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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.

Giant Thinkers Podcast Ram Castillo: Design Director, Author, Podcaster and Speaker.

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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.

    Michael Bungay Stanier, world-renowned Coach on staying in a state of ‘unknowingness’ just a little bit longer

    Michael Bungay Stanier, world-renowned Coach on staying in a state of ‘unknowingness’ just a little bit longer

    Giants, welcome to episode #79. Our guest today is at the forefront of making coaching an everyday leadership behaviour. He’s the author of The Coaching Habit ... the best-selling coaching book of this century with over 700,000 copies sold and over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. His new book, The Advice Trap, focuses on what it takes to stay curious a little bit longer and tame your Advice Monster.
    In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50, the “Oscars of management”. He is also the founder of Box of Crayons; a learning and development company that helps organisations transform from advice driven to curiosity-led.

     
    Some of the topics we spoke about include:
    How to shift from advice-driven to curiosity-led
    The importance of staying in a state of ‘unknowingness’ just a little bit longer
    How to tame our ‘Advice Monster’
    How people can influence their organisations culture
    And his recommended ‘what’ based questions (there’s a bunch that he shares and they are powerful – you’ll be able to use them right away)
     
    So if you’re someone that’s interested in being more coach-like, and putting curiosity at the heart of how you communicate, behave and lead, with a connectedness to business outcomes and individual growth, then this episode is for you.
    Now a quick note from me, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.
    Alright, let’s get stuck in.
    I present to you … the highly-energetic, compelling and hyper-practical ... Michael Bungay Stanier!
     
     
     
    More on Michael Bungay Stanier can be found via the links below:
     
    https://www.instagram.com/mbs_works
    https://linkedin.com/in/michaelbungaystanier
    https://boxofcrayons.com
    https://www.facebook.com/boxofcrayons.biz/
    https://twitter.com/boxofcrayons
    Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.
     
     
    Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?
    It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.
    It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.
    It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Viola Brand; professional Artistic Cyclist, 2X European Champion and 3X World Championship Silver Medalist on fear, falling and overcoming

    Viola Brand; professional Artistic Cyclist, 2X European Champion and 3X World Championship Silver Medalist on fear, falling and overcoming

    Hello Giants, this is episode number #78. I have been on a little hiatus, took a personal break and intentionally slowed down to reflect and re-assess – on what was most important to me at this time, weighing up priorities, exploring where I wanted to make the most impact.
    These are thoughts that once you unpack, can turn into a 1000 person party in your head. If you’ve ever asked yourself the question “where might my time and energy make the most impact and difference in the world?” it can be incredibly confronting – however, when you create the space … when you truly switch off and go inwards, when you dance and sit in that discomfort, meaningful dialogue does emerge. Pair that with insights, support and guidance from trusted peers, mentors and loved ones, greater clarity is within reach.
    Speaking of fear, overcoming the uncomfortable, being brave and courageous, today’s guest is known for her presence in Artistic Cycling.

     
    As of releasing this episode, she’s currently 25 going on 26 years old. She was a competitive athlete in Artistic Cycling between the years 2000-2020 (that’s right, she started when she was about 6 years old) and in 2010 (by the age of 16 onwards) was a member of the German national team.
    Her greatest achievements in the sport have been the silver medal in 3 different occasions at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2019 as well as winning the European Championship, twice – one in 2012 and the other in 2018.
    In February this year, 2020 she retired from the competition side of the sport, to focus on three areas; performing in shows, studying her Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Hohenheim in Germany, and exposing Artistic Cycling through her Instagram platform (where she currently has over 370,000 followers) – you’ve got to take a look at her content yourself, it’s jaw dropping.
    Some of the topics we spoke about include:
    How she’s been able to sustain great interest in such a specific craft
    Her relationship with fear and her response to fear
    How her practice, training and risk mitigation looks like
    The technical, mental, physical and creative aspects of the sport, and plenty more.
     
    So if you’re someone that’s curious about designing a life towards peak performance and performing, then this episode is right up your alley.
    A little side-note: something was up with my side of the mic that I only found out after the recording which caused a little bit of subtle static in moments. I apologise in advance for that, as it’s the first time I’ve encountered it and not the quality anyone should be listening to. I’m pretty devastated by this. That said, I learnt something new from the experience; in this case, the application software I was recording on needed to be updated. A small tip there for other podcasters to not make the same mistake I did!
    Okay let’s do this. I present to you … the all-smiling, all-cycling, world-class athlete … Viola Brand!
     
     
    More on Viola Brand can be found via the links below:
    Violalovescycling.com
    Instagram: @Violalovescycling
    Ellen Welcomes World-Renowned Artistic Cyclist Viola Brand
    Facebook.com/violalovescycling
     
    Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.
     
     
    Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?
    It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.
    It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.
    It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

    • 56 min
    Q&A on getting ahead, managing a team, overcoming anxiety, being resourceful and getting new design clients

    Q&A on getting ahead, managing a team, overcoming anxiety, being resourceful and getting new design clients

    Giants welcome to episode #77 — a special, second solo Q&A episode with yours truly to kick start 2020. Questions submitted by you the listeners. I’ve curated the top 7 based on the most similar questions asked, and also the ones I felt would be the most widely useful or applicable.
     
    To help you skip to the answer most relevant to you, as I know many of you are time poor, I’ll list all the questions out below.
     
    The seven questions I’ve answered in order are:
    Q1. Brittany:Do you truly believe in the industry of graphic design that it’s all about who you know not what you know?
    Q2. Carlos:How do you manage different personalities in a design team successfully, the good and the bad?
    Q3. Jessica:How to overcome anxiety in a creative process when you start to develop your business or when you talk to clients, and to be confident in whatever you are doing?
    Q4. Joy Phala:Social media marketing related … I use LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to market my services ... and I’ll usually post pictures of completed projects. Now, that remains a very small pool of content to pull from. When I don’t have completed projects, what else would you like to see, as a potential customer or as a potential employer … What else would you like to see on my pages that would increase likability and build trust and eventually lead to a sale?
    Q5. Keturah:What are the best tips, tricks and advice you have for getting new clients within the design industry?
    Q6. Richard:What do you do as a designer when you have a set of goals, but to reach them you need some amount of resources and you don’t have those resources. What do you do in the meantime? What do you do to attain those goals?
    Q7. Simona:In your line of work, you’re constantly pushing the boundaries on design and on business, and I’m sure there are things that you’re not always 100% confident in – so could you talk us through your thought process on how to overcome those fears and how to get past them?
     
    So they are the 7 questions I’ve attempted to answer. By all means take it with a grain of salt. It’s my two cents and subjective at the end of the day. But I do hope it’s helpful and if you’d like me to do more of these, let me know on Instagram via a DM to my handle: TheGiantThinker
     
    Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.
     
    Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?
    It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.
    It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.
    It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

    • 40 min
    Kristina Karlsson, Founder of kikki.K, supporting one hundred and one million people to live their dream life

    Kristina Karlsson, Founder of kikki.K, supporting one hundred and one million people to live their dream life

    Giants, this is episode #76! Today’s guest is an enormous inspiration. She’s the Founder and Creative Director of kikki.K, the award winning, global Swedish design and stationery business that offers stylish gifts, seasonal collections, stationery (of course) and functional organising tools – all to inspire and empower people to live their best life. Currently, kikki.K has 102 stores, they are stocked in another 250, and sold online in over 147 countries worldwide..
     
     
    Needless to say the growth of this brand is staggeringly impressive. What makes it so, is how kikki.K all started. Our guest wrote on a piece of paper – all her dreams at 3am one morning when she couldn’t sleep, she was 22 years old. That was the seed. And in this episode we uncover the entire origin story, which is a testament to the power of staying true to our own dreams.
    Speaking of, since she emigrated to Australia from Sweden a couple of decades ago, it’s been her ambition to spread the power of dreaming big to the masses. So much so, she has set herself a target to inspire one hundred and one million people to write down three specific dreams, and to go chase after them.
    Some of the topics we spoke about include:
    Where she gets her inspiration to create the products that she releases
    What factors have influenced her level of scale
    Her self-care practices, including her 5am “holy hour”
    What she’s learnt from being coached 1:1 by Robin Sharma.
    So if you’re someone who also has big, bold ambitions but don’t know where to start, or perhaps there’s a voice inside you, nudging you that there’s something lacking, then this episode will be right up your alley.
    I present to you … the endless dreamer and powerhouse doer … Kristina Karlsson!
     
     
    More on Kristina Karlsson and kikki.K can be found via the links below:
    Kikki-k.com
    LinkedIn: Kristina Karlsson
    kikki.K’s Facebook Page
    Twitter: @kikkiK
    Instagram: @kikki.k
    Instagram: @kristinakikkik
    Your Dream Life Starts Here
    Axel Karlsson’s YouTube
    Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.
     
     
    Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?
    It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.
    It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.
    It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

    • 1 hr 15 min
    James Victore on fecking perfuction, living bravely and creating boldly

    James Victore on fecking perfuction, living bravely and creating boldly

    Hello Giants, Ram here. This is episode #75! I’m so excited to introduce to you a creative thought leader who I’ve not only admired for the past decade, but is someone I’ve learned a lot from in the space of living bravely and creating boldly. He is a Designer, Author and Teacher, his philosophy is to “begin before your ready”. It’s helped him work for global brands like Adobe, MailChimp, Time, Moet & Chandon and The City of New York. To him, braveness is the key to creativity – and we unpack a lot of that in the interview.

     
    His work has been exhibited twice at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in permanent museum collections worldwide including the Louvre in Paris. Awards to his name include an Emmy, a gold and silver medal from the Art Directors Club, and a Grand Prix from the Brno Biennale.
    It’s now his mission to teach people like you and I how to illuminate our individual gifts in order to find clarity and purpose.
    Some of the topics we spoke about include:
    What to do when you’re in a creative slump
    Ways to address any fears that hold you back
    How to be your unapologetic self
    And the need for more people to push and challenge.
    So if you’re in a creative block, or looking to amplify what you’ve created, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to live a creative and fulfilling life.
    I present to you … the wildly creative, thought-provoking and experimental… James Victore!
     
     
    More on James Victore can be found via the links below:
    JamesVictore.com
    Twitter: @JamesVictore
    Instagram: @JamesVictore
    Feck Perfuction
    Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.
     
     
    Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?
    It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.
    It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.
    It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Tyler Babin, former Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk and current Adobe Creative Resident on ‘the climb’

    Tyler Babin, former Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk and current Adobe Creative Resident on ‘the climb’

    Giants, this is episode #74! We’ve got a good friend of mine on the show. He and I live halfway across the world from each other. He’s based in New York, I’m in Sydney. We did this interview in LA. I’d describe him as an incredibly dedicated, super talented young gun. Currently aged 25, he’s already been a Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk, for Gary’s personal brand and numerous VaynerMedia projects. He worked side-by-side with Gary for over 3 years – specialising in videography, editing, art direction and design.
     
     
    This year however, he received acceptance into the highly sought-after 2019 Adobe Creative Residency program. It’s an enormously rare opportunity. Allowing him to spend a year, full-time on a personal creative project, while sharing his experience and process with the entire global creative community.
    We unpack his journey to date, which is a testament to the power of going all in on your passion. Including how he landed his dream job with Gary, his humble beginnings, and what he’s up to now.
    Some of the topics we spoke about include:
    The one item he can’t travel without
    Practical advice on having mentors around you like Gary Vee
    The tactics he practises to overcome imposter syndrome
    How the Adobe Creative Residency program defines creative success, and plenty more.
    So if you’re unsure where to take your career, or if you’re facing a creative block, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to go after your creative pursuits.
    I present to you … the always moving, hyper-curious, creative storyteller … Tyler Babin!
     
     
    More on Tyler Babin can be found via the links below:
    TylerBabin.comThe Adobe Creative ResidencyGaryVaynerchuk.comLinkedIn: Tyler BabinTwitter: @Tyler_BabinInstagram: @babinYouTube: @babin
    Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.
     
     
    Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?
    It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.
    It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.
    It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal
     
     

    • 52 min

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