42 episodes

Influence is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days but what does it really take to transform an industry or impact the people around you? The Influence Unlocked leans into some big conversations with leaders, disruptors and changemakers across different industries to unpack what influence really is and the journey it takes to get it.

Get ready to be inspired. Get ready to unlock your influence.

Hosted by Samantha Dybac, founder and managing director of The PR Hub.

Influence Unlocked Piccolo Podcasts

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 52 Ratings

Influence is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days but what does it really take to transform an industry or impact the people around you? The Influence Unlocked leans into some big conversations with leaders, disruptors and changemakers across different industries to unpack what influence really is and the journey it takes to get it.

Get ready to be inspired. Get ready to unlock your influence.

Hosted by Samantha Dybac, founder and managing director of The PR Hub.

    Flying Flat with Steve Hui

    Flying Flat with Steve Hui

    After two years grounded, Australia's frequent flyers are itching to get back out there. None more so than The Points Whisperer Steve Hui, the founder of iFLYflat. If ever there was a go-to expert in getting bang for your travel buck, it's Steve, and his hopeful, passionate and ambitious outlook is just what business founders need to make it through the challenges of COVID – especially when you’re in the travel business.

    For Steve, ongoing Lockdowns were just another day in the office, after launching iFLYflat off the back off a redundancy during the GFC of 2012. This pivot to a new career was identity defining for Steve, with his ethos as a business founder based on commitment to authenticity and trust. He’s had to evolve from an introverted accountant to the media darling he is today – something he never expected as a man who describes himself as “…just a guy doing something that I think is really valuable.”

    In this episode of Influence Unlocked, Samantha Dybac sits down with Steve to hear about his journey and even squeezes out some travel tips from the expert himself.

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    • 33 min
    Finding Balance with Sali Sasi

    Finding Balance with Sali Sasi

    From a back-row rebel to front-row style entrepreneur, looking back on her younger days, businesswoman Sali Sasi sees ambition and resilience as the common threads woven through her story. Leaving school early to channel her wild ambition and hands-on attitude into an apprenticeship in business set the tone for an award-winning career across e-commerce, retail and hospitality. Working with sister Julie to found popular e-store StyleRunner, the duo have just launched luxe style app Her Black Book, a platform for style lovers to not just shop, but be inspired by fashion and lifestyle content from a range of perspectives.

    With these businesses under her belt, plus award-winning restaurant Leigh St Wine Room, Sali’s ambition and entrepreneurial expertise is plain to see. But her resilience has been a quiet hero, steering her through some of life’s toughest challenges. From a breast cancer diagnosis at just 27, to recently undergoing a hysterectomy, a strong sense of self and commitment to choosing resilience has let Sali not only forge a path through, but channel her positivity and perspective into helping others.

    Sali caught up with Samantha Dybac to talk business, navigating life’s challenges, and trusting your gut.

    Follow the Influence Unlocked podcast on Instagram@ https://www.instagram.com/influenceunlockedpodcast/

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    https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthadybac/
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    • 40 min
    “I remember thinking resilient, that's what I'm going to be.” with Robyn Foyster

    “I remember thinking resilient, that's what I'm going to be.” with Robyn Foyster

    Robyn Foyster’s lived a life that could be pulled from the big screen. She even admits it herself (“It [was] very English Patient actually!”) chatting with Influenced Unlocked host Samantha Dybac about her times traipsing through the desert, or gate-crashing in Hollywood in search of stories to tell. Because that’s what she is – a storyteller. Getting her start in the notorious journalism world of London’s Fleet Street, Robyn’s boldness and fearlessness are partly to credit for where she is today.

    After working across the globe for a number of years, the call of home sounded a lot like a dream gig for a girl from Mudgee – the editor role at The Australian Women’s Weekly. She didn’t know it then, but Robyn would go on to be the first and only person to edit and publish Australia’s three biggest flagship magazines, The Australian Women's Weekly, Women's Day, and New Idea. Flash forward to today, and Robyn is now one of B&T’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Media, running her own websites Women Love Tech, The Carousel and Game Changers.

    In this week’s episode, Samantha caught up with Robyn to discuss what it takes to see – and do – it all, and what she’s learned along the way.

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    https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthadybac/
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    • 37 min
    “I never see it as work. I see it as a real passion.” with Lisa Sthalekar

    “I never see it as work. I see it as a real passion.” with Lisa Sthalekar

    Trailblazing her way to becoming an Australian Women’s Cricket Captain seems a fitting role for Lisa Sthalekar, after getting her start playing boys cricket at a local club as a kid – back then, she didn’t even know women’s cricket existed. After travelling the world with the Aussie women’s cricket teams and being recognised as one of the best all-rounders in the game, Lisa has established a career in commentating across some of the biggest games in cricket including the BBL, WBBL and Indian Premier League (IPL). She has also been acknowledged for her outstanding contribution to the game inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame and Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

    The path was not always easy – adopted weeks after birth, emigrating to Australia at 4, and losing her mum to breast cancer at 21, Lisa’s ability to appreciate and be grateful for each day has shaped her into the resilient woman she is today. She is one of the most down to earth, passionate and inspiring women I have met. It is a great pleasure to have Lisa join me in this episode to discuss her story, including her experience with adoption, reflections on the work that has gone into making Aussie Women’s Cricket the global leader it’s become, her love for broadcasting sport and the importance of being thankful. Plus some bonus tips on surviving quarantine from someone who’s done it more times than just about anyone.

    If you want to connect with Lisa she is on Instagram and Twitter

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    • 36 min
    “I’m kind of in the ideas game now” with Scott Maggs

    “I’m kind of in the ideas game now” with Scott Maggs

    Losing a loved one to cancer is everyone’s worst nightmare. When that nightmare came true for Scott Maggs and the friends and family of his mate Wes, he knew he had to turn his grief into meaningful action that would honour Wes’s life, and save others. Enter: Jimmy Niggles Esq.

    Jimmy Niggles was a persona created by Scott and his friends as part of the Beard Season, a social movement started in 2010 that sought to grow awareness of the risks of the skin cancer that took his mate Wes, and encourage Australians to get themselves checked – and early. With Australia being home to one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, it was a lofty goal.

    Ten years, a trip to stay on Necker Island with and learn from Richard Branson, a partnership with Merivale and many beards later, Scott’s message recently culminated in the Million Dollar Beard Ball, hosted by Hamish Blake and Michael 'Wippa' Wipfli, reaching the charity's Million Dollar fundraising target.

    I caught up with Scott to talk about the Beard Season journey, chatting about how he saw his big idea be recognised by key industry players, the challenges of being the face of your own brand, and how he worked to turn conversations into results.

    To learn more and be part of this worthy cause, please visit skincheckchampions.com or follow @skincheckchampions on social media.

    Follow the Influence Unlocked podcast on Instagram@ https://www.instagram.com/influenceunlockedpodcast/

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    • 33 min
    “I thrive on looking to achieve the impossible” with Katarina Kroslakova

    “I thrive on looking to achieve the impossible” with Katarina Kroslakova

    As a self-confessed consumer of all things luxury and the editor-in-chief and publisher of T Australia, The New York Times style magazine, Katarina Kroslakova has a surprising confession to make. “I consider myself neither important nor particularly stylish.”

    For Katarina, being an influencer is so much more than the glamour, the freebies, the clothes or the overseas trips. It’s about actioning something “that will actually make the world a better place, or that will make people’s lives better. That’s the only way you’re going to inspire people”.

    Trained as a journalist, Katarina has built an enviable media career with roles at News Limited, Pacific Magazines, Bauer Media, the ABC, Macquarie Radio and a 10-year stint at the AFR as editor of its Life and Leisure weekly lift-out and Luxury magazine. Upon leaving the paper, she was offered the opportunity of a lifetime by The New York Times to launch T Australia, making the courageous decision to fund the venture herself. And it looks like her hard work is finally paying off, with the magazine’s print frequency increasing from four to six issues a year – a remarkable feat considering the decline of the print industry in recent years.

    Please join me as I chat with Katarina about her transition from editor to publisher and business owner, her experiences as a woman in the mainstream media and what kind of legacy she hopes to leave. We also talk about her hidden talent for making gourmet sandwiches, her plans to release a cookbook and why she considers herself “the biggest dag on the planet”.

    Follow the Influence Unlocked podcast on Instagram@ https://www.instagram.com/influenceunlockedpodcast/

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    https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthadybac/
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Veronica_C81 ,

Enjoy the journey

Great range of guests! I enjoy the journey taken following each guests career, their highs and lows and how open and raw they are in conversations with Sam. Always some takeaways. So inspiring!

PRgirl-Sydney ,

Authentic storytelling

Sam has attracted an impressive line-up of business founders and entrepreneurs as guests and helps them share their inspiring and impressive stories. She is able to ask the right questions to delve deeper into their personal and business lives to give us insight into what makes them tick. These conversations are very enjoyable to listen to and authentic, which is refreshing.

Dommy6181 ,

Insightful

As an early stage founder wrestling with how to build and leverage my personal brand as a conduit/channel to our startup, I’ve found the insights from Sam’s conversations to be super valuable and relevant. It’s like a really useful yardstick to return to regularly, ensuring I’m staying on track with how to achieve this goal.

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