69: How to become a brilliant speaker - BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas

In this episode of 'Grow Your Own Career' podcast,  I interview the BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas. Jeremy teaches media training techniques to clients that he’s acquired from thirty years on TV and radio, and is also an accomplished host of business events working for clients such as IBM, Carling, Ericsson, Boots and Samsung. I met Jeremy at the Professional Speakers Association (PSA), which I joined last year. Fourteen years ago when I lived in London I joined Toastmaters,...


68: What I learned from writing and publishing "Taking Charge of your Career"

So this month it's me in the spotlight! 2016 was a tumultuous and extraordinary year. But for me and my co-author Camilla, a huge chunk of it was taken up with writing "Taking Charge of Your Career", a major update to our 2011 book "If not now, when? How to take charge of your career". First time round the book was published by A & C Black. This time round we were in the hands of Bloomsbury (who bought A&C Black a few years ago). We are incredibly proud of the end result. It was hard...


67: Journalist, author, festival organiser, garden designer and sometime minicab driver - Kit Peel

There is a definite thread running through Kit Peel's career, and that is a love of writing and nature. These are the cornerstones of his working life to date, as he has transitioned from journalism, to managing a team of foreign correspondents, to driving a mini cab, to becoming an author of the children's book Snow Summer, to setting up a garden design business, to launching a festival! Phew! During this time Kit has moved to Yorkshire, done up his family's farmhouse high above Pateley...


66: Testing 25 jobs before she's 25 - The Radical Sabbatical with Emma Rosen

How do you find out what you want to be when you grow up? Emma Rosen's parents asked her every year at New Year in a kind of social experiment. The recordings of those conversations became a useful source of inspiration when she found, after rotating on the graduate scheme on the Civil Service Fast Steam Scheme, she was craving variety with more of an emphasis on creativity and innovation.  But where to start? "It just didn't feel right" "The issues were important but I wasn't happy and felt...


64: The things mentally strong people don't do when job seeking - with bestselling author Amy Morin

Amy Morin is the a bestselling Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do and in our interview we discuss how relevant her book is to people job searching or changing careers. A trained psychotherapist, Amy originally wrote an article on "the 13 things mentally strong people don't do" as a letter to herself. She had been through a series of losses.  At 23 years old her mother died suddenly, and then 3 years later she lost her husband.  In the process of dealing with her loss and...


63: Bringing London-inspired coffeeshops & bars to Harrogate - Tim Bosworth of Hoxton North

Tim describes his journey to setting up the successful and stylish Hoxton North coffee shop and bar as a series of moments. When Tim was six, he was told to tie someone else's shoe laces and that was the moment he thought "No way! I don't want to do that!"  - starting him down a path of "not being told what do" that he's seldom strayed from! At 11 his father passed away and he made the decision then that he must provide. Another death in the family, his elder sister aged 27, fuelled in him...


62: How we'll work, live and learn in the future - David Price, author of 'Open'

David Price is a learning futurist who explores how digital technologies are impacting the ways we live and learn in the 21st century.  David has a portfolio career and is involved in lecturing, training and speaking. He works with companies to help them create a learning culture that will appeal to a younger generation who want to work for purpose driven organisations and continually develop themselves. We discuss how there is a government led obsession with standardised testing in education...


61: How to get more energy & have brilliant brainpower - Rebecca Hirst, from Glorious Wellness

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 set up a consultancy to ensure people are operating with peak energy. After many years in advertising, working on clients such as McDonalds, P&G and United Airlines Rebecca moved 'client side' to a role at Kimberly Clark, working on Kleenex. Following on from this was a role as...


60: Double your win rate for proposals and tenders - Scott Keyser, bid winning expert

I admit it: completing tenders, especially when procurement are involved, is not my favourite activity! If you're growing a business then it's likely you'll have to get involved in "tendering" for business at some point. There's definitely an art to it, and understanding the process could make or break your business in the early stages. For the last big tender we had I employed a bid specialist to help, as I knew that without some outside input and accountability our tender would be done last...


59: From corporate job to running a sustainable urban farming business with 7 figure backing in just 3 years - Kate Hofman of GrowUp

"I listen to your podcast, please can you interview my neighbour?" This was how I was introduced to Kate Hofman who with her co-founder has set up an innovative aquaponics business. For those of you not in the know aquaponics is basically a system whereby you grow fish and plants together. The waste from the fish provides nutrients to grow the plants which in turn cleans the water. This system ticks many boxes from an environmental point of view, having high conversion rates of inputs to...