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A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.

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A podcast focused on learning from top experts of various industries to help listeners become better designers, creatives and giant thinkers.

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Well researched & diverse talent!

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Ram does a brilliant job with this podcast. Fresh talent with engaging conversations. Highly recommended!

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I’m a graphic design student & I’ve been listening to Giant Thinkers Podcast every morning to start out my day. I’ve gained so much knowledge about design and marketing that has helped me become a better designer. Thanks Ram for such an impactful podcast for young designers like me! Also, Happy Birthday🎉

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48 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
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Well researched & diverse talent!

By Just Creative - Apr 23 2019
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Ram does a brilliant job with this podcast. Fresh talent with engaging conversations. Highly recommended!

Awesome!!

By embaiers - Apr 22 2019
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I’m a graphic design student & I’ve been listening to Giant Thinkers Podcast every morning to start out my day. I’ve gained so much knowledge about design and marketing that has helped me become a better designer. Thanks Ram for such an impactful podcast for young designers like me! Also, Happy Birthday🎉
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Latest release on Sep 25, 2020

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Rank #1: Nike+ Design Director, Ben Fullerton on interaction design, channelling your creative voice and bringing it to life

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Today we are diving into episode number 23, where I chat with the Design Director for Nike+, who has worked across the realms of digital products, physical products, services and brands. He is best known for his interaction design work, and his CV includes the likes of Samsung, Twitter and IDEO.

His work has been recognised by:

  • BAFTA (the British Academy of Film & Television Arts
  • the Spark Awards
  • the Webbys
  • the Pixel Awards
  • and the Interaction Design Association’s Awards.


Has been published by:

  • Fast Company
  • Core77.


And presented workshops at international conferences:

  • including South by Southwest!

Whether you’re an emerging or established designer, you’ll get solid insights and practical advice here.


He shares his experiences with:

  • small and large companies
  • project challenges
  • on-the-job realities
  • health-tech wearables
  • and navigating your way through curiosity.

I now present to you, one of the great minds behind arguably the world’s most iconic sporting brand... Ben Fullerton!

More on Ben can be found via the links below:

Twitter: twitter.com/BenFu
Instagram: instagram.com/BenFu
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/benfl

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Are you struggling to get a mentor?

This year (2016) I'll be releasing my second book, titled 'How To Get A Mentor As A Designer, Guaranteed.' Cut the guess work. Get the shortcuts. Succeed faster.

To be notified on the launch, head to GiantThinkers.com/Mentor

Apr 10 2016

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Rank #2: Tyler Babin, former Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk and current Adobe Creative Resident on ‘the climb’

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Giants, this is episode #74! We’ve got a good friend of mine on the show. He and I live halfway across the world from each other. He’s based in New York, I’m in Sydney. We did this interview in LA. I’d describe him as an incredibly dedicated, super talented young gun. Currently aged 25, he’s already been a Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk, for Gary’s personal brand and numerous VaynerMedia projects. He worked side-by-side with Gary for over 3 years – specialising in videography, editing, art direction and design.

This year however, he received acceptance into the highly sought-after 2019 Adobe Creative Residency program. It’s an enormously rare opportunity. Allowing him to spend a year, full-time on a personal creative project, while sharing his experience and process with the entire global creative community.

We unpack his journey to date, which is a testament to the power of going all in on your passion. Including how he landed his dream job with Gary, his humble beginnings, and what he’s up to now.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The one item he can’t travel without
  • Practical advice on having mentors around you like Gary Vee
  • The tactics he practises to overcome imposter syndrome
  • How the Adobe Creative Residency program defines creative success, and plenty more.

So if you’re unsure where to take your career, or if you’re facing a creative block, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to go after your creative pursuits.

I present to you … the always moving, hyper-curious, creative storyteller … Tyler Babin!

More on Tyler Babin can be found via the links below:

TylerBabin.comThe Adobe Creative ResidencyGaryVaynerchuk.comLinkedIn: Tyler BabinTwitter: @Tyler_BabinInstagram: @babinYouTube: @babin

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.

Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?

It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.

It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

Sep 20 2019

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Rank #3: Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters on the cross-pollination of craft and going beyond operational excellence

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Welcome to episode #39! As the first episode of 2017 it’s only fitting that I wish you all a very happy new year, and that we kick off the show with a jaw-dropping guest. She is an icon and a pioneer in the design, education and podcasting world.

Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, our guest is also an author of six books, a brand strategist – formerly the President of the design division at Sterling Brands for 20 years, and host of the podcast Design Matters; the first and longest running podcast about design. She has interviewed nearly 300 design luminaries and cultural commentators.

And when you thought it couldn’t get any more juicy, she is also the Chair and Co-founder of the Masters Program in Branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Speaking of, this was recorded in NYC in November last year and am excited to finally let this one out of the bag.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to deal with challenges and heartbreak on our career path
  • Advice to designers who are struggling to decide which discipline to focus on
  • The difference between a good designer and a great one
  • Practical tips for those wanting to start a podcast, and plenty more.

I present to you, the deeply thoughtful, wise and compassionate … Debbie Millman!

More on Debbie can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @DebbieMillmanLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborahmillmanWebsite: Debbiemillman.comDebbie's all-time delights of NYC: Debbiemillman.com/new_york_city.htmlDesign Matters Podcast: Debbiemillman.com/designmatters

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Jan 05 2017

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Rank #4: Elle Luna on protecting your passion, interpreting your dreams and the practicality of transition periods

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It’s a pleasure to have your company on episode #42! Our guest is a formally trained designer who previously worked at IDEO and with startups including Mailbox, Medium, and Uber – then a few years ago she made a brave pivot and transitioned into spending more time painting, writing and creating. She is the author of a book many of you may have or heard of, titled; 'The Crossroads of Should and Must'.

Side note here, I suggest you watch one of the many talks she’s done, in particular the one titled ‘The importance of doing what you love’ it’s on vimeo.com. I highly, highly recommend it. She also runs a textile venture, the Bulan Project, a collaboration between designers and master batik artists in Bali.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The job vs the career vs the calling

  • Her winding road of transition (even being denied admission from every law school she applied for)

  • How to protect your passion

  • The importance of play

  • And techniques to interpret our own dreams.

I present to you, the deeply captivating, thoughtful and tranquil … Elle Luna!

More on Elle can be found via the link below:

LinkedIn: click here

Twitter: @ElleLuna

Instagram: @ElleLuna

Personal website: ElleLuna.com

The Bulan Project: click here

Elle's book: The Crossroads of Should and Must

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Are you a designer or creative struggling to navigate your way?

If you haven’t already, I invite you to sign up for the mailing list, where you get occasional emails from me on new episodes, articles and events.

But if email isn’t your thing, add me on Instagram or snapchat, my handle is @TheGiantThinker -- it’s the fastest way to reach me and see my day-to-day activities.

Mar 08 2017

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Rank #5: David Lee, Chief Creative Officer at Squarespace on design portfolios, how to stand out and knowing your north star

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Hey Giants welcome to episode number 35 – as I’m recording and releasing this, I’m actually in California – well and truly settled into my 2-month USA speaking tour with a side trip to Mexico as well. But for the most part, I’ll be speaking in various cities from the West coast to the East and many places in between. All part of launching my second book; How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed. The full list of my tour can be seen on GettingaMentor.com click the events page and if I’m my visiting your city or am nearby – please come along, I’d really love to see you there. 

Now for those of you that were at the Annual AIGA Conference hosted at The Mirage in Las Vegas, congratulations for attending, investing your time and making the event such a huge success. It was my first time at an AIGA conference and I’m sure you can all agree that it was buzzing with energy and inspiration. And for those that attended my 3-hr workshop, titled Win The Job You Want – thank you for your curiosity and engagement, it will be an event I will always remember.

Alrighty, let’s get this episode underway… our guest is the Chief Creative Officer at Squarespace, and has been there for almost 4 years. Prior to that he’s held Creative Director leadership positions at TBWA, Wieden + Kennedy and AKQA. If I read his long list of accolades and awards, we’d be here for hours, but his recognition spans broad and deep -- from Cannes, to One Show, D&AD and Webby.

What I’m sure you’ll all appreciate is that his passion lies in telling compelling stories at the intersection of product, design and marketing. He’s masterminded two Super Bowl commercials, led the successful launches of Squarespace Logo and Squarespace 7, and worked with clients including Nike, Nokia, Microsoft and Xbox.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to standout when showing your portfolio
  • What it really is to be a creative director
  • How we can present and sell our ideas better
  • And his advice for getting in touch with Creative Directors

I present to you … the super enlightening and honest, David Lee!

More on David can be found via the links below:

Website: https://dmklee.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dmklee
Instagram: @dmklee
Twitter: @dmklee

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Tina Roth-Eisenberg, Founder of Creative mornings, aka swiss-miss, said “it saves me a huge amount of time.” Forbes said it is “Incredibly user friendly”.

FreshBooks is offering a month of unrestricted use to all Giant Thinkers listeners, totally free right now.

To claim your free month, go to FreshBooks.com/Giant and enter Giant Thinkers in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Nov 02 2016

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Rank #6: Candice Kumai on the Japanese practice of golden repair and celebrating our imperfections

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Giants welcome to episode #62. Today we have an internationally-renowned wellness writer, chef and content creator. She’s in fact a classically trained chef, who has cooked on the line at several restaurants. And impressively (but not surprisingly) was the youngest chef competing in the first season of Top Chef. Other accomplishments include being a former tv host, former-model-turned wellness journalist, and a five-time best-selling author. ELLE magazine describes her as “The Golden Girl of the Wellness World.” She sits on The Well+Good Council and was named one of Arianna Huffington’s “Top 20 New Role Models in 2017.” Her mother is Japanese and her father is Polish-American.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How we can harness ‘Kintsugi’ for healing and strength – which is actually the Japanese practice of golden repair – we elaborate on this in depth.
  • We also chat about core principles such as ‘Gaman’ — which infers: ‘Live with great resilience’ and ...
  • Shikata ga nai — that means: Accept what cannot be helped.

This is a rollercoaster episode – we share many laughs and many vulnerabilities … including some tears.

So if that sounds appealing and If you’re interested in the intersection of culinary arts, Japanese philosophy and wellness, then you are in for an absolute treat.

I present to you … the kind hearted, tenacious and passionate ... Candice Kumai!

More on Candice can be found via the links below:

http://candicekumai.com

Instagram: @CandiceKumai

Twitter: @CandiceKumai

Kintsugi Wellness on Amazon

LinkedIn Profile

Candice's Facebook Page

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Head to GiantThinkers.com/Blinkist to take up the 25% off discount. Start your free trial or get three months off your yearly plan when you join today.

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Jul 01 2018

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Rank #7: Cesar Santos, Cuban-American portrait painter on making a living as an artist

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Giants, this is episode #67! Today’s guest is a contemporary Cuban-American artist and portrait painter, best known for his ‘Syncretism’, a term he coined in 2011 to describe paintings where he presents two or more art tendencies in aesthetic balance. His work harmonises both classical and modern interpretations juxtaposed within each painting.

When he moved to America with his family aged 12, he got the real taste for the American Dream: “The worst thing that could happen in America was always a luxury in comparison to the Cuban lifestyle” (where he’s originally from).

He studied at the Miami Dade College, then attended the New World School of the Arts for a period of time and even relocated to Florence for further painting education. The artist has received numerous accolades around the world, including the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award at the Academy of Realist Art Boston, First Prize at the Grand Central Academy Portrait Competition, The Hall of Fame Award at Miami Dade College and First Place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice for people wanting to make a living as an artist
  • How his physical activity feeds in with his life as a painter
  • The role of an artist in the age of technology
  • And the business side of being a painter.

So if you’re thinking about becoming a full-time artist, or looking for ways to channel your creativity, then this is for you – as we uncover what makes an artist thrive.

I present to you … the always curious, open-minded, grounded … Cesar Santos!

More on Cesar can be found via the links below:

SantoCesar.comCesar’s YouTube Channel Instagram: @santocesartTwitter: @SantocesArt

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.

Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?

It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.

It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

Feb 28 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #8: Chase Jarvis, Founder of CreativeLive and world-renowned photographer on human connection

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Strap yourself in and have some snacks handy. This is a long one, but for good reason. It's partly deep, partly entertaining and 100% real. This man needs no introduction, but if by chance you haven't heard of him, he is a world-renowned photographer, CEO and Founder of CreativeLive. It’s none other than, Chase Jarvis.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Studying medicine for years before ultimately following his calling towards photography
  • Creating ‘Best Camera’, the first app to introduce filters and allow direct sharing to social media (pre-Instagram)
  • The humble beginnings of CreativeLive in a tiny south Seattle warehouse with his co-founder Craig Swanson
  • And the importance of writing your own script in life.

More on Chase can be found via the links below:

Instagram: @ChaseJarvisTwitter: @ChaseJarvisWebsite: chasejarvis.comBlog: blog.chasejarvis.com/blogFacebook: facebook.com/chasejarvis Youtube: youtube.com/chasejarvis

Creative Live: creativelive.com28 to Make: creativelive.com/courses/28-to-make 

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The NY Times says "the high-end crowd swears by it". National Geographic chose it as 1 of 8 "must-have travel apps". Forbes selected it as one of the "Best iPhone Camera Apps in 2014" and said it "provides nearly any camera feature you could need, and shoots HD video".

Grab it at GiantThinkers.com/ProCamera

Feb 16 2016

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Rank #9: The legendary Ric Grefé on listening, leadership and legacy via design to impact social change

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Our guest on episode 22 is unlike any other. His CV includes a broad range of accomplishments including working in naval intelligence during the Vietnam War, working as a journalist for the Associated Press, and contributing as a business writer for Time magazine. His most recent and significant contribution to the world of design has been his 20 year tenure as the Executive Director of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), where he was committed to advancing creative thinking from 1995 through to 2015.

The thing that astounds me is the profoundly unique way that he observes the world we live in. I guarantee that you will view design, and your ability to impact the world, in a whole new dimension. It’s an exciting and deep episode, so I won’t give too much away.

I present to you, the complex and poetic mind of the incredible Mr Ric Grefé.

More on Ric can be found via the links below:

Email: grefe@me.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ric-grefé-023237
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ricgrefe

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.

Have you seen the app, that functions as a notepad-calculator?

It’s called Soulver. Just type your problem and Soulver shows you the answer. It’s smarter and clearer than a calculator, and quicker to use than a spreadsheet. Available for mac, ipad and iphone.

Plus, they’re giving listeners 20% OFF. The discount is already applied if you head to GiantThinkers.com/Soulver

Mar 28 2016

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Rank #10: Kristina Karlsson, Founder of kikki.K, supporting one hundred and one million people to live their dream life

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Giants, this is episode #76! Today’s guest is an enormous inspiration. She’s the Founder and Creative Director of kikki.K, the award winning, global Swedish design and stationery business that offers stylish gifts, seasonal collections, stationery (of course) and functional organising tools – all to inspire and empower people to live their best life. Currently, kikki.K has 102 stores, they are stocked in another 250, and sold online in over 147 countries worldwide..

Needless to say the growth of this brand is staggeringly impressive. What makes it so, is how kikki.K all started. Our guest wrote on a piece of paper – all her dreams at 3am one morning when she couldn’t sleep, she was 22 years old. That was the seed. And in this episode we uncover the entire origin story, which is a testament to the power of staying true to our own dreams.

Speaking of, since she emigrated to Australia from Sweden a couple of decades ago, it’s been her ambition to spread the power of dreaming big to the masses. So much so, she has set herself a target to inspire one hundred and one million people to write down three specific dreams, and to go chase after them.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Where she gets her inspiration to create the products that she releases
  • What factors have influenced her level of scale
  • Her self-care practices, including her 5am “holy hour”
  • What she’s learnt from being coached 1:1 by Robin Sharma.

So if you’re someone who also has big, bold ambitions but don’t know where to start, or perhaps there’s a voice inside you, nudging you that there’s something lacking, then this episode will be right up your alley.

I present to you … the endless dreamer and powerhouse doer … Kristina Karlsson!

More on Kristina Karlsson and kikki.K can be found via the links below:

Kikki-k.com

LinkedIn: Kristina Karlsson

kikki.K’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @kikkiK

Instagram: @kikki.k

Instagram: @kristinakikkik

Your Dream Life Starts Here

Axel Karlsson’s YouTube

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Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?

It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.

It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

Dec 30 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #11: Aaryn Longmore, Founder & CEO of NLP Academy Australia on using Neuro-Linguistic Programming for designers and creatives

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This guest is the Founder and CEO of NLP Academy Australia. For those that haven’t heard of NLP before, it stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and it’s a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience; neurology, language and programming. NLP methods include ‘modeling’ and ‘adopting’ the skills and behaviors of exceptional people, then using that to acquire your own goals and objectives.

Some of the topics we chat about include:

  • Four NLP action steps we can apply immediately
  • Behavioural integration
  • Understanding rapport and how to use it effectively
  • The definition of ‘anchoring’ and how to use it appropriately
  • And reframing the mind with a powerful technique to help us shift to excitement as opposed to negativity.

I present to you, the NLP master himself, Aaryn Longmore!

More on Aaryn can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @AarynLongmore
Instagram: @Aaryn_Longmore
Website: nlpacademyaustralia.com.au
Facebook: facebook.com/NLPacademyAustralia


Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.

Have you seen the app, that functions as a calculator, spreadsheet and notepad, all-in-one?

It’s called Soulver. Just type your problem and Soulver shows you the answer. It’s smarter and clearer than a calculator, and quicker to use than a spreadsheet. Available for mac, ipad and iphone.

Plus, they’re giving listeners 20% OFF. The discount is already applied if you head to GiantThinkers.com/Soulver

Mar 02 2016

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Rank #12: Dr. Carmel Harrington, sleep specialist for over 20 years on how to achieve better sleep

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Welcome to episode #45! Our guest is a former lawyer and educator who has a PHD in Sleep Medicine from Sydney University and consults with companies and educational institutions all over the world on sleep health. She’s an internationally recognised Doctor that has been working in the world of sleep for nearly 20 years.

She’s the Managing Director of Sleep for Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Children's Hospital Westmead. She’s also a founding member of the Sleep Health Foundation and a member of the Australasian Sleep Association. On top of that, she’s written two books ‘The Sleep Diet’ and ‘The Complete Guide To A Good Night's Sleep’.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The stages of a complete sleep cycle and how each affect our mind and bodies
  • How much sleep we actually need and why
  • The differences of sleep requirements for males versus females
  • How to naturally achieve better sleep
  • How to create a sleep plan
  • Her thoughts around power naps
  • What it means for those who snore, sleep talk, sleep walk or jolt suddenly, and plenty more.

I present to you … the warm, generous and intelligent ...  Dr. Carmel Harrington!

More on Dr. Carmel Harrington can be found via the links below:

Dr. Carmel’s website: sleepforhealth.net.au

Dr. Carmel’s LinedIn: click here

Blog post by Dr. Carmel: Are you getting enough sleep?

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Jun 07 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #13: Julie Anixter, AIGA’s Executive Director on adapting, finding fulfilment and overcoming fear as a designer

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Hey Giants welcome to episode number 37 – I’m recording this from my hotel room in Manhattan, NYC as I’m two-thirds through USA speaking tour. The podcast lives on – no excuses. I still have around 8 events to go across South Carolina, Kansas, West Michigan and Seattle. All part of launching my second book; How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed.

If you’re struggling to find a mentor, this book was written for you – you can grab it at GettingaMentor.com – it’s available in paperback, ebook and audiobook versions.

Another quick announcement, if you’re a Snapchat or Instagram stories user, I’m doing my best to document my day to day journey on those platforms, so if you’d like a sneak peek into my travels, you can add me on my handle: TheGiantThinker.

Now, to introduce today’s guest, she is the Executive Director of AIGA – the American professional association for design. She is known for her passion and ability to bring big ideas to big audiences, through her hybrid capabilities as an experience designer, educator and practicing innovator. But as you’ll hear in this interview, she encompasses all those things and more.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice to those struggling to find meaning and fulfilment in their design career
  • How to deal with fear
  • Ways to improve diversity and inclusion
  • And the number question that has helped her innovate.

I present to you … the multi-faceted, warm-hearted, Julie Anixter!

More on Julie can be found via the links below:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janixterTwitter: @JulieAnixterAIGA: http://www.aiga.org

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Do you want to cut the guess work, see the blind spots and succeed faster?

I invite you take a look at my latest book 'How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed' – you can even get the first 50 pages as a PDF and in audio format for free if you want to know more about it first before purchasing. Click here to check it out!

Nov 29 2016

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Rank #14: Taj Pabari on being a 16 year old Founder and CEO of tech empire Fiftysix Creations

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Giants, welcome to Episode #27, where we chat to the 16 year old Founder and CEO of tech empire Fiftysix Creations; also known as the Lego of the 21st Century. 

Coined by some as “the next Steve Jobs”, he was exposed to his first school laptop in Grade 4, and started his first blog and entrepreneurial journey at the age of 11. He’s currently still a full-time high school student who runs his business by waking up at 4am every morning to connect with his team throughout Australia, the US and London.

Some of the things we spoke about include:

  • How he balances his double life as a CEO and Grade 12 student
  • Why it’s important to educate third-world countries about technology
  • How to up-skill with life fundamentals that aren’t taught in school
  • And insights on the jobs of the future


I present, the teenage entrepreneurial whiz shaking up the tech industry, Taj Pabari! 

More on Taj can be found via the links below:

Website: http://www.tajpabari.com
Fiftysix Creations: https://hellofiftysix.com
Taj’s LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/1NH55JN
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tajpmahal

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Do you need help getting a mentor?

I’m sure you all understand the importance of getting a mentor, but many just don’t know how to go about it. So my next book launching soon, will serve as a way to cut the guess work, get the shortcuts, see the blind spots, and succeed faster.

Head on over to GiantThinkers.com/Mentor to sign up to the mailing list for all the details of my upcoming book on Mentorship.

Jun 13 2016

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Rank #15: The first 50 pages of ‘How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed’ by Ram Castillo for free [AUDIO BOOK VERSION]

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Welcome to episode #33 – this is a little different to all the other episodes in the past. I've not yet done a solo episode, as I haven’t had a good reason to, until now. 

If you're a first time listener, usually I have a conversation with one expert guest and attempt to dissect their story, the lessons they have learnt along the way and the advice they would give to their younger self.

However, it’s time to mix things up, and what better way to do so than to pair the release of my second book; How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed, with the first 35 minutes of my audiobook version! which equates to the first 50 pages of the 200 page book.

The entire audio book version goes for about 2 hours 10 minutes and I thought I'd give you a solid amount as a sample here for you to base your thoughts on it incase you were looking to grab a copy.

I also took the liberty of reading it out in my own voice to hopefully add greater authenticity and connection with you. And let me tell you, that was my first time recording an audio book in a professional studio and man do i empathize with voice over artists. It's definitely not as easy as it may seem.

So here we go, I present the first 50 pages of my second book; How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed – in audiobook format... enjoy!

More on the book can be found here: https://www.gettingamentor.com

Watch the video trailer here: http://giantthinkers.com/video

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Do you hate having that awkward conversation with your clients about pending payments they need to make?

I highly recommend you checkout Freshbooks. The #1 cloud-based, invoicing software for small businesses. Especially if you’re a freelancer. 5 million people already use FreshBooks to painlessly send invoices & estimates, track time and capture expense receipts. Thankfully, they automates late payment email reminders too, so you can spend less time chasing payments and more time working your magic.

Tina Roth-Eisenberg, Founder of Creative mornings, aka swiss-miss, said “it saves me a huge amount of time.” Forbes said it is “Incredibly user friendly”.

FreshBooks is offering a month of unrestricted use to all Giant Thinkers listeners, totally free right now.

To claim your free month, go to FreshBooks.com/Giant and enter Giant Thinkers in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Sep 29 2016

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Rank #16: Janine Allis, Founder of Boost Juice on building one of the biggest juice bar businesses in the world

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Giants, this is episode #69! Our guest is the Founder of Boost Juice & Retail Zoo – the parent company of Boost Juice, as well as Salsa’s Fresh Mex, CIBO Espresso and Betty’s Burgers. She’s also an Australian Shark Tank Investor, Author and mother of four children.

It all started with her vision of getting more fruit and veggies in people’s diet and – loving life along the way – which is now a reality, with over 2 million smoothies and juices sold every month. Boost Juice has more outlets in more countries than any other juice bar in the world.

She also has a long list of awards to her name including BRW naming her one of fifteen people that changed the way Australia does business in the last 35 years.

In total, her businesses span across over 650 stores worldwide, so it’s no surprise that as a Shark Tank investor, she can quickly pinpoint the difference between a good business – versus a great one. Part of her unique philosophy is that it’s not necessarily about “being better” – rather, it’s about “being different”.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Her epic “go-to” concoction that she makes each morning
  • What she learnt from backpacking for over seven years
  • The sacrifices involved when starting a business
  • Having an ‘always learning’ appetite and mindset
  • And the ‘BBQ Test’ she uses to inform and grow her business.

So if you’re looking to learn from a powerhouse businesswoman, who’s worn all the hats, has weathered many storms and has more proof in the pudding than most entrepreneurs I’ve ever met, then this is for you.

I present to you … the opportunistic, out-of-the-box thinking, power mum and business giant … Janine Allis!

More on Janine can be found via the links below:

JanineAllis.com.au

BoostJuice.com.au

RetailZoo.com.au

LinkedIn: JanineAllis

Twitter: @Janineboost

Instagram: @Janine_Allis

The Accidental Entrepreneur

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Get 20% off my image search library of choice: Stocksy

Stocksy provide royalty-free stock photography and cinematic video footage.

A big reason why I love them is because their library is highly curated and isn’t full of cheesy, overused assets.

Plus, the entire website is insanely easy to use. The searching, the filtering, the navigating – It’s all clear, intuitive and simple. They even have a drag and drop search feature if you have an image you like and want to see similar images on Stocky, just drag and drop it straight onto their website. And, they have a search by colour feature too. Perfect for finding images to match your colour palette.

I encourage you to take advantage of the exclusive 20% OFF Stocksy discount code.

Use the code: GIANTTHINKERS20

Head to: GiantThinkers.com/Stocksy

Apr 25 2019

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Rank #17: Ilise Benun aka the Marketing-Mentor, on taking charge of your business and finding the right niche

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Welcome to Episode #29 Giants! Our guest is the founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, with 25+ years experience guiding self-employed creatives. She is the author of 7 books including “The Designer's Guide to Marketing & Pricing" and “The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money”. 

She’s also a CreativeLive.com instructor, the Program Partner for HOW Design Live and host of the HOWLive Podcast. She’s been featured on Entrepreneur.com, Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, HOW Magazine and more.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to find your niche and make it count
  • How to get paid what you’re worth from clients
  • Why having a proactive mindset is crucial to ongoing success 
  • How to identify ideal clients and nurturing those relationships
  • And how to ensure a steady income when freelancing


I present, one of the most impactful marketing leaders guiding the creative community, it’s none other than… Ilise Benun! 

More on Ilise can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @mmtoolbox 
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ilisebenun/
Website: http://www.marketing-mentor.com 
Creative Live Workshop: Click Here
Books: http://www.amazon.com/Ilise-Benun/e/B001H6UHA

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Do you want to create and send an invoice in under 30 seconds?

I highly recommend you checkout Freshbooks. The #1 cloud-based, invoicing software for small businesses. Especially if you’re a freelancer. 5 million people already use FreshBooks to painlessly send invoices & estimates, track time and capture expense receipts.

Tina Roth-Eisenberg, Founder of Creative mornings, aka swiss-miss, said “it saves me a huge amount of time.” Forbes said it is “Incredibly user friendly”.

FreshBooks is offering a month of unrestricted use to all Giant Thinkers listeners, totally free right now.

To claim your free month, go to FreshBooks.com/Giant and enter Giant Thinkers in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Jul 21 2016

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Rank #18: Charbel Zeaiter, Co-founder at Academy Xi on UX design processes, VR, AR and the future of design

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This is episode #46! Our guest is the Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at Academy Xi. They teach groups and individuals in the areas of design and tech – but with a unique positioning and offering. Academy Xi specialise in teaching newly emerging disciplines such as virtual reality design, augmented reality design, service design and of course UX design as well.

As you can imagine, this gets me going because they aim to address the upcoming skills gap in technology and give students the practical skills to pursue new career paths. Actually, some exciting news that’s come out very recently is that Academy Xi secured $2.25 million dollars in a series A round funding, and they’ve only been around for a little over a year. Very impressive growth.

Now back to our guest, he started his design career in 1998. He’s helped iconic brands, eager startups and a broad range of organisations improve their ability to create long lasting relationships with their customers, by combining his belief in human centred design, research and collaboration.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The danger of assumption
  • Advice to anyone creating a product, service or a brand
  • Designing value systems
  • The process of elimination when solving complex problems
  • His Slideshare presentation titled ‘The Future of everything’ which has been viewed almost 400,000 times
  • And naturally, we spoke about where he feels design is heading.

I present to you … the bright, passionate and down to earth ... Charbel Zeaiter!

More on Charbel Zeaiter can be found via the links below:

Linkedin profile

Facebook profile

Twitter: @charbelxcharbel

Instagram: @Charbelxcharbel

Velvet Onion website

Academy Xi

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Need video work done? Filming, editing or both?

Checkout Grand Rapids based, Creative Agency, Carbon Stories. Friends of mine who I personally used for my video vlogs during my 2016 USA tour. They service your needs for video work and photography.

Take a look at their work or to reach out to them: CarbonStories.us

Jun 27 2017

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Rank #19: Russell James, Victoria’s Secret & Vogue photographer on creative discipline, persistence, adapting and mentors

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Episode #34 is now up! I interviewed an award-winning, highly-acclaimed photographer who has been a big part of the photography world for over 20 years. A renowned Vogue cover photographer (amongst many other magazine) and the main photographer for Victoria’s Secret, he has worked with the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Clinton, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Tyra Banks, Giselle Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, and more!

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How he stayed in-front and relevant as an originally film-based photographer when the digital age exploded
  • Photographing Tyra Banks as the first African American woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated
  • And why crafting your own version of “turning up” is the secret to achieving anything.


Introducing, the incredibly talented and humble … Mr Russell James!

More on Russell can be found via the links below:

Website: http://russelljames.com
Instagram: @RussellJames
Twitter: @NomadRJ

Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.

Do you hate having that awkward conversation with your clients about pending payments they need to make?

I highly recommend you checkout Freshbooks. The #1 cloud-based, invoicing software for small businesses. Especially if you’re a freelancer. 5 million people already use FreshBooks to painlessly send invoices & estimates, track time and capture expense receipts. Thankfully, they automates late payment email reminders too, so you can spend less time chasing payments and more time working your magic.

Tina Roth-Eisenberg, Founder of Creative mornings, aka swiss-miss, said “it saves me a huge amount of time.” Forbes said it is “Incredibly user friendly”.

FreshBooks is offering a month of unrestricted use to all Giant Thinkers listeners, totally free right now.

To claim your free month, go to FreshBooks.com/Giant and enter Giant Thinkers in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Oct 12 2016

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Rank #20: Dale Partridge, serial entrepreneur on evaluating our purpose, seeking our truth and creating businesses you believe in

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Giants, welcome to episode #63! Today’s guest has launched over half a dozen multi-million dollar companies. From a rock-climbing gym to a conference company to a branding agency and a highly successful e-commerce business. In the last few years, he’s shifted his mission from starting companies to teaching others how to start theirs. To help people create the business and family they love. Empowering people to chase their dreams and fulfil their purpose.

He’s been featured in publications including the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine, Fox News, NBC, INC Magazine, Mashable and Forbes. Now more than ever, he’s widely known as an online thought leader on faith, family, and marriage.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His journey in creating these multi-million dollar companies such as Sevenly and StartUp Camp
  • The ups and downs of running a business
  • The importance of looking in the mirror when things go bad and looking out the window when things go good
  • Lessons on leadership
  • Constantly evaluating our purpose
  • And seeking our own truth.

This episode has a mixed bag of goodies, so if you’re interested in the intersections of capitalist philanthropy, entrepreneurship and purpose – then this is for you.

I present to you … the highly passionate, inspiring, action-taking juggernaut … Dale Partridge!

More on Dale can be found via the links below:

https://dalepartridge.com

https://relearnchurch.org

https://ultimatemarriage.com

Dale's Facebook page

Twitter: @dalepartridge

Instagram: @dalepartridge

Dale's Youtube Channel

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Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?

It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.

It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind into a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

Nov 10 2018

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