career changers.

This month I'm interviewing James Shillcock of Vivid Drinks. Can an energy drink really be good for you?

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This week I'm talking to Keren Long, founder of Ethical Apparel Africa.

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Blake Mycoskie is the real deal, a complete inspiration for aspiring social entrepreneurs. His book "Start Something that Matters" tells the story of Toms Shoes, and is a clarion call to all of us to find a way to make a difference.

Gerry Thompson describes himeself as a trainer/coach/speaker comedian. He's also an ex-architect and has sold more than half a million books. I talk to him about Inspirational Gamechangers - how on earth did he get to interview all these amazing people?

This's me! My story, with all the bumps along the way!

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Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:33pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Clair Challenor-Chadwick of Cause UK

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Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:09pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Rob Blythe, co-founder of Instant Impact.

Direct download: MDE_49_-_Rob_Blythe_of_Instant_Impact.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:03pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Harriet Griffey, author of "I want to sleep". How many of us suffer from sleep deprivation? It's crippling, and Harriet's on a mission to help us get a good night's sleep.

This week I'm talking to Lara Galinsky of Echoing Green

Direct download: MDE_47_-_Lara_Galinsky_of_Echoing_Green.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:25pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Patrick Dudley-Williams of Reef Knots

Direct download: MDE_46_-_Patrick_Dudley-Williams_of_Reef_Knots.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:21pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Julianne Ponan of Creative Nature

Direct download: MDE_45_-_Julianne_Ponan_of_Creative_Nature.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:06am UTC

This week I'm talking to Jason Dudek of Mountain Lion Agriculture.

Direct download: MDE_44_-_Jason_Dudek_of_Mountain_Lion_Agriculture.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:04pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Kate Giles, founder of Crewroom. When Kate's rowing career was cut short by pnuemonia caused by wearing the wrong training kit, she used the setback to create a profitable business around making sure others were better equipped.

Direct download: MDE_43_-_Kate_Giles_of_Crewroom.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:29am UTC

This week I'm talking to Akosua Afrigie-Kumi, who after an early career in fashion set up her own label, AAKS, employing local weavers in her native Ghana to produce stunning bags that are now sold all over the world. Mission - tick, entrepreneur - tick.

Direct download: MDE_42_-_Akosua_Afrigie-Kumi_of_AAKS.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:03am UTC

George Bramble always knew he wanted to run his own business, and after a couple of years in a major corporate that's exactly what he did. His business, Beco, now sells 150 lines in 43 countries. This is mission driven entreprenurship on a serious scale.

Direct download: MDE_41_-_George_Bramble_of_Beco.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:13pm UTC

Chris Burgess of CBiS Education is on a mission to engage children with technology and coding through the education kits they suppply to schools. How many lessons did you go to that start with "who wants to be a Jedi?" Robots, mind control, it's all here!

Direct download: MDE_40_-_Chris_Burgess_of_CBiS.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:31pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Tom Hooper of Third Space Learning. He tells the story of how he set up his company to address one of the biggest educational problems in the UK.

Direct download: MDE_39_-_Tom_Hooper_of_Third_Space_Learning.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:23am UTC

This week I'm talking to Nina Grunfeld of Life Clubs. Nina has been helping people her entire life; from the playground to the boardroom. Not afraid to share the mistakes she's made, Nina shares her experiences of building a business - warts and all!

Direct download: MDE_38_-_Nina_Grunfeld_of_Life_Clubs.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:24pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Ben Gallagher of Ben&Andrew, a company on a mission to create a world of cultural, charitable and profitable enterprise.

Direct download: MDE_37_-_Ben_Gallagher_of_Ben__Andrew.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:07pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Rob Symington, co-founder of Escape the City. Five years in and they've built a community of over 200,000 kindred spirits. Rob talks candidly of his own entrepreneurial journey, how he's faced down his fears along the way.

Direct download: MDE_36_-_Rob_Symington_of_Escape_the_City.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:02pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Joe Carnell, a pioneering entrepreneur fusing food and music to meet the tastes of his generation. Why "cold press" is best, the challenges of a young business, and just how he managed to hook up with the phenomenal Jamal Edwards.

Direct download: MDE_35_-_Joe_Carnell_of_Ugot.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:36am UTC

MDE 34: Bringing the vibrancy of Africa into people's daily lives, Andrew Hunt of Aduna

This week I'm talking to Andrew Hunt of Aduna, a company on a mission to breathe the vibrancy of Africa into the daily lives of people all over the world.

Direct download: MDE_34_-_Andrew_Hunt_of_Aduna.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:48pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Manolis Sfinarolakis, founder of Reality Crowd TV. Manolis is on a mission to inform, educate, inspire, and motivate entrepreneurs worldwide on how to create small busineses through crowdfunding.

Direct download: MDE_33_-_Manolis_Sfinarolakis_of_Reality_Crowd_TV.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:23pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Tracey Strandness of Barefoot Athletic, an eco-friendly athletic apparel company on a mission to encourage the athlete in everyone. The real story here though is Tracey's incredible personal journey. Truly moving and uplifting.

Direct download: MDE_32_-_Tracey_Strandness_of_Barefoot_Athletic.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:06am UTC

Since the age of seven David Katz has lived by the motto "If it's to be, it's up to me". His vision is to solve the problem of oceanbound waste, and do it in a way that transforms the lives of many of the most impoverished citizens on the planet.

Direct download: MDE_31_-_David_Katz_of_The_Plastic_Bank.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:04am UTC

This week I'm talking to Hermione Taylor, founder of Do Nation - a unique business making sustainable living mainstream. Fun, inspiring and packed with advice for entrepreneurs - find out about crowdfunding, company structures, and even rhino poo!

Direct download: MDE_30_-_Hermione_Taylor_of_The_DoNation.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 3:29pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Ruth Anslow, who with her sister Amy founded HiSbe, a radical supermarket created to serve the community, not shareholders. This episode has it all: innovative funding, fantastic mission and a rollercoaster entreprenuerial ride!

Direct download: MDE_29_-_Ruth_Anslow_of_HiSbe.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:11pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Anthony Day, The sustainability coach. Anthony has built his career helping companies to improve their track record in this vital field. Warm, engaging, pragmatic, Anthony works to deliver truly sustainable growth for his clients.

Direct download: MDE_28_-_Anthony_Day_The_Sustainability_Coach.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:56pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Jane Kenyon, author and founder of Girls Out Loud. Jane's extraordinary achievements have come against the odds, and she's still battling to champion a cause where the need is screaming but the funding and support is diabolical.

Direct download: MDE_27_-_Jane_Kenyon_of_Girls_Out_Loud.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:38pm UTC

This week I'm talking to David Lale, founder of the recruitment company Charity People and Career Volunteer - two companies that really do help people to use their skills for good. Honest, warm, funny - I want to work for him!

Direct download: MDE_26_-_David_Lale_of_Charity_People.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:09am UTC

This week I'm talking to Mark Heiman of the Lur Apparel. Beautiful, sophisticated womenswear made from plastic bottles? Well, not quite - but nearly! Find out how Mark does it, and how Lur supports the Guatemalan workers who make their products.

Direct download: MDE_25_-_Mark_Heiman_of_Lur_Apparel.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:50pm UTC

This week I'm interviewing Peter Bregman, the internationally best selling author, about his new book "Four Seconds". Seth Godin says it's a book that could change your career, your marriage, your life! Let's see how all this applies to entrepreneurs...

Direct download: MDE_24_-_Peter_Bregman_Author_of_4_Seconds.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:16pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Murray Grainger who left a successful career as an in house lawyer to found Impact on Integrity, a consultancy looking to weave integrity into the DNA of corporations across the globe.

Direct download: MDE_23_-_Murray_Grainger_of_Impact_on_Integrity.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:19am UTC

In a change to our usual format, this week I'm talking to Zella King, author of "Who is in Your Personal Boardroom?" This is essential stuff for any entrepreneur looking to build a support team for themselves. Listen in, this is golddust.

This week I'm talking to Dee Wood of Dee's on a mission to build her company into the go-to department store for sustainable living, and to prove that you don't have to live in a mud hut and turn all the lights off to live sustainably!

Direct download: MDE_21_-_Dee_Wood_of_ItDoesTheJob.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:13am UTC

In this episode I talk to Oliver Jones, who with his wife are the team behind the family-friendly Deer Shed festival. Oliver was tending an almost-out-of-control bonfire as we spoke - does he survive to tell the tale? Listen on..!

Direct download: MDE20_-_Oliver_Jones_of_Deershed.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:16pm UTC

This week I'm talking to Claire Young of School Speakers and co-founder of Girls Out Loud. One of the few to emerge from the hit TV series the Apprentice (UK) with her reputation enhanced, Claire's on a mission to inspire the next generation.

Direct download: MDE_19_-_Claire_Young_of_School_Speakers.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:56am UTC

This week I'm talking to Liam Black, the serial social entrepreneur who has just published the must-read "Social Entrepreneur's A to Z". So why is Liam worried that you're not getting enough sex? And who threw that shoe at him? Listen on!

Direct download: MDE_18_-_Liam_Black_of_Wavelength.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 3:33am UTC

This week I'm talking to Michelle Evans, who left a stellar career at Microsoft and found her passion in nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs to break the shackles of corporate life. Brutally honest, funny and sincere, Michelle is true inspiration.

Direct download: MDE_17_-_Michelle_Evans.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:35pm UTC

This week I'm talking to David Ralph, host of the phenomenally successful Join Up Dots online chat show. David takes his inspiration from Steve Jobs' famous Stamford speach, and is on a mission to help everyone pursue the life they deserve.

Direct download: MDE_16_-_David_Ralph_of_Join_Up_Dots.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 2:57am UTC

You know that bottle of water you bought the othr day? You know it took a quarter of a bottle of oil and another seven bottles of water to produce it? Step forward Guy Jeremiah, Dragons Den survivor and sustainable water hero!

Direct download: MDE_15_-_Guy_Jeremiah_of_Ohyo.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:35am UTC

This week I talk to Shannon Houde founder of Walk of Life Consulting, which helps people find their dream impact careers. Her journey includes corporate USA, eco-tourism in Patagonia, an NGO in Switzerland, an MBA, and corporate responsibility in London.

Direct download: MDE_14_-_Shannon_Houde_of_Walk_of_Life_Consulting.mp3
Category:Mission Driven Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:14pm UTC