13 episodes

A Friend of Mine is a series of conversations with some incredible and inspiring women in business from regional and rural Australia.

Whether you’re starting out in business and wondering how to go from side hustle to full time or you’re looking for ways to expand on what you’ve already established, A Friend of Mine will take a deep dive into the nitty gritty to help you along your journey.

Let us introduce you to some amazing female entrepreneurs who will share their experience and knowledge of what it takes to start, grow and scale a successful business.

Connect with OAK Magazine on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/oakmagazineau] and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau]

For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine website [https://www.oakmagazine.com.au]

A Friend of Mine is proudly produced by OAK Magazine. Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

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    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

A Friend of Mine is a series of conversations with some incredible and inspiring women in business from regional and rural Australia.

Whether you’re starting out in business and wondering how to go from side hustle to full time or you’re looking for ways to expand on what you’ve already established, A Friend of Mine will take a deep dive into the nitty gritty to help you along your journey.

Let us introduce you to some amazing female entrepreneurs who will share their experience and knowledge of what it takes to start, grow and scale a successful business.

Connect with OAK Magazine on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/oakmagazineau] and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau]

For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine website [https://www.oakmagazine.com.au]

A Friend of Mine is proudly produced by OAK Magazine. Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    Expert tips on using LinkedIn with Think Bespoke

    Expert tips on using LinkedIn with Think Bespoke

    Karen Hollenbach is the founder of Think Bespoke and revered as the 'LinkedIn Lady'.


    In 2010, as a mother of two pre-schoolers, Karen took a brave step from corporate career professional to business owner in an effort to carve out a more flexible career, enabling her to leverage her skills and be present for her boys.


    What began as a resume writing service, grew into LinkedIn profile writing for job seekers, and self-discovery workshops for professionals in the mid-stage of their career.


    Karen is now one of Asia Pacific’s Top 10 LinkedIn Experts.


    Karen shares with us how she started and grew her company, her insider tips and strategies on optimising your LinkedIn profile, expanding your network and content creation, as well as how to position yourself as an industry expert.


    Meet my friend Karen from Think Bespoke.


    Skip to your favourite part


    1:33 - Lockdown 2.0


    2:10 - Karen's start up story


    8:52 - Challenges of building a business


    14:37 - Positioning yourself as an expert


    17:15 - Greater return on LinkedIn vs other platforms


    18:32 - When can we call ourself an "industry expert"


    22:40 - Why should business owners be on LinkedIn


    26:10 - LinkedIn bio best practice


    28:25 - Appropriate profile image


    30:28 - How to grow your LinkedIn connections


    38:22 - What content to publish on LinkedIn


    41:22 - Identifying topics to post about and engage with


    47:20 - Myth buster. Will we be penalised if we publish duplicate content on a blog and LinkedIn?


    52:20 - A friend of Think Bespoke


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    Visit Think Bespoke website (https://thinkbespoke.com.au/)


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    For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine website (https://www.oakmagazine.com.au) .


    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.




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    • 54 min
    Redundancy and mindset with The Healing Collective

    Redundancy and mindset with The Healing Collective

    Dani LoCastro is no stranger to redundancy. In her almost 10 years with one of Australia’s big four banks, Dani was made redundant six times. 


    In November 2019, Dani chose to make it her final redundancy package and walked away from the finance sector. 


    With a burning desire to ignite the passion and potential inside people, Dani stepped into the role of soul purpose coach and launched her business The Healing Collective.


    Dani shares with us her journey from corporate to business ownership, the personal impact of redundancy, the importance of mindset and why she has invested in self development so early on in her business.


    Meet my friend Dani from The Healing Collective.


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    Stay social and connect with OAK Magazine on Facebook [ https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau (https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau) ]


    For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine website [ https://www.oakmagazine.com.au (https://www.oakmagazine.com.au/) ].


    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.




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    • 39 min
    The secret to professional looking DIY design with Easil

    The secret to professional looking DIY design with Easil

    With over 20 years of graphic design experience, Annette McDonald has created the ultimate secret weapon for professional looking DIY design.


    What began as an internal tool to take the cost and stress out of creating promotional material for hospitality clients, has turned into a tech company that is often compared to one of the most successful start-up unicorns in history (aka Canva).


    After successfully using the software in her Brisbane design agency, Annette introduced Easil to the public in 2016.


    The online graphic design and publishing tool allows you to create everything from business cards to flyers to all your social media graphics all whilst maintaining brand consistency.


    Annette shares with us her story of launching a tech company, why comparison can be the thief of joy as well as some graphic design tips to help you project a bigger brand.


    Meet my friend Annette from Easil.


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    Follow Easil on Instagram [ https://www.instagram.com/teameasil (https://www.instagram.com/teameasil) ]


    Learn more about Easil at https://easil.com (https://easil.com)


    Stay social and connect with OAK Magazine on Facebook [ https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau (https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau) ]


    For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine website [ https://www.oakmagazine.com.au (https://www.oakmagazine.com.au/) ].


    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.




    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

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    • 29 min
    Positive affirmations with The Teacher Collection

    Positive affirmations with The Teacher Collection

    The role of teaching is demanding. It's relentless. There is a huge number of pressing elements that contribute to a teacher’s mental load every day.


    Over the past five years, Lill Daley has experienced first hand the mental load of being a school teacher - and decided to do something about it.


    Lill created a set of affirmation cards out of a personal need for self kindness and positivity, especially during those challenging teaching moments.


    It wasn’t long before her colleagues were asking for their own set. And so began her side business, The Teacher Collection.


    The Teacher Collection is a set of affirmation cards, featuring positive & uplifting statements, made by a teacher for teachers.


    Being from a family of dairy farmers, Lill has seen first hand the positive impact local support can have on a small business. So it’s no surprise that her positive affirmation cards are 100% designed, printed and assembled in Central Victoria.


    More recently, Lill has gifted 30 Teacher Support Kits filled with over $800 worth of Australian made items to teachers doing it tough in rural and remote Australia.


    Lill shares with us her business story along with her concern for the unseen mental load of being a teacher and why she is passionate about supporting Australian made. 


    Meet my friend Lill from The Teacher Collection.


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    Follow The Teacher Collection on Instagram [ https://www.instagram.com/the.teacher.collection (https://www.instagram.com/the.teacher.collection) ]


    Stay social and connect with OAK Magazine on Facebook [ https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau (https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau) ]


    For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine website [ https://www.oakmagazine.com.au (https://www.oakmagazine.com.au) ].


    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.




    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

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    • 36 min
    Photography and collaborations with Gingerhouse Photography

    Photography and collaborations with Gingerhouse Photography

    For as long as she can remember, Michelle Cail has always had a camera in hand.


    Michelle’s business Gingerhouse Photography (https://www.instagram.com/gingerhousephotography) , was born at a time when her life was becoming more and more enriched with moments and milestones that needed to be captured.


    When Michelle finally followed her passion and stepped into her business full time not everything went to plan. Bookings slowed and doubt crept in. But Michelle found a way to stay motivated through creativity and built an engaged audience which subsequently led to new bookings.


    Her business has now expanded from newborns and weddings to include to business and personal branding and a variety of workshops.


    Michelle has also played a pivotal role in the success of OAK Magazine, having shot four front covers and numerous feature stories and advertorials.


    Meet my friend Michelle from Gingerhouse Photography.


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    Stay social and connect with OAK Magazine on  Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau) .


    For more inspiring stories, visit  OAK Magazine website (https://www.oakmagazine.com.au/) .


    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.




    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 33 min
    Ladies with Tradies

    Ladies with Tradies

    Kate Muldoon was working in palliative care when tragedy struck and turned her world upside down. She saw this as a sign to reassess her own life and found a career in business coaching.


    Kate is the founder of Ladies with Tradies (https://ladieswithtradies.com/) and works with couples in the trades industry to remove the overwhelm from running their business and take back control of their lives and relationships.


    Kate shares with us her story, the challenges faced by women with partners in the trade industry and why we need to re-evaluate the high expectations we place on ourselves.


    Meet my friend Kate from Ladies with Tradies.


    [We dropped the S-bomb which makes this episode explicit].


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    Stay social and connect with OAK Magazine on  Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau) .


    For more inspiring stories, visit  OAK Magazine website (https://www.oakmagazine.com.au/) .


    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.




    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

stacey davo ,

Inspired!

Loving this podcast! Just listened to the LinkedIn ep and am now inspired to update my very ignored profile. Thank you for the advice!

petal and rose ,

This is my cup of tea!

The mellow tone of Kimberley’s voice is a breath of fresh air in today’s hyper delivery of some of the most popular female marketing entrepreneurs. I loved listening to this episode with Karen Hollenbach and learning more LI tips. Looking forward to going back though the feed to catch up on all previous episodes. Looks like I’ve made a new friend 🙌

Stop with the no nickname ,

Inspired love

I’ve recently subscribed to Ingite and was very excited to start listening to A Friend of Mine. An new and avid follower of Pip from Jumbled, I could not start anywhere else but here. I could breathe Pip in all day! An inspiring woman, full of invaluable advice. Thank you Pip for inspiring me to be a little more courageous, to ‘just ask!’ I can’t wait to listen to more.
Kate
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