For the last 5 years, my guest, Emma Segal WAS (thanks to COVID) the events manager at a 400-year-old exclusive (think rock stars and celebs) private country house in the UK called Aynhoe Park.
She gives me an overview of the wedding business and how it is basically toast until 2022, her weirdest and wildest bridezilla stories, and what people (mostly Americans) spend £100,000 on for a weekend wedding at Aynhoe Park. Sounds excessive and it is.
Here is the link to the country house website. Prepare to drool. https://aynhoepark.co.uk/
Here is Emma's Linkedin in case you want to have a wedding in the UK in 2022 or something. https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-segal-002917170/
Edith (UK) and Mary Ellen (Canada) give me insights into how each country is dealing with COVID. Masks are required whenever you are outside your home here in California but not in the UK or Canada.
Small businesses seem to be faring better in Canada than the UK and US but it may be too early to tell.
Maybe you heard about the devastating Beirut blast and you had questions like I did.
Why did so few people die?
What really happened?
What is life like now in Beirut?
I speak with my friend Edith who recently left Beirut after 2 years and my other friend Mary-Ellen Anderson who went to visit Edith 2 days after the revolution started last year.
So much interesting information about the history of Beirut and how the city works and what has happened since the explosion.
My second podcast with travel industry expert Christine Vincent who updates me on when travel might comeback, how Japan and Italy are giving people money to visit, and what she thinks people will want from travel in the future. Here are links to the two articles she references in the podcast about Japan and Italy.1) Is Japan Home To The Latest Greatest Coronavirus Travel Deal?https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2020/05/22/coronavirus-travel-deal-japan-subsidize-trip/#43817bd214f72) The Ultimate Coronavirus Travel Deal: This Island Wants To Pay You To Come Visit - https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2020/04/30/coranavirus-travel-deal-sicily-italy-island/#922c7a1af09f
Here's some information on my guest Sophie from sophiewade.com. She and I had a great discussion about how work is changing and the importance of empathy. Sophie Wade is a speaker, author and authority on Future-of-Work issues. Her book, Embracing Progress: Next Steps for the Future of Work, is an Executive MBA Program textbook and required reading for several management school leadership courses.Sophie is Founder and Workforce Innovation Specialist at Flexcel Network, a Future-of-Work consultancy. Sophie’s executive advisory work and transformative workshops help companies futureproof their work environments and attract, engage, and retain their multigenerational and distributed talent. She helps corporations maximize the benefits and minimize the disruption in their transition to talent-focused new work environments.
The passion that Murray speaks about the 10 sports documentaries he has picked is infectious. See the list below. Follow Murray on Twitter at @murraybarnettWe also did a bonus list of 12 ESPN documentaries from when he worked at the company.The lists are in no particular order. On the podcast, Murray tells me his super faves.1. A Sunday in Hell (1976) | YouTube | Cycling2. Deep Water (2006) | Amazon Prime (rental) | Sailing3. Dogtown and Z Boys (2001) | Netflix | Skateboarding4. Do You Believe in Miracles (2001) | YouTube | Ice Hockey5. Freedom's Fury (2006) | N/A | Olympics 6. Iverson (2014) | YouTube rental | Basketball7. Salute (2008) | Amazon Prime | Olympics8. Sons of Cuba (2009) | Amazon Prime | Boxing9. TT: Closer to the Edge (2011) | Amazon Prime (rental) | Motorcycle10. Barkley Marathons: The race that eats its young (2014) | Amazon Prime (rental) | RunningBonusMurray's Best Ever ESPN Documentaries1. Kings Ransom – NHL’s Wayne Gretsky’s controversial move to the LA Kings2. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson3. 9.79 – 1988 100m Olympic Final4. The 16th Man – 1995 Rugby World Cup5. June 17th 1994 – OJ6. The Two Escobars -The 1994 FIFA World Cup and the tragedy of Andres Escobar 7. Jordan Rides the Bus – Michael Jordan plays Minor League Baseball8. Unmatched – Evert and Navratilova9. Once Brothers – NBA players torn apart by politics – Croatian Drazen Petrovic and Serbian Vlade Divac10. No Mas – Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran in the 1980’s11. When the Garden was Eden – 1970’s New York Knicks12. White, Blue and White – Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles at Tottenham Hotspur during the Falklands crisis
Eric lives in Peru by the ocean. The country is getting ready to open up with no masks required. He sent me a photo of a bleach UV truck. He tells me how Peru intends to open up safely. He doesn't sound convinced.
"They don't question the government!" Per tells me how Sweden can be lemming-like and how his wife's nephews told her NOT to come back at the beginning of the pandemic. We also learn about whether Sweden's plan is working for the country.
Mary Ellen in Toronto and Edith in London are both watching for the 'new normal'. Lots of things are not making sense. We also talk about vaccines and whether any of us would take them...first ;-) Pretty much an all round no to that.
Our man in Australia, Ben Parsons, tells me how he took a wrong turn and ended up in another state that required him to fill out forms to get home. He also told me about how sport is coming back in June and no one is wearing masks when they are out.
Here's back! Dr. Steve runs 911vets.com a mobile veterinary service in Los Angeles. He was gleeful for a few short weeks when the roads were empty and he could get around the city in minutes instead of hours. Now, he's not happy. This is his story.
My environmentalist friend Adam Hardy may have gotten everything he and his climate activist friends wanted. Oil at an all-time low, no noise pollution, no planes, no cars, and wildlife coming back in cities. Adam, who doesn't fly, doesn't own a car, and lives in London with his family is trying to decide if COVID is good for his climate change cause. His website https://carbonwatchdog.org/ is growing and he thinks now is his chance to convert a few more people who weren't convinced about climate change before.
Mary Ellen lives in Toronto and she is sorta depressed with the whole COVID thing. It's quite cute and hilarious. Edith and I laugh a lot. Edith says London is starting to return to normal but they are a long way off.
If you like accents you are going to love this episode. David lives in Glasgow and works in the insurance business. He tells me about how pandemic insurance is going to change and why Scotland and England don't agree on COVID. Did I mention he has a great accent? Yes, he does.
In podcast ep #13 Chris told us of his rapid exit from NYC to Florida - https://www.spreaker.com/episode/24690546 Now he's considering going back. In this podcast, he tells me about how his friends in NYC are coping and the 2 key factors that will determine when and if he returns.
Andrew McLuhan has some keen insights into how the world will change after COVID. I particularly liked the reference he made to how the arts will morph. He also explains what Marshall meant by 'medium' and it's not what you think. Andrew is cataloging every one of the thousands of mentions his media guru grandfather, Dr. Marshall McLuhan, made to his phrase, "the medium is the message" at his site website https://www.tmitm.com/. Also, here is the YouTube video Andrew makes reference to in the podcast between Marshall McLuhan and Norm Mailer. It's dense. Not gonna lie but fascinating if you are interested. Here's the link - https://youtu.be/PtrJntaTlic
Ben lives near Brisbane. He is married with two kids. You basically have to get a visa to cross state lines and people are getting restless. Australia kids never stopped going to school as it would mean that their parents would have to take care of them.
Jenny is single and so is Mike. She is in Denver and he is LA. They are not happy that they will have to get tested for more than STDs before they date someone. They also agree that dating after COVID is going to be a mess. Especially if you are OCD.
Marketing guru and connector, Jed Schneiderman, gives us 9 reasons you need to do marketing different including for your business and personal brand during COVID. He is also a Linkedin expert and gives us 2 tricks to help you get your voice heard on the platform.
My friend Raj Pannu lives in Manhattan. He has an MS of Immunology and a PhD in Biochemistry. His wife is a cancer doctor on the front lines at a hospital in NYC. He has some great insights into how the virus is impacting NYC and what the future holds.
My friend Karim recommended I talk to Sonja from simplifyhealthyliving.com about coffee. She had cancer. Toxins were a problem. She is Swiss but lives in Santa Monica. She decided to make her own organic coffee. She loves coffee, like, a lot and didn't want to cut it out of her life. She takes me on an organic coffee journey as I make fun of her Swiss accent. It's adorable. I learned a lot and had fun. She has a great laugh.
Holly was a recruiter for new video startup Quibi as well as being on the agency side before that. She gives me tips and tricks from the inside for weathering the storm during COVID. She's doing free webinars to help people with their Linkedin. Ping her on Linkedin if you would like to be part of one of her webinars - https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-gottlieb-2a998483/She's also a musician. Here are some of her YouTube videos - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTRUTOC9EKC3gEfjb9tocPw
Nate and I talk about 4 blog posts he wrote. See below.Nate was a former manager at Inc. magazine, suicide prevention counselor and cattle rancher in the Australian Outback. He's now a coach who helps business owners and artists with strategy, mindset and emotional resilience. He also covers these topics as a writer in his column on Thrive Global and his blog on Medium.com.These are the 4 topics we discussed that are also blog articles Nate wrote.Be grateful for assholesStop coddling yourselfWhy too much time is screwing youWhy can't you complete your 10-year goal in 6 months?
During this downtime, there are ways to make money online. Mike and I give you the step by step system to make your own online business. $10 per day X 365 days = $3650 which is a trip to Hawaii we think. We are probably wrong but you get the idea.
My Canadian friend based in France wanted to remain nameless for this interview as he has spent many years focused on his online privacy. One of the smartest guys I know about the Dark Web and keeping your information private online. He gives me some tips and tricks as well as REAL data on COVID.
Joel Comm (@joelcomm) and I see each other at social media conferences. We may not agree on everything and we look at the world from two different perspectives but we both believe that on social media you need to be civil. We discuss having to ban friends from our Facebook. It's not pretty.
My friend Simon lives about 4 hours out of Helsinki. He gives us some history about Finland including that they were actually Swedish for 800 years and then Russian. He's watching his Swedish neighbors and their COVID experiment. We also talk about his female prime minister and their 70-year-old president working together and the Internet as a human right.
I've known Hitendra for years and I gave him a call in Mumbai to understand how 1.3 billion people could have so few cases. We also talked about how India got everyone to get a bank account through demonetization making it easy for the government to make payments to people in need. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Indian_banknote_demonetisation
My Swedish friend Per Sjofors tells me why his country approached the COVID virus differently than others. His insights into how Swede's think helped me understand. I also like IKEA although we didn't talk about that. Opportunity missed. Next time.
Mary Margaret and I have been friends for over 30 years. She is a bank executive that got enraptured by the magical world of bread making. Her delicious Instagram is https://instagram.com/bigbank2riverbank She gives me tips, tricks, and insights into making bread during COVID. We talk gluten-free bread, kneading, and how to be a beginner breadmaker. She's so passionate about it you will be riveted listening to her.
My musician friend Holly had to go in for urgent surgery in Santa Monica. What she found when she got to the hospital was a bit surreal. She talks about the 'one glove' policy for shopping and what the ER nurses told her they were getting ready for. Here is Holly's Instagram. She does LIVE performances each day at 12noon LA time - https://www.instagram.com/hollygottlieb/
Mike, Eric, and I give you insights on how to start an online business for next to nothing during COVID. Tips, tricks, resources, and strategies to get your idea from your brain to the internet for almost free. Make you money while you sleep.
Journalist Richard Clarke worked for Arsenal FC for 14 years and now is a sports consultant for football/soccer clubs in the UAE and Indonesia. We had a great discussion about sport overseas and in the UK. He has so much energy!
Christine works for travelsavers.com that represents over 3000 travel agents in North America. She gives me the low down on how COVID is making the travel industry change with tips, trends, and insights.
Edith, Mary Ellen, and I get passionate about what is going on as the pandemic hits London UK, Toronto, and Los Angeles hard. We have a really passionate discussion about what's going on and how the United States is perceived abroad. PM Boris Johnson is put into ICU and things look grim all round.
Joel has worked in films like Mean Girls, Incredible Hulk, and most recently the Apple+ TV series The Expanse. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0370507/The most interesting part of our discussion was how the industry is coping and how it might change after COVID-19.
I wanted to randomly call towns around the world. My friend Dave thought it would be better if call small towns in America with weird names. Challenge accepted. I speak with David in the mayor's office of Chugwater, Wyoming population 202.
Sometimes doctors don't agree. Esther and I discuss information on Vitamin D from a previous podcast as well as how to tackle dental emergencies during COVID. Esther does a podcast on her channel Alternative Food Network.
Corina used to work for my company Jumpwire and now runs social media communities for video gaming brands around the world. She tells me how the virus has lead to exponential growth in gaming. She also tells us which games to try.
My cousin Aidan has lived in South Korea for 20 years. He's married with 2 boys and lives on the island of 700,000 called JeJu off the coast of South Korea. The technology they use to control how the virus spreads is quiet impressive.
Sports business veteran Murray Barnett gives me his insights into the myriad issues behind moving the Olympics, why some sports teams want to play in front of no crowds, and how esports is doing in comparison.
My niece Cassie is 15 and lives in Toronto. She tells me about her school, her friends, and how she is dealing with boredom. I'll check in next week to see if she has been able to stave off the boredom. Likely, not.
Eric Ridenour works in social media and does some work for my company Jumpwire Media. He is married to a Peruvian woman and lives on the coast of Peru. Really interesting how South America is reacting.
On this episode, Dr. Rand Waltzman talks about how the media is manipulating people and what resources you should use to find the real story. Here's Rand's bio. Follow his Linkedin feed - https://www.linkedin.com/in/randwaltzman/Computer science / Artificial Intelligence professional with a history of success in conceptualizing, developing and prototyping novel and innovative analytical and software solutions to real world problems. 35 years of experience performing and managing research in Artificial Intelligence applied to domains including social media and cognitive security in the information environment. Particular interest in massive scale data analysis in support of decision and analysis problems. Strong background in data science and the application of massive scale data analysis, automated reasoning and knowledge management techniques combined with sophisticated mathematical models to problems that have resisted conventional solution techniques. Drawn to problems that require analysis in a larger context and understanding of the broader implications of a solution.
My friend Steve Weinberg runs a mobile veterinary service (911vets.com) here in Los Angeles. He gives me the good, the bad, and the ugly about going to people's houses to take care of their pets during COVID-19 crisis. The stories. Whoa.
My recent client Esther Garfin from Alternative Food Network gives me the low down on what we should be doing to make sure that we stay healthy during COVID and what to eat if you GET the virus. Her podcasts can be heard at alternativefoodnetwork.comI'll check in with her weekly as she speaks with lots of doctors about nutrition and using food as medicine.
My friend Phil Deck is a software entrepreneur. He invests in private and public software companies and sits on their boards. Has been CEO of 2 public software companies and he manages a portfolio of public growth stocks. We talk about how the economy is going to recover and what is actually happening out there.
Mary Ellen's mother is 95. She went through World War 2. They told everyone that it would last 4 months and it lasted 5 years. Mary Ellen also gives us an update on what is happening in Toronto and Canada. The best part was the fights at the beer store. Mary Ellen is a former VP at Microsoft. Now she is coaching founders and employees at start-ups and non-profits in Canada.
I speak with my friend Edith Champagne in London UK who was the Head of the Video Unit for the in United Nations Refugee Agency in Geneva and Beirut. Edith was also a TV producer for the CBC in Canada and has spent a lot of time in the middle east and conflict zones.
A veteran of the sports business having worked for 20 years for NBA, ESPN, World Rugby, and most recently Formula One, my friend, Murray Barnett talks about how the business is going to change due to COVID.