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Welcome to The Business Connections Podcast where we share the secrets and success stories of collaboration and connection in business. 

In business we make connections every day - we connect with customers, we connect with partners and providers, we connect ideas, we even connect problems with solutions. Without connections, nothing happens. 

Join me, your host, Melanie Colling where I connect you with some of the best minds in business and show how you can make and leverage valuable connections in your business. 

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Welcome to The Business Connections Podcast where we share the secrets and success stories of collaboration and connection in business. 

In business we make connections every day - we connect with customers, we connect with partners and providers, we connect ideas, we even connect problems with solutions. Without connections, nothing happens. 

Join me, your host, Melanie Colling where I connect you with some of the best minds in business and show how you can make and leverage valuable connections in your business. 

    Stewart Marshall Interview - Make Sure You Are Solving Someone’s Problem

    Stewart Marshall Interview - Make Sure You Are Solving Someone’s Problem

    Stewart Marshall, aka Mr SaaS, is a commercial software strategist helping SaaS entrepreneurs realise their software dreams. He is also a translator of gibberish, innovator, speaker and best selling author.

    His 30 years+ experience in IT, R&D and high speed development tools enables him to be able to explain to others, in plain english, the journey from software creator to a finished platform. To help others make sense of technology.

    SaaS or Software as a Service, has 3 flavours according to Stewart:
    Vertical model Industry problem eg. Xero
    Horizontal model Industry agnostic eg. Zoom
    Service SaaS Helps them deliver their service eg. Adding functionality into 

    other people’s software

    Connecting with a neighbour over dinner one night, sparked Stewart to pursue a second career where he now helps funded founders create software that solves people’s needs rather than creating technology for technology's sake.

    Most developers start out with a great idea and get stuck in the detail of making the software functional, beautiful and integrated rather than solving a real need for the real world. And while doing so end up blowing the budget! Most problems stem from a lack of, or unknown scope and an undefined timeline.

    Some tips for those considering creating software:
    Hasten slowly
    Know you have the money for it - be realistic
    Think it, ink it - check it’s viable
    Sleep on it - is it really unique? Call Mr SaaS and check if not sure!
    Does it solve a problem?

    Note: There are 2 million apps on the App Store, including 7,00 apps in the Marketing space alone. What makes your idea unique?

    Stewart brings together the technology and the human experience and helps businesses find their sweet spot.

    Take a listen to the podcast where we discuss:
    What problem are you trying to solve?
    How to use technology to enhance the human experience
    Software is not a unicorn

    And some insights from Stewart:
    There is plenty of scope to be better - how are you better?
    How can you better solve people’s needs?
    If you don’t know - go and learn!

    At the Business Connections Podcast we are all about sharing stories that demonstrate the power of connection.

    We thank Stewart Marshall for being generous with his time and sharing his wisdom with us all. We wish Stewart all the very best with his 2nd book and keep an eye out for Mr SaaS…he’s a cheeky thing!

    Website

    Business https://StewartMarshall.co

    Charity http://create-care-global.org/

    Social Media links

    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/stewart-marshall/

    Twitter https://twitter.com/MrSaaSSays

     

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    • 42 min
    Sharon Davies Interview - Relationship Building for Sales Success

    Sharon Davies Interview - Relationship Building for Sales Success

    Sharon Davies is the founder of Sales2Success, she is a B2B sales expert, award winning sales coach and sales strategist who works with sales professionals, business owners and Fortune 500 companies.

    Coming from a sales family Sharon was always going to succeed. Dinner time conversations were sales related and where she learnt the key to sales success - ‘Sales is just about having a conversation and being real’.

    Having worked her way up the sales ladder in various companies and industries for over 30 years, Sharon moved to create Sales2Success to teach other sales professionals how to become confident and competent at their craft.

    Take a listen to the podcast where we discuss:
    What makes a good salesperson
    Building relationships first, then sales
    Problem solving and identifying gaps

    And some tips from Sharon:
    The 4 C’s
    Communication (messaging)
    Clarity
    Consistency
    Commitment

    At the Business Connections Podcast we are all about sharing stories that demonstrate the power of connection.

    We thank Sharon Davies for being generous with her time and sharing her wisdom with us all. We wish Sharon all the very best with Sales2Success and all that is to come. And congratulations on her recent Stevie Award win!

     

    Website

    Business https://sales2success.com.au/

     

    Social Media links

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SharonDaviesSales2Success

    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharondaviessales2success/

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    • 49 min
    Terri Vincent Interview - Connecting To Your Authentic Self

    Terri Vincent Interview - Connecting To Your Authentic Self

    Terri Vincent is the Identity Coach, an award winning business coach, mentor, trainer, facilitator and speaker and the founder of TCB - Taking Care of Business and co-founder of Global Impact Entrepreneurs.

    Terri’s magic is in helping people find their authentic self, establishing their identity and building their personal brand. Like creating your ‘Tinder for Business’. She has been a coach for over 30 years and was named Australia’s leading female coach.

    I met Terri over 5 years ago and have had the absolute pleasure in working with her in Bali where we hosted and facilitated business accelerator programs for global entrepreneurs together. Terri’s direct, fun, firm yet nurturing approach has enabled thousands of entrepreneurs to build and grow their business and innovate into areas they had never thought possible.

    And now with Global Impact Entrepreneurs, Terri is bringing her wisdom and connections together to help many more impact entrepreneurs tap into a like minded community to gain knowledge, insights and connections to support them on their journey.

    Take a listen to the podcast where we discuss:
    How to choose the right coach for you and your business
    What identity are you putting out to the world? Is this what you want others to see?
    How to find your authentic self

    And some tips from Terri:
    Do your due diligence, research when looking to connect to a coach
    Ask the right questions, set your own criteria
    Create your future vision by starting with the end in mind

    At the Business Connections Podcast we are all about sharing stories that demonstrate the power of connection.

    We thank Terri Vincent for being generous with her time and sharing her wisdom with us all. We wish Terri all the very best with her coaching, mentoring and membership projects and everything else that is to come!

    Website

    Business http://tcb.rocks/

    Social Media links

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TerriChristineVincent

    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/terri-billington-coach-mentor-trainer-facilitator-speaker-764a5110/?originalSubdomain=au

    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tezza_vincent/

    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/TerriChristineBillingtonTCB/videos

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    • 34 min
    Christine Innes Interview - Sharing Stories That Connect

    Christine Innes Interview - Sharing Stories That Connect

    Christine Innes is the founder and CEO of the Corporate Escapists, a community, podcast, TV show and most recently a magazine! The Corporate Escapists is for everyday people who have left corporate to follow their passion and purpose in life.

    Christine started this community after sharing her story of corporate escape and self discovery that seemed to resonate with so many others. This then led to Facebook Live’s, a YouTube TV show, global connections through stories, a podcast and more recently a magazine which launched in June 2020.

    The magazine is full of inspiring stories and behind the scenes insights from business owners and entrepreneurs, to connect and inspire others on their own journey.

    Take a listen to the podcast where we discuss:
    How to get what you want out of life
    Visioning
    Finding your tribe
    What legacy do you want to leave

    And some tips from Christine:
    Take time to reflect
    Learn to be gentle on yourself
    There is no such thing as failure, just lessons learned

    At the Business Connections Podcast we are all about sharing stories that demonstrate the power of connection.

    We thank Christine Innes for being generous with her time and sharing her wisdom with us all. We wish Christine all the very best with her new magazine and now education hub and everything else that is to come!

    Website

    Business https://www.christine-innes.com/

    https://www.thecorporateescapists.com/

    Magazine https://www.christine-innes.com/magazine/

    Social Media links

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christineinnescoach/

    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/christineinnescoach/

    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/christine_innes/

    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4b3b_S19jMB60eZbDkWGUg/featured

    Podcast https://www.christine-innes.com/tv-show/

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    • 42 min
    Molly Beck Interview - Connections Move the World Forward

    Molly Beck Interview - Connections Move the World Forward

    Molly Beck is the founder and CEO of private podcasting platform Messy.fm, and author of the book Reach Out, The Simple Strategy You Need to Know to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence. She is also a blogger, speaker and co-creator of Reach Out Party with Carly Valancy.

    Molly’s philosophy of ‘Connections Move The World Forward’ has never been more fitting in this current global climate. It has certainly moved her forward!

    I first heard about Molly’s book Reach Out through an invitation to a Reach Out Party from Carly Valancy. We had Carly on an earlier episode and heard how her reach out to Molly via an Instagram direct message created the start of the Reach Out Party movement. 

    Molly’s book started with an idea followed by massive action. She was looking for investors for her then startup, Messy.fm, a private podcasting platform that allows corporate organisations to communicate differently within their business. 

    So she scheduled a daily task in her calendar each weekday morning to contact someone that could help, either an investor directly or for an introduction to someone that could refer her to a chosen investor. This then became a blog, a Forbes article, and eventually a book, sharing her journey of how she did it. These daily reach outs also lead to career opportunities, business partnerships and of course the growth and success of Messy.fm. 

    Molly also shares with us her take on the power of podcasting and how audio is the happy balance between text and video. People don’t like to, want to or have time to read text and with video, people either don’t want to or are hesitant to create them.

    Take a listen to the podcast where we discuss:
    The power of podcasting for internal communications
    The power of reaching out to everyone

    And some tips from Molly:
    Start your own show
    Reach out to everyday - make it a habit
    It is who you know in business, so grow your who (network)

    I love Molly’s book, Reach Out. It speaks to everything I do myself and help others do, which is to make connections, create collaboration opportunities and make a bigger impact on the world!

    At the Business Connections Podcast we are all about sharing stories that demonstrate the power of connection.

    We thank Molly Beck for being generous with her time and sharing her wisdom with us all. We wish Molly all the very best with Messy.fm and Reach Out Party and all that is to come!

    Website

    Business -  https://www.messy.fm/ 
    Book -  http://mollybeck.co/reachout 
    Blog -  https://www.smartprettyandawkward.com/

    Social Media links

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MsMollyBeck 
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/msmollybeck/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/msmollybeck/ 
    Twitter https://twitter.com/msmollybeck

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    • 49 min
    Valerie Dwyer Interview - Becoming Powerful - By Connecting With Ourselves

    Valerie Dwyer Interview - Becoming Powerful - By Connecting With Ourselves

    Valerie Dwyer is the founder of ‘My Wonderful Life Coach’, best-selling author and award winning entrepreneur.

    She has just finished writing her latest book, ‘You’ve Got This, No Matter What - 

    How to Reinvent Your Life in 6 Steps’ and we delve into some of the themes and steps contained in the book but also about what led Valerie to make some life changes along the way and now ultimately help others to do the same.

    Valerie started her first business at 18 years old and she was hooked! She has gone on to start, buy and sell 10 businesses, which are much more than doing an MBA! Learning practical life skills from her grandmother at age 5 to overcoming serious accidents, started Valerie on a path of life long learning. 

    And it all starts with a DECISION. Deciding to make a change, to do something different is the first step to transformation. 

    Take a listen to the podcast where we discuss:
    What is the difference between Change and Transformation?
    Where are we now?
    What do we do next?

    And share some of the steps of ‘How To Reinvent Your Life’, such as:
    Mindset
    Meditation 
    Visioning

    I have been lucky enough to have a preview of Valerie’s latest book ‘You’ve Got This, No Matter What - How to Reinvent Your Life in 6 Steps’ and can highly recommend it! The book is launching in the next few weeks and there is also a program starting in October if you want a more guided experience! I can’t wait to see your transformations!

    At the Business Connections Podcast we are all about sharing stories that demonstrate the power of connection.

    We thank Valerie Dwyer for being generous with her time and sharing her wisdom with us all. We wish Valerie all the very best for her new book and online program!

    Website

    Business https://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk/

    Blog https://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk/Blog

    Social Media links

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ValerieDwyer.A1

    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/valeriedwyermywonderfullifecoach/

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    • 40 min

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Awesome !

Wonderful interview with Molly Beck ! I’m now a subscriber !

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