The politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 20th century

The Politics of Everything

Hosted by Amber Daines, The Politics of Everything launched in May 2017 as a weekly podcast series asking newsworthy experts and leaders the tricky questions about the politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 21st century. 

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June 7th 2022
138: The Politics of Presentation Styles - Monica Lunin
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Presenting is something we all need to do at some stage of our lives - perhaps for our own wedding speech or making a board presentation, hosting a webinar, or doing an investor pitch. As a former TV reporter turned professional presenter and communications coach, this is in my wheelhouse. But for so many people it becomes something they have to master and sometimes find it hard to manage that all-important preparation and delivery!

While I have my own presentation style, I am always keen to find out how others present and manage their style of presentation whether that be in person or online.

Enter communications specialist Monica Lunin. She is the founder & co-director of consultancy Mojologic - where she works with the best to make meaningful change for their clients. She is also the author of a new book, What She Said, which explores 40 inspiring speeches from women throughout history, delving into how and why they were so impactful in creating positive change and how we can apply these lessons to the workplace. Her fascination with communication can be traced back to school and university when she was an avid debater and public speaker. Her academic pursuits in political science and international relations gave way to a career in business - and the power of persuasion has always permeated her view of the world.

Monica wants to live in a world where ideas flow, leaders are brave, and salespeople don't make you cringe. As a sought-after consultant, facilitator, and speaker she has worked with companies like AMP, Macquarie, EY, Qantas, and Suncorp to motivate and empower behavioural change.

When she's not attached to a lapel mic, you can find her swimming at Manly Beach, skiing down a mountain, cramming for a book club, or negotiating with teenagers.

In the podcast, Monica shares:

  1. How did you decide what speeches made the grade in your new book 'What she said'?
  2. Impact is a key feature of being a presenter. Speeches demand a sense of performance and poise to create impact. What is your advice to anyone wanting to master a speech from idea to writing to delivery?
  3. Do you have a special way to prepare your own presentation for example and walk us through that?
  4. Do people - say men vs women - really present differently and is that something we can all embrace as a USP for ourselves, rather than trying to change ourselves to be more like someone else? True or false?
  5. message for us on The Politics of Presentation Styles?





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May 31st 2022
137: The Politics of Personal Brand - Kathryn Porritt
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A personal brand is widely recognized as the perception or impression of an individual based on their experience, expertise, competencies, actions, or achievements within a community, industry, or the marketplace at large. Personal brands may be deliberately modified to reinvent a public person.


So, when did this become the norm, and do everyday humans really have a personal brand, or do we need to constantly create one to remain relevant and visible? And does having a personal brand make any difference in an already hectic, noisy online world where TikTok and Instagram are flooded with content that can at times seem self-indulgent.


I am speaking to someone who works extensively in this personal brand space. Kathryn Porritt is known around the world as the leading Iconic Strategist for personal brands. She works privately with those destined for greatness to help them take their expertise and turn it into their Iconic Empire.

Following the successful sale of her multi-million dollar eCommerce company, she established Icons Incorporated to represent the world's elite personal brands - with branding, representation services, commercialization strategies, big-deal PR, and speaking.


Hear from Kathryn on:

  1. When did having and managing your own personal brand become a norm in modern society? Are there some examples e.g. The Kardashians or a Simon Sinek.
  2. Does a personal brand differ from your company brand if you are, for example, say Elon Musk - founder of Tesla? How do you compartmentalize that?
  3. What are the best ways to amplify your personal brand - social media has to be a part of it but does it have to be?
  4. Are there times when a personal brand can become toxic or not ideal?
  5. Do everyday folks have a personal brand they may not be aware of and how do we know what our brand personality and value proposition are?
  6. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Personal Branding?



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May 24th 2022
136: The Politics of Privacy - Marco Bellin
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Privacy is something everyone in the modern era must come to terms with. Our digital footprint is everywhere and protecting our identity from theft or managing who can see our personal details online is a hard one. How much information do you have on who knows what about you as you do your daily routine of doing a spot of internet shopping, searching news articles, sending out emails, or posting a few photos on social media from your laptop or smartphone?

My guest today Marco Bellin, is here to discuss The Politics of Privacy. He is currently the CEO at Datacappy, whose VPN protects you from advertisers, data collectors, and third-party agencies with full-device coverage.

Marco has enjoyed a diverse and long career that includes education, bioscience investing, and more recently, privacy.

After graduating from Vassar College in 1989, Marco started work as a research assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. There, he developed a passion and an acumen for studying and analyzing biotech stocks which he continues to do to the present day.

In 1992, he founded Science, Technology, and Teaching, which taught 3rd-grade science after school in New York City public schools. Marco then went on to work for ReadSpeak Inc., a private business focused on education through language acquisition. He received his Master's in Educational Administration from NYU in 1999.

In 2002, he founded Elephant Hill Organic Farm and after the birth of his children, closed the farm and focused solely on biotech investing. In 2016, he founded Blindcut, LLC, an internet privacy company, and now is at the helm of Datacappy. Marco also plays tennis with his dogs and strives to make the world a better place.

We discuss in this podcast:

  1. What drove Marco to lead a company like Datacappy and what problem does the business solve?
  2. How do you 100% know the Datacappy VPN keeps you anonymous and encrypted?
  3. How has tech complicated our privacy in a globally connected world and is that always bad?
  4. What are some of the main ways we are giving up our right to our own sense of pure privacy every time we click on a social media feed like Instagram or order a pizza online and can we do much about it if we want to have the access and convenience of these digital tools?
  5. How can smaller businesses keep up with data privacy compliance?
  6. Why does our kids' privacy has to be put first.



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