Guest Nk Chaudhary Social entrepreneur, and founder of Jaipur Rugs. NKChaudhary Social entrepreneur Nand Kishore Chaudhary is no stranger to working from home. He started his career selling shoes in his father’s shop, and declined the offer to join a nationalised bank to strike out on his own. Now he runs a business working with over 40,000 rug weavers, spanning over 700 locations and selling to 60 different countries. NK formed his company, Jaipur Rugs, with a $200 loan from his dad, but was struck by the class system in India that drew strict divisions between his cast and the cast of his weavers. When he began to expand outside of Jaipur, he was advised against working with a Gujarati tribe. > People can beat you, people can kill you. They are the tribal people, and they are not very welcoming to the outsider. Undaunted, NK sought advice from a friend and mentor, who encouraged him to work with the tribe, but with love, compassion and empathy to counteract the experiences of exploitation the tribe had faced in the past. NK ended up staying for nine years, training fifteen thousand Gujarati tribespeople in the art of rug-making. > I’m a weaver, so you are going to study in America as the daughter of a weaver, and never forget this. In the intervening years, NK fathered three daughters. The idea that he didn’t have any sons was viewed as an “impurity” by members of his family, so NK went back to his mentor who advised him to redouble the care and attention he was already showing his girls, treating them with the same respect as he might a son. > We sell the stories, we sell the experiences, and our carpet is free. NK saw his business from the beginning as having two important endpoints: that of the consumer and of the weaver, and that it was his mission to connect the two. In this way, the lives of the weavers who work part-time to produce a rug that can take up to six months to finish, are an inextricable part of the product. > The search for divine soul After becoming dissatisfied with what he saw as unconscious behaviour and negativity, NK worked on reframing his thoughts and reflecting on his actions, which flowed into the business and resulted in the renaming of his HR department to “the search for divine soul”. He encouraged his team to focus on the inward qualities of job candidates, rather than the outward expression of clothing and presentation. He offers his advice on increasing self-awareness, and developing practise along with furthering knowledge, gives us his take on meditation, and emphasises the importance of love as a driving factor in what we do. Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive. This podcast is produced by Radio Burrito. Links Graham Allcott: 6 Weeks to Ninja NK Chaudhary on Wikipedia Jaipur Rugs The Healing Organization, by Raj Sisodia and Michael Gelb The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, by CK Prahalad Subscribe to Graham's newsletter How to be a Productivity Ninja
Guest Francis Briers Writer and facilitator of personal and spiritual development, and the founder of Wise Fool School. Francis Briers Self-described generalist Francis works with the creative consultancy FizzPopBang, helping companies create a sense of relationship and integrity between their brand and their employee experience. He also founded Wise Fool School, bringing together the concepts of embodiment, spiritual development, and wellbeing, to enrich leaders’ skill sets. > I’ve learned to see the value in the way that I see connections that other people don’t see. Francis trained as an interfaith minister, helping to remind people of their intrinsic worth, and reframe what they see as failings or flaws in themselves, as an opportunity to become more whole, connected, aware and vibrant. > Wisdom is cultivated within the span of a lifetime. Graham and Francis discuss theism in its many forms, how writings of today echo work that has been read for generations, and explore the inevitability of death. Responsibility, presence and integrity are three tenets Francis has taken from his years of interfaith study. In this episode, he expands on these learnings, and how they apply to everyday work and life. Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive. This podcast is produced by Radio Burrito. Links 6 Weeks to Ninja FizzPopBang Wise Fool School Bohm Dialogue Rachel Blackman: embodied facilitator Conscious Business, by Fred Kofman Death and Life, by Francis Briers The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle Liz Peters on Beyond Busy Subscribe to Graham's newsletter How to be a Productivity Ninja
Guest Eman Ismail Email conversion strategist and copywriter, and the founder of InkHouse. Email Conversion Strategy & Copywriting for Creative Entrepreneurs | InkHouse twitter.com www.linkedin.com Eman is an email conversion strategist and copywriter, helping business owners and ecommerce brands boost profit and build relationships. Eman is proof that email is not dead, and in fact has seen an increase in investment in email strategy as more companies go digital. > People mistake email for being a one-to-many marketing tool, when it’s actually a one-to-one marketing tool. Eman has great advice for people who want to use email as a more meaningful, personal and intimate marketing tool. She also shares some of her favourite resources and authors, to help business owners write better copy. Eman always wanted to be a writer, but had been led to believe the only way to make money from writing was to become the next JK Rowling. After running the communications department for a charity, Eman felt like she needed to address her work-life balance, so made the move to freelance copywriter at the age of 26. > I’m only going to have more responsibilities, I’m only going to have more bills to pay, so if I want to start a business, now is the time. Eman started her copywriting business InkHouse so that she could build a lifestyle that worked for her and her young son. In this episode, she shares some of the rules that help her maintain boundaries between work-life and home-life. Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive. This podcast is produced by Radio Burrito. Links Book a copywriting consultation with Eman Hot Copy Podcast: Secrets of Successful Copywriters Joanna Wiebe Tutorial Tuesday library of copywriting tutorial videos The Freelance Introvert, by Tom Albrighton Copywriting Made Simple, by Tom Albrighton Kylie Cosmetics email teardown Subscribe to Graham's newsletter How to be a Productivity Ninja
Guest Stefanie Sword-Williams Founder, author, public speaker, and one of Forbes Europe’s 30 Under 30. Login • Instagram Stefanie Sword-Williams is the author of the book F*ck Being Humble, and describes herself as the “tough-love agony aunt careers coach”. Her book and business helps people combat the social conditioning that prevents them from being able to promote themselves. F*ck Being Humble was born from a moment of creative burnout, and Stef’s desire for more creative control, and the ability to advocate for things she really believed in. > “There was a lot of millennial boss-bitch, “you’ve got this, hon” going around.” Although Stef describes herself as being a confident person and possessed of self-belief, she’s faced risks and challenges that have shaped her journey. She also gives Graham a free sample of the coaching she provides, by workshopping his Instagram profile. > “The more we self-promote, the more confident we get in our skills, our crafts and our abilities” Both Graham and Stef share their upbringings, and how they differ from the perceptions people have of them as adults. Stef also discusses the age discrimination she’s faced, being described by a journalist as a “tedious blowhard”, and the fear employees have faced working with someone with a prominent side-hustle. > “Companies will use any excuse to not pay you more, to not give you the promotion, to put more pressure on you to work harder.” The two also discuss the use of the F word, how 90s R&B influenced Stef’s brand, and overcoming the disadvantages of having a disruptive name. Graham Allcott is the founder of time management training company Think Productive. This podcast is produced by Radio Burrito. Links F*ck Being Humble: Why Self-Promotion isn't a Dirty Word The F*ck Being Humble website Annoying self-promoters are not welcome in my inbox Knock Down the House trailer The AOC Challenge The problem with wokeness: Ayishat Akanbi's talk Subscribe to Graham's newsletter How to be a Productivity Ninja
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