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Liz Johnson - Composer

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Liz Johnson (b.1964) is an award-winning British composer based in the Malvern Hills, Herefordshire ‘a major composer deserving wide recognition’ (Divine Art). Her music encompasses an immense range from the smallest miniatures to expansive, large-scale, ambitious and multifaceted works. Liz was selected as one of Sound and Music’s first ‘New Voices’ in 2018 which has led to her directing a ground-breaking multidisciplinary project Scintilla weaving music, poetry, dance and live electronics, working with internationally renowned choreographer/ dancer Dane Hurst.

Several of Johnson’s works engage with wider issues of wellbeing: Scintilla explores issues of isolation and mental health, and the series of Triptych pieces for early instruments focuses on female body image after major surgery, inspired by the artwork Triptych – a scarred series by Dora Williams. Johnson has herself recently overcome serious illness leading to isolation. Having now regained her health she is passionate about creating work that allows people to engage with the most difficult issues. Colwall Requiem for Aleppo – a Requiem for Refugees – juxtaposes music for amateur choir and children’s choir with virtuosic meditations and transcriptions of traditional Arabic music for the viola soloist.  ‘I can’t remember the last time I actually dripped tears during a concert. And then she brought us back to a place of hope by the end of the piece so we were emotionally safe to head back into the real world.’ (Liz Garnett) http://www.helpingyouharmonise.com/colwall

Johnson’s debut double album Intricate Web (2017) has been met with wide critical acclaim ‘The Cello Suite is stunning… The music explores a vast canvas… To me, this suite is Johnson’s masterpiece (so far). It is not too much to say that it takes its place beside Bach, Britten and Ligeti.’(Musicweb-International). Johnson’s close working relationship with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, who recorded the album, has given rise to two impressive large-scale works: the clarinet quintet Sea-change, featuring twenty-five different instruments, including string quartet with Swannee whistles and egg shakers and five different sized clarinets from Contrabass to E flat, and Sky-burial for female voice and string quartet. 'The music is in turn rugged, anguished, languid, and resigned, producing a haunting scenario that will not quickly be forgotten' (Fanfare), sung by vocalist extraordinaire Loré Lixenberg.

Liz Johnson started her career as a Primary School teacher and it was not until her mid-30s that she began studying composing for the first time. Taught by Philip Cashian she went on to gain her PhD at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2006. She lectures at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is currently overseeing a new creative collaboration between student musicians and composers with choreographers and dancers at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Music clips on the podcast from Liz Johnson's Intricate Web album MSV77206 available to download from Divine Art Records.

Website: http://www.lizjohnson.co.uk https://lizjohnsoncomp.wordpress.com 

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0FwmqhVsY9A3oxyXgpLiH8?si=vXJkOr5UT0-FRrJa0R6eCg 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lizjohnsoncomposer

Intricate Web Album: https://divineartrecords.com/recording/intricate-web-liz-johnson

Neale Wood - Talk ‘n’ Walk

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Having suffered from PTSD and the ailments that are often connected to a breakdown. Such as Anxiety and Panic Attacks, sever Depression and a self loathing and hatred of what I had become. My Hero Story I feel is more about what I did to overcome these debilitating illnesses.

For me as a guy now in his 50's, I had no idea what Stress was and to be fare thought that it was weak minded people that needed to get a grip. I never believed that I would suffer from it, never mind the fact that I tried to 'check out' and end it all. It was the most terrifying and debilitating illness I have ever suffered from and for many, many months the fight to survive hung in the balance, a balance I had no CONTROL over.

I had been brought up to believe men should be big, strong, never need help and not to show emotional weakness and protect.

Nothing prepared me for what happened and it was my core programming that was the real issue for my mental health state, or lack of it.

The rest you can find out by listening  to my interview and visiting my website/FB page, or watch my videos and blogs.

Website: tbc

Facebook: tbc

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neale-wood-9a98712

Rupert Honywood - Catalyst for Change

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Hello I am Rupert Honywood – the founder of Business Growth Bureau.  Many thanks for your interest in learning more about me, my team and the Bureau.

I believe in a world where every business owner, director or team player has the opportunity to reach their highest vision of success by growing their business and achieving more sales.

I was most inspired when I founded another organisation a few years ago which aimed to give service men and women the tools they needed to start their own business. And it was when a CEO of another charity came to me, with the help I had given him and his management team suggested that I form another organisation helping other businesses and charities to grow and scale.

As a consequence the Business Growth Bureau was formed. As you can imagine this grew rapidly into what you see today and we have helped many organisations to become successful as a consequence.

I love to create virtual circles where every party (from customers to prospects, investors, staff, advocates and suppliers) win out of the relationship with the Bureau.

Fundamentally we all benefit from the leverage effect that this creates when we can build a strong organisation where we are all here to help each other and achieve strong sustainable growth. I believe that if we can help people and organisations, then we all benefit and what you tend to give does generally does tend to come back.

This also sets strong foundations for joint venture relationships and partnerships. I want to see us having a massive impact on your business to generate more sales or charities to achieve more donations and sponsorship.

My personal goal is to influence at least 1,000 companies and organisations a year to become much more successful and I would love you to be part of that journey with us. 

Do get in touch and let me know how we can help.

Website: businessgrowthbureau.com  and rupert@businessgrowthbureau.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/honywood

Twitter: ruperthonywood

Autumn Aldous - Happiness Box

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Autumn Aldous is a mindful based cognitive therapist, trainer and life coach.  She runs mindfulness sessions and personal development workshops around the Midlands for the general public to attend but also for companies and charities. Autumn is available for one to one therapy or life coaching either in person or via Skype.

Here is a breakdown of the services that Autumn provides:

  1. Local mindful based cognitive therapy sessions around the Midlands, which offer affordable structured help in friendly group settings (from an amazing £5-£7 per session). 

  2. Mindfulness and personal development sessions for companies and charities.

  3. Laughter yoga sessions. Huge fun! 

  4. Affordable one to one therapy, either in person or via Skype, or emails. Also life coaching.

  5. Autumn is currently writing a book called “Reflections of a Happy Dead Person” due out Winter 2019.

  6. A wide variety of self-development classes in the community, topics include confidence building, assertiveness, Law of Attraction, self-acceptance, face your fears, and many others. 

  7. She is a qualified and experienced trainer and can deliver full/half day training on mental health awareness, mindfulness, self-development and motivational workshops.

  8. Motivational Speaker.

  9. Event Organiser both spoken word and music and well-being festivals.

  10. Counselling Supervision.

  11. Soon to be released the Smiling Brain App, a new and interactive mental well being app and Sandi the Cuddle Cushion an innovative sleep aid.

MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Midlands-Mindfulness/members/14491865/

MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Midlands-Mindfulness/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-aldous-5a765494/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/debbiealdous 

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

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

Lindsay Milner - Meaningful Work

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Lindsay is the owner of Silvern Training, and is on a mission to help people look forward to Monday mornings and love going in to work. So many people hate their work, and we spend too long in the workplace for it to be like that. 

Lindsay has had a very varied working life, doing everything from admin, volunteering, sales, teaching, training, fundraising, management and chairing a board of charity trustees.  Almost 20 years working in the public sector in administration and management, followed by almost 20 years career in the voluntary sector, including board level experience. 

Loves to see people develop their confidence, so that they can speak up appropriately. Takes great joy in helping people to enjoy a rewarding working life that fulfils their potential.

As a member of a Toastmasters International club since 2010, supports members in their public speaking journey, and sees at first hand how encouragement, support and practice makes a difference to confidence.  Meetings every second and fourth Monday at 6.30 at the Novotel Broad Street, Birmingham. Visitors welcome.

Loves books, especially personal development books, and can be found reviewing them on You Tube #abookinfiveminutes.

Website - silverntraining.com

You Tube channel - youtube.silverntraining.com

Linked In - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsaymilnersilverntraining

Twitter - @silverntrainuk

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/silverntraining

Bulling Speakers website – bullringspeakers.co.uk 

Jack Hamilton Fellows - The Social Mercenary

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Loughborough Graduate 2019 with entrepreneurial tendencies. Started 3 companies during my studies: Personal Training, Import & Export of Hazelnuts and most recently an ethical clothing company, The Social Mercenary.

Interesting facts: My first job was in Nuclear Engineering. I like finance - coming second in a competition at Microsoft Asia HQ. I'm obsessed with self-development, lifting myself out of depression and regular panic attacks. I'm binary, it's 100% or nothing. I love going on adventures especially skiing or surfing. 

One of my hardest challenges to date. Opened up trading with ethical factories in Ghana. Raised £10,000 on Kickstarter in 2017 to begin the project, being featured in National Press. Donated backpacks to be filled as Xmas parcels for the homeless. Generated £40,000 in turnover from the first year of trading. So far we have sold 1000 backpacks and now sell a range of accessories.

Website: https://thesocialmercenary.com

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/jackhamiltonfellows

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesocialmercenary and https://www.instagram.com/jackhfellows 

Miti Ampoma - Communications Strategist

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Miti Ampoma is an award-winning communications expert, experienced English language skills trainer, author, journalist and coach. Miti is on a mission to create a global movement of game-changing communicators who have the skills to change businesses for the greater good. She wants to bring heart and soul back into the way we communicate so we connect as humans, rather than simply through a screen.

While advanced technology has significant benefits for businesses, it has also caused our priorities to shift. Rather than people being at the centre of organisations, the main focus is now on process and technology. Too many people consider communication to be a soft and fluffy optional extra. Instead, Miti argues it plays a crucial role in the success of a business, both in terms of its finances and corporate social responsibility.

Known as the Mary Poppins of the C-Suite, Miti’s kind but firm manner and ability to interact with people from all walks of life and bring them together to communicate effectively again, has helped to transform businesses across the world in a way that has been described as ‘magic’.

Her Innovative Communicator courses help to transform feelings of dread and drudgery of work into optimism and enthusiasm, so that workers at all levels start each day filled with joy. From the boardroom to the frontline, her no-nonsense approach means she is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in! For businesses to succeed the employees within them need to deliver the mission and direction that is set in the boardroom. Communication is key to galvanise, inspire and bring employees together to achieve this mission.

Miti has broad experience, including 20 years working with FTSE 100 companies. She has seen communication at its best and its worst. As a result, she understands the value of effective communication and the direct impact it has on a company’s bottom line. Indeed, Miti is one of the most sought-after and respected communicators in the industry. Her five star reviewed book, The Innovative Communicator: Putting the soul back into business communication, has had a real influence on the business community.

In her own words: “Great communication means great business these days. Bad communication is bad business all days!

Miti Ampoma focuses on working with people from the bottom to the top to help them:

1. Unlock the ‘innovative communication’ skills in leadership teams

In 2006, Miti combined her extensive knowledge to launch Miticom. The goal of which is to deliver innovative communicator training in a no-nonsense, accessible and deeply human way. This training helps put people back at the heart of organisations from where they can drive performance and create sustainable financial growth.

Living in a complex, fast-changing and fiercely competitive arena, businesses can’t afford to lose their edge simply because they don’t value their most important resource: their people. Miti’s training shows leaders how to use the positive power of communication to generate lasting success with integrity and humanity and drive global business change.

2. Share her expertise through a brand new communication training programme

Miticom has recently launched its Innovative Communicator Accelerator Programme (ICAP). Miti says, ‘Innovative Communication is not a function, something you delegate to your human resources or communications team. It’s when you have the qualities you need to lead with confidence and drive growth. It’s how you set the style and tone for communication at every level across your whole business. It’s how you connect with people, create loyalty and build relationships. And it’s how you encourage others to do the same.’

ICAP is designed to help leaders and managers create the change they need to put people back at the heart of their business. It will help them communicate with humanity, integrity and soul. And it will help them create the conditions their business needs to enjoy sustainable growth, performance and profitability.

3. Understands the importance of communication on a global scale

We are living firmly in the age of globalisation. This, coupled with advances in technology, is creating an international workforce. Therefore, the value and significance of cross-cultural understanding is increasing, along with the need to master English, as the global language of business.

Miti’s international experience, both professionally and in her personal life, means she understands that effective communication depends on much more than just a knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. She teaches international leaders to recognise cultural differences and communicate in English as easily and with as much impact as they do in their native language.

Miti spent her childhood in both the UK and Ghana and is extremely proud to have dual nationality. As a young adult, she lived in many different countries. These early experiences sparked a lifelong love of travel and desire to get to know people and amass friends wherever she goes. This worldwide experience has helped Miti in improving business communication on an international scale.

Aged 40, Miti trained as an actor, but ultimately decided not to pursue it as a career. Although, her love of the arts still very much impacts her life today as it refreshes her mind, and sparks new ideas. She uses this training and influence in her work, which you can see in her presenting style and love of a good story.

Another love - broadcast communication - saw Miti pursue a career in television, where she worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, first as a journalist and then as a producer and director of documentaries. Later, she went on to lead communication and change programmes for a number of global corporations including household names such as Aviva and Lloyds Banking Group.

Miti has also worked as a cleaner, kitchen hand and massage therapist, but these are stories for another day!

Website: miticom.co.uk Email: info@miticom.co.uk

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mitiampoma 

Twitter: twitter.com/MitiAmpoma

Facebook: facebook.com/miti.ampoma 

Friday Challenge: #mitifridaychallenge

Chris Denny - Attention to Detail

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Chris Denny is a researcher, trainer, consultant, and business owner. When he is not running a business or spending time with his family, he is researching attention to detail or helping others become more detail-oriented. 

Chris delivers training workshops and seminars for companies and government organizations and conducts one on one coaching for high-value employees. Attention To Detail training is available via online courses. 

The seed of Attention To Detail Solutions started in 2010 when Chris had an employee who was technically strong and generally valuable aside from his low attention to detail. After searching for a book or training and finding nothing that would help, Chris started to create something that could help. He had inadvertently found a passion and after 6 years of exhaustive research, hundreds of surveys, and dozens of interviews, Chris emerged with the Attention To Detail Training™ system. 

Website: attentiontodetail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/atdetail

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC1UKFMsFg3-v-Zo4Yzn-74Q

Harry Snell - Shredding for my Wedding

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Harry help’s women who are struggling with their weight loss develop the skills and healthy habits to finally achieve the body of their dreams, but more importantly, gain extra confidence, happiness and fulfilment in their lives. 

His tailored online program helps his clients drop up to 2 stone over a 12-week period, but more importantly sets them up for a future healthy lifestyle instead of just being a quick-fix.

‘Shredding For My Wedding’ is an online community and online coaching group that helps brides lose up to 2 dress sizes before their wedding day.

Instagram: instagram.com/harrysnell  and instagram.com/shredding4yourwedding

Facebook: facebook.com/hsnell1

Facebook page: facebook.com/Shredding-For-My-Wedding-1155991131262151

Shredding for my Wedding Group: facebook.com/groups/135740540293629

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/harry-snell 

YouTube: youtube.com/user/fadetoblack22

Website: shreddingformywedding.com

Yonason Goldson - Ethical Affluence

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After graduating from the University of California, Yonason Goldson embarked on an adventure hitchhiking across the United States and backpacking across Europe.  He ended up in Israel, where he spent nine years studying the ancient wisdom of the land, then spent the next 23 years teaching it to high school students in Budapest, Hungary, Atlanta, GA, and St. Louis, MO, where he and his wife live happily as empty-nesters. 

As director of Ethical Imperatives, LLC, Rabbi Goldson is now a platform speaker teaching professionals why good ethics is good business.  He is a TEDx speaker and author of five books including:

Proverbial Beauty: Secrets for Success and Happiness from the Wisdom of the Ages

Fix your Broken Windows: a 12-step system for promoting ethical affluence

Dawn to Destiny: Exploring Jewish History and its Hidden Wisdom

Visit him at: https://www.yonasongoldson.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yonason-goldson

Richard Leighton - Part 2 - The Social Entrepreneur

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This is part 2 of a 2-part interview. In Part 2, we go into far more depth around Richard’s Social project to contribute significantly in solving homelessness.

Richard Leighton is Britain’s first male employed as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence. Apart from being entrepreneurial, creative and innovative, he has a proven track record in the design, development, implementation and management of projects, programmes, initiatives and enterprises. 

And he started his vision at a very young age, he doesn’t even remember fully where he got the drive from. He puts it down to his father’s multiple redundancies in journalism and definitely the kindness of his parents ensured he subconsciously was drawn towards social causes.

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesocent_ 

Dan Murray-Serter - It's a New Dawn

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Dan is an award-winning entrepreneur, public speaker, angel investor, Podcast Host, and cat lover.

Previously the Co-Founder of the UK’s top mobile Shopping app, Grabble & chart-topping viral sensation movie app Popcorn, he won Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.

Now, over 30, he can no longer claim to be young, but his new startup ‘Dawn’ aims to keep him and others feeling fresh as a “Human Potential Company”, providing content, community & products geared towards optimising cognitive performance.

His Podcast Secret Leaders is one of the most popular entrepreneurship Podcasts in the UK with over 1 million downloads. It features some of the UK’s best leaders from Royal Princes to Unicorns and even a Dragon from the Den, alongside other household names such as Jo Malone, Rankin & founders of Deliveroo, Calm, Just Giving, Shazam, Just Eat, Mumsnet and many more.

He is Co-Founder of Foundrs, a community of entrepreneurs in London and LA, supporting ‘founder sustainability’ in order to avoid the inevitable burn out, by offering community support, events and retreats for ambitious founders to reconnect and find balance outside the boardroom.

He is a regular Public Speaker having hosted CogX - the World’s largest AI Conference (and will again in 2019), to Keynoting or Speaking on a variety of topics from Innovation, Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce trends for clients ranging from Unilever to Facebook but his favourite gig was his TEDx Talk: “Can Laughter Build Resilience”.

In his spare time, he writes for Forbes, sits on the board for Ovarian Cancer Action, hugs his cats, and admires their 10k followers on Instagram @archieandbells.

 Website: https://www.trydawn.co 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/wearedawn

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/danmurrayserter 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/danmurrayserter

Richard Leighton - Part 1 - The Social Entrepreneur

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This is part 1 of a 2-part interview. Part 1 sets the scene and part 2 will give far more context around what Richard is up to and where his future lies as a Social Entrepreneur.

Richard Leighton is Britain’s first male employed as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence. Apart from being entrepreneurial, creative and innovative, he has a proven track record in the design, development, implementation and management of projects, programmes, initiatives and enterprises. 

And he started his vision at a very young age, he doesn’t even remember fully where he got the drive from. He puts it down to his father’s multiple redundancies in journalism and definitely the kindness of his parents ensured he subconsciously was drawn towards social causes.

  • 2016 Participated in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneur programme

  • 2015 Raised £2m investment to create new social enterprise initiatives

  • 2014 Fashion Education in Prisons Programme awarded the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for reducing reoffending and improving rehabilitation

  • 2013 Fashion Education in Prisons Programme won the Times Higher Education Outreach Initiative of the Year Award for a University in the UK

  • 2012 One of five short-listed finalists for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and winner of the Youth-led Social Enterprise of the Year in England award for Forgotten Vintage in the Social Enterprise UK annual social enterprise awards 

  • 2011 Invited to become a Fellow of the RSA

  • 2010 First male in Britain employed as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence

  • 2010 Named as one of the Daily Mail’s Top 20 Young Social Entrepreneurs in the UK as part of its Enterprising Young Brits Awards

  • 2009 Invited to become a Young Business Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and the government’s Make Your Mark Campaign

  • 2009 Named in the Observer Future 500 list and named as one of the Guardian’s Top 100 Ethical Young Entrepreneurs in the UK

  • 2008 Gained a scholarship to School for Social Entrepreneurs in London

  • 2005 One of only three selected to display their portfolio at London Graduate Fashion Week on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design Management course

  • 2004 Only student to have a collection displayed in the University of Leeds Graduate Fashion Show on BA (Hons) Fashion Design Management course 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesocent_ 

Amir Bormand - Technology Recruitment

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Amir Bormand is the Co-founder of Elevano, a California- based recruitment company, who helps hundreds of people find more fulfilling jobs every year.

Amir is unique to the recruiting industry because he is a former engineer himself— and could still jot out a few lines of code! He’s seen the technical recruiting game from both sides, and during his engineering career, he constantly saw agency recruiters take shortcuts and use deceptive practices all for their own benefit.

That’s why, in his current position as Co-founder of Elevano, he encourages a candidate-centric approach to every aspect of technical recruiting and sales. His overriding desire is to smash the negative stigma left by current recruitment strategies, and replace it with a more transparent, honest and empathetic service offering.

When he’s not working, Amir enjoys spending time with his families and traveling. He and his wife have a 5-year-old daughter, who keeps him busy with the latest trends in Disney cartoons, you might just catch him humming Disney movie theme songs!

Website: elevano.com 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/amirbormand

Twitter: twitter.com/amirbormand 

Deepak Shukla - SEO Adventurer

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Deepak Shukla is the Founder of Pearl Lemon, an award-winning SEO agency in London.

He bootstrapped the business from his mum’s place to a £275k company in less than 24 months. He’s since gone on to invest in algorithmic trading, launch 5-figure online courses and continues to grow.

Deepak has featured in TEDx, SEMrush, BBC, Chelsea FC, Appsumo, Bright Talks & more

When he's not running his agency, you'll find him running marathons (24 so far) completing Ironmen (2 so far), getting inked (40% body coverage) or playing with his cat Jenny. 

Websites: www.pearllemon.com | www.deepakshukla.com | www.courses.deepakshukla.com 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/deepakpshukla1  

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/deepakseoexpert 

0061: Mitchell Levy - Unlocking Genius

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Mitchell Levy (pronounced Lee Vee) is The AHA Guy at AHAthat (https://ahathat.com) who empowers experts, thought leaders, and businesses to share their genius. His superpower is extracting the genius from your head in a two-hour interview so that his team can ghostwrite your book and make you an Amazon bestselling author.

He is an accomplished Entrepreneur who has created twenty businesses in Silicon Valley including four publishing companies that have published over 800 books. Mitchell is a TEDx speaker and international bestselling author with sixty business books.In addition to these accomplishments, he’s been happily married for twenty-nine years and regularly spends four weeks annually in a European country with his family and friends. 

Mitchell's email: mitchell.levy@gmail.com

Mitchell’s phone number: +1 408-257-3000

Speaking site: https://mitchelllevy.com

TEDx Talk: Being Seen & Being Heard as a Thought Leader

AHAthat: https://ahathat.com/author

AHAthat Radio: http://ahathatradio.com

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/mitchelllevy

Facebook: https://facebook.com/happyabout

Twitter: https://twitter.com/happyabout

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+mitchelllevy

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/thinkaha

Instagram: https://instagram.com/mitchell.levy

Consulting site: https://thinkaha.com

LinkedIn Thought Leadership Best Practices Group: http://aha.pub/t-l-b-p 

Thought Leader Life: https://thoughtleaderlife.com

0060: David Jolly - Digital Marketer

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Digital Marketer with 4+ years’ experience leading online strategies and implementation of digital projects and marketing campaigns. 

4 years’ experience in SEO, content marketing & social media. Advanced skills in Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Wordpress, Hootsuite, Buffer, Mailchimp, Hubspot, Facebook Business & Advert Manager, Twitter Analytics, Bing Business & Advert Manager and more. 2 years’ experience of project management of agencies and working on behalf of companies to deliver their content strategy. 

Key Achievements: 

  • Awarded 'Best Use of Social media' at the Insurance Times Awards on behalf of Norton Insurance. Competing and beating large insurance companies like Admiral to the award. 

  • Contributed through advertising and marketing to a 27% increase in sales for 2017, compared to 2016

  • Increased sales from Facebook for Norton Insurance by 197% since I adopted a Social media led strategy in 2017  

  • Managing a 424% increase in sales through Google PPC for the Heritage brand in 2017

  • 89% increase in race entries for a 2015 Triathlon compared to the previous year, through social media and email advertising, plus PR.

Website: https://grandcentraldigital.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidmjolly

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidjolly3


0059: Frank Bennett - Head in the Cloud

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A 35-year career in Information technology with international experience in varied business scenarios: start-up, turnaround, .com, market leader, all presenting different challenges and outcomes.  Deal experience in consortia bidding, trade sale and Initial Public Offering.  

An early pioneer of cloud computing and recognised by Microsoft and Google as a subject matter expert in this field with seven books published for Microsoft and two for Google. 

Now with a portfolio career he was awarded the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma (2015) and is qualified to advise on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) following completion of the GDPR Transition Programme at Henley Business School.

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

Portfolio: www.frankbennett.co.uk 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fboncloud

Website: http://thedigiboard.co.uk 

Son’s Websites: http://workoutwithfrank.co.uk http://gpexercisereferral.com 

Current positions

Co-founder and Director Digi-Board Limited 

Co-founder, Inventor and Director MTR (Europe) Limited 

Deputy Chair Cloud Industry Forum

Director Federation Against Software Theft

Board Advisor to C-Digital Studio

Board Advisor to Behind Every Cloud

Independent Expert to European Union Horizon 20:20 programme

Mentor to Microsoft Startups (London)

Fellow of the RSA

Member of IoD

Member of EY Independent Director Programme

Affiliate member ICSA:Governance Institute

Financial Times NED Alumni (invitation only)

0058: Tracy Lindley - Voice Actor

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Tracy is a mother of four kids under 10, a full-time voice actor since 2014, and lives just north of Kansas City, Missouri. She loves working with non-profits, but she has also voiced hundreds of commercials for clients like Amazon, Microsoft, Subaru, Walmart, and McDonalds. She is known for her fun personality, karaoke skills, and spontaneous dance moves.

She has been teaching other freelancers and entrepreneurs how to build their client base through a free LinkedIn account since 2016, and now offers an online course called The LinkedIn Edge at www.TheLinkedInEdge.com. When not working, she loves to play games with her kids, eat sushi with her husband, and run to support her eating habit.  

Website: http://tracylindley.com 

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

Facebook: https://facebook.com/tracylindleyvoiceovers

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0057: Nick Davies - Really Great Training

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Hi, I’m Nick Davies. I’m a tall Mancunian, Blue Peter badge winner and the bloke who owns ‘The Really Great Training Company.’ My background’s in law and business. I’ve been a sales rep, a sandwich maker, and even sold shoes for Russell & Bromley for 6 years - where David Beckham and Vera Duckworth were customers. I’ve also been the director responsible for business development at two limited companies, and started 4 businesses of my own. 

I qualified as a barrister as a mature student and even practised … for 6 months (the wig just wasn’t me.) As a trainer and coach in a range of communication skills, I travel the country, teaching bankers, lawyers, actuaries, civil servants and business people how to pitch, present, network, sell and persuade. 

My clients range from global legal practices and financial institutions to small, owner-managed firms as well as The Royal Household (a kind of more grand owner-managed firm.) 

When I’m not training and coaching I perform stand-up, deliver after-dinner speeches and host award ceremonies. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to have worked and shared stages with a buffet of reasonably well-known people; including: The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, Sir Digby Jones, Jenny Bond, Kate Adie, Roger Black MBE, Alan Hansen, Frankie Boyle and Alastair Campbell.

Website: http://www.rgtraining.co.uk

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

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