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Entertaining, educational and informative interview program hosted by public speaker and communication expert, Con Koutsikas. Con chats with a broad array of guests with unique perspectives and experiences in all areas of life.

A Cuppa with The Con Versationalist Con Koutsikas

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Entertaining, educational and informative interview program hosted by public speaker and communication expert, Con Koutsikas. Con chats with a broad array of guests with unique perspectives and experiences in all areas of life.

    A Cuppa with Nick Lee, Founder and Chairman of The Jodi Lee foundation, Corporate health expert, co-director and partner of Healthy Minds.

    A Cuppa with Nick Lee, Founder and Chairman of The Jodi Lee foundation, Corporate health expert, co-director and partner of Healthy Minds.

    THIS EPISODE MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE………BOWEL CANCER…..
    Now that I have your attention, once considered an old persons disease, there is an alarming increase in both diagnosis and death in younger people.  Here are some frightening  statistics:
    1.        Bowel Cancer is now the #1 death by cancer of 25-30 year olds
    2.       This is up from #9, 40 years ago.
    3.       Now the 4th most common cancer, there has been an 11% increase in under 50’s 


    My guest on this episode of ‘A Cuppa with The Con Versationalist’ is Nick Lee, Chairman of The Jodi Lee foundation,  corporate health expert and co-director and partner of Healthy Minds.            
     
    With a beautiful family and working as a director of multi-national consumer goods company, Nick Lee had good reason to be happy and optimistic about his future. That changed in an instant when his wife Jodi was diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer at the age of 39. After battling with the disease for 2 years, Jodi passed away in 2010. 
     
    We all face critical hurdles in our lives, but when we do it is how we react that determines our future health and happiness. After Jodi’s death Nick made the brave decision to leave his job and use his experience to do all he could to stop others suffering a similar experience. He established The Jodi Lee Foundation to inspire others to protect themselves against bowel cancer and make positive choices to improve their health. The work of the Foundation has saved many Australian lives. 
     
    Nick was a 2015 SA Australian of the Year finalist, and was awarded the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region) by Ernst and Young. In 2022 Nick was awarded The Medal of the Order of Australia. Nick receives this recognition for his service to the community through the not-for-profit sector (Jodi Lee Foundation) and commitment to raising awareness for the early detection and prevention of bowel cancer. 
    During this eye opening and captivating interview, 
    ·         Nick shared his story.
    ·         What were the symptoms and what you should be looking out for.
    ·         Was there a delay in diagnosis and is there an ‘age barrier’ to diagnosis?
    ·         The dramatic increase in cases and deaths in under 50’s  and even more alarmingly, under 30’s
    ·         The valuable work of the foundation through research, education and support.
    ·         There is a 99% survival rate if there is early detection.
    ·         The importance of screening and questioning your doctor.
     
    For more information about the life saving work the Jodie Lee Foundation do, head to their website at https://jodileefoundation.org.au/

    • 39 min
    A Cuppa with Dr Tim Mahlberg Sie, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Director Stone and Chalk SA

    A Cuppa with Dr Tim Mahlberg Sie, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Director Stone and Chalk SA

    Innovation is the future.  Innovations in Green Technologies, Space and Artificial Intelligence are impacting our world.
     
    Stone and Chalk at Lot 14 in Adelaide South Australia is at the forefront of innovation and it’s having impact on a global scale.
     
    My guest on this episode of ‘A Cuppa with The Con Versationalist’ is Innovator, entrepreneur and impact -driven Director of Ecosystems at Stone and Chalk, Dr Tim Mahlberg Sie
     
    With a curiosity for people and culture, a passion for community, and a dedication to creating impact, Tim has had a diverse career spanning corporate, non-profit, higher education, startups, and service industries. 
     
    Qualified as an organisational psychologist, he’s been developing individuals and organisations for nearly 20 years. He has a doctorate from The University of Sydney which explored new ways of working with purpose to drive innovation in large institutions. At Stone & Chalk, Tim is the General Manager for South Australia, where he is working to grow our innovation ecosystem and inspire the next generation of innovators.
     
    The Adelaide Hub of Stone and Chalk has a population of 1422, 140 businesses and over $762 million of government investment.
     
    We chatted about:
     
    ·         Tim’s work in such diverse sectors, and what lead him into those industries.
    ·         What makes Stone and Chalk so successful and unique.
    ·         The great work by April Hobbs to highlight innovations in South Australia through her book, ‘Innovate Adelaide’  You can view on line here https://bit.ly/3OLrh8q or to get your copy,  reach out to April at  Innovations of the World at april@innovationsoftheworld.com
    ·         Tall Poppy syndrome.
    ·         The amazing technologies in South Australia.  There are over 100 space companies here!
    ·         Key Innovation into the future.
     
    To see some of Tim’s thesis, follow the links below.
     
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOeS-5U7d7E
    https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/bitstream/handle/2123/24269/mahlberg_tj_thesis%20%281%29.pdf
    To see more about Stone Chalk follow the link below.
     https://www.stoneandchalk.com.au/

    • 51 min
    A Cuppa with Dr Tom Nehmy PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Author, Global Speaker

    A Cuppa with Dr Tom Nehmy PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Author, Global Speaker

    DR TOM NEHMY IS A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST WITH MORE THAN 20 YEARS’EXPERIENCE. 
     His passion is preventing psychological problems in people of all ages while also enhancing resilience and wellbeing. 
     His doctoral research in developing the Healthy Minds Program produced the world’s first prevention program to prevent the onset of symptoms of depression, and anxiety while also reducing risk for eating disorders. 
    He was subsequently awarded the 2015 Flinders University Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. 
    Tom is a prolific public speaker and corporate Trainer across Australia and overseas and has coauthored ten scholarly articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications.
     
    He is the author of the book 'Apples for the Mind: Creating emotional balance, peak performance and lifelong wellbeing', and his work has been featured on Triple J, ABC Radio, 7 News, Power FM, Radio Adelaide, in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Advertiser, and beyond. 
    See below all the links to reach out to Tom and purchase his book. 
    We discussed: 
    ·         Where his interest in psychology began.
    ·         There is an increasing higher level of community awareness of mental health.  Is it becoming a bigger problem or are we just talking about it more?
    ·         Are we more stressed or do we have more to be stressed about?
    ·         The impact Covid had on our mental health was well documented.  What good, if any , came out of Covid?
    ·         Developing the Healthy Minds Program which produced the world’s first prevention program to prevent the onset of symptoms of depression and anxiety while also reducing risk for eating disorders.
    ·         Self Esteem vs Self Compassion.
    ·         The bullying in schools as a result of social media and how parents and teachers can help the children and also themselves.
    ·         We have choice.
    ·         Steps we can all take to help with out mental well being. 
    To learn more about his work or to reach out to Dr Tom Nehmy follow the links below:
    www.healthymindsprogram.com
    www.tomnehmy.com
    Get a copy of his book, ‘Apples For The Mind, Creating emotional balance, peak performance and lifelong wellbeing.’ With this link: https://books2read.com/u/3Jye0J

    • 55 min
    A Cuppa with Maggie Yarak, Patent and Trademark Expert, Commercial Lawyer

    A Cuppa with Maggie Yarak, Patent and Trademark Expert, Commercial Lawyer

    ARE YOUR TRADEMARKS, PATENTS AND IP (Intellectual Property) PROTECTED?
    HOW VULNERABLE ARE YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS FROM ILLEGAL USE OF YOUR IP?
    WHAT WOULD THE COST BE IF YOUR IP WAS COMPROMISED?
    On this episode I chatted with experienced commercial lawyer, trademark and  patent expert,  Maggie Yarak.
    Maggie has over 20 years experience in both the private and corporate sectors including banking, outdoor media, franchising, consumer and aviation and having negotiated international contracts to the value of $400 million.
    We discussed:
    ·         What lead her into law.
    ·         The challenges she faces running a business with 2 boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    ·         What is the difference between copyright, trademark and patent?
    ·         When should a business consider protecting their IP.
    ·         We discussed a recent case of an Australian woman whose website, product and all images including those of her children was completely copied.
    ·         How can business best protect themselves.
    ·         The most common, ongoing issues she sees and how they can be avoided.
    ·         How you can check if your ideas are new and can be protected.
     
    For more information, to follow her on social and to get in touch with Maggie, follow the links below.
    https://yourlegalpartner.com.au/
    https://yourlegalpartner.com.au/free-resources/
    https://www.facebook.com/ylplegal
    https://www.instagram.com/ylplegal/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/ylplegal/

    • 46 min
    A Cuppa with Darren Fleming, Global Speaker, Trainer and Author

    A Cuppa with Darren Fleming, Global Speaker, Trainer and Author

    HAVE YOU EVER HAD TROUBLE CONCENTRATING?  
    Perhaps your focus isn't as good as you'd like it to be. Or do you have one of those inner voices that constantly berates you and holds you back? 
    The good news is you're not alone. Everyone has these issues. It's how they deal with them that determines their level of success. 
    My guest on this episode of ‘A Cuppa with The Con Versationalist’  is Darren Fleming. Darren is a speaker, author and trainer to some of the largest companies in Australia and around the world including CISCO, Caterpillar and Komatsu. 
    His latest book Mindset Mastery was published earlier this year and is currently being translated into Japanese. In it he shows you how to deactivate distracting thoughts, quieten that inner voice so you can have the concentration and focus you need to get through the day. 
    Darren has studied psychology at UniSA and philosophy at Oxford. And each year he puts himself through a 10-day silent meditation retreat which he says teaches him more than any university course ever could. 
    In this jam-packed episode, Darren shared his insights on: 
    ·         The conflicting information is popular self-help books and the one common aspect of them all.
    ·         We spend 20 minutes convincing ourselves we want chocolate then when we finally give in, we spend the next 20 minutes berating ourselves.   Sound familiar?
    ·         Some people are open to sharing success such as new cars holidays on social media, yet some don’t.  Darren shared his thought process around eventually sharing his childhood dream which he recently achieved.
    ·         Imposter syndrome, fear of failure and procrastination. 
    To learn more about Darren and his work, head to his website at https://www.darrenfleming.com.au/mindset-mastery.

    • 55 min
    A Cuppa with Jodie Atkinson, Grief Recovery Specialist, Speaker, Author and Entertainer

    A Cuppa with Jodie Atkinson, Grief Recovery Specialist, Speaker, Author and Entertainer

    HER HUSBAND PASSED AWAY 37 DAYS AFTER DIAGNOSIS.
    On this episode, Jodie Atkinson shared her journey which rose from the ashes of devastation after losing her husband to Pancreatic Cancer only 37 days after diagnosis.

    Being acutely aware of her own lack of preparedness to face her grief, she not only sought help for herself but a deep desire to help others.

    From becoming a' Certified Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist' to her work with community organisations to writing her book, 'Have You Met My Grief' to amazingly having her book transformed into an Award Winning Cabaret Show which premiered at the 2023 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe  Festival, her journey has been nothing short of inspirational.

    I last spoke to Jodie over 2 and half years ago and lots has happened!

    We talked about:


    Her profound loss and how she became aware of her lack of preparedness.What does 'preparedness' look like.Grief manifests in many different ways.Loss takes many forms.   It is not just death, it can be the loss of a relationship, job or a loved pet.How her book is helping people and how it evolved into a cabaret show.If you are looking for a speaker for your community, have been touched by loss or would like  to know more about Jodie's work, reach out to her at info@jodie-atkinson.com.au

    • 47 min

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