NZ Young Professionals Podcast

NZ Young Professionals Podcast

By Ed McKnight

NZ Economist, Bernard Hickey often bemoans that young New Zealanders don’t care about their own future; they’re not interested in politics or thinking about current events. As the President of the Auckland Young Professionals, a network of over 8000 young urban Aucklanders, I know he is wrong.

The NZ Young Professionals podcast is an answer to both those who don’t believe that my generation cares about our society, and to those young people who want to be involved and engaged, but who don’t currently have a media organisation providing quality content for them.

The NZ Young Professionals podcast is specifically targeted towards young, driven urban professionals. It aims to develop listeners professionally, personally and socially. Come on this journey with us.

Ed McKnight is a spokesperson and champion for New Zealand’s young professionals. He is the President of the Auckland Young Professionals (AYP), and has previously spoken on diversity issues at conferences, including the recent CEO Summit, on a panel which also included Dame Jenny Shipley.

He is a sponsorship expert, having managed high-level sponsorships at the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and again at AYP.

Before entering the business world, Ed trained as an Opera Singer, appearing on stages with the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Andrea Bocelli.

Ed McKnight

President, Auckland Young Professionals

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 27: Cam Calkoen – How to get into the right mindset, even when the chips are down

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 27: Cam Calkoen – How to get into the right mindset, even when the chips are down

 

 

 

If you saw him walking down the street you’d never guess his story. Cam Calkoen is a world class, international sprinting champion. It also happens that he has cerebral palsy. After winning multiple international championships, Cam decided to hang up the running shoes and become an inspirational speaker.

In his own words, both of these were strange choices given that he “walks funny, and talks funny” … this is how you know he is good humoured too.

In this incredibly interesting episode with podcast host, Ed McKnight, Cam talks about:

– A three step process for how to get in the right mindset … and more importantly, how to keep it
– His story of becoming an international sprinting champion
– How he made the transition to an inspirational speaker
– How he built his own credibility as a speaker by jumping on a plane to America.

Now, I’m going to be honest, I don’t usually buy into the whole ‘inspirational speaker’ thing. But, after leaving the podcast studio having talked to Cam – I can say this: he is the real deal.

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 26: Carmel Murphy – How to Grow to Love Networking (And How to Do it Right)

In the digital age – anyone can text, message, chat and snap with almost anyone. Despite this, going up and actually talking with a stranger – in person – is one of the scariest tasks facing millennials.

So how do you go from being a wall flower (too scared to approach anyone at a networking event) to New Zealand’s undisputed networking superstar?

This is the exact story of Carmel Murphy, NZ’s, still introverted, Networking Queen. It is a transformational story. Carmel went from standing outside of a networking event, too afraid to walk in, to running her own networking consultancy and coaching business.

In this show with podcast host, Ed McKnight, Carmel talks about:

– How to get comfortable with networking and overcome your fears
– How to prepare for a networking event so that you get the most out of it
– How to approach the person you want to talk to

She walks through a three-step process for how young professionals and recent university graduates can use networking to back the recruitment process and land an awesome job.
This is a must listen for anyone who hates networking … and anyone who loves it too.

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 25: Ed’s Ultimate Guide to Getting a Job

How many times have you heard this type of conversation – Job Seeker: “I really need to find a job”. Sympathetic Friend: “What sort of job do you want?” Job Seeker: “Anything, I just need to find something!”

It seems like everyone wants a job, but the dream career seems elusive. In this episode, podcast host, Ed McKnight gets behind the mic solo to talk about the exact steps you can take to increase your changes of landing a great job.

This episode is guaranteed not to be the same boring advice you received from your high school careers councillor.

 

>> Land That Job! Get Part 1 of Ed’d E-Book here

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 24: Elly Strang – The 2nd Youngest Magazine Editor in the Country. An innovative approach.

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 24: Elly Strang – The 2nd Youngest Magazine Editor in the Country. An innovative approach.

This podcast has often discussed the notion that age is no longer a barrier. That if you’ve got the skills and the gumption to make something happen, then you can do it.

https://nz.linkedin.com/in/ellystrang
https://nz.linkedin.com/in/edmcknight

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 23: Sam Rae Jones – Swapping One Uniform for Another, an Ethical Choice

Remember at Uni when there were a few students in class wearing military uniforms? They joined the military for a few years in exchange received free degrees.

Sam Rae Jones – Linked In

Ed McKnight – Linked In

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 22: Jon Randles – The Dark Side of Social Media

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 22: Jon Randles – The Dark Side of Social Media

I deleted Facebook over the summer. Not literally my whole profile, just the app. Who knew that if you look up from the iPhone screen, there’s a whole other world ready to be explored.

Taking you back in time, we recorded this interview with Jon Randles from Mosh Social Media at the live launch of the NZ Young Professionals Podcast in July 2017.  Together, we discuss social media, its pros and its pitfalls.

This episode was recorded in front of a live studio audience at Craigs Investment Partners.

NZ Young Professionals – Facebook

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 21: Welcome to 2018

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 21: Welcome to 2018

Welcome to 2018! In this cast, podcast host Ed McKnight sets the tone for the year, focussing on why age is no longer a barrier for young professionals and how this will be incorporated into future episodes. Also an update on a few events that happened at the end of 2017 in the young professionals space. Keep listening in 2018 because there is more to come.

NZ Young Professionals – Facebook

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 20: Corina Enache – Professional people-watcher (aka anthropologist)

The old maxim “Do as I say, not as I do” is not just widely used by parents talking to their kids, but also by customers giving feedback to companies they buy from.  As customers we will say one thing, and do another.

Professional people-watcher (aka anthropologist), Corina Enache is using the power of observation to figure out what people actually do – not what they say they do.

She has sold coke to Romanians, skin care to Germans, and Cosmetics to Brazilians. She has travelled the world and seen it all. Now she works with some of New Zealand’s largest companies seeing what really makes them tick.

In this fascinating and eye-opening interview with podcast host, Ed McKnight, Corina talks about her background working in three very different countries, getting a Masters degree in anthropology – despite having no training, and why anthropology is perhaps the best skill to learn if you truly want to be successful in business.

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 18: Fraser McConnell – Quitting the PwC corporate life to live in Wanaka while saving native NZ birds

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 18: Fraser McConnell – Quitting the PwC corporate life to live in Wanaka while saving native NZ birds

Most Uni students dream of working at one of the big four accounting firms – PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG. Fraser McConnell is definitely not “most uni students”. Having joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the management consulting team – arguably one of the more sought-after divisions – he left after a year to see whether he could live in Wanaka all while saving New Zealand’s native birds. Over 25 million native NZ birds are killed every year by pests.

Through his social entries, Squawk Squad, Kiwis (the people not the birds) can crowdfund pest-traps – pitching in to save the birds we see every day on the back of our dollar bills. In this episode Fraser talks to podcast host, Ed McKnight about everything from life in PwC, right through to quitting and starting this social venture, and his other venture, Upstream Daily.