Supercharged Entrepreneur
Women in Entrepreneurship (Roundtable Discussion) | Ep. #71

Women in Entrepreneurship (Roundtable Discussion) | Ep. #71

June 18, 2021

In this roundtable special we explore the issues surrounding Women in Entrepreneurship through the eyes of four superstars of the entrepreneurial world - Lorna Davidson, Sara Lawton, Dawn Paine and Sam Spiro.

We talk about what inspired them to become entrepreneurs, the power of entrepreneurship and how every entrepreneur's journey is different. We also explored some of the challenges facing female entrepreneurs today, including gender bias, unhealthy cultural norms, double standards and broader examples of sexism in the workplace.

This roundtable discussion was an open forum designed to explore the issues that matter in 2021. Diversity and inclusion is a conversation for everyone, not just for women. I encourage everyone to join the conversation and have your say.

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

Building a Festival Brand | Interview with Martyn Collins | Ep. #70

Building a Festival Brand | Interview with Martyn Collins | Ep. #70

June 15, 2021

Building a globally recognised festival brand in the depths of the COVID crisis must be one of the hardest challenges around. Martyn Collins, Event Director of the Digital City Festival in Manchester, faced this challenge head-on and created a sell-out hybrid festival that is setting new standards in a post-COVID world.

Launching a new brand, shifting to online facilitation and creating an engaged virtual community are just some of the achievement Martyn is responsible for.

This episode is jam packed with brilliant takeaways, including how to build an events business in a post-COVID world, leading in a tough economic environment and how to foster a collaborative working ethos with a large stakeholder group.

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

Breathe to Succeed | Interview with Joel Jellen | Ep. #69

Breathe to Succeed | Interview with Joel Jellen | Ep. #69

June 4, 2021

Do you struggle with low productivity, anxiety, stress and fatigue at work? Have you ever assessed if you are breathing correctly? Breathing expert Joel Jelen has over 20 years experience helping people improve productivity and wellbeing through correct breathing.

Joel is a Fellow of the Buteyko Professionals International organisation (FBPI), also serves on their management board and is their Specialist Advisor on Public Relations. Joel runs Ubiquity PR and the Breathren breathing blog.

Key takeaways from this podcast:

  • Why many people breathe poorly
  • How poor breathing can damage our health
  • Breathing techniques to improve productivity
  • Breathing techniques to improve wellbeing
  • Mindset and breathing
  • Top tips for entrepreneurs to be more successful through breathing better

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

The power of your voice | Interview with Peter Hopwood | Ep. #68

The power of your voice | Interview with Peter Hopwood | Ep. #68

May 28, 2021

Are you using the power of storytelling in your presentations and pitches? Are you looking to craft a talk that connects with your audience on an emotional level?  In this second of two special episodes on public speaking, I interview world-class conference speaker and speaking coach, Peter Hopwood.

Peter is a global speaker, pitch & storytelling coach, TEDx coach, virtual speaking specialist, events MC, virtual moderator and media skills trainer.

Key takeaways from this podcast:

  • Crafting stories that connect with an audience
  • How to deliver a virtual talk
  • The power of your voice (tone, pace and intonation)
  • The important of using pauses
  • Watch out for colloquial nuances in your voice (dialect, language, etc)
  • Open with a story or a question 
  • How to bridge from the story to the message

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

The impactology of great speaking | Interview with Martin Brooks (The Impactologist) | Ep. #67

The impactology of great speaking | Interview with Martin Brooks (The Impactologist) | Ep. #67

May 25, 2021

How do you make an impact when speaking in public? What is the 'difference that makes the difference' when looking to woo and wow an audience? In this first of two special episodes on public speaking, I interview world-class speaking coach Martin Brooks.

In this episode we deep dive into body language, voice techniques and the psychology of speaking in public. Martin is a highly experienced trainer with over 25 years experience working with people from some of the world's biggest companies helping them improve their sales and public speaking techniques.

Key takeaways from this podcast:

  • What is Impactology?
  • Boosting confidence when speaking in public
  • The three B's of public speaking
  • The assumption of interest
  • Buying airtime from your audience
  • How do we keep people's attention? (S.T.O.P)
  • Answering tough questions
  • The power of podcasting
  • Learning from the world’s best public speakers
  • Martin analyses Phil’s public speaking efforts
  • Creating impact on Zoom

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

Business with Purpose | Interview with Sara Lawton | Ep. #66

Business with Purpose | Interview with Sara Lawton | Ep. #66

May 9, 2021

What is your mission? Is your business purpose-driven? Can purpose-driven business creates value commercially as well as social impact? Sara Lawton, Managing Director of Rise Construction Framework, is convinced that you can, so she went and did it.

Rise Construction Framework was born out of a strong conviction that a construction framework could deliver exceptional service to its clients while positively impacting the communities within its operating areas. Showing the sector, quite simply, that commerciality and social value can co-exist, and can create an innovative and purposeful new model for doing business.

Key takeaways from this podcast:

- Using your pain as motivation

- Causes of modern poverty in the UK

- The power of empathy to make change

- The importance of good peers

- Balancing commerciality with purpose

- Leadership lessons.

 

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

The investment journey | Interview with Andy round | Ep. #65

The investment journey | Interview with Andy round | Ep. #65

April 19, 2021

Raising cash to enable business growth can become an obsession for many entrepreneurs, and for good reason too. The world of investment can be disorientating, frustrating and all-consuming.

In this episode Phil interviews Andy Round, who raised £50M for his first venture straight out of university, and learnt first-hand the perils and opportunities of the investment world. 

Today, the poacher turned gamekeeper, Andy runs Praetura Ventures as Chief Exec, a venture capital (VC) firm based in Manchester which provides private equity funding to startup and scale-up companies with growth potential.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Poacher turned gamekeeper (Andy's investment journey)
  • How is venture capital (VC) money raised
  • The importance of chemistry in choosing a VC partner
  • The importance of due diligence
  • How entrepreneurs can become 'investment ready'
  • Planning for the next value inflection point
  • Why VC-backed businesses fail
  • The future landscape of the investment world.

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

The first 100 Days | Interview with Jan Bowen-Nielsen | Ep. #64

The first 100 Days | Interview with Jan Bowen-Nielsen | Ep. #64

April 7, 2021

Professional help is essential in developing a high-growth business, but choosing the right expert is a key decision. In this fascinating interview with expert coach, Jan Bowen-Nielsen we discuss the key differences between the roles of the Coach, Mentor, Consultant and Non-Exec Director.

Jan also shares his thoughts on how businesses can supercharge their efforts coming out of a downturn by focusing on the first 100 days. Key points from this episode as follows:

  • Why companies are stuck in a COVID coma
  • The bounce back potential of businesses post-COVID
  • The importance of the first 100 days post COVID
  • The guiding star and re-igniting your team
  • Re-energising yourself ready for the next phase of growth
  • Coaching vs Mentoring
  • Consultant vs Non-Exec Director
  • How to choose the right growth partner

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

Stop. Start. Continue. | Interview with Ian Farrar | Ep. #63

Stop. Start. Continue. | Interview with Ian Farrar | Ep. #63

April 2, 2021

Focus is a key dilemma for business leaders and entrepreneurs. Where should we focus our time and energy? This is one of the questions answered by Sales & Marketing Consultant, Ian Farrar in this episode. Ian also shares his thoughts on the following:

  • Coaching vs mentoring vs consultancy
  • How to embrace change
  • Personal branding vs corporate branding
  • Social evangelism
  • The power of podcasting 
  • Overcoming the fear of change
  • Lessons learnt from his Volunteering 101 project.

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Elephant Digital.

How to predict the future (Part 2) | Interview with ‘Digital Optimist’ Allister Frost | Ep. #62

How to predict the future (Part 2) | Interview with ‘Digital Optimist’ Allister Frost | Ep. #62

March 15, 2021

Imagine the power you could wield if you could predict the future. Well, predicting the future is at the heart of this 2nd special double-bill on futurism and predicting future trends.

In this podcast episode Phil interviews the 'Digital Optimist' Allister Frost, the 2nd futurist in as many weeks on the back of last week's interview with Andrew Grill.

After an early career in consumer marketing and 10 years working at Microsoft, Allister shares how entrepreneurs and business leaders can arm themselves with the knowledge and thinking to take on the ever-shifting world we find ourselves in.

Key takeaways of this podcast:

  • Introduction to Allister and world of digital optimism
  • Technology and changing behaviours
  • Technology trends entrepreneurs need to be aware of
  • Thought leadership vs original ideas
  • Marketing as the conscience of the customer
  • How to motivate staff from generation Z and Alpha
  • Lessons from 10 years at Microsoft

If you enjoyed the podcast then please spread the word by leaving a review on iTunes! Comments and feedback are very welcome via Phil's LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

This podcast is created by Phil Birss and produced by Run2.

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