Podcast Episodes

Season 5 – Episode 17: Alex Hirst, Co-Founder of Hoxby Collective

Alex Hirst, Co-founder, Hoxby Collective

Creator and leader of a business without walls, Alex co-founded a revolutionary, cloud-based ‘community’ that gives its people the total freedom to choose when and where they work- on the evidence that it will make them a happier and more productive workforce. Their collective vision is to make the world a happier place by revolutionising the way work gets done and inspiring others to rethink their working practices.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will WORK as one.” ― Jason Allan Scott  Tweet This

His personal story will make you smile, and his learnings will help you re-think your commute and everyday problems and how you create a new career and business by solving your own problems.
Identify the problem and ask, “ does it answer a wider problem?”

Look at always tapping into the zeitgeist

Be future proof – will the future provide the answer to todays problems.

Start a movement – there is a different way to work – we can achieve something bigger than what we are working on alone –
by networking within their tribe.

Earned media – social media – more of mouth and word of Mouse –
Starting to partner with like minded individuals.
Motivate to refer people who will make the community base.
People buy from people.
Refer opportunities into the community.

So Hoxby is truly proving the Gestalt theorists concept that the basic principle: that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
25% given to Hoxby partners providing skin in the game.

Distinguish – by service, provide output not people.

Feel comfortable with getting things wrong, but don’t repeat the mistakes.

Create event horizons – then take a view and decide.

Season 5 – Episode 16: Shoot Me!!

We speak to world renowned photographer Rich Hendry, a london-based photographer whose work spans portraiture, editorial, fashion and advertising. He has shot for brands such as Xaviant Gaming, BBC, Crest Leather, Brunner Furniture, Nespresso, Lost My Name, Eaton Notts, Sony, Omega, Temperley, Udeshi, Discovery Channel, and HSBC. His work has appeared in media outlets including Harper’s Bazaar, Hello Magazine, Scotland on Sunday, Metro, Life & Style, Footballer’s Life, Wallpaper and Icon.
Rich Hendry has exhibited personal work in numerous London galleries, including his acclaimed ‘legends’ series and has captured portraits for celebrities such as Priscilla Presley, Calum Best, Jasmine Guinness and Caprice Bourret.


Today he talks to us about telling stories through images, following your focus and never to be scared of learning or faking it till you become it.

His biggest learnings are:
To travel often
To focus on passion
and to trust your gut

Great quote:

If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  – Winston Churchill

To refresh your memory, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill led the UK through World War II.

Season 5 – Episode 15: Jason Talks About BASTARDS

Today, I’m going to talk with you about BASTARDS – Bastardisation and Lucky Bastards.

My story – my learnings and my advice.

I am honored to be with you today at your event 10th Aspiring Manager award Dinner at The Brand New Four Seasons

Today I want to tell you three stories from my life.

The first story is about “necessity being the mother of all invention”.

My second story is about love and loss.

My third story is about death.

But through Calisthenics, Meditation and focusing on what counts I am at a better place then I have ever been before.

As someone who has been shot, stabbed, kidnapped and diagnosed with an auto immune disease with an unforeseeable future, I can now say this to you.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share.

No one has ever escaped it.

And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.

It is Life’s change agent.

It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

Everything else is secondary.

Remember that they don’t make statues to critics, and if you don’t stand up for what you believe in, you will end up lying down for everything.

Lastly, my wish for you all is this one question?

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable? “

Thank you all very much.

Season 5 – Episode 14: Rob Dionne – Open Sky Fitness

Owner of Open Sky Fitness, Personal Trainer, NASM CPT, CES, PES, Level 1 Crossfit Trainer & Film Enthusiast

Rob Dionne, Owner of Open Sky Fitness is an NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, also holding advanced specialist certifications in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. He is a life long athlete competing in swimming, wrestling, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, beach volleyball, etc. With his extensive sports and fitness background, Rob has developed an effective workout programs that incorporate sports movement and the mechanics of weight training in an outdoor setting, that is extremely fun, safe and effective.

Every individual has different needs and Rob is dedicated to helping his clients accomplish their personal goals. Each workout program is designed specifically for the client’s needs.

Recently Rob has created The Lunch Crunch Workout, a lunch time workout program in the La Brea Tar Pits Park in Los Angeles that is perfect for the Stay at Home Mom and Dad!

He also creator of The Sky Fit Challenge, a 12 week training progressive workout strategy that focuses on core stabilization, strength and power; while never stepping foot inside a gym. This program has produced some shocking results.

After training the Los Angeles branch of TeamASPCA for the Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Rob is excited to work with Terrior Tri and coach future events around the country.

Open Sky Fitness is a collaboration between husband and wife team, Rob and Devon.

“We understand that life gets in the way sometimes of your health. Having a career and building a family takes a lot of time and energy. It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself amongst all the craziness. Finding time to eat healthfully, exercise regularly and practice mindfulness seems so far away, but, the truth is, it’s at your fingertips. It just takes a little practice and consistency. Let us help you get there. Our mission is to provide you with the best information out there. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or figure out a way to juggle all the crazy stuff in your life, we’ll help you achieve the next level in your healthy lifestyle.

If you have found us through the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, you know it’s only been in the last few years that we have found a healthy balance. Before that, we struggled with change, knowing what and what not to eat, how to maintain our weight with health, when to take a break and rest, how to communicate to each other, and how to manage our time. It has been a long journey, and like you, we still have a lifetime of learning ahead of us. But, though we will always have more information to find, we want to share all we can with you so that your path can be easier and faster than ours.
When we are not working one-on-one with clients, we spend a lot of our time researching and chatting with the leaders in the health and fitness business, bringing you the most current information out there.” – Rob & Devon Dionne

A Couple Future Goals:
Year 1: Expand Lunch Crunch to other parks in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Year 2: Launch The Lunch Crunch Workout in other cities in Southern California.

Specialties: Weight Loss, Muscle Gain, Strength Training, Agility Training, Plyometric Training

OUR WORLDS COLLIDE: The Banned Commercial

Dave Allen #


Crossfit – builds communities
Build methods


How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip or stop so many heroes and Hustlers just like you?
• Do listen to:

What is the best advise you received recently, and that you still follow?
To Trust My Gut!

The Lokkima Workout and Helen Mirrens Body Secret:

Canadian Air Force exercise routine that “very gently” gets her fit.

“It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life. It just very gently gets you fit. Two weeks of doing that and you think: ‘Yeah, I could go to the gym now,'” she told the site.

The workout, which was created by physician Bill Orban, is made up of 10 basic muscle-working exercises including a series of push-ups, sit-ups, leg raises, running and more. The exercise program is also offered in two series — a 5BX plan for men and a XBX plan for women which actually only takes 11 minutes. Without using any equipment, the workout follows a chart and according to Mirren, you can’t move on to the next chart until you master the first set of exercises in the given time frame.

Known as the first type of high intensity workout of our time, the concept was later repackaged and sold as a type of interval training we’re all familiar with today, reports the National Post.

Two Awesome Hours: Science‑Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time … Book by Josh Davis


MENTOR? Will Irish – Meet my audience where they are.

“I never lose. I either win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela

Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook
Open Sky Fitness on iTunes

A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Season 5 – Episode 12: Founder & CEO at Tide – George Bevis

Part 1 of 2: Episode 12 of season 5
George Bevis
Founder & CEO at Tide

Value Bombs: Create an event horizon: SPRINT: Book.

http://lokkima.com/ and http://cmereapp.com/

“Business services offered by High Street banks have failed to meet the needs of the modern small business owner,” said George Bevis, Tide founder and CEO. “With slow sign-up processes, hidden charges and poor customer experience, business banking has been stuck in the dark ages.”

Tide, a UK-based, mobile-first banking service targeting small and medium enterprise customers, has picked up a Series A of $14 million, one of the bigger rounds for a fintech startup in Europe this year. The investment was led by Anthemis (the London-based fintech investor that has also backed Azimo, Currencycloud, Betterment and Simple) and Creandum (investor in Spotify and many other high-profile European startups), and is joined by Passion Capital and LocalGlobe, which backed Tide in a $2 million seed investment last year. Eileen Burbidge of Passion Capital is also Tide’s chairperson.

Tide’s unique selling point is that it provides a less expensive and faster service to smaller businesses who lack the staffing to run the accounting and admin sides of their businesses efficiently.

“People who run small businesses waste time with crappy administrative tasks, so we work out smart ways with software to automate these things,” Bevis said.

While a customer would use Tide just as they would a regular business banking account, it’s important to note that Tide is not a bank. Member deposits are kept in a ring-fenced account at Barclays under an FCA-regulated eMoney license by PrePay Solutions (PPS). Funds being held under an eMoney license, means deposits cannot be invested by PPS.

Article on investing and TIDE: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/03/uks-tide-raises-14m-to-challenge-big-banks-with-a-mobile-first-service-for-smbs/

MENTOR: Eileen Burbidge – Eileen is a Partner at Passion Capital, an early-stage VC fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere. In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the Chair of TechCity UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting digital business across the UK. She is also HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech and has received an MBE for services to Business in June 2015.

BOOK: Buddhafield Dharma: Buddhist Practice on the Land

FOLLOW George Bevis on Twitter

Season 5 – Episode 11: (Part 1 of 2) Music to Hospitality—It’s Always Been About the Experience for Danielle Kimmey Torrez Chief Executive Officer of ExperienceGlobal.com

Hear Jason’s best southern accent as he explains what Experience Global is.

Headquartered in Nashville, TN, EXP Global delivers intelligent experience training solutions to hospitality companies nationwide. Founded on the 5 Disney Principles of Service, EXP Global works with employees from maintenance to the C-Suite, driving cultural change that improves retention and creates repeatable and measurable customer experiences.

( Joy) Danielle Kimmey Torrez serves as Chief Executive Officer for Experience Global and leads the relational partnerships, strategy, technology growth, organizational processes, and sales and marketing for the EG team. She brings fifteen years of leadership experience, with a focus on strategic partnerships and brand identity.

“Customers remember each human interaction from their experience with hotel, restaurant, and events staff. That’s why we founded EXP.”

Her career in music taught her the value of creating memorable experiences. Every show required a well-choreographed, well-executed performance that they had to repeat night after night, treating each time they stepped onstage as if they were auditioning for the first time. She recognized that translates to the hospitality industry. Each staff-to-customer interaction defines the experience and creates a lot of data. The market needed a data-driven, customer experience solution that translates into measurable insights and outcomes.

Experience Global combines a tech platform with in-person training of health system and facility employees. The company has been working at Florida-based Adventist Health System — where it has trained almost 3,500 people in 15 months — and a South Carolina retirement center, among others, focusing on rallying workers around company culture and values. A small bump in employee satisfaction on that front, CEO Danielle Torrez told the Post, generates a big increase in the patient satisfaction scores that are becoming a growing part of reimbursement criteria.

Danielle, is highly energized by investing in people, goal setting and achievement, brand strategy, online marketing initiatives, creative collaborations and teamwork. Her favorite things in this world are people and pizza. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Experience Global.

How have you balanced utilizing both creativity & business savvy in your career?

Growing up, I thought of creativity and business as two completely different spheres. I was so wrong. Once I began to utilize my creative side in business I started to see opportunity in every department of my company! These days, I take time to dream and ideate before making any big business decisions. Total game changer.

COMMUNITY: Nashville Entrepreneur Centre
TECHNOLOGY: Google – Apps, Chat and Slack.
BOOK: Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders by Reggie McNeal Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness.
FILM: Clueless
BIGGEST LEARNINGS: Habits make you successful: Consistency is KING!
BIGGEST TEACHINGS: Being revenue Positive. Proven, Data. I’ve proven the concept. Making it hard to argue with.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Season 5 – Episode 10: Dai Manuel

Dai Manuel

Formerly Chief Operating Officer and partner of Fitness Town Inc., he helped his teams help his clients in 8 retail stores and 2 commercial divisions. Raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, he is now travelling with his 2 children and loving wife, Christie, from Vancouver, B.C. With his rare spare time, he is an active member of Toastmasters and when not honing his public speaking skills, he lives out his passion for writing and sharing best health and fitness practices as the editor of DaiManuel.com.

Dad, Lifestyle Mentor, Nutrition & Fitness Coach, Keynote Speaker, Pro Blogger, and author of the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto. As well as a digital thought leader and lifestyle mentor empowering people to lead a ‘FUN’ctionally fit life through education, encouragement and community. Dai models his work on the basis of 5 pillars (4 actually, plus a roof): Fitness, Family, Finances, and Faith with an overarching roof of ‘FUN’ built on a rock-solid foundation of health. Dai is also a dad, dating his wife, a founding partner and former COO of Fitness Town Inc, keynote speaker, award-winning blogger, Podcaster, CrossFit athlete, co-founder of the #YVRDads support group for fathers, a BC Children’s Hospital Grind For Kids Ambassador, and published author of the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto.

BOOKS: CRUSH IT – Social Media – Gary Vee

Dai Manuel’s Whole Life Fitness Manifesto: 30 Minutes a Day for a Healthier Body, Mind and Spirit

A colorful, dynamic blend of inspiring philosophy and practical workouts that anyone can follow to enhance physical and mental well-being for life. In this book, trainer, motivational speaker, father, and entrepreneur Dai Manuel offers a plan that anyone can follow to create health and wellbeing in both mind and body. Is it possible to get physically fit without taking care of the other aspects of you? Sure. But it’s much harder to get going and keep going, and much less fun. Loaded with concrete workouts, meditation exercises, nutrition advice, and personal development prompts, this book provides the tools to create a “FUNctionally fit”

The highest reward for our toil is not what we get for it but what we become by it. … Mistakes are not failures. They are proof that we are making an effort. When we understand that, we can more easily move out of our comfort zone, try something new, and improve. … Improvement demands a commitment to grow long after the mood in which it was made has passed.” — John C. Maxwell

“Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.”

Treatment with infrared light therapy is simple and painless. Flexible pads, each containing multiple infrared lights, are placed directly on the skin over the area of pain or injury. Energy from the lights penetrates beneath the skin and is absorbed by deep tissues.

Hosts best choice: DPL II Light Therapy System

The DPL II red & infrared LED light therapy system covers the largest treatment area in this list, and contains 96 infrared bulbs (880 nm), 32 dark red bulbs (660 nm), 32 red bulbs (630 nm) and 32 amber bulbs (530 nm).

DPL Panel System Pros:
Large treatment area
2-panels – can be attached to any area with the Velcro strap
Hands-free operation
Timer and auto shut-off
Easy to use

Not a great fit for travel due to size
May not feel comfortable directly on skin.

TO WATCH: In 2009 Bronnie wrote an online article called Regrets of the Dying about her time as a palliative carer. Working with dying people and developing close relationships with them during their last weeks resulted in raw, honest conversations about life and death, including what the patients wished they had done differently.

How to get to know more about Dai:

Season 5 – Episode 9: James Swanston (Part 1 of 2)

Warning! There are some sound issues due to calls between Thailand and London – Apologies to our listeners!

James Swanston is an advisor to Lord Mawson OBE for the St. Paul’s Way Transformation Project, one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects based in East London, with a focus on encouraging students to look at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and enterprise. James is the chair of the Transport Working Group of the Energy Managers Association, founded by Lord Redesdale to help major UK businesses to help address the challenges of energy scarcity and climate change. He was recently listed in the Tech City Almanac as one of the 100 key figures helping to redefine digital business in London.

He is a director of Green and Tonic, a fast growing networking group for sustainability leaders in London and has previously assisted the Sustainable Development Commission on smart mobility and was awarded the Greenbang award for smart transport in 2011. James regularly speaks at events on sustainability and entrepreneurship topics. He has been granted the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, one of the City of London’s oldest livery companies and has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

He has served as an officer in the Australian and British Armies, including tours of duty in Malaysia, East Timor, Iraq, Falkland Islands and Afghanistan; he currently commands the City of London Fusiliers Company of the London Regiment. He spent several years in Australian military intelligence, where he established a multi-discipline team working on the fusion of intelligence collection and analysis across different technical intelligence sources, for which he was awarded the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation’s Outstanding Service Award. He was awarded the United States Bronze Star Medal and the Australian Joint Operations Command Commendation for service in Iraq.

James completed three bachelor degrees concurrently from Griffith University in Law, International Business and Modern Asian Studies, a Diploma in Export Management and a Masters in International Relations and Asian Politics (University of Queensland). James is a qualified Justice of the Peace.


Have a clear mission statement. Get people to buy into its mission to build a massive company and aggressively pursue that goal. Elon Musk and HyperLoop – exciting technology – part of a consortium to be a part of the global hyperloop challenge.

READ: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business – Amazon UK – By: Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building …
WATCH: McRaven Best Commencement Speech University Texas – Business – We first saw this speech at the Military Times.

1. Be forward thinking
2. Be inventive, and daring
3. Do the right thing
4. Be honest and straight forward
5. Be willing to change, to learn, to grow and be very very flexible.
6. Work hard and be yourself

Find out more here: www.voyagecontrol.com

Season 5 – Episode 8: SquareMeal Talk

Scott talks at SquareMeal: SquareMeal has been around for almost 30 years and has been the market leading independent restaurant commentators with a circulation of 50,000. The award-winning event is in London and attracts over 8.000 bookers at Old Billingsgate, EC3 in September each year.

Jason shares his talk on Creativity: the phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. He talks “thinking outside the box” and “inside the box” as well as mentioning Stamford University’s Creative Engine.

Listen to find out what you missed!

Season 5 – Episode 7: Business SUPERSIZER – Luke Harvard

 “I help ambitious small to mid-size businesses to SUPERSIZE their growth using acquisitions.” – Luke Havard


Luke Havard is a business investor, advisor and serial entrepreneur with a deep passion and talent for buying, scaling & selling global businesses and advising and partnering with others to do the same.

Luke specialises in partnering with SME’s and investors, with ambition to grow by acquisition, (but lack the time and or the expertise to source great deals), who have access to capital to complete off-market transactions between $5m – $50m in size.

Luke is the founder of Disentis Group a boutique M&A firm and one of four partners in a global private equity consortium that helps small to mid-size companies to supersize their business growth through acquisition.

Are you interested in exploring the option of buying, scaling or even selling your business?

Connect with Luke via Twitter or Linkedin

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