Episode 30: How To Stop Procrastinating And Get Stuff Done – Interview with Productivity Expert Hugh Culver

We THINK we’re busy…but the reality is…we really only put in a couple of quality hours of work per day.

hugh culverDo you put off the most important tasks until the last minute, resulting in sleepless nights and a whole lotta stress? Or do you get distracted easily by email, social media or delicious snacks? If so, this episode is for you!

Today I’m talking productivity hacks with keynote speaker and best-selling author Hugh Culver (@HughCulver). He helps people bust through procrastination and create real results and success in their lives.

Being a master of productivity means that he also has time to go on awesome outdoor adventures in his home country of Canada! (Surf skiing, anyone?) [Read more…]

Episode 26: Creativity Is Not Just For Your Work! Why You Should Get Creative With Your Communication And How To Do It

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.      –  Steve Jobs


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Another way to get noticed – make signs!

As a designer, you’ve already got a lot of creativity in your bones. But have you ever thought about getting creative in the way you communicate?

This is not something I see many people doing, which is a shame, because I truly believe that is it one of the best ways to not only deliver a great and memorable presentation, but to also stand out from the crowd and GET NOTICED.

And I know it works, because I’ve been testing it out at networking events, in my presentations and when asking people to be interview guests on the podcast. And the results I’ve been getting are amazing!

And the good news? It’s not difficult to do. Like Steve Jobs says: the solution will become obvious to you once you start making connections.

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Episode 24: How to Overcome Anxiety and Become ‘Performance Ready’ – Interview with ‘The GPS Girl’ Karen Jacobsen

If you [can] speak to a group of people feeling completely calm about who you are…miracles [will happen] in every area of your life.

Karen JacobsenFasten your seatbelts: this week I am speaking with the wonderful Karen Jacobsen, AKA ‘The GPS Girl.’

Yes folks, she is the voice in tens of millions of GPS units around the world, helping directionally-challenged people reach their destinations.

She also helps people recalculate their personal journeys and work towards their ‘destinations’ (ha!) in life and business at thegpsgirl.com.

Apart from being a coach, speaker and voiceover artist, Karen is also a successful singer-songwriter. Talk about being multi-talented! (PLUS she’s an Aussie. Woo hoo!)

I met her here in New York at a National Speakers Association event, and as I got to know her, I was surprised to discover that she used to suffer from severe anxiety as a child, and struggled with it well into adulthood. So I’m super excited to have her on the show to share with you how she overcame this anxiety, and how you too can learn to manage your nerves in stressful situations. [Read more…]

Episode 22: Body Language Secrets – Simple Tricks For Getting Confident, Building Trust & Reading People’s Minds! Interview with Blake Eastman of The Nonverbal Group

People get so concerned with nailing their presentation that they forget to be natural and comfortable, and it’s that anxiety that produces behaviours that make them less effective.

Blake Eastman Nonverbal Group Christina Canters Design Draw SpeakThis week I am thrilled to be sharing with you the secrets of body language hacker, former professional poker player and serial entrepreneur Blake Eastman.

Ever wondered what your body language reveals about you? Blake Eastman’s the man to ask! As the founder of The Nonverbal Group, Blake teaches people how to use nonverbal communication to be confident and successful in situations like business meetings, presentations, dating and other social interactions. Fascinating stuff!

I took a class with Blake and was fascinated to learn just how much our non-verbal cues say about us. I discovered that they totally affect the way other people view us, even though they may not know why!

Blake uses real world examples to explain his secret tricks for instantly making you more likable, persuasive and confident. And the best part? You can easily implement them in your next social situation! [Read more…]

Episode 21: How to Manage Your Ego…and Other Things I Learned in Architecture School – Interview with Matthew Frederick

[Design process] can be frustrating because that’s the invisible part, but it might be the most important thing you’ll take out into the real world after graduation.

matt_frederickThis week I’m very excited to chat with the wonderful Matthew Frederick.

Matthew is an architect, educator and author of one of my favourite books of all time, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School.

In fact, he has created a whole ‘101 Things I Learned’ series! Check it out here: www.101thingsilearned.com.

In this episode Matt and I delve a little deeper into 4 lessons from the book:

  • How to draw a line (#1)
  • Manage your ego (#86)
  • If you can’t explain your ideas to your grandmother in terms that she understands, you don’t know your subject well enough (#48)
  • An effective oral presentation of a studio project begins with the general and proceeds towards the specific (#57)

Thank you also to Will for sharing his Story from Studio with us! (Click here to share yours!) [Read more…]