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Candid Conversations with Charles Hsuan from Flying Kite

Candid Conversations with Charles Hsuan from Flying Kite

By Charles Hsuan
If you are listening to the Candid Conversations podcast, it means you are ready to have a major breakthrough in your business.

That is why we invite industry experts onto this show so you can fill your mind with valuable information.

We exist because we believe business owners are the real investors of the economy.

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Candid Conversations: Warrick Kernes - There's no limit to starting an online business (we have students aged between 14 and 75!)
Warrick Kernes started his first business at the age of 16 selling wooden light switch covers. This entrepreneurial spirit never left him, and he went on to start (and fail in) six more businesses before the age of 30. In 2010, Warrick co-founded Action Gear, an e-commerce retailer in outdoor high-tech sporting gear, sold the company in 2018, and went on to start Insaka eCommerce Academy. We spoke to Warrick about why he chose to name the business Insaka, the most ‘surprising’ online business (we had a good chuckle, no spoilers!) that his students have chosen to start, and some common myths about e-commerce. This Podcast is presented by Charles Hsuan of Flying Kite.
30:59
March 29, 2021
Candid Conversations: Cindy Norcott - Be the unstoppable action taker
You can tell from Cindy’s hearty laugh and gentle, caring nature that she has a genuine love for helping people. She believes we should all pay attention to the words we speak (positive vs negative) over ourselves, as we become the words that we speak. Cindy is a Motivational Speaker, Business Coach, and author of How to be Unstoppable and Achieve more in Business and Life. She is also the founder of the Robin Hood Foundation.  Cindy Norcott started her working career in human resources where she was responsible for placing student jobs. She enjoyed it so much that she started Pro Appointments in 1994 and never looked back. If you are looking for a podcast that will lift your mood and help you believe that you too can become an “unstoppable action taker”, you will certainly enjoy this episode. This Podcast is presented by Charles Hsuan of Flying Kite.
22:30
March 23, 2021
Candid Conversations: Gidyon Lankers - Let’s make podcasts work for your brand
When Gidyon Lankers was a child, he made home videos of his family pets. That was the genesis of his “content production career”. Gidyon ultimately studied Film at AFDA, and later completed a course in digital marketing at VEGA. All the skills he learned along the way helped to shape him into someone capable of sharing a person’s story and voice. In 2020, Gidyon started DISRUPT X, a podcast production company, that worked on the likes of Warren Ingram’s Honest Money, Marnus Broodryk Making SMEs Matter, Alex MacPhail’s High-Performance Teams, and Diana Granoux’s The Family Finance Show All this is pretty impressive for someone who is only 25! This podcast is presented by Charles Hsuan.
29:47
March 15, 2021
In My Own Words with Nicky Abdinor: If you got the drive, the destination is up to you (Presented for PSASA)
Two Nick Vujicic quotes come to mind when I think of Nicky: “Life isn't about having, it's about being,” and “I never met a bitter person who was thankful or a thankful person who was bitter.” Nicky Abdinor was born without arms and shortened legs, but that did not stop her from becoming an Inspirational Speaker and Clinical Psychologist. Nicky is also a professional member of PSASA. Her registered non-profit organisation, Nicky's Drive, aims to fund car adaptations for people with disabilities in South Africa. Nicky credits her parents with instilling in her a mindset of not “Can I do this?” but “How can I do this?” This podcast is presented by Charles Hsuan.
23:48
March 8, 2021
In My Own Words with Sue Fuller-Good: Life is an adventure, LIVE every moment!
Sue is a physiotherapist and owner of Body Brilliance Physiotherapy. She’s also a life coach - AKA “The Energy Guru”. Growing up, Sue knew she wanted to do something in the medical profession. She remembers how her mom was prone to headaches and, as a youngster, Sue would give her mom head massages to ease the pain. Later on, due to her father’s career in mining, Sue got the chance to work with injured miners. This really excited her - she loved being able to nurse people back to health and witnessing the positivity that they showed in the process. It was during this time that Sue knew she would choose physiotherapy as her career During her years of practising physiotherapy, Sue noticed that pain and healing are complex phenomena. She wanted to help and empower people to find their own ‘healer within’ through focussing on factors like lifestyle habits and ways of thinking. This desire springboarded her career as a life coach and birthed The Energy Incubator in 2016.  In this interview, Sue shares a powerful story of working with prison inmates and one particular incident that stood out to her. Sue became a professional member of the PSASA in October 2020. This podcast is hosted by Charles Hsuan.
24:05
February 15, 2021
In My Own Words with Bruce Wade: “Let me be your Strategy Adventurer - you shouldn’t be alone!”
When Bruce Wade was a child, his mother made him a Batsuit, and the superhero avatar stuck with him, given the similarities between Bruce Wayne and Bruce Wade. In any good comic book storyline, there is a conflict between the superhero and the villain. However, in business, the strongest “villain'' is not a slow economy, government red tape, or even Covid. It’s the person in the mirror. It’s your own self-doubt. Bruce believes that business is an adventure and he loves being businesses’ Business Strategy Adventurer. He sees this role not as simply a walk or model; rather, he helps business owners develop a strategy to overcome their lack of growth, develop new products and services, and ultimately build a strategy of freedom to overcome barriers. He first heard of the PSA while gatecrashing a speaker's showcase event whom he looked up to. That event opened doors, and since joining in 2019 he experienced the wisdom and knowledge of other speakers and wished to do the same for new members. In October 2020, Bruce became a Professional Member of the PSA. This episode of In My Own Words is presented by Charles Hsuan.
25:22
January 30, 2021
In My Own Words with Ian Hatton: What I value most in life is connection with another human being, that’s what love is about
At the age of 9, Ian Hatton wanted to be on the radio because “pictures are better when they are on the radio”. He was also drawn to public speaking and wanted a stage of his own one day. Ian spent 19 years in IT, ending with a nearly 5-year stint in marketing at Microsoft South Africa - which led him to a chance encounter with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer! Many consider Ian to be the “Morpheus Genius” because while he isn’t necessarily the hero himself, he is the one who raises up the hero - he is the builder of heroes and believes in others even when everyone else disbelieves. Ian is the current virtual chapter president for PSASA. This podcast was hosted by Charles Hsuan.
24:46
January 22, 2021
In My Own Words with Ross Saunders: Keep up with it, growth doesn't happen overnight! (Recorded for PSASA)
Ross Saunders grew up around older cousins who worked on computers a lot, and it planted a seed in young Ross’s mind. At the age of 16, Ross started his computer repair business and rode around the neighbourhood fixing computers for small businesses. In 2013, Ross was a victim of identity theft, which inspired him to become a crusader for data protection and information security. Ross also served as the National President of PSASA (Apr 2019 – Mar 2020). If you want to be ahead of the curve on data security and prepare your organization for POPIA, contact Ross. This podcast was hosted by Charles Hsuan.
24:29
January 5, 2021
In My Own Words with Nikki Bush : “May your curiosity always be stronger than fears” (Recorded for PSASA)
May your curiosity always be stronger than fears-Nikki Bush As a Human Potential and Parenting Expert, Nikki empowers individuals, families and teams in business and education to win at work, home and life. She is a founding member of the PSASA and holds the international Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, and was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame in 2019 – the first woman in South Africa to ever receive it. The podcast was interviewed by Charles Hsuan of Flying Kite
35:20
December 14, 2020
In My Own Words with Charlotte Kemp: “What does your future look like?” (Recorded for PSASA)
Charlotte Kemp is the Deputy President of PSASA. Charlotte has started 3 businesses and been through her fair share of highs and lows, but she has never let failure deter her. From her experience and learnings Charlotte was able to create the Futurist Framework. Not the type you go to for the lotto number; rather it is a model of a Map + Compass + Guide, which are various tools Charlotte uses to help you plot out the future better. This podcast is hosted by Charles Hsuan.
23:18
November 4, 2020
In My Own Words with Joni Peddie: “Your mental, emotional & physical health is your real wealth.” (Recorded for PSASA)
Joni Peddie started her career in FMCG when she was in her early 20’s. During this time she gained enough trust and know-how for pharmaceutical companies to let her train their staff. How did she do it? Out of all the titles she possesses which include President of PSASA, Professional Speaker, Executive Coach and Strategic Facilitator Joni Peddie is most proud of being the mother of two wonderful children. This podcast is hosted by Charles Hsuan.
25:56
November 4, 2020
In My Own Words with Richard Mulvey: “Narrow your niche and be a specialist, not a generalist. (Recorded for PSASA)
The best career advice Richard Mulvey received was: 1: Know your stuff (product knowledge) 2: Know who you are stuffing (customer knowledge) 3: Then you stuff them well! (sales) International Sales Guru Richard Mulvey is one of the few people that is a recipient of the Southern Africa Speaker Hall of Fame award in 2014 and the Stef du Plessis Founders Award in 2018. Richard has lived a colorful life, from working for the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace, to training over 200 000 business people throughout three continents in 26 years. This podcast was hosted by Charles Hsuan.
25:24
November 4, 2020
In My Own Words with Zanele Njapha: “I am a teacher for life!” (Recorded for PSASA)
Zanele Njapha knew she wanted to be a teacher at the age of 5 and after school pursued her dream. In 2019, Zanele became the first ever winner of The Speaker Factor. This launched her career as a professional speaker. As an “unlearning” expert, Zanele believes that your future skills are really children’s skills, for example, inquisitiveness and honesty, and that if you are a trainer or a professional speaker you are on some level also a teacher. Listen in as Zanele breaks it down for you. This podcast was hosted by Charles Hsuan.
26:28
November 4, 2020
Leon de Lange, Pick and Pay Market stores on Nedbank franchising podcast, interviewed by Charles Hsuan
“Panic buying is nothing new” - Leon De Lange, Pick n Pay Market Stores Program national head. Find out how Pick n Pay Market Stores Program is partnering with independent traders in this episode of Nedbank Franchising podcast.
21:42
July 16, 2020
Adriaan de Bruyn, The Daily Coffee Group on Nedbank franchising podcast, interviewed by Charles Hsuan
Adriaan de Bruyn the group managing director of The Daily Coffee Group shared his journey of how the idea started, the first 1000 days and the impact Howard Schultz had on him.
16:16
July 6, 2020
Candid Conversations: Nic Haralambous, the obsessive entrepreneur
Nic Haralambous, AKA the "sock guy", started his first highly successful business venture, "Nic Harry Socks" back in 2012. What you may not know is that Nic has started more business than the characters in his surname! In this super fun interview, Nic shares with us how philosophy, journalism and politics shaped his thinking, how he started his first business at 16 selling Greek "worry beads", and how being a specialist in a field is NOT always a good idea in business.
27:26
June 15, 2020
Candid Conversations: I can do all things through prayer and coffee (Motherland Coffee Company)
"At the beginning, most of our supporters were family and friends. The moment it dawned on me that we had a real business was when I walked into our shop 3 months after opening and didn't recognise anyone.  It took me a second to realise that they were all customers!" - Kirstin Maud (Co-founder) Motherland Coffee Company 
30:41
June 9, 2020
Candid Conversations: The night my life changed forever, Gerhard Waldauer (MD of Jack's Paint)
In 1987, ex-SA football player Martin Cohen (son of the founder, the late Jack Cohen) decided to partner up with now MD Gerhard Waldaue.    Together they built Jack’s Paint from two stores to over 100 stores with over 1000 employees.    Gerhard credits “faith, good attitude and passion” as the cornerstone of franchise success.
38:38
June 5, 2020
Seb Schneider, co-founder of Motherland coffee on Nedbank franchising podcast, interviewed by Charles Hsuan
Motherland Coffee Company is making our health care workers smile by providing FREE coffee at the Helen Joseph Hospital ER during the pandemic. #drinkthelove    Coffee lovers, don't miss this episode of Nedbank Franchising Podcast.     Back in 2009, co-founder Sebastian Schneider launched Motherland Coffee Company together with his brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Kirstin Maud.    Their dream?  A 100 % African coffee brand.
17:12
May 21, 2020
Jacks Paints MD Gerhard Waldauer-Nedbank Franchising Podcast, interviewed by Charles Hsuan
Join Charles Hsuan from Flying Kite for a special 12-part Nedbank Franchising Podcast series. Charles delves into the minds of leading franchises and business owners who are making a positive impact on business in South Africa. These are their untold stories.
20:40
May 12, 2020
Andiccio24's Jerome Kourie- Nedbank Franchising Podcast, interviewed by Charles Hsuan
Join Charles Hsuan from Flying Kite, in the 2020 Nedbank Franchising Podcast series. Charles will be delving into the minds of leading franchises and business owners who are making a positive impact on business in South Africa. This is a special 12 part series on leadership, learning from the bad decisions, lessons in building a team and cultivating a healthy mindset. Want to know what goes into an Andiccio24 pizza? Charles Hsuan interviewed Jerome Kourie, who shared some great nuggets on their strategy & successes. 
18:07
May 8, 2020
Cash Converters CEO Richard Mukheibir- Nedbank Franchising Podcast, interviewed by Charles Hsuan
Join Charles Hsuan from Flying Kite for a special 12-part Nedbank Franchising Podcast series. Charles delves into the minds of leading franchises and business owners who are making a positive impact on business in South Africa. These are their untold stories. A company with humble beginnings and knowing very little about franchising, Richard saw a gap in the market and brought the Cash Converters concept from Australia to South Africa and opened his first store in Cape Town on 1 October 1994.  Listen to him share his journey with us.
19:40
May 8, 2020
OBC Group's Tony Da Fonseca-Nedbank Franchising Podcast, interviewed by Charles Hsuan
Join Charles Hsuan from Flying Kite for a special 12-part Nedbank Franchising Podcast series. Charles delves into the minds of leading franchises and business owners who are making a positive impact on business in South Africa. These are their untold stories.
20:05
May 8, 2020
Car Service City's Grant Brady-Nedbank Franchising Podcast, interviewed by Charles Hsuan
Join Charles Hsuan from Flying Kite for a special 12-part Nedbank Franchising Podcast series. Charles delves into the minds of leading franchises and business owners who are making a positive impact on business in South Africa. These are their untold stories. Many businesses started because their owners experienced personal frustrations and problems. This was the case for Grant Brady the CEO of CAR SERVICE CITY.    After a trip to his local mechanic for repairs, he found the customer experience to be so bad, that he said to himself "There must be a better way of servicing clients".    The pain was enough for the former stockbroker to leave his flashy job and start Car Service City in 2004.  Listen to Grant share his story with me on this episode of Nedbank Franchising Podcast.
15:49
May 4, 2020
Candid Conversations:Nadine Todd, 400 interviews with top entrepreneurs unpacked in 30 minutes (Previsuly recorded on 11 March 2020)
15 years ago Nadine von Moltke-Todd did not think she would ever get a chance to write for a living until someone gave her a chance. Fast forward to 2019, and Nadine has interviewed over 400 entrepreneurs, senior executives, investors, and subject-matter experts over the course of a decade. Nadine is the previous Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur Media South Africa. According to Marnus Broodryk (founder of Beancounter) and Brian Altriche (founder of Rocomamas), Nadine is a master at interviewing people. One of the main reasons for this is she asks good follow up questions.
28:53
April 30, 2020
How I Built: This Douglas Kruger, how to train your brain for wealth (previously aired on 21 October, 2019)
“You are not separated from your goals by a matter of years; you are separated from your goals by a matter of actions.”– Douglas Kruger Douglas Kruger started his public speaking journey at the age of 17 as a means to build self-confidence. Today, he is a professional speaker and business author of 8 books. His latest book is called Poverty Proof: 50 Ways to Train Your Brain for Wealth. Flying Kite’s Charles Hsuan spoke to Douglas about how to position yourself as an expert, how to create value and, ultimately, how to ‘own’ your industry. Douglas believes that you don’t need to be a global-level expert to teach, train, and guide others to run a business – you merely need to know more than your target market. Download "Refuse to be boring ebook" here: https://bit.ly/330ZqKx   Schedule your appointment here: https://bit.ly/303KaL8 Please join me by subscribing to my Youtube channel here: https://bit.ly/36EI0D7
19:30
April 29, 2020
How I Built This: Shirley Anderson on her first 1000 days of entrepreneur adventure (previously aired on 1 November 2019)
“I was amazed at how many people were willing to help; don’t be too proud to ask for help.” –Shirley Anderson Almost every day a new startup is born. Every day, some entrepreneur somewhere gets the idea to start something new. But how many of these businesses survive beyond the first 1000 days? From statistics, we know that the first 1000 days are the most challenging for small businesses. Shirley Anderson shares her story of how she made it past this important milestone. A big driving force for Shirley was that she didn’t want to have any regrets or be left wondering: “What if I did try to start my business?” later on in life. Shirley believes that implementation is graduation in entrepreneurship! 
18:32
April 28, 2020
Candid Conversations Marcio Pereira, From Arcade Games To Chief Bottle Washer (MD) Part 2
“It’s not always glitz and glamour when starting your own business, let alone turning a small old school café(1980) into a restaurant.” Here’s part 2 of the story behind our beloved restaurant Stadium Fast Foods by Marcio Pereira –Stadium Fast Foods MD.
19:14
April 21, 2020
Candid Conversations Marcio Pereira, From Arcade Games To Chief Bottle Washer (MD) Part 1
“It’s not always glitz and glamour when starting your own business, let alone turning a small old school café(1980) into a restaurant.” Here’s part 2 of the story behind our beloved restaurant Stadium Fast Foods by Marcio Pereira –Stadium Fast Foods MD.
20:43
April 21, 2020
How I Built This: Your business is never too small for a cyberattack – Ross Saunders (Previously aired on 14 January 2020)
If you think your company is too small, or that you have the latest firewall, and you’re safe from hackers (Or from being breached ), think again. It just takes a second for you to put in the wrong detail in a phishing message for a catastrophic event to occur. An investigation into IT-related crimes are extremely expensive, and the mitigation of further/future crimes can cost a company up to tends of thousands of Rands per day. Ross specialises in data protection and information security. His company focusses on raising awareness and educating staff as to the human aspect of what can, and does, go wrong in data protection.  Ross has a particular, and personal, passion for data privacy, having been a victim of identity theft himself.  If this is your first time here and you want to learn how to improve your problem-solving skills follow the steps below Download "Refuse to be boring ebook" here: https://bit.ly/330ZqKx Schedule your appointment here: https://bit.ly/303KaL8 Please join me by subscribing to my Youtube channel here: https://bit.ly/36EI0D7
24:18
April 18, 2020
In My Shoes: Charles Hsuan - How I Became a Storytelling Coach (Good Hope FM Interview With Geri Saunders)
Geri's #InMyShoesInterviews guest was Storytelling Coach Charles Hsuan from Flying Kite, who explained how he coaches clients to sell with their stories and how he started his career.  If this is your first time here and you want to learn how to improve your problem-solving skills follow the steps below Download "Refuse to be boring ebook" here: https://bit.ly/330ZqKx Schedule your appointment here: https://bit.ly/303KaL8 Please join me by subscribing to my Youtube channel here: https://bit.ly/36EI0D7
15:33
April 17, 2020
Refuse To be Boring, Boring does NOT sell - Tondi Rams Chats to Charles Hsuan About His New eBook
As one of the single most important skills in life and business today, I believe everyone needs to learn how to tell their story – and Refuse to be Boring – Create Your A.P.a.R.T Moment is the perfect place to start. It’s time to tell your story.” - Charles Hsuan. Get your complimentary ebook here: flyingkite.co.za/refuse_to_be_bor…suan_flyingkite/
27:52
April 17, 2020
Candid Conversations: Casey Diaz –from Maximum Prison to Pulpit
The following information is summarised from caseydiaz.net  Casey Diaz was introduced to gang culture at the age of 11. As part of an initiation into his gang, during a violent attack on a rival gang member, the leader handed Casey a screwdriver and said, “Now it’s your turn”. That was the first time Casey took part in a stabbing – many more would take place for years to come. He was later sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for second-degree murder, along with 52 counts of armed robbery. During his imprisonment, Casey became a shot caller. Shot callers have an elevated rank in the gang world; not only are they the ones who command respect, but they are power brokers inside prison walls as they determine who gets hurt or killed and who doesn’t. While Casey was in prison, one day he heard the guards come by his cell with an announcement, “Church service. Any inmate wanting to go, stand by your gate.” Casey heard an older woman say, “Is there someone in that cell?” She sounded Southern and spoke with a syrupy drawl. “Yes, ma’am, but you don’t want to deal with Diaz,” a guard said. “You’re wasting your time.” “Well, Jesus came for him, too,” he heard her say. And what she shared with Casey would change his life forever.
58:00
April 16, 2020