All posts tagged: Podcast

Neil Butler - CEO of Untypical Media

#39 | Untypical approach to helping regional communities with Neil Butler

Our guest today is Untypical in more ways than one! Neil Butler started his professional life as a school teacher in the early 1980s. After 5 years, he stepped out into the corporate world where he has spent the past 30+ years sharing his Energetic personality and highly competent transformation leadership skills across a wide range of disciplines and industries within Australia and in national, regional and global roles.  Most recently, Neil has taken a more entrepreneurial path, establishing a range of products under the business name Untypical – a name that reflects his untypical approach to problem solving and the generation of ideas. These include business transformation, broadcasting and most, recently, community and business-focused podcasting activities, with a specific focus on regional Australia.  Neil is passionate about helping regional communities to flourish, not just exist. His newest podcasting product is Regional Podcasts – a service that provides a voice to the people who live or work in, and/or around, a regional town or city.  Conversations with decision-makers, business people and other local characters – …

Tim Ferguson

#38 | Comedy Genius to national advocate for employment of people with disabilities with Tim Ferguson

For the last 40 years Tim Ferguson has been a staple feature in numerous TV shows, comedy acts, movies and well pretty much everywhere! For the last 30 Tim has been living with Multiple Sclerosis. Tim’s view on the whole situation – “I don’t suffer Multiple Sclerosis; it suffers me!” Despite his condition, Tim has vowed to never stop making audiences laugh. Tim continues to pursue his love of comedy. He continues to work in international stand-up, making movies & TV. He loves giving Keynote Speeches about overcoming challenges (like his MS) as well as promotes employment for people with disabilities. His mission is to teach writers & producers how to create screen comedies based on his teaching of lifelong learning from his mentors and colleagues & ancient comic writings, synthesised in Tim’s comedy writing manual, ‘The Cheeky Monkey’.  Behind the screen Tim is also a very accomplished artist, just like his comedy his art work is unique, remarkable, outstanding and nothing like you have ever seen before.  To make this episode even better Tim …

Katrina Houghton

#36 | Delivering products & support for Breast Cancer Warrior’s with Katrina Houghton

Driven by ambition and motivation Katrina Houghton has exceeded expectations academically and through her sporting career. A skilled and passionate public service professional with over 10 years experience at Manager and Director levels. She has also represented Australia in Junior Hockey. In 2018 Kat’s world fell apart when Kat was diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer at just 37. She had 3 cancerous lesions in my right breast and after further scans, found that the cancer had also travelled to her lymph nodes. Katrina immediately put her full time job as an economist on hold and started a cancer management journey which included 16 rounds of chemo, double mastectomy, 25 rounds of radiation, and 18 weeks of herceptin. During Kats cancer journey she decided it was important to use her skills and experience to help fellow cancer warriors.  This kickstarted the  Know Your Knockers Breast Cancer Pocket Guide, which provides lots of content and information on products and services available for patients.  She then started to design and manufacture her own range of pocketed fashion. Utilizing …

Rochelle Courtenay - Share The Dignity

#34 | Sharing Dignity, Love and Kindness across Australia with Rochelle Courtenay

Share The Dignity has quickly become a household name! Rochelle Courtenay founder and Managing Director; affectionately known as the ‘Pad Lady’ a title she is most proud of, leads a team of volunteers collecting around 2.7 million sanitary products across Australia. When Rochelle first learnt of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle, she decided the question was not, “why is no one doing anything” but rather, “what’s stopping me from doing something?” In March 2015, Rochelle took matters into her own hands collecting sanitary items with her local community and distributing to local shelters. As a result, a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity was created and has grown to a national charity. It now has over 5,600 volunteers Australia wide, and most noteworthy, provides multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women. Share the Dignity works to make a real, on the ground difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or doing it tough. We distribute period products to those in …

Eloise Grace

#31 | The real life of Super Mum, TV Personality, Lawyer, Entrepreneur & Photographer with Eloise Grace

High achiever, hard worker and committed are just 3 describers for the awesome Eloise Grace. Eloise is a mum of 3 kids, including 7 year old Will who has severe autism and is non-verbal.  Eloise is a lawyer, tv journalist, writer, actor, model and photographer. working as a tv journalist in around 20 newsrooms, solicitor in a very respected firm in Sydney covering all areas before specialising in Employment Law and representing clients in Court Australia-wide. Eloise is also the co-owner of Andy Grace Media, a software and video production company. She has started selling her photographic work under the name  EloiseG and aims to work on more arms of the business. Connect with Eloise: https://www.eloiseg.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/eloise-grace-15a50152/ https://andygrace.com/

#19 | Inspiring communities and companies to be more innovative, purposeful and impactful with Tom Dawkins

Tom Dawkins is one of Australia’s, and the Worlds, leading thinkers, action-takers and change makers in the social entrepreneur space. I dub him the Social Impact King! His journey is a real inspiration, full of adventure, giant leaps of faith, hilarity and many key takeaways to influence everyone that listens. Be sure to check out these projects that Tom mentions in the episode: https://startsomegood.com/farmer-meets-foodie https://startsomegood.com/seaweedery As well as his new venture he gave the heads up on which is launching on the 18th of September. The Start Some Good Community Network – be sure to keep an eye on the facebook page for more info on how to get involved! https://www.facebook.com/StartSomeGood ABOUT TOM:  Tom Dawkins is the Co-Founder and CEO of social impact crowdfunding platform and innovation agency StartSomeGood. Tom is a leading speaker and advocate for social enterprise and teacher of community-building and fundraising skills. StartSomeGood partners with companies, funders and governments to inspire, unearth, skill-up and launch innovative social impact projects. Tom also founded award-winning youth organisation Vibewire, opened the first co-working space …

#18 | World Champion Ironman to Heart Hero with Guy Leech

On avaerage 30,000 people die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Australia each year! This is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. This was the unfortunate experience that World Champion athlete Guy Leech experienced which one of his closes friends collapsed and was unable to be revived despite Guys and the paramedics best efforts. Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills more Aussie’s than anything else That’s 600 people every week, this includes kids, teenagers & fit adults. Right now if you experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest you have a 6% chance of surviving. Having a defibrillator used on you within 180 seconds, your chance of survival increases to 90%. Guy’s mission is to get Heart180 Defibrillators EVERYWHERE! Sporting clubs, shopping centres, homes, service stations, cars. The more out there in the public the higher the chance of one being available when it’s needed. I was absolutely astounded by the statics surrounding SCA. What …

Darren Bourke

#17 | Developing Successful Businesses and People through Community Involvement with Darren Bourke

In my eyes Darren Bourke is Australia’s Number #1 Business Coach/Mentor. His approach to business and the way he operates is like nothing I have experienced. His unique approach is to not only make businesses profitable and operating optimally, but greatly focuses on give the owners time and improving their relationships with themselves, families and their employees. To ensure that they are leveraging their business to achieve the lifestyle they desire, whilst also having less stress and more happiness. In simple terms he helps them get more of what they want without the heartache. One of the areas he encourages businesses owners to invest in, is community. He attributes some of his most valued connections, friendships and business relationships from providing service to charities and community groups. Through this service he was also able to be introduced to many inspiring people that he would not normally have the chance to cross paths with.  Darren dedicated four years to volunteer mentoring within the charity The Reach Foundation. Reach aims to help at-risk youth pursue their dreams …

Peter Leach

#16 | A tribute to my hero – My Dad

Every little girl looks at their Dad as their hero. I was no different. I think the world of my dad and am so proud of the service and achievements he has made to his community, the nation and impact he has made on my life. Dad joined the CFA in his early 20’s and he has been involved ever since. As a young recruit he was placed around Geelong, he then became a trainer at the CFA training college in Fiskville. We then moved to Wodonga where Dad was promoted to Regional Officer. As kids we had an interesting childhood living at the station. It was exciting and exciting with lots of places to explore and bring around the fire trucks was always a thrill. The reality of job used to hit when the alarms would sound, especially during the middle of the night. The resilience, determination and service I have seen my Dad show through his lifetime of service will never be forgotten from me and the many others whose life he has …

#14 | Inspiring Resilient and Confident Kids with Kylie Allen

Kylie Allen, an entrepreneur, mother, wife, teacher and life changer. She is a risk taker who is always looking to improve the lives of those around her. She is committed to focusing on the mental health, confidence, social and emotional learning of kids. Kylie is the director and one of the teachers at Inspiring Minds Studio. At Inspiring Minds Studio they change the lives of kids, offering a variety of programs  that nurtures and supports the well-being of kids . Their programs help kids build their confidence and independence whilst learning important literacy and numeracy concepts, developing their fine motor skills and learning important social and emotional skills to help them through life. Not one to let challenges of any sort hold her down, during lock-down Kylie has taken to supporting families by providing an online program for preschool children. She even found time to co-author her first book, “Empowered Women Empowering the World” launching in September and a children’s book in the pipeline. Kylie and her team share resources, ideas and inspiration on ways …