Become a successful paid speaker


I don’t believe this was the first podcast Chris Baldwin recorded. I feel honoured. A successful TED Speaker, entrepreneur and digital agency owner. He made millions, gave loads of money away, lives minimalistically and just launched a new venture called 10x speaker which helps others to be successful as a speaker. We hopefully bring that concept to London soon, so stay tuned!
 
We had so much to talk about and spend a good deal on how to become a great speaker, earn money as a speaker and he is the proof: the fastest growing speaker in 2018 and number 1 top 10 speaker list in 2019 in the Netherlands. There is so much to come, including a book about the principles he reveals in this podcast.
 
Success for him is about making others successful. He makes his life all about helping others, and we discuss success, thoughts on what others think, and how essentially we are all chasing the dream of seeking freedom to choose. Towards the end he also reveals his top 3 principles he lives his life by. 
 
For him it is all about being more efficient, and to worry less and focus on the essentials, in order to be more successful. He speaks about his new book about the seven mindsets to become the best speaker you can be, and potentially make money with that too. His decision making framework is based on those rules.
 
You will love listening to this podcast, and you cannot stop taking notes. Such a rich experience full of advice. I probably have him back soon to go deeper on some of the topics we discussed! His book recommendations can be found on my page
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners), a coach, consultant and growth expert – he also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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The first time I understood that I work with humans


Interviewing Dr. Heidger Marx from SAP was just awesome and eye opening! He is a mindfulness trainer at SAP.
 
I first came across his profile, when Daniel Rieber interviewed him on his German podcast Im Hier und Jetzt, and I just had to speak to him. Actually, we didn’t start speaking about success for the first half of the podcast, but more about the ‘fluffy stuff’ which is meditation in a German Software Company.
 
Heidger is a scientist, photographer become mindfulness trainer, and the conversation was absolutely eye opening. The benefits mindfulness practise brings to oneself and organisations is immense. One of his mentees said ‘This is the first time I understood that I work with humans’ – now if that isn’t a statement for a modern organisations? But what does mindfulness in organisations look like?
 
For Heidger, success is all about aligning one’s values with what one is doing, e.g. loving what you do. His daily practises, of course, include meditation but also journaling. 
 
If anyone wants to find out more about him, or connect to him to find out about the SAP training which is offered to external companies as well, please connect with Heidger on Linkedin.
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.
 

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Successful with Data


Ana Milicevic is originally from Serbia but describes herself as a European New Yorker. She has been named by Business Insider as one of top 23 people who fix advertising and runs her own consultancy with her sister in the data space called Sparrow Advisers! 
 
Ana is an entrepreneur, media executive and digital data innovator. She and her team of strategic consultants work with companies across adtech, martech, ecommerce, and media on strategy, product, go-to-market positioning, new market launches, innovation, services and global field enablement. Earlier in her career she has held key leadership roles across product, strategy, technology, and services in early stage startups, high growth scale-ups, and established global companies like Adobe, SAS, and even included a stint at the United Nations.
 

There was a lot of serendipity involved in her career she admits, and we speaking about how she helped bring the radio to the internet, scaling start ups, work with her sister, and we talk data.
 
That’s something we both have in common, we love data! We also discuss the volatility of the industry, successful and not so successful exits and how she defines success.
 
A great episode recorded on a night before a big parliamentary decision on Brexit in January, yet we talk cultures and what it means to have lived in different places.
 
Ana reveals some successful habits, and one of it is scheduling thinking time. I have since adopted that, creating more space to think.
If you would like to be in touch, please add her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @aexm.
 

 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.
 

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Spend time to focus


A fantastic conversation this week with Paul Frampton Calero, an industry friend I have known for many years; we speak about career choices and how he ended up at disruptive technology start-up Tink Labs now hi Inc and how he is building a successful culture there.
 
Success and his business are both about improving people’s life, creating a success culture. The life/life balance which is important, and how one should find her/his ‘Why’ and purpose in life. But we also speak about leadership, women in business and how we still measure performance based on time and not on output. 
 
Paul calls himself a ‘Manbassador‘ and recommends a tons of books – please see my recommendation page for details. 
 
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Avoiding Burnout – Davida Ginter


My episode this week is a conversation with Davida Ginter, who I met on a LinkedIn Group about personal development. We recorded the podcast early mornings after my exercise routine and before I was heading to work. She is based in Israel, lived in Sweden and has a keen interest to support others in preventing burnout. Her mantra is based on Jane Goodall: Everyday we make a difference and it is up to us, what kind of difference we want to make. 
 
One of her take aways she posted shortly after on LinkedIn, was that ‘even if it will take much longer for organisations to make the transition towards a holistic system that nurtures their people’s wellbeing, that doesn’t mean that the few, who already know that, can’t start today.’
 
Our conversation is all about life life balance, and how leadership, professional change makers and personal journeys need to focus on the well being of people in a holistic way. The price we pay for not looking after people and ourselves, is burnout, a topic Davida is passionate about and is publishing a book on this too.
 
In order to avoid burnout, one valuable way it to increase connection to real people, in person. We discuss being in the presence, and being fully in the now, while carefully managing the influence of social media. 
 
Her idea of success is to be the best version of herself, having a positive impact on others, helping others. Also, as of above, her best advice is to connect to real people, and treat others the way you want to be treated. It is about developing a changing mindset to be open about failure. Another advice is to take long walks, or empathy walks, or to exercise, in order to reduce stress and take care of oneself, she calls it the empathy walk.
 
We also speak about her event  Enkindle which takes place in Sweden from 19th-21st May.
 

All book recommendations, including Tony Schwartz’s book the ‘Energy Project’, can be found can be found here.

This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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340 marathons blind – and counting


I met Paul Watts when running my first marathon last November. He is an inspiration. He is blind and has run 340 marathons when we recorded the podcast end of last year. He also carried the Olympic torch in 2012.
So this is a story of personal success. It is for runners and anyone interested in running or is looking for an inspiration and motivation to run a bit more than you currently do. For most of the population a marathon is a stretch, and Paul has done 340 being blind. What an amazing achievement.
We speak about our running experience, share a good story and get some advice on how to stay fit; he tells us about how he finished an Ultra Marathon with a broken wrist and how it works having a ‘guided runner’. 
Enjoy this episode, a different angle, but a bigger inspiration than most!
His motto is ‘never say never” – if you say you can’t, then you talk yourself into that you can’t. “I wanted to do one marathon and I am still going.”
 
All book recommendations can be found here.

This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

 

 

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Only Action Counts – Entrepreneur Lara Morgan


This is so far my the most energetic podcast of 2019. I interviewed Lara Morgan last year, and her motto is ‘only actions count‘ – I love jumping into these ‘cold’ conversation and see how those go. And this one was just purely amazing. 
 
At the end of the podcast I found out that Lara had actually written a book about her experience, something that I hadn’t been aware of. I now have a copy (thank you again) and her story of building a multi million business from scratch with hard work is utterly mind bobbling. For her success is all about choice and making money to create choice, wanting to be an example for her children.
 
As a sales and negotiation expert, she has a ton of drive to succeed. She lives by her high standards in business and private life, being very disciplined and an early riser, prioritising things recklessly. Her ambition is to live to 120 years of age, but she couldn’t master that or her ‘work-life-challenge’ without staying fit and having a supporting husband; plus she emphasises the need for a strong mind. 
 
“Be more self-disciplined” is her advice at the end. Only action counts. 
 
Projects she is involved in:
 
Books she recommends are of course her own “More Balls than most” and “Lynda Gratton – The 100 Year Life” – more on my recommendations page
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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Digital Nomad living a simplified life – Conni Biesalski


This week’s guest is Connie Biesalki who at time of recording was just launching her new website and brand Conni.me It was before I ran my marathon last year too. 
 
We both left Germany some time ago, and she also left a ‘conventional way of living’, but we both are still connected to Germany somehow, discussing the greater German unconsciousness; so besides us exploring the meaning of success, happiness and a simplified life, we are also drifting a bit in some interesting chats. I loved recording this episode!
 
For her, success is all about helping others and improving other people’s life. Meditation is one of her daily practises, an hour rather than my little 15 minutes, water fasting (and I have completed a fast since we spoke), and we talked about how the bigger purpose, the why, gives you the push you need. Her content on Conni.me is amazing and her podcast is a great listen. She has ramped up her website and content a lot since we spoke and I highly recommend you checking it out!
 
As she says, we must invest in our inner work to move forward and embrace our potentials and gifts. We should stop chasing fame and money, ignore the ‘what if’ approach and live in the moment. 
 
I absolutely loved my conversation with Conni, and her motto of ‘do something small every day!’
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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How to successfully scale businesses to 9 figures!


Shane Spiers is a coach, mentor, consultant and facilitator. We have a fantastic chat about all things business this week. His career track record is dominated by leading and scaling 7, 8 & 9-figure rapid growth companies. He definitely knows a thing or two about success!
 
We speak about growing companies from the start-up to the grown up stage and discuss leadership styles, giving back and goal setting. The latter leads us into productivity habits we discover we both have. GTD, goal setting, helicopter view and licenses as well as entrepreneurship and productivity.
 
These days Shane’s thing is “Summit SCALEĀ®: The 7 to 8-Figure Business Growth Model” a blended learning program that equips successful business owners to transition from entrepreneurial to a managed growth.
 
Enjoy this week!
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.

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Leaders are Readers! Career Advice for 2019 and beyond!


The first episode of the year is with a career coach and executive search consultant or recruiter Andrew MacAskill. Since I went through redundancy and career choices last year, I thought it would be great to kick off 2019 with some advice on career and job hunts.
 
Given it is January, some of the listeners might consider a change in career this year, and this might just give you the right pointers where to start. If you are not looking, this is still relevant, as we discuss how the job market has changed, and how executive careers are different to where they were in the past.
 
Is there still job security? Are we all consultants? I wrote about that in the past in a publication. Those are the questions we are trying to answer and how to attract the right position, incentivise CEOs for the long term game.
 
We speak about Principles of Success and about how entrepreneurs are motivated. Andrew points out that mindset is key for success and it is a journey, not a goal, re-iterating what we found out in last year’s podcast journey.
 
You can find out more about him on his LinkedIn profile and on the EO website.
He has fantastic advice on reading material and great advice as a career coach overall. Leaders are readers, Andrew concludes. 
 
Enjoy this episode!
 
 
This podcast is hosted by Volker Ballueder (Ballueder Partners) who also wrote a book on productivity and life improvement #BeBetter.
 

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