Its June, TPM Podcast are on a roll, and the weather is amazing, just like the conversations we have had with some really interesting people on the podcast this month.
Oliver Hills on the TPM Podcast
Coming onto the first podcast of the month, Oliver Hills brings some massive news regarding a rebrand of Updates Media, now known as Nonsensical! The marketing king himself Oliver Hills- CEO of Nonsensical- brings a fantastic outlook on social media to start this month of episodes.
“That’s the problem, you live a fake life that doesn’t exist and its dangerous”- speaking on how social medias gives anyone the ability to create a fake persona, which unfortunately results in unrealistic goals for the aspiring businessmen and women.
We hear Oliver Hills’s views on how social media is seen by the business world, explaining many businesses use social media effectively to grow their brand and spread awareness for their products and/or services. However, he mentions the amount of traditional views many organisations still have on marketing and social media, thinking it is a waste of time and not worth having a marketing team for. Oliver made a point that in an digital online era, it is unimaginable that some businesses haven’t evolved along with the rest of contemporary society.
We also dive into the future of online content, seeing many free platforms having in app perks that come with a price, mentioning creators paid content.
In this episode we hear stories of Oliver receiving 250+ applications for their new, unique position- Tik Tok specialist. We hear all about the moves Nonsensical are making to ensure the number one spot for best social media agency.
Marc Sumner on the TPM Podcast
In the second week of June the podcast king himself- Marc Sumner- joined us on the podcast to speak on the impact of Covid-19 on the recruitment industry, identifying those businesses who have flourished and those who have been tarnished.
“70% of their staff have signed off due to mental health” – Hearing astonishing numbers from Marc’s findings on how the pandemic has effected “The Channel” and the IT industry, revealing many businesses have not made the leap and adapted to the new way of productivity. But many staff throughout all industries have also struggled with the pandemic, as coming into the office was a massive part of their social life.
The episode also reveals a new concept which Sean and Marc discuss which is certainly topical in recent months- “Zoom Fatigue”. We take a look at how people are fed up of working from home communicating through a screen, noticing the amount of people that are desperate to get to the office to see people in person.
This episode we heard about how Marc made a major gamble in leaving his commission only job at a specialist recruitment company to set up his own. With the financial aid of his Aunt (who also had a recruitment company) he realised he was originally giving away 50% of what he earned working commission only, which was a factor that prompted him to escape the rat race and enter the world of business at the age of 22, only having 2 years of experience in recruitment!
Now Marc is in the position where he has a established high achieving recruitment business, with people below him that he is slowly passing the
torch over so that he can give others more responsibility whilst going back to his routes of what he enjoys most about his business… the people and the brand.
“If you talk about it it’s a dream, if you vision it its possible, but if you schedule it, it becomes real”- Marc Sumner referencing his favourite quote from Tony Robbins, mentioning the efficiency of schedules and how they can make or break your chance at success.
Gary Parsons on the TPM Podcast
Halfway through the month we saw Talk Staff’s Managing director Gary Parsons join us on the TPM Podcast.
“All I need to know is the heartbeat of the organisation still strong”- Sean talking about the importance of positive communication from HR with all staff members.
In today’s episode we get into serious topics such as the battle with depression, which we speak about being very common with many business owners expanding their organisations. As Sean and Gary discuss the weight of running a successful business and how achievement has an indirect butterfly effect on the people in the business, striving towards success whilst making risks adds up on the stress metre.
Identifying majority of people’s mental health has worsened throughout the pandemic, seeing many people clutching at virtual meetings to stay sane, Sean mentions how Velez Friday night drinks suddenly became a virtual event through Microsoft teams, because people missed the human interaction so much, he saw people being on a call from 4pm till as late as 2am. We speak about the benefits of having staff a high ENPS (employee net promoter score) representing the good wellbeing of the staff, and as we all know if employees are happy the clients are.
Sean and Gary get into the remote working vs. office debate, which is better? Does it affect productivity levels? Find out in the episode!
Steven Van Belleghem on the TPM Podcast
Its coming to the end of June and Sean Price is joined by Steven Van Belleghem International Keynote Speaker, Author, founder of Nexxworks and partner of Intracto.
Steven researches the future of customer experience and researching the customer behaviour in the digital world. We begin with hearing Steven’s dream career/ position when he was a teenager, admitting that he aspired to be being the CEO of Disney to turning up to present a talk to a room with one single person in the audience. We even find out about Steven’s short voice acting career, doing a small part in the Dutch version of Cars 3. We hear the stories of being a keynote speaker, hearing about the increasing demand from businesses to have talks throughout the pandemic virtually.
We take a peak into go through Steven’s 10-year journey in his career with 1250+ keynote speaking presentations done, travelling all over the globe presenting to hundreds of people on stage. Starting with his professor saying he should be a keynote speaker, once speaking with his parents he decided it was the career for him.
In this podcast episode we hear the highs and the lows of being a keynote speaker throughout the pandemic, as he gives us the latest insight on what it was like having live presentations cancelled out of the blue. However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel we call the pandemic, Steven tells us about how empty is calendar went in the first couple of months of Covid-19 hitting the world, then there was a drastic change in the keynote speakers industry… Everything went virtual. Virtual keynote presentations and webinars became new trend Steven mentions doing a presentation on behalf of Steve Ballmer, who at the time was the CEO of Microsoft. To flying all around the world whilst still trying to maintain a healthy relationship with the family.
Rasmus Vilain on the TPM Podcast
Last but certainly not least is Rasmus Vilain Dell EMC Product Manager at Kimbrer Computer.
We get Rasmus on the podcast to talk about his experience and rise to success in the IT Services industry. Rasmus grew up in a small village in Denmark
“if you done what you have always done, you’ll get what you always got”.
We hear all about what Rasmus has to say about work life hearing that finding time for yourself to do the things that energise you so you can go back to work feeling refreshed, such as his passion for motorsport racing and cars. From cool jumpers to acquisitions and mergers in the industry, we hear it all on the TPM Podcast! We also hear a lot about the Kimbrer spirit as Rasmus gives us an inside look at how he motivates and elevates his teams, whether its verbal appraisal or treating the office to steak dinners.
We also look into the importance of growing your business at a steady pace so the business itself can keep up, as one massive threat to any business is recruiting too many people and expanding so much so it becomes unmanageable, both physically and financially.
We are looking forward to July.
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