How to Speak like a CEO

How to Speak like a CEO

By Eo Ipso Communications
How to Speak Like a CEO goes behind the scenes to chat with CEOs, founders, and entrepreneurs to learn what it takes to master the art of communication.

Storytelling is a key part of being a good leader - and communicating clearly is harder than it looks! On the show, people let us in on how they get their point across and how they say what needs to be said.
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CEO Playbook #11 - THE PODCAST EPISODE
On this week’s episode of the podcast we dive deep into …  podcasting? Podcasts seem to be everywhere these days. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 5 Germans listen to a podcast regularly, a significant increase from only 14% in 2017. The global audience for podcasts is rapidly expanding and industry has latched on to this with Mark Zuckerberg and LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman having started their own podcasts. Podcasts are a valuable way for CEOs to foster trust and build their brands.  Now, they are clearly useful but are they for everyone? What are some tips and tricks to keep in mind? How do you start? What equipment do you need? We tackle all of these questions and more in this week’s episode of the CEO playbook.
26:18
September 20, 2019
CEO Playbook #10 - RE-INTERPRETING FINANCIAL COMMUNICATIONS
Talking about finances is an inescapable part of being a CEO, whether it is reporting on profit margins or convincing new investors to put their money into the company. It can be a tricky and sensitive topic, but a necessary one given the need for money to help the business grow and develop. In this episode we  discuss two very different contexts for financial communications. In the first part I will focus on young companies that want to raise money, before   shifting   attention   to   publicly   listed   companies   trying   to   navigate   the sometimes-fraught waters of financial communications. Enjoy!
15:15
September 13, 2019
CEO Playbook #9 - CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS: Keep Calm and Communicate
A crisis is by definition an extraordinary circumstance presenting daunting challenges. Crisis communications can be hard to get right. Even though, it is arguably the most important aspect of communications. A crisis is a “make or break” moment for your professional and corporate brand. That’s why in this episode, we talk about some of the most high profile incidents in recent memory and break down the “do's" and “don’ts” of how to communicate in a crisis.
23:15
September 6, 2019
CEO Playbook #8 - CAMPAIGNING
Getting people's attention is hard. Everyone is vying for our attention across traditional and digital media. Businesses, non-profits, and political candidates are now doubling down on campaigns to cut through the noise... but who's winning? Are politicians, businesses, non-profits or teenagers better at campaigning? What does a cutting edge campaign look like in 2019? Which channels work best? How much budget? In this episode of the CEO Playbook we dive into the topic of campaigning and how you can launch a campaign that will get you noticed.
25:32
August 30, 2019
CEO Playbook #7 - MASTERING INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
Communications is not just about the message that we send to the wider world. Internal communications are equally important, if not more so. Good communications internally lead to good company culture, which in turn leads to happier employees and ultimately to a more successful company. In this episode we will look at the role played by internal communications and give top recommendations for establishing an effective one. Enjoy!
24:58
August 23, 2019
CEO Playbook #6 - SPEAKING WITH IMPACT
Today, the expectations for CEO communications are higher than ever. Maybe it’s the TED effect or the fact that we tend to centre our focus on the individual rather than the organization. But all eyes are on CEOs and other senior executives to make outstanding speeches, one hundred percent of the time. But just because some are naturally better than others at speaking in public, does not mean that public speaking can not be learned and perfected. In this episode, we dive into the tips and tricks used by master communicators when it comes to getting their point across in public.
26:46
August 16, 2019
CEO Playbook #5 - TALKING TO THE MEDIA
The way we consume media has changed radically in the last decade. Newspapers and TV news are being supplanted by social media, blogs, newsletters and podcasts. Journalistic output is greater than ever before. These changes have profoundly impacted the way executives engage with and communicate through the media. In this episode, we discuss how CEOs and businesses can master every aspect of modern media relations, from drafting press releases to preparing for media interviews. Enjoy!
29:27
August 9, 2019
CEO Playbook #4 - DIGITAL THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Digital thought leadership is about starting and driving conversation in the wider world. In that sense, CEOs and executives can make natural digital thought leaders because they have vision, passion and a wealth of knowledge that will not only interest, but also impact on other people. In this episode, I divulge some secrets on how to become a digital thought leader.
25:00
August 2, 2019
CEO Playbook #3 - HOW TO TELL YOUR STORY
Telling stories is hardwired into humans. Indeed, we have been telling some of the same stories or variations of them for thousands of years. Stories are not simply just told for entertainment, however. We buy things, we vote for people, we travel to far-flung places all because of the stories told to us. In this episode of the CEO Playbook, Oliver discusses how to craft an effective personal story. Enjoy!
28:26
July 25, 2019
CEO Playbook #2 - DEVELOPING YOUR STRATEGY
“Communications are by and large just as poor today as they were twenty or thirty years ago when we first became aware of the need for, and lack of, adequate communications in the modern organisation”, wrote Peter Drucker on The Effective Executive in 1966. He was right then and still is now.  CEOs have not made communications a priority in their organisations, preferring to focus on something more quantifiable, such as financial metrics. This is the wrong approach because without top-notch communications, you will never build a top-notch company. It’s as simple as that. In episode of CEO Playbook we will let you into the secrets and pitfalls when it comes to designing and implementing a communications strategy. 
31:00
July 19, 2019
CEO Playbook #1 - IT ALL STARTS WITH THE CEO
Welcome to the Eo Ipso CEO Playbook where we deep dive into your most pressing CEO Communications issues. We all know that in today's hyperconnected age communications matters more than ever before. But, how to cut through the online noise, future-proof your message and ensure communications supports strategic objectives is an undeniable challenge for seasoned professionals and up and coming founders alike. That's why we've created this limited 10-part audio series to bring you the insights you need to take your communications to the next level. For our very first episode we explore the foundations of CEO Communications. No company can be truly successful in the long run without treating communications as a priority. And it all starts with the CEO.
34:45
July 12, 2019
#32 - BRINGING SPACE DOWN TO EARTH ft Sebastian Straube
What if we told you that space is closer than it seems? For our season finale we have a very special guest, Sebastian Straube, the founder and CEO of Interstellar Ventures, an emerging venture capital fund and ecosystem builder for the commercial space industry. Sebastian is passionate about bringing bold ideas to life, currently working to create a future in which people can live, work and play in space! For over 10 years, Sebastian focused on making companies greener as a corporate sustainability expert. But he’s always been focused on radical innovation, transforming his desire for faster change into his current career as an investor in commercial space start-ups.We discuss the potential of new technologies to create new markets, developing Interstellar Ventures into the first private space agency, and of course, going to the moon.
35:25
July 5, 2019
#31 - HOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IN THREE YEARS ft Corinna Reibchen
Building a successful business in just three years might seem impossible... but Corinna Reibchen managed to do so with her consulting company - Passcon. With over 20 years of experience in banking and consulting, Corinna is a well-known entrepreneur in Germany. Passcon is a consulting firm that specialises in financial services in Europe, Asia and the US with over 150 employees. For Corinna it’s key to do what she does best - that’s why she outsources nearly everything that isn’t part of her core business from admin to taxes, so that she can focus on what matters the most. With an impressive 30k followers on Instagram, Corinna effectively built a company that never sleeps. She lets us in on her secrets for scaling a business, also topic of her recent book, ‘How Success Works’. We talked about what it’s like running such a fast-growing international enterprise, putting your clients first and empowering female entrepreneurs.
27:50
June 28, 2019
BONUS EPISODE #6 - HOW TO BECOME A THOUGHT LEADER
Do you want to be a thought leader in your industry? You have to own your space! Digital thought leadership is an important catalyst for growth. Our hosts, Oliver Aust and Lena Carlson, dive in to how can you better position your start-up in ten clear steps. Tune in for another extra episode of How to Speak Like a CEO. 
08:40
June 21, 2019
#30 - HOW TO GET A SPEAKING SPOT AT SXSW ft Roland Gerhards
South by Southwest is one of the most sought after conferences in the U. S., bringing together the biggest names in music, film, technology, media, entrepreneurship and much more –⁠ all in one place. So how did Roland Gerhards CEO of ZAL, Hamburg centre of applied aeronautical research make his way all the way from Germany to Austin, Texas to talk about flying taxis? Roland was always fascinated by aerospace, learning to fly at the age of 14.  Now, with over 25 years of industry experience, he remains an aerospace engineer at heart. At Zal, he bridges the gap between academia, industry and government by uniting people from across the aerospace industry to perform research. We spoke to Roland about how to foster open communication in a collaborative environment and why sometimes you simply just have to put yourself out  there. And that’s part of what got Roland and his team a spot at SXSW 2019. Enjoy!
32:13
June 21, 2019
#29 - MAKE OPINIONS MATTER ft Cornelius Frey
Do you ever get the feeling that only the most noisy and problematic people are getting attention on the internet? Do you want to make your voice heard and feel like your opinions matter? Cornelius Frey is working to make that a reality. He is the CEO and co-founder of the online opinion-sharing platform and marketing tool Opinary. With a background in business and banking, Cornelius was frustrated about not being able to participate in Germany’s political discussions whilst living abroad. With his sister, Pia Frey, he founded the startup which currently has as many users as people living in Germany - that’s over 80 million. We spoke about what exactly draws people to use Opinary, the moral obligations of running such a platform and how to help your team grow and succeed. As well as the challenges and advantages of diving into entrepreneurship with a sibling. Tune to hear more.   
36:15
June 14, 2019
#28 - IS HUMAN CAPITAL THE CURRENCY OF THE FUTURE? ft Nitzan Gal
Nitzan Gal, who is a Forbes 30 under 30, certainly believes so. As the co-founder and CEO of Clique.AI,  a knowledge and skill sharing platform for professional communities, she’s seen first hand that people who provide value get much more out of business. Nitzan's company Clique.ai embodies the idea that communities and networks will be the future force of society. No person alone will achieve or change the world.  We spoke to Nitzan about how new ways of working are creating new leaders, how to differentiate yourself in a crowded market and what the key to community is. Enjoy!
32:35
June 7, 2019
#27 - WHAT DRIVES YOU? ft Tom Kirschbaum
Every year in Berlin, people spend 154 hours stuck in traffic. In Paris? 237. In Rome? 254! Traffic is undeniably a major issue for cities and is only expected to get worse as more people (and more cars) migrate towards urban centres. So today we’re skipping the traffic and getting from A to B with Tom Kirschbaum, CEO and founder of Door-to-door, finding smart solutions for the future of transport.  Despite a lot of talk about driving, let it be autonomous or eco-friendly, Tom is clear about not being driven by ideology, but rather by attractive solutions to real life problems. He lets us in on the specific challenges that come with convincing different actors of your idea, from politicians to manufacturers to investors, and offers us a concise roadmap to pitching your proposal in a clear and graspable way.  Tom believes people are driven by habit - especially in Germany where the mobility industry is sacred and difficultly disrupted. So, how do you break habits and make people believe that your solution is the best one out there? How do you get from A to B while convincing those you meet along the way?  Buckle up to find out, and let’s get this show on the road! 
39:12
May 31, 2019
#26 DOING BUSINESS HUMAN TO HUMAN ft ORLIE DAHAN
Building a community is harder than it looks - just ask Orlie Dahan, the executive director of EcoMotion. With over 8000 members, Ecomotion aims to foster innovation by building a community comprised of individuals dedicated to improving smart transportation. For Orlie, business is done human to human, not logo to logo. But how can you keep communication personalised when your community is growing rapidly and expanding internationally? How can you make the most of offline events and online platforms like facebook groups to encourage new ways of interacting and form strong connections. We explore this and more on this week’s episode of Speak Like a CEO. Enjoy!
32:52
May 24, 2019
BONUS #5 - NO CAMPAIGN, NO GAIN!
Getting people’s attention is hard.  Everyone is vying for our attention across traditional and digital media. Back on 9th May, we brought together a diverse panel of experts to share what established business can learn from startups and non-profits, about how to make an impact with campaigning - just in time for the European elections. You can listen to the live recording here. Enjoy!
1:18:47
May 22, 2019
#25 - HOM TO GET BILL GATES TO SPEAK AT YOUR EVENT ft Jörg Rheinboldt
Keep your ideas weird and wild. That’s what today’s guest Jörg Rheinboldt, founding CEO of APX, the joint accelerator programme of Axel Springer and Porsche, learned to do from childhood. Jörg was previously CEO of the Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator, which invested in more than 100 companies including N26. He is a verifiable ideas man whose edge lies in his ability to take dreams and make them reality. This week we’re talking to him about where he finds inspiration, communicating your vision and investing in winners.  Do you want to know how to get the right people in the room for your event? Are you curious about the communication clues that spell success? Do you feel ready to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do? Then tune in and learn from the gentleman who landed Bill Gates as a speaker for his college conference. 
32:25
May 17, 2019
#24 - THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: BEHIND THE SCENES AT DATA NATIVES ft ELENA POUGHIA
Sometimes, it feels like to be a thought leader you have be present at every single event. Our guest today tells us why this isn’t the case! Elena Poughia knows all there is to know about what makes a successful event. She is the managing director of Dataconomy and the founder & head curator of Data Natives, Europe’s largest data science conference. Data Natives has taken place twice in Tel Aviv and is now going on its fifth time here in Berlin! Elena is passionate about understanding how data science and connected devices are changing modern technology as well as how we communicate these changes in our everyday lives. With a background studying economics but also Modern and Contemporary Art, Elena brings a unique perspective to questions of data science, building business relations and curating the perfect event. Elena tells us all about how knowing your audience is one of the most important parts of a successful event - and a successful event is the best place to promote your company, build a community and add value to your communication. So what’s the secret to finding and creating the perfect event? You need to make choices, find your niche, have a clear goal and come prepared. Tune in to learn more!
34:36
May 10, 2019
#23 - MINDSPACE: INSIDE THE WORLD OF CO-WORKING ft DAN ZAKAI
Why are modern companies gravitating towards co-working environments?  Today we are back in Tel Aviv for an episode featuring Dan Zakai, CEO and co-founder of Mindspace. Mindspace offers inspiring, international co-working spaces that aim to serve as a platform for flexibility, efficiency and both social and professional interaction. On today’s episode, Dan gives us an insider look into the dynamic world of co-working and the secret behind creating an environment that fosters communications and helps companies retain the best talent in their industries.   How do you offer a boutique atmosphere when you are operating in 7 countries and 13 cities? What does work/life balance look like in Israel? Where did the shift from corner-cubicle to open seating come from? Dan answers all these questions and more! Dan strongly believes that communicating your company’s ambitions and achievements is one of the keys to a successful brand.  So if you want to improve your communication and get into a better mind space - do like Dan says: be prepared, come ready, and enjoy today’s episode. 
30:38
May 3, 2019
#22 - LEAVE YOUR EGO AT HOME: HOW TO COMMUNICATION LIKE A CEO ft ANDY HARRISON
You know what they say, if you want something done, give it to a busy person… This week on Speak Like a CEO we’re talking to the renowned Andy Harrison. Andy Harrison is one of the most experienced CEOs in the UK, having managed and scaled some of the country’s most iconic brands including easyJet, Premier Inn and Costa Coffee. Currently chairman of UK-based furniture company Dunelm, Andy is no stranger to maneuvering an organisation through challenging situations. We spoke about building a consumer-facing brand globally, focusing on the importance of culture, reputation and how important values are to any organisation. For Andy, communication is all about having a clear, simple and sincere message. Not a natural born communicator, Andy knows how important it is to think about what you want to say and how you’re going to say it to have an impact. Above all, he believes that as a CEO you need to leave your ego at home, and always put your employees and customers first.
29:43
April 26, 2019
#21 - IS COMMUNICATION THE SECRET TO ISRAELI INNOVATION? ft CHEDVA KLEINHANDLER
Welcome back to Speak Like a CEO! On today's podcast we take you to Israel, with an episode recorded straight from Tel Aviv.  Our guest is Chedva Kleinhandler, the CEO and Founder of Emerj, an app that connects employees and mentors.  Chedva started her first business at 21. At that time she thought she was the only person in the world who needed a mentor. After her second business succeeded, more and more people sought her advice. She realised: you can be an employee surrounded by people with knowledge and still feel that you don't have access to that knowledge.  On today's episode, our guest tells us how she broke down the barriers of making mentorship truly scalable within organisations and easy in terms of people's commitment and time. In a time of platform fatigue, she talks to us about how to create a safe and confidential digital space for mentoring and how it can truly enhance internal communications and become a powerful tool for employer branding Beyond mentorship, we talk about what makes Israeli entrepreneurship and what role communications plays in this part of the world. A true bridge builder between different cultures, Chedva lets us in on the different types of communication styles she has experienced and how religion and tech intersect in Israel. Is communication the secret to Israeli innovation?  To find out, tune in on this special episode from Tel Aviv! Enjoy.
35:35
April 19, 2019
#20 - THE ART OF BEING AN INFLUENCER ft MIKKO ALASAARELA & CHRISTOPH RAETHKE
Get ready because today we are asking some big questions and getting some even bigger answers.  We are joined by seven-time founder and current CEO of Inbot, Mikko Alasaarela and good friend of the show Christoph Raethke, founder of Berlin Startup Academy. In this episode, we focus on the art of building an online following: how different platforms better facilitate certain topics, and foster different audiences. Mikko lets us in on the different ways to communicate to those distinct audiences, while finding your niche online. Our guests also share the equation for creating quality, value adding content when time is scarce.  Mikko is passionate about providing individuals all over the world with a basic standard of living by using technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain. On today’s episode, our very opinionated guests project us into a future where technology acts as a tool for democratisation and a way to better provide humanity with their basic needs. Or will it...?  From nanotechnology to the future of private entrepreneurship, Mikko paints the picture of what might sound like a sci-fi future: where technology and the structures behind "who controls what" become an even bigger part of our lives. However, if left unchecked, Mikko doesn’t denounce that technology's power for good could work against creating a more equal society… Hence the importance of making people part of the process, turning them into actors: not simply onlookers!  And finally - with the fast rise of technology paired with our increasing dependency on all things digital, where does that leave humanity? Where will we factor into an increasingly technology driven world? Tune in to find out.  
47:33
April 12, 2019
#19 - GERMANY'S MINDREADER ft GERRIT RICHTER
Ever been in a situation where you really wished you knew what the other person was thinking? Well, we aren’t talking to any psychics today, but we’ve got the next best thing.  Today we are joined with Germany’s mindreader, Gerrit Richter CEO and founder of leading opinion poll tech company Civey. Civey has over 1 million active participants per month, and with the European parliamentary elections coming up in May, polling is a hot topic.  But polling doesn’t need to be political. Gerrit lets us in on everything from what makes a company successful to user feedback to how the Internet is full of people who just want to express their opinion and what makes polling important. He also talks about how, in the polling business, trust and transparency are of utmost importance and lets us into how communicating change can allow a company to grow fast. So put away your crystal balls and let's head to the polls. Enjoy. 
32:36
April 5, 2019
#18 - LETTING DATA DRIVE YOUR MIND! ft JOHANNES KEIENBURG
Today we are talking straight from the heart with Dr. Johannes Keienburg, CEO of HitFox Group and co-Managing Director of Heartbeat Labs - a digital health platform aiming to bring patient-centric solutions to the market. Drawing on his experience working in journalism, consultancy and in the start-up world, Johannes shares his insights into communications as an essential component of good leadership and how adopting a data-driven mindset can be the key to taking effective business decisions.  He lets us into everything from the challenges facing the healthcare market to how telling a convincing story is essential to building relationships with customers. He also lets us into why he believes being radically transparent can foster authority, but also empathy... So let’s get into our data driven mindsets! Enjoy!  
35:17
March 29, 2019
#17 - PITCH PERFECT ft HENRIC HUNGERHOFF
Ever wondered what pitching your start-up and folk music have in common?  Today our guest is Henric Hungerhoff, managing director of the APX startup accelerator, a collaboration by Axel Spring and Porsche. Not only is he an entrepreneur himself but he’s also a startup enthusiast, an investor, a lawyer and plays in his own Americana band (and if you listen closely to the episode, you can catch some of his music!).  Henric let’s us in on everything he looks for in a successful startup, from how he prefers working with teams over single founders and how he steers away from family based endeavours…with a couple of exceptions. Henric also takes us through the process of pitching your start-up, and how the perfect pitch is like writing a song: all the parts need to be in the perfect place to really captivate your audience. Enjoy! 
32:05
March 22, 2019
#16 - DON'T TEXT, TALK! ft HOLGER WEISS
Did you know that 80% of drivers use their phones while behind the wheel? And believe it or not, but distracted driving reduces your reaction time by 30%.  Today we talk to the man who’s here to help: Holger Weiss, the CEO of German Autolabs, the company behind Chris, own your personal AI powered “digital co-driver”. He lets us in on how he funded his product through Kickstarter, a crowdfunding campaign site, and how it enabled him to really get to know his user group! Holger dives deep into everything from the science behind crowdfunding, to what it takes to communicate with a large audience, and having what he calls the "stage gene". Stay tuned to find out why our guest thinks that 2019 is going to be a breakthrough year for the future of voice AI. Enjoy!
36:06
March 15, 2019
#15 - HELP! I NEED A MENTOR! ft ANNE RIECHERT & CHRISTOPH RAETHKE
Help! Sometimes you need somebody! Not just anybody...Sometime you need the right person, or right mentor, to guide you in the right direction! Today on the show we have Berlin start-up original and friend of the show Christoph Raethke as well as Anne Riechert, the Joan of Arc of social entrepreneurship and CEO and co-founder of the ReDi School of Digital Integration, teaching coding skills to refugees and asylum seekers. Today our guests talk about a common passion: mentoring. What makes a good mentor? From staying  curious to being empathetic, our guests share some personal stories on what it takes to be the best mentor you can be, one of which even includes a visit from Marc Zuckerberg... Enjoy! 
36:50
March 8, 2019
#14 - SPEAKING WITH ONE VOICE ft TOBY NICOL
Ever wonder what Obama thinks about tourism?  Today’s guest is Toby Nicol, the executive director of Uniting Travel: a coalition of the world's major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with 'One Voice’.  And that’s exactly what we are going to talk about today. In an increasingly interconnected world, how does one make sure that everyone not only has a voice, but that all these voices are heard and understood: from a small boutique hotel to a huge cruise ship company.  It’s not as easy as it sounds, and it doesn’t sound easy at all! The tourism industry is full of opinions…some even coming from former US president Obama himself….Curious? Stay tuned.
38:02
March 1, 2019
BONUS EPISODE #4 - CEO'S: STEP UP TO THE MIC ft LYANNE ALFARO
 This week the team is in sunny sunny Tel Aviv recording some very special episodes so stay tuned for that. So this week we have a great throwback bonus episode for you! Back in November, Oliver and Lena chatted to friend of the show Lyanne Alfaro from NASDAQ about the art of storytelling how it changes depending on the medium. They talk all about the role social media is playing in the up and coming world of executive communications, how CEO’s can and should utilise the digital media world to their advantage,  and much more. Enjoy! 
20:38
February 22, 2019
BONUS EPISODE #3 - OLIVER'S TOP 5 PRESENTATION TIPS
This week, Oliver gives us his top 5 tips for presenting with impact (warning, it includes at least 5 "P"s)! Make sure to check out our full episode with Bettina Hausmann for even more insight! Enjoy! 
08:32
February 15, 2019
#13 - PUT ME IN, COACH ft BETTINA HAUSMANN
From coaching buddhist monks in Africa to senior business leaders in San Francisco, our guest today Bettina Hausmann has seen it all.  Bettina is a good friend of the show and has been advising high-level corporate and public clients in communications for 20 years now. Today on episode 13 of Speak like a CEO, she tells us all about what it takes to go from good to great, what executives can learn from start ups and how life sometimes ends up taking you places you don’t always expect. But in the end, Bettina says it best: if you don’t try anything new, nothing new is going to happen.  Stay tuned for some great stories about coaching in different cultures, how to manage your energy how to avoid the salami tactic when faced with a crisis….  Enjoy! 
31:51
February 15, 2019
BONUS EPISODE #2 - WE LOVE SPACE!
On this week's bonus episode we answer your Instagram questions about space after recording our latest episode with BDLI managing director Volker Thum! We even wore our NASA shirts for the occasion! Enjoy! 
11:44
February 13, 2019
#12 - IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE! ft VOLKER THUM
The year, 2019. It's been 50 years since man landed on the moon, and today the universe seems full of possibilities.  From science done on the International Space Station to travelling to Mars, our guest today, Volker Thum, knows everything there is to know about space. He's the CEO of the German Aerospace Industries Association. In his role, he has to talk about some very technical and complicated topics. But not only does he love space, but he loves talking about it in ways everyone can understand. He lets us in on everything from negotiation tactics to dealing with contentious opinions on drones, as well as how technology can and does affect our daily lives as well as in the skies.  On today's episode we ask ourselves: Why space? Why does it fascinate us? Why do we love it so much? And our guest says it best: it all comes down to our curious nature as well as our desire to explore what's out there. Enjoy! 
27:56
February 8, 2019
#11 - BE COOL, BE HUMBLE ft DOREEN HUBER
What do you get when you talk numbers over drinks? Drumbers! Today we are talking to Doreen Huber, CEO of LemonCat, the company with the mission to radically change the way businesses think about catering by bringing better food to your office. With LemonCat being her fourth startup Doreen tells us about the secret, or rather the science behind sales, her attitude towards founding the right company as well as her experience with angel investing.  Doreen is positive that catering is not about the product, it’s about the experience, an attitude she seems to apply to all parts of her life.  Plus, she lets us into her and her team’s favourite Friday activity…an evening of "Drumbers" where talking numbers can also be a fun and social event! Enjoy!
31:05
February 1, 2019
#10 - ICH BIN EIN BERLINER ft BURKHARD KIEKER
Ever wonder what George Clooney and gentrification have in common? They both love Berlin.  Today we talk to the man behind Berlin’s personal branding, Burkhard Kieker, CEO of Visit Berlin, the city’s very own cultural sector marketing agency. He tells us all about Berlin’s history, how it’s grown to allow it’s citizens the freedom to chose and develop their own lifestyles. But Berlin has its own challenges, from the debate surrounding over-tourism to gentrification. But despite all that, from booming start-ups to a thriving art scene and much more, Berlin surely has branded itself as the place to be. After all, despite WWII, contrasting ideologies and a 140 kilometre wall, the internet search word most associated with Berlin remains the same: freedom. 
22:37
January 25, 2019
#9 - NO BULLSHIT ft SOPHIE CHUNG
Meet no-bullshit CEO Sophie Chung.  She’s the founder behind Qunomedical and this week, she tells us all about journey into making healthcare digital and more accessible for all.  Besides being an avid climber and black-belt martial artist, Sophie is passionate about spreading and gaining knowledge about digitalization and how it can better our lives, both on and offline. She tells us all about her decision to be open on social media, the emotional side of healthcare, and the difficulties of being a CEO and much more. Enjoy! 
30:57
January 18, 2019
#8 - MEET YOUR VIRTUAL CONCIERGE ft OLGA HEUSER
Wouldn’t we all love to have a virtual concierge? Olga Heuser, CEO and founder of DialogShift, started her company to fill the communication gap between hotels and their customers. We talk to her about customer experience, AI, bots and the future of communications. Although Olga herself doesn’t keep much of an online presence (she tells us why she made the choice), she talks us through the shift towards text messaging over phone calls, emails or even face to face communications…but also what challenges text message based communications can face. Olga makes the case for using messaging as a key business feature, although she isn’t convinced it will completely replace human interaction…yet! Enjoy!
30:20
December 14, 2018
#7 - LOOK ME IN THE A.I.s ft ANNA LUKASSON
Meet the woman here to demistify AI. Anna Lukasson, CEO of artificial intelligence company Nyris, tells us all about her journey from working at a large consultancy, to founding her company alongside her brother and what that new (what she calls telepathic) relationship entails. Anna lets us in on how to prepare the perfect meeting, how outsourcing can save your time management and the intricacies of joining an accelerator programme. Enjoy!
25:05
December 7, 2018
#6 - A CEO FROM 9 to 5? ft GEORGIANA GHICIUC
Can you be a CEO while working 9 to 5? Georgiana Ghiciuc, CEO of both blockchain magazine Occurency and digital marketing agency Beaglecat, shows us that it can be done! Georgiana gives us a deep dive into the Berlin blockchain scene and the difficulties behind communicating what can be perceived as such a complicated topic. We talk to Georgiana on how to create “WOW content”, how to stand out in a sea of online articles, juggling both motherhood and a career and much more. Enjoy!
26:37
November 30, 2018
#5 - PUT YOUR ENERGY WHERE YOUR PASSION IS ft. CHRISTOPH RAETHKE
Today we talk to jack-of-all-trades Christoph Raethke, a Berlin start-up original, on the genesis of the culture, the power a good pitch, how to found the “right thing” and much more. Christoph is the CEO of Berlin Startup Academy, and has been a startup founder, investor, writer, speaker, and mentor for almost 20 years. Tune in to hear about his latest sobering experience in California and why he thinks San Francisco might no longer the place to be…Enjoy!
42:07
November 23, 2018
#4 - "WHY FLAT HIERARCHIES DON'T WORK" ft. RAFFAELA REIN
What if flat hierarchies could ruin your company...? Welcome to Episode #4. Our guest today is Raffaela Rein, co-founder of online course platform CareerFoundry. She has been named amongst the Top Women in Tech by Forbes as well as European Innovator of the Year by StartupEurope. On the show, we speak about using Instagram to build your personal brand, the potential disadvantages of flat hierarchies, public speaking as well as who we look up to for inspiration. Enjoy!
22:59
November 16, 2018
BONUS EPISODE #1 - IT'S ALL ABOUT PASSION
What if we told you passion was one of the keys to success? Welcome to our first podcast bonus episode. Last week, we hosted a panel discussion on communicating like a leader. Our all-star panel included Raffaela Rein (CareerFoundry) Christoph Raethke (Berlin Startup Academy), Patrick Gruhn (replex.io) and Nelli Hergenrother (evenly). Panel hosts Oliver Aust from Eo Ipso Communications and Bettina Hausmann from bhconsult spoke to Lena about the the main takeaways of the event and how sometimes there is more to passion than meets the eye...
18:00
November 15, 2018
#3 - GO AHEAD, GIVE ME FEEDBACK ft NELLI HERGENRÖTHER
Welcome to episode #3. Our guest is Nelli Hergenröther, CEO of software consultancy Evenly. On this episode, we cover what goes into making the perfect app, what type of communication goes into turning an idea into a product and the importance of asking for feedback...even when it might be difficult. Enjoy!
30:56
November 9, 2018
#2 - THE TRUE FACE OF NETWORKING ft. ROTEM CARMELY
Welcome to Episode #2! Today we talk to Rotem Carmely, CEO and founder of Clustered. She tells us about the journey behind founding her company, her initial love-hate relationship with the city of Berlin and tips on being yourself when faced with sometimes daunting professional situations. We know it can sometimes difficult to find your tribe, but remember, everyone is in the same boat! Enjoy!
39:32
November 6, 2018
#1 - DOWN IN THE VALLEY ft. PATRICK GRUHN
This is the very first episode of SLACEO! We talk to Patrick Gruhn, co-founder of the Silicon Valley Startup Replex. On the show, he talks about the hurdles of launching your own company and how perceptions might matter more than we think. He also let's us in on why we'll never catch him wearing Birkenstocks and gives us an answer to the question we've all been waiting for: where's the place to be right now, San Francisco or Berlin? Enjoy!
37:22
November 2, 2018
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