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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!

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!!

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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🎉

iTunes Ratings

46 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
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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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Giant Thinkers Podcast

Updated 6 days ago

Rank #6 in Design category

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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.

Rank #1: Kelly Slater, 11-time World Surfing Champion on longevity, setbacks and mental toughness

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Hello wonderful Giants, this is episode #54. Our guest today is truly one of a kind. He’s an 11-time world surfing champion. Holds the record as the youngest (at age 20) to win the title and the oldest (at age 39) to win the title as well. A living legend, an inspiration to millions of people, by far the best-known surfer on the planet and chatting with him blew me away.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

    His thoughts on longevity and making a career out of something you love – in his case, surfing in professional competitions for over 33 years
    The importance of humility, respect, resilience, family and personal relationships
    We spoke about doubt and setbacks and building mental-toughness, including his 2-3 year hiatus which was part of the 7-year gap between winning his 6th and 7th world title
    His 10-year journey in creating the perfect man-made wave pool – what once was a dream is now a reality
    I of course asked for his key tips for beginner-level surfers - for those that want to start, and there’s just an avalanche of quality insights in this interview – the list goes on.

So If you’re someone that’s interested in hearing the ups, the downs and everything in between – from a world champion, then this episode is for you.

I present to you … the hard-working, super humble, 11-time world champ ... Kelly Slater!

More on Kelly Slater can be found via the links below:

Kelly’s personal website

Kelly Slater Wave Company website

Kelly's menswear brand: Outerknown

Kelly’s Twitter: @kellyslater

Kelly’s Instagram: @kellyslater

Kelly on Facebook

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Dec 13 2017
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #2: 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 Artsthe Spark Awardsthe Webbysthe Pixel Awardsand the Interaction Design Association’s Awards.


Has been published by:

    Fast CompanyCore77.


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 companiesproject challengeson-the-job realitieshealth-tech wearablesand 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
1 hour
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #4: 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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Jul 01 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #5: 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
58 mins
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Rank #6: Michael Bierut from Pentagram on visual communication, career development and the big picture

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This is episode #57. Our guest today is arguably one of the graphic design industry’s most well known designers. He worked at Vignelli Associates for ten years before joining Pentagram as a partner in 1990 where he still works till this day, after 28 years and counting.

His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Robin Hood Foundation, MIT Media Lab, Mastercard, Princeton University, the New York Jets and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a volunteer to Hillary Clinton’s communications team, he designed the H logo that was visible everywhere throughout her 2016 presidential campaign.

Our guest also served as the national president of AIGA from 1998 to 2001. Is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art. And is also one of the founding writers of the Design Observer blog. He’s paved quite an extraordinary life and I can’t wait for you to hear this.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

    His favorite typographic font of all time
    His thoughts, feelings and actions when he started out as an emerging designer
    His interpretation of corporate identities versus branding
    And his advice for those that feel stuck in a creative rut.

If you’re someone who is interested in the fusion of visual communication, career development and making creative impact, then this is absolutely for you.

I present to you … the highly accomplished, inspiring and level-headed ... Michael Bierut!

More on Michael can be found via the links below:

Michael’s LinkedIn profile

Twitter: @MichaelBierut

Pentagram website

2016 AIGA Medalist page

The Observatory Podcast

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Mar 23 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #7: 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 portfolioWhat it really is to be a creative directorHow we can present and sell our ideas betterAnd 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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Nov 02 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #8: Nelson Kunkel, Deloitte Digital’s National Creative Director on evangelizing the value of design

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Giants, here on Episode 24 we peek into the incredible mind of a professional creative problem solver, who also happens to be the Executive Design Director and National Creative Director for Deloitte Digital.

For the last two decades he has consulted with Fortune 50 companies, built agencies, created brands and shares with us his knowledge collected from a diverse range of experiences, including:

    His top tips for getting your foot in the door at a design companyThe power of sweating the details with your online and offline communicationHis thoughts on why being ‘interested’ comes before being ‘interesting’How your personality can truly contribute to an organizationHis advice on starting any businessAnd his insights on augmented reality. 

He describes himself as “spending an obsessive amount of his life daydreaming about how to improve the world around him” … the humble and wise, Nelson Kunkel! 

More on Nelson can be found via the links below:

Twitter: twitter.com/NelsonKunkel
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/nelsonkunkel

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Apr 27 2016
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #9: 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 photographyCreating ‘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 SwansonAnd 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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Feb 16 2016
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #10: 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 immediatelyBehavioural integrationUnderstanding rapport and how to use it effectivelyThe definition of ‘anchoring’ and how to use it appropriatelyAnd 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


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Mar 02 2016
59 mins
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Rank #11: 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.

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Mar 28 2016
54 mins
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Rank #12: Steve Babcock, VaynerMedia’s Chief Creative Officer on ideation, intuition and decision making

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Giants, welcome to episode #38! I’m officially back home in Sydney, Australia, after a whirlwind 2-month USA tour as part of launching my second book; how to get a mentor as a designer. I couldn’t of done it without the AIGA chapters that hosted me and of course all of you that participated. In short, I visited 15 cities, delivered 20 talks and met over 1500 attendees. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it was truly an honor – do checkout my instagram for all the pictures of that journey, my handle is @TheGiantThinker.

Today’s guest is the Chief Creative Officer of VaynerMedia – an advertising, social-media led marketing and communications agency founded by Gary Vaynerchuk with over 800 employees and counting. We know a lot about Gary, but to hear from the CCO of VaynerMedia is a rare gem, so rare in fact that this guest has never been interviewed on any podcast, ever. I’m truly grateful to be the first and I know you’re going to find this both informative and entertaining.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

    Advice on how to generate better ideas faster
    Tips on which area of design or creativity to specialise in
    Insights on becoming a creative director
    How to improve our intuition
    And what it’s like working for the hustle king himself, Gary Vee.

I present to you, the man leading VaynerMedia’s creative team of titanic proportions … Steve Babcock!

More on Steve can be found via the links below:

Twitter: @stevehappensSnapchat: @babcosnapsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevehappensWebsite: SteveHappens.com

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Dec 20 2016
48 mins
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Rank #13: Dennis Yu, CTO of Blitzmetrics on Facebook marketing, personal branding and reaching almost anyone for $1 a day

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On episode #32 – I spoke with the Chief Technology Officer of BlitzMetrics, who is an internationally recognised expert lecturer in the world of Facebook marketing. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, TechCrunch, Fox News, and CBS. He has previously held leadership positions at Yahoo! and American Airlines. His colleague Logan Young also joined to share some insights and stories. 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

    6 specific phases of Personal Branding to get noticed and maximise opportunitiesHow to leverage the $1 a day method of Facebook targeted marketingHis advice for designers on how to network in a meaningful wayAnd why mentorship, more than anything else, will guide you to your version of success.


I present to you … the super intelligent Facebook ‘mathematician’ and online marketing wiz, Dennis Yu!

More on Dennis and Logan can be found via the links below:

Website: https://blitzmetrics.com
Emails: Dennis@BlitzMetrics.com  /  Logan@BlitzMetrics.com 
LinkedIn: Dennis: http://bit.ly/2caKVYV  /  Logan: http://bit.ly/2bINKUA

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Sep 14 2016
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #14: 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

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Feb 28 2019
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #15: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #16: Steve Frykholm, design legend of Herman Miller on navigating a career and dealing with differences and failed attempts

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Welcome to episode #40! Our guest today is truly a Graphic Design legend. An icon of the industry. He’s had a 45-year stint at Herman Miller, and was in fact hired as their first ever Graphic Designer in 1970, working his way up to Creative Director and now still with them as an advisor. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is also an AIGA Medalist.

This interview was recorded in person at Grand Rapids, West Michigan in December last year. Take note, there were a few photographs sent to me by today’s guest which complement a particular segment of the interview – it’s a rare Herman Miller artefact. So be sure to take a look at it on this episodes blog post at GiantThinkers.com.

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

    The two types of internal politics
    Advice for dealing with difficult people and differences of opinion
    What makes poster design so powerful
    And where to move towards in this ever-changing professional landscape.

I present to you, a dear friend and the ultimate veteran … Steve Frykholm!

More on Steve can be found via the link below:

AIGA 2010 Medalist article: www.aiga.org/medalist-stevefrykholm

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Feb 02 2017
44 mins
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Rank #17: Oscar Trimboli, specialist coach in deep listening on how to listen beyond the words

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This is episode #47! Our guest is a specialist coach in deep listening. He's helped many individuals, to massive corporations; from Google to Microsoft to Universal.

The most powerful thing I personally got out of this interview was learning how to uncover meaning in dialogue from what’s said versus what’s unsaid.

Some of the topics we covered include:

    How to listen deeply using the 5 levels of listening
    The ideal ‘speaking versus listening’ ratio
    Shadow listening styles to be aware of
    And practical techniques to productively move the dialogue forward

This is a must listen for anyone that wants to truly improve the way they communicate, not just professionally (with your colleagues and clients) but personally (with your family, friends and loved ones).

I present to you … the calm, kind and wise ... Oscar Trimboli!

More on Oscar can be found via the links below:

Oscar's website

Linkedin profile

Twitter: @oscartrimboli

Instagram: @oscartrimboli

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Want to see what it’s like when I’m on tour?

I’ve been putting extra effort into my YouTube channel, posting vlogs of my last USA tour, including my visit to places such as the AIGA headquarters, VaynerMedia and the Squarespace office. 9 episodes are up as of right now. Plenty more on the way.

Watch them on Youtube.com/RamCastillo

Aug 25 2017
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #18: 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 explodedPhotographing Tyra Banks as the first African American woman on the cover of Sports IllustratedAnd 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

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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”.

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Oct 12 2016
59 mins
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Rank #19: 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 studentWhy it’s important to educate third-world countries about technologyHow to up-skill with life fundamentals that aren’t taught in schoolAnd 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #20: 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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Jun 27 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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