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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.

    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
     
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    • 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
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    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
    Chris Zumwalt, CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, on being a Servant Leader

    Chris Zumwalt, CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, on being a Servant Leader

    Giants, this is episode #73! Today we have the CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, which is the #1 ranked experience in Australia. To date, over 4 million people from more than 140 countries have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge since 1998, including Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman and Jamie Oliver. Previously, our guest was the CEO of Scenic World Blue Mountains where he served a 10-year tenure.

     
    His formal studies include a Bachelor's degree in Business, Management and Marketing – plus a Master’s in Information and Communication Sciences – both at Ball State University, Indiana.
    He is a man of many layers, including being a servant leader that specialises in creating world-class cultures and building exceptional iconic experiences. He believes the heart of all business is people and that his role is to create a space where people can be the best version of themselves.
    One of the things that really got me was when he said that “in order to truly know and lead a person you have to know their pain”. Personally, the conversation we had reminded me that – excelling in our careers and reaching ambitious goals, takes a tonne of inner-work – and requires showing up with an open heart and open mind when working with others.
    Some of the topics we spoke about include:
    The most unexpected thing that’s happened on the bridge during a climb
    Setting up people in your company to be the best version of themselves
    What ‘building exceptional iconic experiences’ means to him
    What servant leadership is, and what we can learn from it.
     
    So if you’d like to improve your leadership skills, or hear answers to some of the bigger questions, then this is for you – as we uncover what makes an empathic, courageous leader.
    I present to you … the high-climbing, multi-layered, truth-seeker … Chris Zumwalt!
     
     
    More on Chris can be found via the links below:
    LinkedIn: Chris Zumwalt
    BridgeClimb Sydney
    Scenic World
    Subscribe to The Giant Thinkers Podcast on iTunes.
     
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Stephanie Rice, 3 x Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 x World Record Holder unpacks the champion’s mindset

    Stephanie Rice, 3 x Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 x World Record Holder unpacks the champion’s mindset

    Welcome to episode #72! Today’s guest is a household name. She’s a 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 time World Record Holder. She’s even been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. When she was a full-time competitor, her rigorous training involved over 5 hours a day, 6 days a week, swimming 3,000 km a year – so we have front row seats to hearing from an elite athlete about physical fitness and mental toughness.Now as a retired athlete, she dedicates her time in entrepreneurship, mentorship, speaking engagements and supporting other swimmers through her courses and programs.

    Some of the topics we spoke about include:
    Her top 5 vegan ingredient staples
    Her self-talk prior to big races like the 2008 Beijing Olympics
    Tools and systems that kept her accountable for high-level training
    Her tips for breathing, strokes and leg kicks for non-confident swimmers — and we chat about plenty more.
     
    So if you’re interested in having the mindset of a pro athlete and keen to implement that into your career — or your own brand or business, then this is for you, as we uncover what it takes to succeed like an Olympic Champion.
     
    I present to you … the super friendly, humble and determined … Stephanie Rice!
     
     
    More on Stephanie can be found via the links below:
    StephanieRice.com.au
    Stephanie’s Swim Squad Programs
    LinkedIn: Stephanie Rice
    Stephanie’s Facebook Page
    Twitter: @ItsStephRice
    Instagram: @itsstephrice
    Stephanie’s LinkedIn Article
    The Art of Wellness
    Magical Mentoring
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 Ratings

the driven designer (brittany) ,

An absolute inspiration

I have been listening to this podcast for over a year now and it has made such an impact on me.

It is so informative and insightful not only for emerging designers but for all creatives across various platforms. If you wish to expand your knowledge and grow your hunger to make impactful design this podcast is a strong recommendation.

Will continue to preach your legacy and support your future endeavours.

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One of my favourites

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Incredible Podcast!

Ram, not only does this podcast motivate and inspire me but it provides me perspective. Listening to you interview some amazing people who share their story of hustle, hunger and pure passion helps crack my creative blocks and realign myself with my vision. Keep the podcasts rolling. Thanks you!

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