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International Peace Day – 1 Hot Tip To Make Someone Else’s Day Today.

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International Peace Day. South Bondi. Sunrise by @hotndelicious.

International Peace Day. South Bondi. Sunrise. 

Life is all about perspective. Each year on the 21st of September, International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The General Assembly has declared it as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. And today I want to do my part!

One of the approaches to life that I have lived by for years is that if I’m having a bad day, I say hi to someone else, quite often a stranger, and ask them how their day is going. It is amazing the difference a little human touch and kindness can make to someone else’s day and also lift the spirits of yours in turn.

In more recent years, a philosophy I have developed for myself is that if I can make a positive impact to just one person’s life in my lifetime, then in turn that validates my own. If you then strive to bring that philosophy into every day life and push yourself to exercise more patience and understanding (even if someone cuts you off in traffic or from a perceived slight from an off-hand comment), you can actually change the lives of people around you, make an impact on a micro scale and the world a better place.

If there’s someone who’s culture/background you don’t know enough about that might provide you with more insight as to who they are or who’s position on a viewpoint you vehemently disagree with, then reach out to them and engage in open dialogue (without attacking the person or getting angry). Most judgement or hate arises from lack of understanding or fear, so if we strive for understanding, even if we still don’t agree on a viewpoint, it creates a stronger connection & brings use closer together as a species.

Do yourself a favour today, on International Peace Day. Say hi to someone you don’t know and put some love out there in the world 🌎❤✨✌

My gift to you and all my love. It will make you feel good!

xo Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious.

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Peace Day. South Bondi. Sunrise by @hotndelicious.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Hayden Calnin.

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with amazing indie singer songwriter & producer, Hayden Calnin!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #146 Hayden Calnin (indie singer songwriter & producer). 

I am truly inspired by independent Australian singer/songwriter and producer Hayden Calnin.

Since 2012 Hayden has enjoyed radio play from high profile stations in the USA, UK and Australia such as Triple J, BBC6 and KCRW, he’s amassed over 15 million spins on Spotify, he’s been featured international music blogs such as Indie Shuffle, Stereogum and Pigeons & Planes, had his music featured on renown TV shows such as Suits, Parenthood, So You Think You Can Dance USA, The 100, Teen Wolf, MTV’s Awkward, Meet The Fosters and for the UK & Japanese official trailers for Oscar winning film, ‘Room’ and had The Vampire Diaries lead actor/director, Paul Wesley, reach out to him on Twitter as a fan, personally requesting to use the track on an episode he was directing in the final season of The Vampire Diaries

He’s sold out shows in Australia and the UK, to packed rooms in Paris and Berlin, had the pleasure of touring with the likes of The Antlers, Matt Corby, Brooke Fraser, Mat McHugh, Missy Higgins and so many more!

In today’s episode of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! weekly iTunes entrepreneurship podcast we explore what Hayden Calnin’s latest EP ‘Dirt’ means to him, the mental health challenges of young adults, how it can affect them and those around them, 2 unbelievable “pinch me” moments that he’s experienced in his life thus far and just what drives Hayden Calnin to pursue this career in music.

This man is living, breathing proof of how pursuing your passions can thrust you to a life beyond your wildest dreams.

Let’s get into it!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. 
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‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

 

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with amazing indie singer songwriter & producer, Hayden Calnin!

‘Problematic’. Tom Ballard Tackling Political Correctness and the big issues at Sydney Comedy Festival 2017!

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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #129 Tom Ballard (comedian, podcaster & writer). 

Happiness!

Anyone who listens to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! on Bondi Beach Radio and the iTunes podcast every week, will know that I am a massive fan and believer in chasing your dreams in the pursuit of happiness. 

This week I am excited to have award-winning Australian comedian, podcaster & writer, Tom Ballard on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! to promote his 2017 stand-up show Tom Ballard – ‘Problematic’, LIVE at Giant Dwarf this Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th May as part of Sydney Comedy Festival.

Over the past 2 years since our last recording together, Tom’s stand-up comedy career has been on a sharp rise to the top, enjoying nominations for Best Show at both Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, his American television debut on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, his political podcast Like I’m A Six-Year-Old has just hit 100 episodes and continues to grow from strength to strength and at the end of 2016 he appeared in SBS’s ground-breaking series First Contact, a journey of discovery into Aboriginal Australia.

One of the joys that I have discovered that comes as a result of surrounding yourself with like-minded people also pursuing their own ambition and success, is that invariably you get to watch your friends rise to the challenge, share their journeys and celebrate your collective wins along the way.

Tom Ballard was certainly already well on his way to this success we first met 6 years ago, whilst launching triple j unearthed as a radio station back in 2011, but to then watch him have the courage to leave his role has co-host of the Tom & Alex morning show on triple j, take a leap of faith to achieve his dream of being a successful stand-up comedian and see where he’s at now just makes me so happy!

“Being your own master of your life and your passions, it’s a very powerful and important thing to do and if you have a chance to take it then grab it with both hands.” – Tom Ballard.

Never a truer word spoken, my man. Let’s get into the show!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. 
Buy tickets to Tom Ballard’s stand up show ‘Problematic’ at Sydney Comedy Festival (Thursday May 4th – Sunday May 7th) today!
http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au/single-event?show_id=1707
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Tom Ballard – 2017 Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

Women In Business: Lauren Vickers on Brands, Social Media Influencers & ROI | Episode #124

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Social Media Influencer and Model Lauren Vickers joins Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! at Macleay College in Sydney.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #124 Lauren Vickers (Businesswomen, Model & SocialMedia Influencer). 

 
Brand builder, Model & Social Media Influencer Lauren Vickers joins our LIVE show and Macleay College Advertising & Media Degree lecture in Sydney on – ‘Brands, #SocialMedia Influencers & ROI’.
 
I have a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye as I realize that this is one of the proudest achievements of my life thus far… 
 
Whilst I have run global award-winning social media campaigns, with case studies on both Instagram and Twitter’s Global Business Blogs and won a Facebook Award last year and have changed the face of social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream CheesePeroni Italian Beer, Bulmers Original Cider, Cancer Council Australia & more, I do not have a university degree. In fact, I’ve dropped out of both a Bachelor of Applied Science – Biochemistry and a Masters of Entrepreneurship & Innovation degree… and yet this past month I have just become a university lecturer for the very first time. 
 
On this week’s episode of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, entrepreneur, model and theright.fit social media influencer, Lauren Vickers joins me at Macleay College’s Sydney university campus to discuss Social Media Influencer Marketing, working with high profile brands and how both brand/social media influencers should approach partnerships and content production to drive mutually beneficial Return on Investment.
 
Our vast ranging chats cover:
  • Lauren’s evolution from career model to Social Media Influencer with a highly engaged audience of 1.2 million Facebook fans, 169K Instagram followers and 33K+ Twitter followers.
  • Driving ecommerce for brands:
    • Via video/still content and what platforms to use.
    • By partnering with the right social media influencer.
  • TheRight.Fit influencer app and how brands are using this Australian platform to drive successful social media influencer relationships and campaigns.
  • What brands should look for when seeking a social media influencer for their brand. Genuine social media influencers Vs wannabe Instagram models (both male and female). 
  • ROI and Measures of Success in the mind of the influencer and how they differ from how brand marketers view ROI?
  • Best Practice for Brands with examples from Tuscan Tan, Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate and Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
  • Top Tips for Social Media Influencers looking to generate mutually beneficial ongoing relationships with brands.
  • The Secrets of Engaging Customers Online – for both brands and social media influencers.
My ultimate in life is to get paid to do what I love for a living, whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others and so presenting to the students at Macleay College in their TV studio as part of the Social Media Strategy stream and as part of one of their 4 key assignments this first trimester of 2017, definitely ticks all of those boxes.
 
And I was determined to be able to share this knowledge and experience with as many possible, so Lauren and I (with the help of Macleay College and the right.fit) recorded this university lecture not only as a Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’s weekly iTunes podcast and Bondi Beach Radio show, but the Macleay College production team also captured the video content for me for a Hot & Delicious: Rocks the Planet! social media TV pilot, which will be online on H&D digital channels VERY shortly!
 
Exciting times ahead and I hope you love this chat as much as I do!
 
xo Dan Wilkinson 
Creator of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, social media strategist, university lecturer and social media influencer.
 
Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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theright.fit today – Brand and Social Media Influencer App:
 
For social media strategy, content production, speaking engagements & social media influencer business enquiries contact:info@hotndelicious.com

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Special thank yous for everyone who had a part in making this a reality:

  • Lauren Vickers.
  • Macleay College:
    • Ian Thomson (Head of Faculty).
    • Jeremy Taylor Riley (Social Media Strategy Lecturer).
    • Alex Newall.
    • The Production Team.
      • Benjamin Sopronick.
      • Mitchell Dodds.
      • Cisco Corea 
  • theright.fit:
    • Cat Douglas (Marketing and Social Media Manager).
    • Taryn Williams (Founder & CEO – theright.fit). 
  • Grant Flannery (Strategy Director – co:collective).
Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Lauren Vickers joins Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!) at Macleay College in Sydney. Photo: Ian Thompson.

Ex Emirates flight attendant, Social Strategist & The Secret To Happiness | Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!) | Episode #122.

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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #122 Dan Wilkinson SOLOCAST #3 (Social Media Strategist + Content Producer). 

 
Solocast! Who am I? 
 
I have lived in 5 different countries and 10 different cities. I have blonde hair, a ginger beard, have lived a life and careers of so many lifetimes… all focused on the pursuit of loving life and The Secret to Happiness… although I didn’t always necessarily recognise it at the time.
 
After dropping out of university and a Swinburne University BASc Biochemistry degree through lack of passion and zero desire to be stuck in a laboratory in 10-15 years time, I have served drinks and cleaned ashtrays back of house at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, spent 6.5 years jet-setting the globe with the rock star’s lifestyle without being the rock star as an Emirates Airline flight attendant, set a life up for myself as music industry professional, driving operations & logistics for music festivals/events around Australia such as Splendour In The Grass, event production and festival photography for triple j, created a music supervisor role for Ballistyx Snowboard Show on Channel GO! managed rock & roll bands and much, much more.
 
My life now, is so surreal. My main crust at this stage of 2017 is as a social media strategist and content producer. I work in an industry that didn’t exist 15 years ago guiding national and global brands on their social media strategy in the digital sphere, including the likes of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Peanut Butter, Bulmers Original Cider, Miller Genuine Draft, Cancer Council Australia, Salesforce (through Mahlab Content Agency) and many more.
 
And all of this from a guy with no degree who dropped out of university not once… but twice! The 1st was the BASc and the 2nd a Masters of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, which I left as I was spread too thin and didn’t wish to wait 4 years to start chasing new opportunities… I’m still not convinced that you can teach entrepreneurship, but that’s another story 😉
 
Not only am I now back working for myself making the same ca$h money in 2.5 days/week that I was making in 5 days/week only a ago, but I am also lecturing at Macleay College in Sydney, have brand and lifestyle that I have created for myself called Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, I am being paid for social media influencer work through the reach of my social media channels, I have a weekly show on Bondi Beach Radio called Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! that is has also been a podcast on iTunes for 2.5 years now too and I have SO much planned for 2017.
 
Now… absolutely NONE of this is designed as a boast. All of this shit is real. I did this myself through a shit-ton of hard work, mistakes, early mornings and the borne of the desire to love what I do and be happy. And I’m sharing this piece not as a “Yay, me”, but because I believe that we should be living and pursuing what we love for a living and I believe that it is a life that you can have too!
 
In this week’s show AKA Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! solocast, I share everything that you’ve ever wanted to know about scoring that dream job that you’ve always wanted (or the one that you simply never knew existed). 
 
I share with you The Secret to Happiness, because it’s just so simple… and I tell you what… I never knew just how close it was and at 40 I am truly the happiest that I’ve ever been… Yep, I found it! 
 
Want it? Let’s get into it!
 
Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. 
 
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Twitter 
https://twitter.com/hotndelicious
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hotndelicious/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HotnDelicious
Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
 
For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com 
 
Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

 

Breaking down cultural barriers – ‘Through These Eyes’ – with hip hop artist, Zii.

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Super sweet & inspiring podcast hangs with rapper, Zii
Super sweet & inspiring podcast hangs with rapper, Zii

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast series

“Wealth is an investment in other people, rather than the the riches that you have back home

From Harare, Zimbabwe to Melbourne suburbia, trail blazer and hip hop artist Zii is a man who just lights up the room with his outlook, energy and positivity.

The son of a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Zii arrived in Australia from Africa 10 years ago to pursue a career in IT and whilst mentoring a young fellow church-goer, fell in love with music himself and began pursuing the dream.

I am privileged to meet fascinating people on a weekly basis through the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast and this one left me feeling truly inspired and with a renewed determination to strive to be a better man… we spend today’s podcast chatting openly about culture, race, religion and music… the distinct cultural and behavioural differences of how Australians interact with each other as opposed to people from the country of his birth, ‘Through These Eyes’ – an inspiring EP and project that Zii’s created to educate, challenge and change Australian perceptions and understanding of the African continent, being empowered and fuelled by his parent’s integrity and belief and inspired to greatness by Grammy Award winning American rapper, Lecrae.

Whilst we are from vastly different cultures and backgrounds, Zii’s story resonated with me and his perspective on life mirrors my own. This was the first time we’d met but I am now left buzzing with energy and excitement…. 

The key to breaking down barriers and understanding our fellow man no matter what their religion, race or creed is all about the desire to make world a better place by inviting people to be a part of your community, asking the right questions and seeking to make a connection.

Enjoy!

Free Download #56 Zii (Hip hop artist).

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Tweet Zii on the Twitters & let him know you heard his tunes on the podcast.
Check out his latest tunes ‘Belief’ and ‘This is Africa’ on Soundcloud.
And check out more of Zii’s music, social media channels and tour dates via ziimusic.com

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Comes With Fries a line via her website or Twitter if you’re after PR & publicity for your artist/band.

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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.