Month: April 2015

Daniel Flynn (Thank You Group) – Building a social enterprise empire from scratch.

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet catch-up with Thank You Group founder & social entrepreneur, Daniel Flynn.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet catch-up with Thank You Group founder & social entrepreneur, Daniel Flynn.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast series

Interview #20 – Daniel Flynn. 

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is a weekly podcast interviewing inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Today we catch-up with Thank You Group founder and social entrepreneur, Daniel Flynn.

Thankyou Group is a social enterprise that exists for the sole purpose of funding water, food and health and hygiene projects in the developing world through a range of products.

And man this chat… During the podcast today we chat about Daniel’s journey from starting his first business from scratch with the launch of a product called Thank You Water in 2008, making shit up as you go, flying by the seat of your pants and growing the business exponentially to where it is now with products stocked in over 4,000 outlets including 7-11, Woolworths and a range of other national supermarkets.

We also discuss creating partnerships in 2nd and 3rd world countries, pitching for start-up funds, unique-tracking codes on every single Thank You Group product sold so that people can see where the money goes, family members who are your business inspiration and the people who call themselves entrepreneurs – personally I think it’s a bullshit title and the majority of people who use it are pretenders. WAY too narcissistic and should never be on a LinkedIn Profile or business card. 

When you’re wired the way people like us are wired there’s no option in your mind except to strive for success, it can actually be quite a lonely path at times ‘cause many people around you just don’t get it or understand that there is no choice, so it’s important to surround yourself with like-minded people, even if they’re in working different industries or on different paths as they’re the ones who you can turn to when things are toughest or give you a fresh burst of energy when you need it most. I felt invigorated chatting to Daniel ‘cause even though we’d not really hung out in person before, he just gets it.

Super, super chat and hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂 

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Free Download: Daniel Flynn (Thank You Group) on ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

For more on Thank You Group head to thankyou.co

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

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Bikini Model Businesswoman, Allira Cohrs – recorded live at SkyPoint.

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Allira Cohrs at SkyPoint Observation Deck for Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet
Allira Cohrs at SkyPoint Observation Deck for Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast series

Interview #19 – Allira Cohrs. 

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is a weekly podcast interviewing inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Today’s podcast is with model, fitness ambassador & presenter, Allira Cohrs.

I came across Allira’s work as a beautiful, sexy & captivating model through Instagram and we connected through Twitter where I swiftly discovered that she was so much more than a pretty face and amazing body, but in fact an extremely hard-working, lovely, inspiring and highly motivated individual. We became buddies a few years back and when I was road-tripping up the east coast of Australia last week, I decided I wanted to finally catch-up for a chat and dropped her a line.

I’m pretty excited to share this chat and the photos on the blog page as we recorded this podcast at Skypoint Observation Deck on the Gold Coast in Australia. We were located on the 78th floor of Queensland’s iconic Q1 building, which is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world and has spectacular 360 degree views of the Australian coastline, surf, hinterland and more. Make sure you check out the pics on the blog & thank you so much to the venue manager Guy and all the people at SkyPoint that made this happen. It seriously blew my mind to be recording in such an amazing location and it’s given me inspiration for future podcasts and another wicked little idea that’s been brewing for a while now… (but I’ll have to keep that under wraps for now).

I’m still tingling a little as when we were trying to decide where to record the podcast, I was like… well I don’t want to record at Allira’s house ‘cause that’s a little forward as we hadn’t met in person yet and I didn’t want to record at my mate’s house I was staying at, so I got thinking… maybe we can do it at a cafe near the beach… that’d be nice… and then no… hang on buddy… if you could record it anywhere at all on the Gold Coast, where would it be… bingo… light bulb goes off in my head. SkyPoint… and then I remembered I actually have a friend connected with SkyPoint Observation Deck and so I gave them a call… a few hours later it was all sorted… man, it blew my mind and it’s actually the perfect example of what I’m trying to get across with these podcasts.

If you set your mind to something, you can achieve almost anything. And if you want to do something, sometimes all you have to do is pick up the phone and ask.. or find out who that person is that you need to talk to and drop them an email. Not everyone you ask will say yes, but keep knocking on that door and eventually someone will say yes. We also all need to remember too that a no now’s not a no later… I can’t tell you the amount of no’s I’ve had and then weeks/months/years later the person I’ve approached has come across my work or my profile through a shared contact and all of a sudden I’m working on a wicked project.. That’s how it works. Not magic. Not luck, just a tenacious, hunger and determination. Just do it.

Anyway, in this podcast Allira and I chat about her travels to war zones working with the Australian Defence Force, performing in Afghanistan hitting the deck while rockets are going off around you, BlackHawk helicopter pilot antics, religion, the truth about how much hard work actually goes into being a model and being your own brand, how to go about choosing your role models and much much more.

Such a sick chat and we could have talked for hours… sign of a good podcast!!!! And how’s this view!!!! 

Click here for magic in your ears 🙂    

Free Download: Allira Cohrs (bikini model, fitness ambassador & presenter) on ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Allira Cohrs visits SkyPoint Observation deck with Dan Wilkinson for Hot & Delicous: Rocks The Planet.

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Visit SkyPoint Observation Deck on the Gold Coast.

 

Dave Anthony – ‘Hot Head’, his struggles with anger & rising like a phoenix from the ashes.

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Melbourne hangs with American comedian, writer & actor Dave Anthony
Melbourne hangs with American comedian, writer & actor Dave Anthony.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast series

Interview #18 – Dave Anthony. 

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is a weekly podcast interviewing inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Today’s podcast is with American stand-up comedian, Dave Anthony.. For those of you not across his work, Dave is a writer and actor on Mark Maron’s TV show ‘Maron’, founder of LA Podfest, ‘The Dollop’ podcaster with Gary Reynolds (sorry Gareth :p) and is currently performing his one man show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, ‘Hot Head’.

This interview was an exciting and rewarding one for me. Listeners to this podcast may not realise, but Dave Anthony and Greg Behrendt’s now defunct podcast ‘Walking The Room’ along with Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen’s TOFOP podcast, were the catalyst and inspiration for my foray into podcast world for Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Across the course of the 200+ episodes of the Walking The Room podcast I went through a very similar transitional journey in my life to Greg and Dave in that I was doing the hard yards to re-build a career that I both loved and struggled with at times. As they battled, grew and took their lives and careers to a new and positive level in parallel with my own life, so it was quite lovely to spend this hour or so with Dave.

We talk about his one man show ‘Hot Head’ and the empowerment of facing your own behavioural flaws and dealing with personal issues to become someone you love and that people want to be around, the difference between the American stand-up comedy scene and the rest of the Western world, creativity and how we both found our way back the paths we were always on and a Dave Anthony’s career spanning 20 years in comedy, writing and acting in both New York and LA.

Anyway, let’s get into it!

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Free Download: Dave Anthony (stand-up comedian, writer and actor) on ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Buy tickets to see Dave Anthony’s ‘Hot Head’ at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Subscribe to The Dollop podcast here or Walking The Room podcast here.

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

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Matt Okine – chasing your dreams, life at triple j & infidelity.

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Matt Okine drops by our castle in the sky.
Matt Okine drops by our castle in the sky.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet weekly podcast series

Interview #17 – Matt Okine.

Last weekend I was blessed enough to have triple j presenter and comedian Matt Okine drop by my castle in the sky.

This podcast is  a bit of a shorter one today as Matt had to duck off early for his Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, which is called ‘The Other Guy’. I haven’t had a chance to see the show just yet because as we speak I’m currently roadtrippin’ up the east coast of Australia from Melbourne to Gold Coast & Byron, but ‘The Other Guy’ is a tale of infidelity and subsequent break down of Matt’s 9-year relationship. Despite raw subject matter and that this is a love story with a sad ending, I have no doubt from how easily we slipped into casual, flowing conversation during this 40-odd minute podcast chat, that his live show will be hilarious and thoroughly engaging throughout. I can’t wait to see it when I’m back!

Thanks for coming along Matt. Was an awesome chat!

Get into it peeps! 

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.