Podcasts

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When it starts to look like your business is in trouble, how can a lawyer help make it better? Robin Johnston helps businesses and their stakeholders, to identify and overcome ‘existential threats’ – and achieve the best possible outcome, in difficult situations. Despite the stigma...
Are you desperate to get the legal advice you need to protect your company – but worried that by picking up the phone to a law firm, you’re going to find yourself charged on a quarter hourly rate? You’re not alone. Maybe you’ve been trading...
How can you grow a business you love, in a way that brings on board loyal partners who share your values – to work with clients using the tried-and-tested methods you’ve developed over 20 years? In this week’s show, Carl talks to Angela Rhodes, Founder...
Alan Price is one of the most notable thought leaders in employment law and HR, in Britain. Alan is currently CEO of Croner Group, award-winning consultants in Employment Law, HR, Health & Safety and Reward. His background in Industrial Relations within the Trade Union movement,...
Are you tasked with managing HR – and keen to spend less time managing paper, so you can spend more time leading and managing people? Jonathan Richards can help. Jonathan is Founder and CEO of breatheHR – a company that helps SMEs simplify and automate...
Are you a Manager who feels like you are constantly being asked to do more – with less? Against a backdrop of political and economic cuts and restructuring, many Managers are being tasked with running high performing teams and services, under more pressure, with fewer...
With the General Election fast approaching, we contacted the Conservatives, Labour, The LibDems, UKIP and The Green Party – and their respective Business spokespeople for Business, to invite them all to guest on the show, as part of a special edition of the Twentisphere podcast....
Have you successfully navigated the ‘Start-Up’ and ‘Early-Stage’ of your business – only to find yourself getting stuck (and feeling a sense of overwhelm) when it comes to taking your business to the next level? Whereas the skills you have, may have served you well,...
Have you thought about starting a company but worried about the cost.  Maybe you already have, and wonder how you can take it to the next level. In this episode, Rich Myers talks to Carl about Transmit Startups, a company that helps businesses get of...
Ever feel like you could do with a personal ‘Chairman’? Someone who could offer you many of the benefits of having a Chairman of the board – but without you having to take a leap to a formal structure of regulatory governance. What if someone...
How well do you really understand your business finances? Many business owners, if they’re honest, would answer ‘probably not well enough’ – yet feel embarrassed to confess they don’t understand the information their accountant is giving them. So what CAN you do, to help you...
Live from Venturefest East Midlands – Episode 2 Are you looking for support, to help you develop an innovative new (or new-to-you) idea, for your business – or the organisation you work for? On Wednesday 22 April 2017, Derby Arena played host to VentureFest East...
Live from Venturefest East Midlands Are you looking for support, to help you develop an innovative new (or new-to-you) idea, for your business – or the organisation you work for? On Wednesday 22 April 2017, Derby Arena played host to VentureFest East Midlands – a...
What if #aftersales follow up meant going way above and beyond standard customer service tasks, like responding to feedback on social media, offering product warranties – and managing exchanges and returns? What if ‘customer care’ meant a deeper commitment to your customer – to help...
Are you brave enough to ask your customers for the feedback you need, to boost customer loyalty and drive business growth? This week, Carl talks to Mark Eydman, Managing Director of Six Pillars Consulting Ltd. Mark explains how by asking customers three key questions –...
Are you looking for new ways to deliver value to your customers, in a way that disrupts the market – and eases multiple significant pain points? This week, Carl talks to David Gabriele, CEO of Swayy – the world’s first hotel and restaurant booking site for...
How do you attract the very best people to join your team? When you start a small company with a big vision, in an industry that requires considerable trust and respect – you need the right people in place, to help you deliver. This week,...
How can you help your company stand out online – and find fresh ways to serve your clients better? Especially if you operate in an extremely price competitive marketplace, you may need to think creatively. So how you can deliver additional value, to keep customers coming back to...
This special edition of Twentisphere covers “Pitchfest East Midlands”, a prequel to Venture Fest East Midlands. Both events are sponsored by D2N2 and LLEP (the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnerships) The episode is a series of short interviews with some of those individuals...
Have you recently been given responsibility for a project – and are now wondering how on earth you’re going to deliver it? Or perhaps the company you work for, struggles to consistently deliver projects on time and on budget? This week, Carl talks to project management consultant...
Do you long to make your customers’ lives easier – and believe in the power of sales to change lives? In this inspirational, feel-good episode, Carl talks to events professional, mentor (and undercover superhero) Mary Baird-Wilcock, founder of The Simplifiers. Mary explains how building relationships...
How do you run a successful complex high value sales process – and equip your salespeople to follow it effectively? Value Selling Specialist Bob Apollo explores the various stages of the buying decision process, and offers a range of valuable tips for anyone looking to...
How can using social media help you close a sale? Social Media & Sales Consultant Karen Cureton shares four key strategies for social media for your business – and explains how connecting with prospective clients, at the right time, in the right way,  can nudge them into...
Could you become your own best lead magnet? In a warm hearted (and at times slightly cheeky)episode – in which Carl only once mentions calling the police – success coach, Cherie Concannon, shares how ‘personal attraction’ has been the key to bringing a consistent flow of...
So what does it take to grow a portfolio of businesses from ‘Idea to $10M a year’? We love hearing our guests Big Hairy Audacious Goals – and this is a big one. Host Carl Benfield talks to Nick Timms – a multipreneur who builds SaaS tech...
What can you do to improve lead generation in your business? In this value packed episode, Graham Arrowsmith shares some top tips on offering value up front, using ‘local search’ to help your company rocket up the Google search rankings (Emergency Electrician in Northampton, anyone?) – and creating...
Why have we launched Twentisphere? In a special one-off episode, podcast host Carl Benfield talks about his love of learning, the lengthy battle to secure the success of his own renewable energy company in a challenging marketplace – and what we are wanting to see Twentisphere achieve in...
What is it that you actually want to achieve? Having a great marketing strategy in place for your business – means you can then get the right tactics and tools in place, to serve your vision. This week, Carl talks to Strategic Marketing Consultant Anna Price....
We all know it’s important to understand our clients and customers, so we can serve them better – but success in business is also about understanding and leveraging our own strengths. This week, Carl talks to serial entrepreneur Kenny Goodman, Founder of Find The Edge,...
Marketing isn’t about showing off and telling the world how brilliant you are. It’s about doing brilliant things for people. This week, Carl talks to Ian Brodie. A Marketing Speaker, Coach and Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller: Email Persuasion, Ian is passionate about seeing small...
SEO matters. But the goalposts are constantly changing. For many people in business, the ‘science of search’ remains incomprehensible – and appears to be something of a ‘dark art’. This week, Carl talks to Caroline Spence. A former broadcast journalist, who transitioned into PR, Caroline...
Just starting out in your business career? Achieving early success, isn’t just about having a great idea – it’s also about having the right people around you. This week, Carl talks to young entrepreneur Ed Hollands, about having his first great business idea just after...
You’re a successful entrepreneur. You work 90 hours a week. 7 days a week. You suffer with depression. You find out that you’re going to be a Dad. This week, Carl talks to self-confessed ‘recovering entrepreneur’ Sean Price, about his recent life-work choices, made at...
Find the creative spark you never thought was there – and add significant value to your company.  Listen to Sarah King talk about her life and work with We Are Unstuck – an Innovation Consultancy, that helps organisations transform their innovation capability, by thinking creatively...
Dan Hughes, is a keen runner, cyclist and triathlete and a father to two young girls. After accruing years of varied experience in sales and negotiation – he started his business during a recession – when he was the ‘other’ side of forty. Dan’s company,...
Priscilla Morris is an international voice coach and owner of Loud and Clear, a service to business leaders who are savvy enough to know that speaking intentionally makes a huge difference to the way their team and clients perceive them. Listen to Priscilla critique my...
Deborah talks about the fallacy of trying to “manage time” rather than managing your use of it.  Deborah uses her experience of running her family company before moving into coaching and supporting other business be more effective with the use of their resources. Listen to...
Hear author and branding specialist Jennifer Holloway take a concept that many will perceive as overly American, and make it the most natural and obvious thing you can do to double the effectiveness of your marketing.  Jennifer’s no-nonsense, direct message will have you reaching for...
Chris shares a deeply personal journey and fantastic insights into what makes businesses successful.  This episode is longer than normal as I know you’ll be hanging off every word! www.christopherjohnpayne.com Books After The Honeymoon – Daniel Wile Tools Evernote Eternity Time Log Simple Note