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.