Minnie Baragwanath, the Founder and CEO of the social change organisation Be.accessible chats to Linda Coles

December 5, 2017

I am honoured to have as my guest Minnie Baragwanath, the founder and chief executive of the social change organisation Be.accessible, which is working to make New Zealand the most accessible country in the world.

Minnie was diagnosed as a teenager with Stargardt disease, a form of macular degeneration and is legally blind, and in the past two years she has undergone intensive treatment for breast cancer.

Since Be. Accessible’s establishment in 2011, Minnie has received recognition for the extensive work she has done over many years to promote conversation, awareness and real change in the accessibility sector.

This year Minnie was a New Zealander of the Year finalist and a Women of Influence Award winner in the Diversity category . She is a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and a graduate of the Leadership New Zealand programme.

What’s more, Minnie was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn talks about writing, independent publishing and more with Linda Coles

November 28, 2017

Joanna Penn is an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as writing non-fiction for other authors. She’s written 23 books and sold over 500,000 books in 84 countries and 5 languages. An independent (indie) author she also runs a small press, Curl Up Press, with her husband.


She’s an international professional speaker and award-winning entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013.


Now she’s based in Bath, England although lived in Australia and New Zealand for 11 years where I am talking to you from now. She is the host of the long running and extremely popular podcast The Creative Penn which she started back in 2009 so must be one of the longest running in history!


Here to share her journey and inspire you to get that book inside of you out into the world, Joanna Penn!


Dr. Jonah Berger talks about what makes things catch on - with Linda Coles

November 21, 2017

Ever wondered what makes things popular? Ever wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral? Today’s guest Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On and Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior. And we’re going to talk about just that.

Dr. Berger has spent over 15 years studying how social influence works and how it drives products and ideas to catch on. He’s taught Wharton’s top ranked online course, published dozens of articles in top-tier academic journals, consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and popular outlets like the New York Times and Harvard Business Review often cover his work.

I devoured both his books as soon as they came out and talk about them both in my own marketing books as recommended reading. You can find more here at Jonahberger.com


Rawdon Christie talks about his past journey in broadcasting and his new direction ‘WE NEED TO TALK’. Rawdon chats to Linda Coles.

November 14, 2017

Rawdon Christie is probably best known for beaming into our kitchens each morning as co-host of the Breakfast show which he did for 5 years with 4 co-hosts including Toni and Petra. He’s been a broadcast journalist or presenter since 2000, working on One News, Close up, Tonight, Sunday and Agenda to name a few. English born, his home is here in New Zealand with his family. You might not know his famous cousin is none other than film star Julie Christie.

After nearly 20 years of telling stories and bringing important messages to millions as a broadcaster, Rawdon is now helping others communicate clearly and effectively.

So he’s created a media training programme called 'WE NEED TO TALK' to help key business people and other individuals with face-to-face communication. In the digital age this is becoming more challenging than ever before. You can find him here

Here to tell us more of his story is Rawdon Christie.


Craig Rispin is a Business Futurist and Innovation Expert and he talks about …. the future! With Linda Coles

November 7, 2017

Craig Rispin is a Business Futurist and Innovation Expert.

His expertise is in emerging business, people and technology trends – and how companies can profit from them.

Craig has over 20 years experience working where the future has been

created – with some of the most innovative companies in the world in

the IT, consumer electronics, internet and broadcasting industries.


He is an award-winning speaker and has addressed audiences as large as

16,000 people on 5 continents and has consulted with CEOs of leading

companies worldwide.


Some of his clients include: BHP Billiton, Canon, Colonial First State, IBM,

Kimberly-Clark, Sportscraft, Symantec, Toyota, and hundreds

of professional industry associations.


A keynote speaker and innovation consultant, Craig shows his

clients how to Know First, Be First and Profit First.

Find out more about Craig Rispin here.


Diana Scott talks about her year of saying “yes”and living in 12 cities in 12 months. With Linda Coles

October 31, 2017

Diana Scott is the girl who back in November 2016 decided to make the following year a "year of yes". 

She said "yes" to everything from hosting parties, taking a painting class, going to a business conference in Texas, and another in Mongolia, and taking part in a program where she'll live in 12 cities in 12 months.

So what was the catalyst for this life changing decision?

Let’s find out.


Naomi Ballantyne founder and MD of Partners talks about her life and what got her started in the industry she so loves.

October 24, 2017

Naomi Ballantyne is the founder and MD of Partners Life and arguably the most experienced person in the New Zealand life insurance industry. It was more than 30 years ago that she abandoned university study in marine biology to take on a trainee role at an insurance company, and she went on to have unprecedented success in starting companies from scratch and then leading them to significant long-term growth on a national scale.

Naomi was a founding employee of Sovereign and a founder of Club Life, and Partners Life, which she founded in 2010, is by any measure a stunning story of success in New Zealand financial services – and we’ll get into some of the numbers during our conversation. If you work in insurance or financial services in New Zealand, Naomi Ballantyne is a household name – and if you have any form of life risk insurance, from medical to life cover to income protection, chances are she has had a hand in it somewhere along the line.

Blackstone invested 200 million in her business last year after only 5 years trading. You can find out more about Partners Life here.


Kevin Biggar, adventurer, talks to Linda Coles about his exciting expeditions as well as achieving goals.

October 17, 2017

You might recognise Kevin from his adventures, rowing across the Atlantic and trekking to the South Pole. You might have seen his books on the shelves, or spotted him in his most recent role as co-presenter of TVNZ’s ‘First Crossings’ and Intrepid NZ. You can find out more about Kevin here.


Nick Davies from Really Great Training talks about closing sales and networking with Linda Coles.

October 10, 2017

The idea behind The Really Great Training Company is simple: to provide you and your people with no nonsense, practical training in key aspects of communication skills, delivered in a way that is effective, engaging, remembered and bursting with useful, practical information that's based in the real world.And that's just what Nick Davies delivers. You can find out more here.


What is the difference between the Deep, the Dark and the Surface web? Linda Coles chats to Griffin Timm.

October 3, 2017

Ever wondered how to get to the Dark web and what it's all about? What will you find there? And just what is the Deep web? Linda Coles talks to Griffin Timm, a Freshman at Syracuse University to find out the answers.


You find find out more about Griffin here.


Starting a podcast? Ex BBC Reporter, Author and Co-Founder of Self Publishing Formula, James Blatch talks to Linda Coles

September 26, 2017

James Blatch is the other half of Mark Dawson's Self Publishing Formula and I talk to him about starting a podcast. You can find out more about SPF here.


Janet Brothers talks about why she started Life Care Consultants

September 12, 2017

Life Care Consultants  are a specialist healthcare company offering nationwide services to industry and organisations throughout New Zealand since 1994. Find out how Janet Brothers and her team help companies  manage their teams' health at work.


Best selling author Karin Slaughter and ‘The Good Daughter’.

September 5, 2017

Karin Slaughter is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her sixteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novel Pretty Girls.

With her latest book out now and sure to be best seller, Karin Saughter chats to Linda Coles about The Good Daughter and life as an author. You can find out more about Karin here.


Follow your bliss - Masterchef winner Brett McGregor and his experience after winning the show.

August 29, 2017

Masterchef winner 2010 Brett McGregor talks to Linda Coles about how his life changed after entering as a contestant on the show - and winning.


You can find out more about Brett here


Best selling author Meg Gardiner talks about books and more.

August 22, 2017

Edgar-winning novelist Meg Gardiner writes thrillers. Fast-paced and full of twists, her books have been called “Hitchcockian” (USA Today) and “nailbiting and moving” (Guardian). They have been bestsellers in the U.S. and internationally and have been translated into more than 20 languages. Join her as she chats to Linda Coles.

You can find out more about Meg here.


Kevin Roberts, ex global Saatchi and Saatchi Chairman talks Lovemarks and a lot more.

August 15, 2017

Kevin Roberts talks to Linda Coles about adding love to your marketing, starting with the answer and a whole lot more in between, including having a beer with General Norman Schwarzkopf around the time of the Gulf War.


You can find Kevin's website here, http://www.redrose.consulting/



Tai Tran on becoming a Forbes 30 under 30 and more.

August 8, 2017

Tai Tran, a pleasure to chat to on using social media to grow his own brand. A Forbes 30 under 30 with so much more to do!


Sponsored by the book Social Media for Business by Linda Coles, out August 2017


Glenn Edley from Spike talks email marketing and Monday Motivator.

August 1, 2017

Meet Glenn from Spike who talks about getting into marketing with email. For the last 13 years, they’ve been New Zealand’s premier email marketing lab.

Sponsored by the book Social Media for Business by Linda Coles, out August 2017


Cory Murphy overcame his heroin addiction and runs a blog to help others.

July 25, 2017

Cory Murphy talks about how he overcame being a heroin addict and doing good with his blog. Read more here.

This episode is sponsored by the book Social Media For Business.


Sue Ellson talks about using LinkedIn for all businesses.

July 18, 2017

Sue Ellson, expert in all things LinkedIn - talks about using LinkedIn. She has an abundance of tips and tricks to get the most out of it. Find Sue at http://sueellson.com/

Continuing the short interlude from actually story telling, and sponsored by the book Social Media For Business,





Terry Williams, Comedian and Brain Based Boss - using Facebook and twitter.

July 11, 2017

Funny man and Brain Based Boss Terry Williams talks about how he uses Facebook and Twitter for his own business. You can find more on Terry here http://www.terrywilliams.info/

(Continuing the short interlude from actually story telling, and sponsored by the book Social Media For Business.)


Katie Bennett-Stenton from Deloitte Australia and a massive conference success story.

July 4, 2017

Katie Bennett-Stenton had an idea for promoting an upcoming conference and wow was it a success! The conference reached over two million people and increased APPEA‘s social media engagement scores by 2,200% from last year. Listen to her story here.

And here's the blog post Katie wrote for the Deloitte site about the event. http://blog.deloitte.com.au/two-million-reasons-love-job/

You can also see footage from the conference here.

Sponsored by the book Social Media for Business by Linda Coles, out August 2017


Tom O’Neil talks about using social media for his business

June 23, 2017

Continuing the short interlude from actually story telling, and sponsored by the book Social Media For Business, Tom O'Neil talks about how he uses the social platforms for his own business.