Talking Business

Talking Business

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By GB
‘Being yourself is good for business’ 👊

I’m George / @georgebettany and I run a company called Sanctus / @sanctus

Everyday I upload my personal voicenotes and share how I’m feeling and what I’m really thinking as I run the business

I also upload a longer episode every week with co-host Scott (Creative Director at Sanctus) and we get some of my friends on the podcast to ‘talk business’ with me, from investors and entrepreneurs to athletes and youtubers

‘Straight from the heart’ ❤️

GB x
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#72 8,000 listen(er)s 🔥
Out the way Gary Vee, watch out Tim Ferris ... we’re going right to the very top of the business charts - GB x
01:12
October 15, 2019
#71 I’m buzzing
In this one it’s Monday morning and I’ve just come out of a great meeting with one of our partners :) GB x
03:11
October 15, 2019
#70 My first week back in the office
In this one I talk about my first week back in the office and how it feels working with people that encourage you and want you to do well - GB x
05:14
October 14, 2019
#69 I took a month off
In this one I talk about taking a month off work after feeling extremely burnt out and how it feels coming back to London and back into the company - GB x
06:32
October 3, 2019
#68 What even is therapy?
What even is therapy I don’t know what is going on in there I recorded this straight after my last session Something special is happening but I have no idea how
03:19
September 4, 2019
#67 I’m taking a break
In this one I talk about my last voicenote ’I’m feeling depressed’ and why I’m taking a break
01:51
August 13, 2019
Am I a good boss? | Episode 17
In this episode I invite George and Vic, early employees at Sanctus, on the podcast to answer some difficult questions ... Am I a good boss? What’s the most difficult thing about working with me? What was your first impression of me? How would you rate me as a boss /10? — GB x
43:12
July 29, 2019
#66 I’m feeling depressed
...
02:18
July 27, 2019
Why business? | Episode 16 (My Story)
In this episode, I talk about my “why” - why I love business, why it’s my passion and why I want to do it differently I’m joined by Scott and George and I didn’t really like this episode at first because it’s all about me and I get interrogated on the difficult stuff - failure, rejection, struggles with my own mental health - it’s the first time I’ve ever talked about any of this They ask me how I got to Sanctus, from playing professional football and doing magic tricks, to setting up my businesses, dropping out of Uni and then running away from it all - I’ve never shared any of this before either and it gets pretty dark to be honest It’s my story so far so hopefully it explains how I got here and why I care so much about finding your purpose, your passion and being yourself - GB x
1:18:07
July 18, 2019
#65 I’ve been on autopilot
Ive been cruising, going through the motions, I’ve been on autopilot and on Monday it all came crashing down - GB x
05:29
July 12, 2019
#64 Why I need a therapist
In this one I talk about why I need a therapist - GB x
05:05
July 3, 2019
#63 We’re losing money
In this one I talk about the fact that Sanctus is losing money I talk about why we’re losing money and how it feels telling the team and talking about it publicly GB x
07:45
June 30, 2019
#62 I’ve been doing couples therapy
In this one I talk about doing ‘couples therapy’ for the last 2 years and how weird it’s been for me to get used to and understand - at first I was sceptical and didn’t think it would be a good investment, but I’m now starting to see the impact - GB x
08:10
June 12, 2019
#61 My investors are listening to this
This week I found out that one of our investors has been listening to my voicenotes ... I also know that some of our biggest customers follow me on insta and most of my employees follow or listen too - In this one I talk about how it feels to know they’re listening and how me being real on here has impacted me and the company - GB x
06:44
June 7, 2019
#60 My new role at Sanctus
#60 This one is a big update on my role (and James’ - my cofounder) that I shared internally with everyone in the company ahead of our Q2 strategy meeting last month. This is the first time I’ve ever publicly shared one of my internal voicenotes so I’ve debated putting this one out as it feels very personal and quite exposing It’s a proper look into what I do and the company so let me know what you think :) GB x
05:24
June 1, 2019
Talking Business with Haydn Elliott | Episode 15
In this episode we’re talking business with Haydn Elliott Haydn is the host of The Inspiration Space Podcast and co-owner of F45 Oxford Circus I met Haydn for the first time in 2017 when he asked me to come on his podcast and since then we’ve become good friends In this one Haydn talks about how starting his podcast and building it on his own from nothing helped him rebuild his confidence and self-belief after struggling with his mental health He describes it as just ‘exhausting’ and like ‘going 12 rounds every day’ and as Scottie asks more questions I can tell it’s the first time he’s spoken about some of this stuff ... Haydn also talks about what he’s learned about himself building F45, his gym in Oxford Circus that he runs with his best mate Tristan Smith, and we talk about everything from what drives him, to what he’s proud of and how he balances his ‘inner chimp’ with being himself Haydn’s pure passion for life and for health & fitness (both mental & physical) is pretty special and his realness in an industry that is often criticised for lacking authenticity is inspiring Absolutely top guy and one of the people I feel lucky to have got to know and met through doing what I do - hope you enjoy :) GB x
52:02
May 31, 2019
#59 Toughest month of my career
In this one I talk about how a shift in my role at Sanctus has impacted me and how the last few weeks have probably been the hardest I’ve ever had to work through. Completely lacked belief in myself, didn’t really want to go to work, and didn’t want to talk about it when I got home. I didn’t know what to do and I had no idea where to start - GB x
04:02
May 24, 2019
#58 We’re moving on
#58 In this one I talk about how I’m feeling on the last day in the office before we move into our new one ... we’ve been in here since the very beginning when it was just me and James sharing a desk so it’s a weird feeling - GB x
04:14
April 25, 2019
#57 YES YES YES
#57 In this one I reflect on the impact this podcast has had on me and on some of you who listen ... YES - GB x
02:07
April 20, 2019
Talking Business with Howard Kingston | Episode 14
In this episode we're Talking Business with Howard Kingston Howard is the founder of Velocity Academy and Adludio (formerly Future Ad Labs) In this episode Howard talks to us about: - How he was driven by fear and a willingness to prove that he wasn't a 'f*ck up' in the early days - How his education and being kicked out of school impacted him - How the energy of what drives him today has changed as he's learned more about himself - What it felt like building and running one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the country - How he is still learning to be more real and vulnerable in business I've known Howard since 2012 when we were both starting out and were on the same tech accelerator together Back then Howard was a huge inspiration for me and to see how his journey has played out since then has been amazing - for some reason I got quite emotional in this episode as we talked about how far he’d come and what he’d been through Howard is one of the best I've ever met, and possibly the most driven, ambitious, determined individual I know, and it was an absolute pleasure catching up with him - hope you enjoy :)  GB x
48:18
April 17, 2019
#56 Working with my best mate
In this one I talk about working with my best mate, how an event last week that upset him also massively impacted me, and the ups and downs of working together for 7/8 years - GB x
07:49
April 16, 2019
#55 Living for the week
In this one I talk about how I live for the week ... not the weekend - GB x
03:55
April 15, 2019
#54 Play the long game
#54 In this one I talk about how I’m feeling tired, and how I’ve been speaking to the team and other founders who are also feeling the same way - GB x
03:07
April 12, 2019
#53 What it feels like being in charge
#53 In this one I talk about our quarterly review (Q1, 2019) and what it feels like running it and being in charge - GB x
04:49
April 11, 2019
Talking Business with Joanna Montgomery | Episode 13
In this episode we’re Talking Business with Joanna Montgomery Jo is the founder and CEO of Little Riot Her first product Pillow Talk went viral online as a project at University and over the last 9 years she has built the company and launched the product to 1000s of customers In this episode Jo talks about: - the emotional struggle of building the company on her own - how she has dealt with the hate-mail - the toll the last 9 years had on her physical/mental health - how she became Britain’s strongest woman (?!) - her shocking experience of working with investors as a female entrepreneur This has been the most personal episode we’ve recorded and it was amazing to hear more of Jo’s story and what she’s learned about herself along the way ... Super honest, absolute grafter and a genuinely caring person who just wants to do good in the world and have a positive impact on people’s lives Have a listen, let me know what you think and I hope you enjoy :) GB x
53:47
April 9, 2019
#52 I’m angry
In this one I’m pissed off after hearing about another business going bust - on the outside / social media they looked like they were smashing it - the founder has since written an open letter explaining what was really happening on the inside - why can’t we be f*cking real in business? We need to cut the bullsh*t, change the culture and show that honesty and authenticity is good - GB x
03:31
April 9, 2019
#51 Is this the happiest I’ve ever been?
In this one I talk about the good stuff that’s going on in my life at the minute, why I feel happy and fulfilled and how I also feel scared that I could lose it all tomorrow - GB x
05:44
April 8, 2019
#50 My first therapy experience / follow-up
Quick follow-up to my last voicenote now I’ve had some time to calm down and process it - GB x
03:57
April 5, 2019
#49 After my first therapy session (Not good)
Not sure what else to say about this one ... GB x
11:38
April 5, 2019
#48 Before my first therapy session
In this one I record a quick voicenote moments before my first ever therapy session to capture how I’m feeling and I talk about how I’m now worried that I’ve told too many people about it ... including my Dad! GB x
04:36
April 5, 2019
#47 I love business
In this one I talk about why I haven’t uploaded our last talking business episode and why I love business so much - GB x
05:59
April 3, 2019
#46 I didn’t want to go to work yesterday
In this one I explain why I didn’t really want to go to work on Monday and why I bottled saying it on here until now - GB x
02:58
April 2, 2019
#45 I’m doing therapy
In this one I talk about why I’m doing therapy, how I’m feeling about it and why/how I’m going to document the process - GB x
05:09
April 1, 2019
#44 Back to basics
In this one I talk about some of the things I’m having to think about at the minute from finding a new office to hiring and running a comedy club! - GB x
05:06
March 29, 2019
#43 Are we growing too quickly?
In this one I talk about how the business is expanding and how we’re balancing fast organic growth with high extremely high standards of quality and safety - GB x
05:16
March 27, 2019
Talking Business with James Connelly | Episode 12
In this episode we’re talking business with James Connelly James is the founder of Fetch, a company he started back in 2009 when he was just 23, and in 2014 the company was acquired by Dentsu Aegis for a reported $48m. Fast forward to today, and 10 days ago James announced that he was stepping down from the company and in his own words ‘having a gap year’ In this episode James talks about: - why he decided to step down - how it feels not having a job anymore - how it felt running a big company in his 20’s - how he balanced his ‘polished’ image vs. being his real self at work - what it feels like to make a lot of money (‘James are you a millionaire?’) - how he’s trying to be more open and honest online for the first time and what that feels like — James has been a big inspiration for me as a young entrepreneur and I absolutely loved talking to him about business and life in this episode - I hope you enjoy too :) Ps. Make sure you follow James on insta @iamjamesconnelly GB x
49:43
March 26, 2019
#42 What is my role?
In this one I talk about how my role is constantly changing, and how me and James have to think about our roles as co-founders, and think about the roles of the team - GB x
05:11
March 25, 2019
#41 Why I’m not drinking for 2 months
#41 Why I’m not drinking for 2 months What started this? Why am I telling everyone? Why my mates don’t understand and how I’m feeling about it all - GB x
04:34
March 25, 2019
#40 I want to do more
In this one I talk about public speaking, how much I love it, and how I want to do more - GB x
04:36
March 23, 2019
Talking Business with Jason Stockwood | Episode 11
In this episode we’re Talking Business with Jason Stockwood Jason is the Vice Chairman of Simply Business and it’s difficult to sum up his career in a paragraph ... Vice-Chairman & CEO at Simply Business (acquired for £400m in 2017) Non-Exec at Skyscanner MD of Match.com & Lastminute.com Simply Business won ‘best place to work in the UK’ in ‘15 & ‘16 Jason was voted ‘Best Leader in the UK’ in 2016 and in 2018 he published his first book ‘Reboot’ Jason has also invested in 25 companies, including Sanctus. In this episode Jason talks to us about: - how making money isn’t the end goal - how growing up on a council estate and studying philosophy translated to being good at business - why the existential question ‘who are you?’ drives him so much - how it felt to make a life-changing amount of money - why genuinely caring about people has been good for business — Jason is one of the most successful people I know but also one of the most genuine and I felt lucky to get the chance to sit down and talk business with him for an hour - hope you enjoy :) GB x
1:02:47
March 22, 2019
#39 Getting to know millionaires
In this one I talk about what it’s been like getting to know some of the most successful people I’ve ever met and how it feels to get the chance to sit down and talk business & life with them on the podcast - GB x
04:13
March 21, 2019
#38 Talking about suicide
In this one I talk about suicide ...
03:49
March 20, 2019
#37 I’m actually good at my job
In this one I talk about how I’m actually starting to believe that I’m good at my job ...
05:43
March 15, 2019
#36 I finally got my teeth fixed
In this one I talk about my teeth and why they’ve affected me so much | #36 I finally got my teeth fixed
03:18
March 15, 2019
Talking Business with James | Episode 10
In this episode we’re Talking Business with James James is my best mate and co-founder @sanctus and in this one we talk about one topic in particular ... ‘How you do business is more important then why you do business’ We started by talking about the concept of a ‘glassbox brand’ and how companies have nowhere to hide anymore now that people get to see behind the scenes through social media and platforms like Tripadvisor, Glassdoor and even Netflix. We talk about companies like Revolut, SportsDirect, Boohoo and Qantas and Scott asks us about how we run Sanctus and what that’s been like for us - we also do a round-up of our last 3 guests ... Tom, Damien & Mills This is the kind of conversation me and James have every day so it was fun to get him on the podcast and Talk Business - it won’t be the last time we have him on! I’d love to know what people think about this topic - email me on george@sanctus.io if you have any thoughts/feedback - hope you enjoy :)
46:56
March 13, 2019
#35 I’m scared of giving away our finances
#035 I’m scared of giving away our finances In this one I talk about building the finance team, giving away control and how I feel about it 😱💰* I also talk about avoiding finance with my last business and looking back, although others managed it, I wish I’d been more involved - GB x
04:21
March 12, 2019
#34 I’m being made redundant
#34 I’m being made redundant
04:39
March 12, 2019
Talking Business with Mills | Episode 9
Talking Business with Mills | Episode 9 Mills is the co-founder of ustwo, a company he has built w/ best mate Sinx over the last 15 years, with 100s of employees and studios all over the world More recently Mills has built and invested in many different companies and last year he also launched his podcast ‘THE JFDI CAST’ In this episode Mills talks about: - how it feels putting your purest, realest self out online and at work every day - what he’s learning about himself working with his therapist - what it’s like being yourself when running a big company and you’re losing millions of £££s Mills has been a huge inspiration for me ... he was the first person to show me that you really can be yourself in business and this is probably the most excited and emotional I’ve been on the podcast ... There’s some serious nuggets of wisdom inside Mills’ brain and the more he talks the more gold we find so it’s worth listening all the way through to the end and I hope you enjoy :) GB x
1:08:48
March 10, 2019
#33 Is being yourself good/bad for business?! (my inspiration)
In this one I talk about who has inspired me most when it comes being yourself in business ... #33 Is being yourself good/bad for business?! (my inspiration)
03:05
March 8, 2019
Talking Business with Damien Lane | Episode 8
In this episode we’re Talking Business with Damien Lane - Damien is a partner at Episode 1 VC and a prolific angel investor - in this one Damien talks about what it’s like ‘being himself’ as an investor, how he’s made his money, stories from some of his favourite investments and Damien is also an investor in Sanctus so we talk about our relationship and how great/challenging we are to work with - Hope you enjoy! GB x
54:34
March 5, 2019
#32 Self-awareness is a superpower
In this one I talk about how some of my friends (and me) are developing new levels of self-awareness and theres a huge upside ... it’s a superpower | #32 Self-awareness is a superpower
04:50
February 27, 2019
#31 How I unexpectedly met Gary Vee (starstruck)
Last night I went to an event and unexpectedly got thrown in front of Gary Vee ... GB x
07:40
February 21, 2019
#30 Play the long game
Yesterday in the gym I got approached by a PT but his approach wasn’t what I expected - Play the long game - GB x
03:24
February 20, 2019
#29 Meeting one of the biggest brands in the world today (nervous)
Today I met one of the biggest brands in the world and I was nervous ... not much more to say on this one! - GB x
02:59
February 18, 2019
Talking Business with Tom Salmon | Episode 7
FROM PLAYING AT GLASTONBURY TO DRAGONS DEN • . In episode 7 we’re talking business with one of our investors ... . Tom is an entrepreneur + angel investor and has an amazing story where he started his career in a band playing at Glastonbury ... . Tom talks about how he made his money and got to where he his building his most recent company profitably from the ground up . Scott asks the questions and asks Tom ... - Why he invested in Sanctus? - Does he want to make money or have social impact? - Does he want us to sell the company? . I absolutely loved getting to know Tom more and I hope you enjoy it :) . GB x
41:33
February 15, 2019
GB Voicenotes #028 | I’m scared of failing
I’ve met with a few people this week who have all said the same thing to me ... I’m scared of failing ... something that’s held me back a lot and holds everyone back ... it’s a massive topic that I’ll cover in a full episode on Talking Business at some point but I wanted to get my thoughts down in this voicenote first - GB x
05:27
February 15, 2019
GB Voicenotes #027 | Being yourself is good for business
In this one I talk about how recording the next episode of Talking Business with Tom, one of my investors, and Scott, has reminded me why I’m doing this podcast - GB x
02:51
February 15, 2019
GB Voicenotes #026 | Keeping my feelings below the surface
In this one I talk about some of the feelings I’ve been keeping below the surface, some of what I’ve learned about myself recently, and how the experience of Sanctus coach @valentina has helped me see things differently - GB x
06:13
February 14, 2019
GB Voicenotes #025 | I’m going to the gym at 7am every day
In this one I talk about my new morning routine - 6am wake up, 7am gym, 8am ice shower - and I talk about what this has done for my mindset at work - GB x
03:26
February 13, 2019
GB Voicenotes #024 | 2000 listen(er)s 😍
In this one I talk about how long it took to get 1000 listeners compared to 2000 listen(er)s ... I talk about what life’s like at Sanctus right now & how I’m keeping the right frame of mind, and I have some exciting news GB x
02:51
February 12, 2019
Would we sell Sanctus? | Episode 6 w/@jdroutledge
In this episode we’re Talking Business with my best mate/co-founder @jdroutledge - we talk about our 50-year vision and business plan, why a 5-year exit plan can cause problems, and what we’d do if we were offered £10m tomorrow - WOULD WE SELL SANCTUS? | Ep. 6 w/ @jdroutledge
49:32
February 9, 2019
GB Voicenotes #023 | No more voicenotes
This is a personal voicenote I sent to Scott ...
03:09
January 29, 2019
GB Voicenotes #022 | Selling Sanctus £££
GB Voicenotes #022 | Selling Sanctus £££ - In this episode I talk about selling mental health, and selling Sanctus to get my Rolex and Ferrari
05:03
January 5, 2019
GB Voicenotes #021 | Getting perspective in 2019
My first voicenote of 2019 - in this one I talk about how being at home with friends and family gave me perspective on things ... it was also a reminder of how much more work we need to do at Sanctus
05:25
January 4, 2019
GB Voicenotes #020 | I can’t keep up
GB Voicenotes #020 | I can’t keep up
02:50
November 29, 2018
GB Voicenotes #019 | I’ve not been doing well
GB Voicenotes #019 | I’ve not been doing well
03:47
November 15, 2018
GB Voicenotes #018 | 1000 Listen(er)s
GB Voicenotes #018 | 1000 Listen(er)s
04:15
October 30, 2018
GB Voicenotes #017 | Don’t start a business
I recorded this one last Friday after a long week and didn’t upload it because I didn’t think it was any good ... but that’s not very Talking Business so f*ck it I’m uploading it now and I don’t care what you think 👀 ... (here’s a few snippets) ... ‘It’s a Decathlon not a sprint’ ‘Don’t start a business’ ‘AVOID AT ALL COSTS!’ 😂 - GB x
03:18
October 24, 2018
GB Voicenotes #016 | I need a break
It’s 2 years today since we incorporated Sanctus as a real company but the last few months have been really tough and I need a break ...
04:59
October 17, 2018
GB Voicenotes #015 | World Mental Health Day gone wrong 🤬
GB Voicenotes #015 | World Mental Health Day gone wrong 🤬
04:06
October 10, 2018
GB Voicenotes #014 | I want things to be perfect
GB Voicenotes #014 | I want things to be perfect
03:06
October 5, 2018
BEING BULLIED & GETTING HATE Episode 5
BEING BULLIED & GETTING HATE | Episode 5
31:57
October 4, 2018
GB Voicenotes #013 | This isn’t fun
GB Voicenotes #013 | This isn’t fun
02:36
October 2, 2018
GB Voicenotes #012 | Do things you quite like
GB Voicenotes #012 | Do things you quite like
04:48
September 27, 2018
GB Voicenotes #011 | What do I do?
GB Voicenote #011 | What do I do?
04:10
September 25, 2018
AM I A GOOD BOSS? | Episode 4
In this episode I ask Scottie ... 'Am I a good boss?' ... for the first time I say why I really hired him and we talk about the importance of being honest - GB x
30:20
September 24, 2018
GB Voicenotes #010 | Switch off! (Don’t listen)
GB Voicenotes #010 | Switch off! (Don’t listen)
02:29
September 24, 2018
MILLIONAIRE AT 25 | Episode 3
MILLIONAIRE AT 25 | Episode 3
29:49
September 20, 2018
GB Voicenotes #009 | My 8am Sanctus Session (nervous)
GB Voicenotes #009 | My 8am Sanctus Session (nervous) ... In this one I'm about to have my 1-1 session with my Sanctus coach and I'm nervous ...
02:27
September 19, 2018
GB Voicenotes #008 | F*ck the business plan
In this one I talk about why we now need a business plan more than ever, how it’s constantly changing, and how in the early days having a 42 page business plan with a SWOT analysis and 5 year financial projections really didn’t matter ...
04:31
September 18, 2018
GB Voicenotes #007 | Selling watches on a Sunday
GB Voicenotes #007 | Selling watches on a Sunday
02:08
September 16, 2018
GB Voicenotes #006 | Our biggest week ever ...
GB Voicenotes #006 | Our biggest week ever ...
01:28
September 14, 2018
GB Voicenotes #005 | 60sec review of Episode 2
GB Voicenotes #005 | 60sec review of Episode 2
01:22
September 13, 2018
AM I GOOD ENOUGH? Episode 2
AM I GOOD ENOUGH? | Episode 2
26:26
September 13, 2018
GB Voicenotes #004 | I’m tired of this
GB Voicenotes #004 | I'm tired of this
02:40
September 12, 2018
GB Voicenotes #003 | How we got on Sky News?!
GB Voicenotes #003 | How we got on Sky News?!
02:53
September 11, 2018
GB Voicenotes #002 | I’ve fired myself!! 😱
It’s Monday morning and I’ve fired myself! 😱
02:51
September 10, 2018
GB Voicenotes #001 | No one cares!
So I’ve got my first episode out and no ones listened ... no one cares!
01:23
September 7, 2018
WHAT IS TALKING BUSINESS? Episode 1
In the first episode of Talking Business I talk to Scottie about why the podcast has already failed, why I want to do it, and whats next ... GB x
27:38
September 6, 2018
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