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#044: David Makin | Axil Coffee Roasters

11/12/2018
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David Makin, along with his partner Zoe, Founded Axil Coffee Roasters. Dave completed a bachelor of Business in catering and hotel management before spending a fair bit of time in the service industry. He worked for a coffee company and ran several cafes before turning his attention to the competitive side of coffee making. He became the runner-up in the World Barista Championships, is two-time Australian Barista Champion and four-time Victorian Barista Champion. Axil's speciality...

Duration:00:47:33

#043: Leath Nicholson & Veroshan Sripragasan | Nicholson Ryan Lawyers

10/8/2018
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This episode features Leath Nicholson and Veroshan Sripragasan of Nicholson Ryan Lawyers. Leath graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws (Commercial Law) from Monash University. He was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1997 and since then has practised extensively in corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution. Leath co-founded the firm now known as Nicholson Ryan in 2008 and has acted for a range of clients, including...

Duration:00:56:39

#042: Matt Reynolds | Technology in Plumbing

9/4/2018
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I was recently asked to present my thoughts and ideas about the changing technology landscape in a talk for the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association. Here's the recording... During the talk, I covered: To find out more about the Master Plumbers, head to plumber.com.au. You can find me on Facebook. If you enjoy Trench Talk, please remember to hit the subscribe button inside your chosen podcast player, more episodes can be found at xrm.com.au/podcast Enjoy Trench Talk...

Duration:00:27:47

#041: Peter Daly | Master Plumbers

7/30/2018
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Peter Daly is the CEO of the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association. Peter is a civil engineer by trade and spent some 17 years at the RACV before joining the Master Plumbers in 2018. The Master Plumbers is Australia’s largest plumbing industry association and an industry leader for more than 125 years. It is a trusted source of information, advice and expertise for members, the industry, government and the wider community. Master Plumbers has approximately 160 employees...

Duration:00:48:05

#040: Chris Smith | Happy HR

6/25/2018
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Chris Smith is the Founder of both Yolk Agency and Happy HR. Chris left home at just 14 years old and started washing cars to make his rent payments. It wasn’t long before the intuitive entrepreneur expanded his business in a somewhat unusual way - baking apple pies for his clients whose cars he was cleaning. He eventually found his way to a commercial kitchen and began training under some of the world’s most well-known chefs. In 2000, aged 23, Chris hung up his chef’s apron to establish a...

Duration:01:17:29

#039: Theo Venter | Just Another Day

6/10/2018
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Theo Venter is the only known man to survive a 22,000-volt electrical shock and a motivational speaker focusing on workplace safety. An electrical linesman by trade, Theo has worked in the high voltage business for over 23 years. After leaving his home country of South Africa, Theo and his family immigrated to Australia where his trade was in high demand. He commenced work as a contractor in Australia working on a major electricity network where he had a huge workplace accident while...

Duration:00:53:39

#038: Sachi Wickramage | i4Tradies

4/16/2018
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Sachi Wickramage (@sachiwickramage) is a Jury Member of the United Nations’ World Summit Awards Global Contest, a panel that selects and promotes the world’s best Disruptive Digital Innovation Technologies with a Positive Impact on Society. He is also appointed as the National Expert for Australia by the UN WSA to spearhead the World Summit Awards Australian Chapter. In addition to all of that, Sachi is the Chief Operating Officer at i4Tradies. Prior to joining i4Tradies in 2017, Sachi...

Duration:01:22:04

#037: Dave Porter | PorterVac

3/20/2018
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Dave Porter (@daveporter) is the Founder of PorterVac, Australia’s only specialist vacuum gutter cleaning service employing qualified roof tilers and the latest cutting edge technology. The neat thing about Dave’s story is that he started at ground zero. He’s a former roof tiler but knew his time as a roofer was limited, so he closed down the business and went back to the drawing board. He took a chance, started PorterVac and now has a growing business which employs over 30 people. During...

Duration:00:43:10

#036: Jerome Beekmans | Mr Electric

3/5/2018
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Jerome Beekmans (@jeromebeekmans) is the owner the franchise group Mr Electric Australia. Jerome is a 3rd generation electrician who’s had some great times in the building industry but he’s also had to endure, like many have, some tough times as well. It’s a familiar story for those of you who know the trade sector well; you build your business, grow, take on bigger and bigger work, until, eventually, you run into a client who doesn’t pay you for the work you have completed. For Jerome,...

Duration:01:01:00

#035: Ryan Trainor | BSchool

2/20/2018
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Ryan Trainor (@ryantrainor) is a serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder at BSchool (@bschool_aus). Ryan is an extremely humble guy who would never say it himself, but he's accomplished more in business and life than many of us have probably ever thought possible. He sold his first company to Wilson Parking, sold his second company to the Washington Post, has been on the BRW Young Rich List, has built schools in India, is a former Carlton Football Club Board Member and Vice-President, and just...

Duration:01:27:42

#034: Simon Griffiths | Who Gives A Crap

2/12/2018
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Simon Griffiths (@simongriffiths) is a toilet paper merchant and Co-Founder at Who Gives A Crap. A little over five years ago, Simon sat on a toilet for 50 straight hours as a publicity stunt to raise awareness for their crowd funding campaign. The plan was to start a toilet paper company and it worked, far better than they ever thought possible! They raised $50,000 and the company that donates 50% of its profits to help solve sanitation problems in emerging countries was off the...

Duration:00:55:06

#033: Amy Kilpin | Triathlete

1/23/2018
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Amy Kilpin (@akilpin) runs her own marketing agency and is an age group triathlete, racing for Great Britain. Amy has some of the most popular brands in the world of Triathlon supporting and sponsoring her journey, though, in her own words, she’s never really won one of the big races. We covered a little on her training, how she has set up her business so she can operate from the road and travel to races, plus, how she landed sponsors before she really got going in the sport. Not all...

Duration:00:50:38

#032: Colin Wright | Exile Lifestyle

1/15/2018
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Colin Wright (@colinismyname) is an author who travels full-time. Originally from California, Colin started and ran a branding studio in Los Angeles. After experiencing some financial success, he refocused his attention on being happier, healthier, and doing work he believes in; which meant a dramatic adjustment to the metrics of how he measured success. Shortly thereafter he got rid of everything he owned that didn’t fit into a carry-on bag and hit the road. That was in 2009, he has...

Duration:01:02:44

30 from 30 | 2017 Highlights

1/1/2018
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30 Highlights from 2017 featuring – #001: Scotty Cam | The Block #002: Justin Burgoine | Kincrome #003: Shane Jacobson | Kenny #004: Ross Savas | Kay & Burton #005: Andrew Cotton | Big Wave Surfer #006: Trav Bell | The Bucket List Guy #007: Ben Sofowora | Be Empowered Naturally #008: Anthony Koutoufides | koutafit.com #009: Steve McKnight | propertyinvesting.com #010: Walt Collins | Healthy Homes Australia #011: Jade Ingleby & Hayley Bishop | Jugging Work & Family #012: Steve...

Duration:02:22:52

#030: Renee Kiley | Professional Triathlete

12/18/2017
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Renee Kiley (@reneekiley_) has transformed herself from an overweight business owner at 104kgs to a professional triathlete in just 3.5 years. In 2013 at 30 years old, Renee was the owner of multiple successful small businesses, had an extensive investment property portfolio and was earning a very good income. Life looked fantastic on the surface. However, she was also obsessed with work, obese at 104kg, a heavy smoker, unhealthy and unhappy. In March 2014, Renee competed in her first...

Duration:01:07:38

#029: Logan Nathan | i4Tradies

12/11/2017
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Logan Nathan (@logannathan) has developed and built an app for the building and maintenance industry called i4Tradies. He’s also an electronics engineer, Microsoft Brand Ambassador and former employee of BHP where he rolled out the first IBM PS2 machine (the most powerful computer at the time), before then, a little later, introducing the first Apple Macintosh computer to the BHP network. Logan has also worked for Cathay Pacific and Alliance in similar roles. He has spent a career pushing...

Duration:01:17:31

#028: Ben Sofowora | Meditation 3

11/25/2017
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Ben Sofowora (@bensofowora) has put together a 3-part introductory series on meditation for you, this is part 3 (episode 28). Please navigate back to episode 25 of the podcast for the full series introduction. Episode 26 is a quick meditation designed to help you release stress. It can be done in any position, even seated so this works perfectly in busy places like seated at an office desk or in a stationary car (parked safely). Episode 27 is a slightly longer meditation designed to help...

Duration:00:19:34

#027: Ben Sofowora | Meditation 2

11/25/2017
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Ben Sofowora (@bensofowora) has put together a 3-part introductory series on meditation for you, this is part 2 (episode 27). Please navigate back to episode 25 of the podcast for the full series introduction. Episode 26 is a quick meditation designed to help you release stress. It can be done in any position, even seated so this works perfectly in busy places like seated at an office desk or in a stationary car (parked safely). Episode 27 is a slightly longer meditation designed to help...

Duration:00:14:29

#026: Ben Sofowora | Meditation 1

11/25/2017
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Ben Sofowora (@bensofowora) has put together a 3-part introductory series on meditation for you, this is part 1 (episode 26). Please navigate back to episode 25 of the podcast for the full series introduction. Episode 26 is a quick meditation designed to help you release stress. It can be done in any position, even seated so this works perfectly in busy places like seated at an office desk or in a stationary car (parked safely). Episode 27 is a slightly longer meditation designed to help...

Duration:00:12:40

#025: Ben Sofowora |Meditation Introduction for Episodes 26, 27 & 28

11/25/2017
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Ben Sofowora (@bensofowora) is back and has put together a 3-part introductory series on meditation for you. This episode is an introduction to the series by me, Matt Reynolds. Meditation and meditative practices have come up a few times over the course of my interviews so far. Ben and I got talking and eventually decided to do this, an audio introduction to meditation. Ben has 30+ years of yoga and meditation experience, this three-part series is very similar to the meditations Ben guides...

Duration:00:04:10