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The Ideas Lab Podcast

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Welcome to the Ideas Lab Podcast, where you can learn from the world’s greatest creative and entrepreneurial minds to help you turn your ideas into original businesses, books and brands – because in a crowded world, it pays to stand out.Your host is John Williams, bestselling author of 'Screw Work L… read more

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Laurence Shorter on creativity, burnout, and the art of having no idea #80

September 23rd, 2020

35:58

What is the impact on us as human beings when we never have a single spare moment, when we fill every minute with doing something productive, or even looking at our phones in order to kill time?

That's a question that …

How Charlie and Harry Thuillier turned their idea for the world’s first healthy ice cream into an international food business #79

September 17th, 2020

27:49

This episode of the podcast is a real adventure. It's one of my favourites. Charlie Thuillier was on a world record breaking kite buggy adventure with his brother Harry in Brazil, when he had a great idea, which was …

How to attend the world’s first F**k Work Day

September 10th, 2020

8:14

A special episode on John’s new bestselling book ‘F**k Work Let’s Play: Do what you love and get paid for it’ and how to get a free ticket to the world’s first F**k Work Day.

See fworkletsplay.com for more details on …

Jody Day on creating a global movement for women and turning her passion into a successful social enterprise #78

September 9th, 2020

48:08

If you want to start a movement that changes the way people all around the world think about a particular topic, then this will be a really …

How Sam Bompas & Harry Parr turned their crazy experiments with food into a pioneering international business #77

September 2nd, 2020

34:31

When I first met Sam Bombas and Harry Parr over a decade ago, they were just a couple of young guys doing some wacky things with food, including creating breathable cocktails and designer jellies.

I thought what they …

How to change the world – with Tristram Stuart #76

August 26th, 2020

36:12

This is a really powerful episode of the ideas lab podcast. Many of us have ideas about how to change the world for the better. How to take a …

Laura Gale on editing and ghostwriting your business book #75

August 18th, 2020

28:08

If you've ever thought of writing your own book, whether it's a business book, a novel, or a memoir, then this podcast is going to be interesting to you.

Laura Gale is an author and editor and a ghostwriter. And in this …

How Dan Barker transitioned from mechanical engineer to full-time photographer #74

August 13th, 2020

34:02

Quitting your job to go and do something more creative that you really love doing sounds very tempting. But the reality of it is more complex. How do …

Sarah Weiler on teaching ukulele to google, knowing when to quit, and juggling multiple projects #73

August 4th, 2020

40:51

If you've ever had a crazy creative idea for a business or project, and then you've talked yourself out of it because you couldn't see where it will …

How to change your habits with simple, tiny steps – Dr. Heather McKee #72

July 27th, 2020

35:56

A lot of us find it really hard to change our deeply ingrained habits, whether it's giving up a habit that's bad for our health or our concentration, or trying to adopt a new habit. So I was glad to have this …

Announcing my controversial new book – the behind-the-scenes story #71

July 22nd, 2020

25:11

This is a very special episode of the ideas lab podcast. Because this one is announcing my brand new book. I should warn you that this episode has a …

How Mani Vaya turned his passion for reading non fiction books into an online business he can run from anywhere in the world #70

July 15th, 2020

33:38

If you love reading non-fiction books, and you've ever dreamed of getting paid just to do that, then you're going to love this podcast.

Mani Vaya …

How to create a #1 app with 4 million downloads with Dave Crane, founder of Smoke Free #69

July 9th, 2020

36:44

This is the first in a series of interviews with people who are featured in my brand new book published this July by Pearson. And this is David …

Mark Walsh on the embodiment movement, raising £90,000 of funding for his conference, and daring to be authentic in today’s cancel culture #68

July 1st, 2020

39:23

Have we lost touch with our bodies? Are we treating our bodies like some kind of brain taxi that's just carrying around the contents of our head? And what is the impact of that? That's a question that has obsessed Mark …

How to write a bestselling business book – with Alison Jones #67

June 25th, 2020

39:31

If you've ever wanted to write a book about some aspect of business, then this is a great podcast for you.

Alison Jones is founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing a pioneering publishing partner for businesses. And …

New York Times Bestselling author Mike Michalowicz on how to make your business pay #66

June 17th, 2020

29:49

Mike Michalowicz is a New York Times bestselling author who has sold over half a million books. He's also built four multi-million dollar companies …

Serial entrepreneur Sam Ashdown on the truth about entrepreneurship #65

June 1st, 2020

53:23

This episode of the podcast is a really fun one. Sam Ashdown is a leading property industry marketing coach and with her son in law Phil Jones, she co-owns Fire Wave a marketing agency for estate agents, and also …

The power of blogging for your business and how to get it right – with online marketing legend, Yaro Starak #64

May 27th, 2020

47:51

Is blogging still relevant? Does it matter in the age of social media? And if you do blog hacking effectively, does it actually gets you results? …

How Ingrid Lill turned her passion for visual thinking into a unique business #63

May 20th, 2020

22:15

If you're wondering how to take your creative or artistic skills, and make a really good living out of them, or if you're interested in how you can create something in the market that is completely unique, a marketing …

How Srabani Sen OBE entered a crowded market and created a successful consultancy in diversity and inclusion #62

May 13th, 2020

32:00

Srabani Sen has had an impressive leadership career in the not for profit sector. She has been the CEO of three organisations: Alcohol Concern, …

How To Start A Business in 5 Days - Free Challenge with John Williams [#61]

May 7th, 2020

9:55

Most people spend far too long with their business ideas on hold before they launch something. This special episode of The Ideas Lab podcast will …

How to find the right business idea and prove it works with John Williams interviewed by Simon Williams #61

May 6th, 2020

46:25

Well, this week’s interview guest is me. And I’m being interviewed by Simon Williams, who is a serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, lecturer, and …

How the Rock n Roll bride turned her rebellious tastes into a #1 blog, magazine and book with Kat Williams #60

April 29th, 2020

35:31

When Kat Williams started planning her own wedding she found the standard offers of the wedding industry uninspiring so she started exploring alternatives to the standard wedding in order to find something that she …

Cut yourself free from your email inbox with Claire Giovino #59

April 22nd, 2020

30:41

Just imagine that you never had to look at your email inbox, read or reply to any emails ever again. How much free time would you have? What could …

How to improve your sleep and manage your stress with hypnotherapist Dr Liz Bonet #58

April 15th, 2020

27:27

Lots of us are feeling a considerable amount of stress right now, thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the lockdown and the economic uncertainty. And I know for some people that's impacting their sleep as well. So I was …

The curse of perfectionism and how to solve it – with Chris Ward #57

April 8th, 2020

39:57

Are you a perfectionist? Do you find that everything you take on, you want to do absolutely perfectly, to be better than everybody else, and to make …

Chatbots – How to get started with Facebook Messenger Bots with Kelly Noble Mirabella [#56]

April 1st, 2020

32:30

If you send emails out to a list of people, in order to market yourself or your work or your business, you will have seen that often the open rates on those emails is very low, perhaps as few as 20% are actually opening …

How to make a success of working from home with smart working specialist Nicole Carter #55

March 25th, 2020

32:06

Right now the coronavirus has brought about a massive shift in the way we work for millions and millions of people all around the world. That’s because many companies have sent their employees home to continue doing …

How to get control of your own thoughts with Daniel Fryer, author The Four Thoughts That F*ck You Up #53

March 18th, 2020

36:49

If, like me, your starting to discover that your own worst enemy is actually inside your head, then this episode is for you.

Daniel Fryer is author of the book The 4 thoughts that F*ck you up and how to fix them: Rewire …

How a husband and wife team grew an award winning British vineyard with Hannah Witchell of Flint Vineyard #52

March 4th, 2020

34:37

Hannah Witchell co-founded Flint Vineyard with her husband Ben. Based in Norfolk, England, they turned a mutual passion and love for wine into an …

3 things to know before you walk out of your job – A video postcard from Bangkok #51

February 25th, 2020

7:05

I’ve been here in Bangkok for a month and I thought it would be interesting to say something about the fact that this week is the anniversary of 17 …

Adam Wilder on his festival of Togetherness, silent dating events, and breaking the world record for number of people spooning #50

February 12th, 2020

24:14

Adam Wilder is founder of Togetherness and helps people form meaning connections with themselves and others.

Adam has run some remarkable projects, …

Helena Hills on creating a pioneering coffee brand that doesn’t cost the earth #49

February 5th, 2020

31:12

Helena and Simon Hills are accidental entrepreneurs.

Their original business idea revolved around luxury cat furniture before they decided to start …

Genetics, Psychedelics and the future of personalised health with David Krantz| The Ideas Lab Podcast #48

January 29th, 2020

45:34
Genetics, Psychedelics and the future of personalised health with David Krantz

Did you know that genes are not destiny? You may have a gene for a potential health problem but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re …

The Kim Kardashian Principle: Why Shameless Sells (And How to Do It Right) with Jeetendr Sehdev #47

January 22nd, 2020

33:27

Jeetendr Sehdev is author of the New York Times Bestseller; The Kim Kardashian Principle.

I loved this book even though I am no Kim Kardashian fan. Jeetendr makes a really good case that marketing has changed completely …

Angela Saini on the history of science in racism #46

January 15th, 2020

42:45

Angela Saini is a British science journalist and presents Radio & TV programmes for the BBC. She is also the author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the recent Superior: The Return of Race Science.

I saw …

David Pearl on StreetWisdom, improvised opera, and singing in the boardroom #45

January 9th, 2020

39:13

David Pearl is a polymath. He is an innovator who works in Business, the Arts and Social Change and he’s run incredible projects: including the …

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal #44

December 25th, 2019

35:54

This episode of the Ideas Lab Podcast is a real treat. Our guest this week is Nir Eyal, Bestselling Author of Hooked: How To Build Habit Forming …

How to run a successful crowdfunding campaign with Will Dooley #43

December 18th, 2019

23:10

Crowdfunding is a wonderful thing, when it works. It has the potential to launch your new product with a flood of pre-orders that gives you the vital …

The power of story – from Seinfeld to writing your website copy - with Michael Burns #42

December 11th, 2019

33:15

Michael Burns is a storyteller, copywriter, speaker and comedy performer.

I met him here in Bali and he’s got an interesting career history. In this episode Michael will take on a journey from his work on Seinfeld, to …

Lavinia Iosub on the future of work, running a company in Bali, and the Estonian e-Residency #41

December 4th, 2019

23:19

If you're interested in living and working abroad, and in the future of work itself, or perhaps you've heard of the Estonian e-Residency then this is the podcast for you.

In this episode I catch up with Lavinia Iosub, …

Comedy, therapy, and the healing potential of business with Richard Atherton of First Human #40

November 27th, 2019

37:31

Richard Atherton was a consultant at Deloitte when I ran into him in the basement of a SOHO comedy club.

He ended up quitting Deloitte to try his …

How Taylor & Camille quit their jobs and created an online business that allows them to live anywhere in the world #39

November 20th, 2019

28:43

Taylor Croonquist co-founded Nuts & Bolts Speed Training Powerpoint Tutorials with his wife Camille in 2014. They run advanced training courses …

The Future of Live Events with NATO summit director Will Glendinning #38

November 13th, 2019

41:02

Life is about experiences. Find them or create them, as Will Glendinning likes to say. Will has been producing creating and directing major events for a very long time now. He's also the author of The Facts of Live: …

Goodbye glossophobia or how to banish your fear of public speaking with - Esther Stanhope #37

November 6th, 2019

45:04

full show notes at: https://theideaslab.org/estherstanhope

If you suffer from Glossophobia or the fear of public speaking then listen to the advice …

Creating a newsletter people actually want to read & social media secrets from the Oscars with Josh Spector #36

October 30th, 2019

41:04

Josh Spector has created something very rare - that's an email newsletter that you actually want to read every single week.

His newsletter 'For the …

The 3 Keys to succeeding as an Artist with Alice Sheridan #35

October 23rd, 2019

42:42

Alice Sheridan is a successful abstract artist and she also helps other artists to connect, stay motivated, keep producing and make money out of …

From a grandmother's home remedy to commercial product with a successful crowdfunding campaign - Laura Sagen #34

October 16th, 2019

33:19

Some years ago, Laura learnt a great home remedy from her grandmother for making hair grow faster.

Laura then experimented with the formula to …

How to sell the ethical way with Alison Edgar #33

October 9th, 2019

39:51

How to sell the ethical way with Alison Edgar

If you want to make money, you need to know how to sell.

But for a lot of us, our image of a salesperson is not a good one. I was pleased to be able to have Alison …

The Charm Offensive with Jon Buchan - Using radical candour & humour to win business #32

October 2nd, 2019

28:54

If you've ever written a cold email to someone you don't know in the hope of winning a new project or new client, then this episode of The Ideas Lab …

How to persuade anyone to do (almost) anything - Lee Warren #31

September 26th, 2019

37:01

How to persuade anyone to do (almost) anything - Lee Warren

Lee Warren is a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator and he is author of the award-winning book: A Busy Person's Guide to Great Presenting.

Lee has …

Rachael Taplin - The 3 biggest mistakes when doing your own PR and how to do it right #29

September 11th, 2019

28:54

Rachael Taplin founded and ran her own magazine for 4 years, and in the process learnt a lot about the media and about PR. Now she runs Media Match Maker, which helps entrepreneurs to get their stories into the press …

How to make £2,000, £10,000 or £20,000 quickly in your business with John Williams #28

September 5th, 2019

11:07

How to make £2,000, £10,000 or £20,000 quickly in your business with John Williams

This episode is about how to make some cash quickly. Right now on some of my programmes I've invited people in to something called …

3 steps to turn LinkedIn connections into cash (without being pushy) with Deenita Pattni #27

August 29th, 2019

52:35

3 steps to turn LinkedIn connections into cash (without being pushy) with Deenita Pattni

If you work for yourself in any form, whether you are a …

How Susan Gregory quit her job and launched Slurps, the first hydration product for dogs #26

August 22nd, 2019

34:36

Susan Gregory is founder of Slurps - the company that creates organic dog drinks to keep dogs happy, healthy and hydrated.

Susan had a good job as head of food at Nestle, until she quit in 2015. She realised she …

3 keys to be able to live & work anywhere in the world #25

August 15th, 2019

12:02

This episode has been recorded in a hammock at Coconat, a co-living and co-working space, just outside Berlin in Germany.

For a large part of my business I can live and work anywhere I want to and I know that is …

Jessica Rose of the London Jewellery School on simple instagram strategies that really work #24

August 7th, 2019

30:22

Jessica Rose is a jewellery lover and an award winning businesswoman. Jessica founded the London Jewellery School back in 2009. She ran her …

Emma Johnson - How To Turn Your Personal Blog Into A Six-figure Business #23

July 31st, 2019

39:17
Emma Johnson - How to turn your personal blog into a six-figure business

Seven Years Ago Emma Johnson started the blog singlewealthymommy.com and it's now the number 1 blog for single mothers around the world and the …

John Williams - How To Create A Business You Won't Get Bored Of #22

July 24th, 2019

17:11
John Williams - How To Create A Business You Won't Get Bored Of

This is a special episode of The Ideas Lab Podcast. I want to talk about what it's like to be somebody with lots of ideas and lots of interests.

A …

Shahroo Izadi - The Kindness Method: the easier way to change your bad habits & improve your life #21

July 17th, 2019

18:48
Shahroo Izadi - The Kindness Method: the easier way to change your bad habits & improve your life

If you have ever tried to change a habit in order to improve your life and it hasn't worked or it's felt like really …

Marc Warne - The beginner's guide to bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) #20

July 10th, 2019

36:40
Marc Warne - The beginner's guide to bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies)

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are set to change the way we live, work and do business radically.

I wanted to speak to somebody to get a kind …

Paul Xavier - How to build a 6, 7 or even 8-figure business making creative videos for clients #19

July 3rd, 2019

30:11

If you love the creative process of making videos and you are wondering how you can turn that into a 6 or even 7-figure business then this podcast is …

John Williams - The Fast Way to Start a Successful Business #18

June 26th, 2019

9:44
John Williams - the fast way to start your own successful business

This is a special episode of The Ideas Lab Podcast.  I wanted to talk about the …

Steven Hess - The 3 personality traits you must build for startup success #17

June 19th, 2019

34:16
Steven Hess - The 3 personality traits you must build for startup success

If you dream of creating a successful startup then this episode of The …

Stony Grunow - From living in his mom's basement to running a successful tech startup #16

June 12th, 2019

36:59
Stony Grunow - From living in his mom's basement to running a successful tech startup

Stony Grunow runs a successful tech startup in New York. He has …

Joshua Spodek - Leadership Step by Step #15

June 6th, 2019

39:38

I'm here in Greenwich village in New York City today and I'm here to meet Josh Spodek.

Josh is a fascinating character. He was a former astrophysicist and then became an entrepreneur, and now he is a lecturer in …

Louise Graham - Create a brand that attracts a tribe and makes an impact #14

May 29th, 2019

36:36
Louise Graham - Create a brand that attracts a tribe and makes an impact

Lots of people have the mistaken belief that branding is simply about the name of your company and your logo.

But it's much bigger, and much more …

Amanda Harrison - Surviving cancer to fly solo across the world in a WW2 biplane #13

May 22nd, 2019

20:00
Amanda Harrison - Surviving cancer to fly solo across the world in a WW2 biplane

Amanda Harrison is a graduate of one of my original 'Screw Work …

Amber Dugger - Putting profit first in your business finances #12

May 14th, 2019

38:23
Amber Dugger - Putting profit first in your business finances

Let's talk about money.

Once you start working for yourself or launch your own business, money gets a lot more complicated.

You need to keep track of what …

Stevyn Colgan - Qi script writer, Met Police officer and award winning Author #11

May 7th, 2019

41:01

Stevyn Colgan started his career as a police officer in London in the Met police problem solving unit. And now he's a comedy writer and has written …

Nick Corston - The Real Powers of Art and Creativity in the modern world and in effecting social change. #10

May 1st, 2019

47:15

The Guardian newspaper described Nick Corston as a man on a mission.

And his mission is to put art and creativity back into schools.

As we see more …

Caroline Thomas - Harnessing the power of Facebook Ads & How to set up a new life in paradise. #9

April 24th, 2019

47:36
Caroline Thomas – Harnessing the power of Facebook Ads & How to set up a new life in paradise.

This episode of the Ideas Lab Podcast is a deep …

Harriet Kelsall - Turning your creative talent into a succesfull business #8

April 16th, 2019

31:37
Harriet Kelsall - Turning Your Creative Talent into a Successful Business

If you’d like to turn your passion for arts, crafts, jewellery or handmade …

Jamie Catto on Creativity and Relationships #7

April 9th, 2019

46:07
Jamie Catto on Creativity and Relatonships

Jamie Catto was a founding member of British Electronica band Faithless, and he was creator, producer and …

Rik Spruyt - From $0 to $7-figures in 5 years #6

April 2nd, 2019

39:24
Rik Spruyt - From $0 to $7-figures in 5 years.

A few short years ago Rik Spruyt had a good job in a big company but he wanted more - more freedom, more autonomy, more ownership.

He wanted his own business.

Rik came …

Therapist Jerry Hyde on Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, creativity and daring to be different in your brand & business #5

March 26th, 2019

33:09
Therapist Jerry Hyde on Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, creativity and daring to be different in your brand & business

Jerry Hyde is a rather unconventional therapist - transitioning from an earlier life in music and heavy …

Saskia Nelson - How I created a new genre of photography. #4

March 20th, 2019

33:07
Entrepreneur Saskia Nelson - How I created a new genre of photography in 30 days

Saskia Nelson had just lost her job when she took a course with The Ideas Lab 5 years ago. She had only a vague idea of the business she …

Damian Barr - Writer, salon leader, & literary ambassador for the Savoy, Damian Barr talks about the power of stories, how he chooses his creative projects and how to write a memoir #3

March 5th, 2019

49:10

Writer, salon leader, & literary ambassador for the Savoy, Damian Barr talks about the power of stories, how he chooses his creative projects and how to write a memoir

Recorded in a suite at the Savoy Hotel itself …

Dan Pink - The scientific secrets of perfect timing, the new world of work and a bestselling author’s advice to writers #2

March 5th, 2019

29:42
Dan Pink – The scientific secrets of perfect timing, the new world of work and a bestselling author’s advice to writers

Dan Pink is author of 6 New York Times bestsellers and has been named one of the top 15 business …

The Ideas Lab Podcast #1

March 5th, 2019

3:28

Welcome to the Ideas Lab Podcast, where you can learn from the world’s greatest creative and entrepreneurial minds to help you turn your ideas into original businesses, books and brands – because in a crowded world, it …

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