Category Archives for "Funky thinkers Interviews"

1 Laura di Franco

#FunkyThinkers – Laura Di Franco

#FunkyThinkers - Laura Di Franco

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Laura Di Franco - Poet, Author, Coach. Funky Thinker

Laura was still buzzing from an open mic night when we recorded this.

So I am not quite sure if her answers would be the same if she was "sober."

We talked about that moment of insanity (again) when you have been putting something off and procrastinating and you finally commit to doing it. You go through the moment of insanity.

Walking in the woods and getting in touch with nature.

Interestingly, Laura wouldn't go back in history in her imaginary time machine.

"We can learn so much from ourselves if we just connect with the body and listen to those messages...." <<< Funky Thinking...

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Laura’s new book is coming out June 1st - you can find it here:

Jesse Cole

#FunkyThinkers – Jesse Cole

#FunkyThinkers - Jesse Cole

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Jesse Cole - Funky thinker from Georgia

Jesse  Cole owns a baseball team. Yes really.

We talked about impatience, both in ourselves and in our customers and clients and the world at large.

North American people - If you think baseball is slow - you ain't seen nothing until you have seen cricket.

We talk about the IPL - Indian Premier league - video below and how they are a real life fantasy league owned by television.

We talk about Walt Disney, PT Barnum (the circus guy and thinking about it - as his wikipedia page says he was "promoting hoaxes" - probably the godfather of fake news. See - nothing is new...

Jesse's book is called "Find your yellow tux" and the pop up on his website could have been stolen from the funky thinkers play book. If you have trouble reading it - it says "Whatever is normal - do the exact opposite..."

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Get Jesse Cole's book - "Find your yellow tux" by clicking on the cover below.

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A flavour of the IPL is below - Not sure if this is the official video. It looks like it.

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Greg Rosner

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#FunkyThinkers - Greg Rosner

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Greg Rosner - New York

Picture the scene if you will.

You are in the audience at a live event. And the presenter asks a question.

"Who wants me to explain this again?"

Everyone looks round to see what the social collective thinks before raising their hands.

People are paralysed by this kind of group think.

In this episode of Funky Thinkers, among other things,  we discuss technology that can make this type of awkwardness obsolete.

Plus we discuss, what would you teach someone who lived 20,000 years ago that would be useful to them?

And what would they teach you? (Apart from which leaves and berries are safe to eat, how to start a fire, how to kill and skin live animals for food).

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Garden of the gods - Greg's most unusual place.

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Mark Wahlberg or Brad Pitt would play Greg in a film.

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Arlene Battishill

#FunkyThinkers – Arlene Battishill

#FunkyThinkers - Arlene Battishill

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Arlene Battishill - LA/Toronto

In this episode we talk conspicuous consumption, the requirement to make small talk at networking and other events.

We also figured out that reading books, listening to podcasts and other funky thinkers staples is probably a bad idea if you travel everywhere on a motorbike.

Arlene has cycled down the entire length of the Baja Peninsula (that's almost 800 miles...) on a motorbike.

Arlene has a podcast called "What's your next move?" and can be contacted via

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Jill Smith

#FunkyThinkers – Jill Smith

#FunkyThinkers - Jill Smith

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Jill Smith - Phoenix, Arizona

In this episode, we talked about old approaches to new problems - collecting money from people who don't want to pay it.

Jill would go back to the American Revolution and declaration of Independence time in her time machine.

Some kind of Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansen "nerdy FBI type" would play Jill in a film.

But here is the biggie. Jill has always wanted to sing the national anthem at the start of a sports game. (Sport irrelevant).

So we figured that we would give potential talent scouts something to look at and listen to. In a moment of insanity, Jill agreed to doing a rendition, which is below. Enjoy.

You can follow Jill on LinkedIn with #becausejillsaidso

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2 Dane Dormio

#FunkyThinkers – Dane Dormio

#FunkyThinkers - Dane Dormio

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Dane Dormio - As the song goes - An American in Nepal

I have to say that I know NOTHING about martial arts and related disciplines.

Maybe my ignorance shows through but this was a good episode for me.

Going back in time to places and events I have never heard of keeps you sharp and talking about things about which you have very little knowledge is good for the wits.

Good for the mind - body masterer as we discussed.

Dane Dormio  hates politics, news, most sports, the rest of the world.

He does read Lee Child/Jack Reacher novels which I know I need to have a look at at some point soon.

Contact Dane - or as I always say - kids are victims of their parents and there IS ONLY ONE Dane Dormio on the internet. Google him and get in touch.

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Matt Ward

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#FunkyThinkers - Matt Ward

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Matt Ward - Massive Boston Red Sox fan

Matt Ward is a keynote speaker on referrals and referral marketing.

As I was writing these notes, it was hammered home to me how nuanced this is. And most people talk "social" and "referrals" when what they are actually doing is automated happy messages.

I had seen that someone (not Matt) has written a book about referrals so I was interested in having her on the show.

I sent a LinkedIn connection request and got an (obvious bot) reply with some thing along the lines of 

"Sorry for the delay in replying" (it had been 5 minutes) "

I been busy writing, I am so stressed - Blah de blah boring boring- buy my book. 

PS recommend it to your buddies also.


How is an automated response with a requirement to buy a book social?

I NEVER DID get a response to my invitation to give her decibels. Offer withdrawn anyways.

Seems to me that the only people who are allowed to sell on social media ARE THE ONES SELLING social media training.

</rant> But I digress.

On this call we talked about Milton Hershey - an original funky thinker, David Ortiz (below) and zero calorie chocolate.

The 'R' word crops up AGAIN - respectfullness.

Listen to this interview and work out who is selling what and to who?

THAT'S what you want in a referral partner right?

That funky thinkers.

David Ortiz's most famous hit is below.

The episode is below that.

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Paul Maskill

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#FunkyThinkers - Paul Maskill

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Paul Maskill - North Carolina

Paul Maskill is a business development coach specialising in local services.

Which is kind of interesting - thinking that pretty soon, there will be NO LIMIT on what Amazon can put in a box and ship to you. Or as we discussed, the "Uberisation of overthing". Want someone to cut your grass - just get on the app and a local trademan will come along withing 30 minutes and do it for you. It could be that he lives in the next street - you just didn't know he cut grass. Thanks to the internet - now you do.

Paul writes in a journal in the morning and we talked about focusing on how far we have come rather than the few people who are infront of us.

Paul would go back to the time of Henry Ford (any descendants of Henry Ford - we would love to have you on the show).

Astonishingly, well maybe not so - this is Funky Thinkers after all - Paul is quite happy with his lot in life and would use his magic wand to get rid of the darn pollen round where he lives.

Paul is reading the pursuit of time and money by Dr Sharon Spano.

The oddest place Paul has been is backpacking round South America - realising he is the only North American there.

When the rest of the people he meets are British, French, Australian he finds it curious that most other Americans spend two weeks going to a resort location sat on a sunbed, drinking coke, eating pizza and get fat and sunburnt.

(They are the normalites)

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Aarn Farmer

#FunkyThinkers – Aarn Farmer

#FunkyThinkers - Aarn Farmer

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 Before                                After

Aarn is funky thinking personified.

He was overweight, (dangerously) unhealthy and very unhappy.

He looked at what the diet, health, wellness INDUSTRY was providing him.

Books, DVD's training courses, bootcamps, gym memberships which do what?

Make money FOR THEM...

Aarn did the exact opposite of what "conventional" wisdom, the gurus and the rest of the world told him, AND GOT RESULTS.

Being a funky thinker - who knew...

To give you the detail - he lost 200lbs (that's 14 stone/90kg) and his wife lost 100lbs.

He had no idea what supertram was - why would he ? Picture below...

His time is spent playing clash of clans - I have no clue what that is but it sounds addictive.

Like several other funky thinkers before him, Aarn would like to go back to the crucifixtion to see what actually happened...And who was right and who was wrong...

If you are new to weight loss and struggling with the whole mainstream diet thing, Aarn recommended a few books which are below.

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The South Yorkshire super tram is pictured above. Ideal for listening to audio books and playing clash of clans on...

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Aarn recommended a few books which are below.

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Erin Winfrey

#FunkyThinkers – Erin Winfrey

#Funky Thinkers - Erin Winfrey

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Erin Winfrey

In this episode I tell the story about the Green Shields stamps, how to read body language of strangers when deciding to talk to them or not.

Erin hates sports and we discussed the presentation of major league sport as pure entertainment.

The pearl of wisdom from this episode is that if you could live forever, you would never be grateful for anything.

Erin recommends a book called "The laith of heaven" which I have listed below.

We had some (unusual) internet connectivity issues on this call and it is slightly truncated.

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