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What We're Listening To

Farah Parkinson
25 Oct 2019

Ever wondered what Team Saxton are listening to in their spare time? Podcasts of course!

In a few short years Podcasts have become a big part of mainstream culture with over 89% Australians now aware of Podcasts (according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporations' 2019 research.)

While genres vary from comedy to true crime to fiction, the biggest drawcard of Podcasts is that they give listeners the freedom to curate their experience and choose content that interests, informs and entertains them.

Because we're in the business of storytelling Team Saxton loves to put on a pair of headphones and deep dive into incredible conversations and stories. Check out a list below of what we're currently listening to and why we love it!

Writer, Director and Actor Dax Shepard is fascinated by smart people with a unique point of view. Experts on Expert sees Dax interview thought leaders across a wide range of fields - you can expect disarmingly honest and vulnerable conversations and to walk away sounding like a bit of an expert yourself!

Episode Pick: No. 38: Monica Lewinsky - Anti-bullying Ambassador, activist and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky, sits down for a rare discussion with Dax on overcoming trauma, shame, cyber bullying and her experience being publicly labeled as a negative archetype.

Who's Listening? Marketing Manager Farah Parkinson is a dedicated 'Arm Cherry,' 'I am huge fan of long-form conversations and interviews. Dax's vulnerability in sharing his own insecurities, trauma and failure creates a space which allows his guests to do the same. Taking a peak behind the curtain with some of the most recognisable names in the world as well as ground breaking experts is really something special.'

Dr Amantha Imber is an organisational psychologist, founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium, and co-creator of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list. Her Podcast, How I Work, is the number 1 business Podcast in Australia and delves into the working days of some of the world's most succesful innovators.

Episode Pick:
Envato co-Founder Cyan Ta'eed on spending just 15 minutes a day on her phone. Cyan Ta'eed is one of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs, having co-founded Envato in 2006 and growing it to being valued at over $1 billion. She also founded chocolate social enterprise Hey Tiger.

Who's Listening?
Our CEO Anne Jamieson loves that some of the world's most innovative thinkers start their day with simple rituals. 'Being able to tune in for an episode and walk away with tips and strategies I can share with my team is a real gift! Especially because we're able to immediately implement these tips to improve productivity and innovative thinking .

Sami Lukis is one of Australia's most versatile media personalities with a career spanning more than twenty years in Australian media. Her podcast, Romantically Challenged, explores the crazy world of dating in your 40s. From disaster dates to the challenges of modern dating - nothing is off limits!

Episode Pick: Can you build the perfect online dating profile? Sami chats to 'Tech Evangelist' Tomer Garzberg who created his own data-driven dating system to build the ideal dating profile so that he could find his perfect match.

Who's Listening? Leah Kertesz, a Senior Consultant based in Melbourne loves Sami's interviewing style, 'I love the way she weaves in her own thoughts and experiences. Sami is, at once, intelligent, self aware, driven, successful, vulnerable and hopeful, making her the perfect guide to this world! The guests featured and topics covered are diverse and fascinating to anyone, not just those who are single!

Holly Ransom is a disruptive strategist, a private company director and advocate for social and economic inclusion - she's also a gifted and curious facilitator! Holly's Podcast, Coffee Pods, opens up a world of access to the insights, stories and experiences of proven change-makers.

Episode Pick: Holding ourselves accountable as leaders with Paul Roos - Former AFL player and Senior Coach Paul Roos shares the secrets to his unique leadership style; building mindfulness, empathy and self-awareness, and how these apply to the business world.

Who's Listening? Senior Sales Consultant, Vicki Stone, loves a practical takeaway, 'Aside from the incredible lineup of people Holly chats with, I love her amazing ability to steer the conversation so that you are guaranteed some amazing nuggets.'

Jess and Stef Dadon are designers, creative directors and entrepreneurs who first launched How Two Live as a daily diary in 2012. Since then it has grown into a global platform with a tribe of loyal fans. How Two Live: The Podcast sees the pair chatting to mentors from all walks of life on business tips, activism and all everything in between. Their impressive line up of guests have included Janine Allis, Naomi Simson, Kristina Karlsson, Mia Freedman and Clare Press.

Episode Pick:
Shannon Martinez, Smith and Daughters: The V Word - In this episode, Jess and Stef sit down with Shannon Martinez, the co-founder and head chef behind Melbourne’s top restaurants (that happen to be vegan), Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli.

Who's Listening?
Karan White, General Manager of Influencer Marketing, loves the diverse, inspiring collection of stories available. 'From established business success stories to young up and comers shaking up their industry or people driving real change in the world, this Podcast has you covered. Jess and Stef have an authentic interview style that brings the best out in the guest, always!'

Osher Günsberg is one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities and has been a guest in the living rooms of Australian’s for nearly two decades. Osher's Podcast, Better Than Yesterday, is a weekly conversation that hopes to help listeners make today a little better than yesterday.

Episode Pick: #CelebratingWomen with Dr Kirstin Ferguson - Author, Activist, and Australian Corporate Heavy-Hitter Dr Kirstin Ferguson is the Deputy Chair of the ABC, an Adjunct Professor at the QUT School Business and former CEO of a global health and safety organisation. Kirstin began her career in The Royal Australian Airforce and later went on to start the Twitter Hashtag #celebratingwomen by profiling 757 extraordinary women. Kirstin is incredibly down to earth and refreshing - a must listen!

Who's Listening?
Our Marketing Coodinator Georgie Forster, 'Osher is an incredible host who's honesty on his own mental health is truly refreshing. His guests always have such deep knowledge of their fields and I've always taken away tips on how to make each day a little better.'

Clare Press is Vogue Australia’s Sustainability Editor-at-Large, the first position of its kind globally, and the presenter of Wardrobe Crisis - a sustainable fashion podcast. Clare and her guests decode the fashion system, and dig deep into its effects on people and planet. The show focuses on real issues that face the fashion industry, as well as the world at large, like ethics, sustainability, consumerism, activism, identity and creativity.

Episode Pick:
Detoxing Fashion with Greenpeace's Kirsten Brodde - Kirsten Brodde is a former science journalist on a mission to clean up fashion. In this interview, Claire and Kirsten unpick what it takes to be an effective activist (think dogged persistence!) and passion but also a willingness to be unpopular.

Who's Listening? Luci Awad, Brand and Partnerships Coordinator with Saxton Engage, 'In a world where every item you puchase can have a murky background, Claire really helps pointing you in the right direction. Claire’s incredible podcast doesn’t just talk about all the things going wrong in the fashion industry but also what we can do to help them go right. We can all be activists in our own way and Claire’s personal brand of activism is one which I truly admire.'

Janine Garner is a global thought leader on powerful networking, collaboration and unleashing leadership brilliance. Her Podcast, Unleashing Brilliance, is all about lessons, musings and insights from some of the brightest leaders in the world.

Episode Pick: Conversations with Yasmin London I Exec Director ySafe - Yasmin London spent 12 years in the New South Wales Police Force, and is now also the Executive Director of ySafe - one of the lead organisations in Australia offering education and strategies for managing cyber safety in schools. Yasmin and Janine discuss equipping yourself with knowledge, removing the shackles to let ourselves shine and how Yasmin became an internet sensation.

Who's Listening? Janika Barnes, a Senior Consultant based in our Sydney Office, If you haven't discovered Janine yet you're in for a treat! Her ability to connect is second to none. This podcast is a great dose of practical, action-focused inspiration!'

Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island is a chance to hear from amazing Aussies about what it means to be Australian. Kurt and his guests grant insight into the lives of quality humans and what makes them tick as well as how proud they are to be Australian.

Episode Pick: Kurt Fearnley's Tiny Island: Craig Foster - Craig Foster played football for Australia in the 90s before becoming a sports analyst. He recently came to prominence after campaigning on behalf of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi. Kurt and Craig have a discussion on the power of sport and the need to give back to community.

Who's Listening? Marisa Preyser, Client Services Co-Ordinator extraordinaire in Melbourne loves the genuine, open conversations, 'Kurt is a gifted interviewer and knows exactly when to give his guests the space and time to be heard. The diversity of the points of view represented in his guests is beautiful and serves as a reminder of just how lucky we are on this Tiny Island.'

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