How I started Giant Thinkers and my tips on start-ups

Shore Break Part 1: Start-Ups Part 1 by Shorebreak on Mixcloud

I was recently interviewed by Rosie Rae; Producer at Bondi Beach Radio and FBi Radio, for the ‘Shore Break’ segment of Bondi Beach Radio. I was asked about Giant Thinkers, start-ups, advice for young entrepreneurs starting out and how nurturing innovation and creativity is reshaping the Australian economy.

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Watch ‘The Birth Of A Designer’ talk for free: FULL VIDEO HERE

On the 27th of August, 2015 I delivered a talk titled ‘The Birth Of A Designer’ at deFrost* in the studio of Frost* Collective, Surry Hills – NSW, Australia. This is the same talk I delivered during my USA speaking tour over November, December and January 2014/15 where I visited 22 cities during those 3 months.

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What am I worth? Salaries and negotiation explained

I recently gave a talk to a group of design students on negotiating their first salaries. “How much money should I get?” was very much on their minds. Three of them were in the process of bargaining:
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What a two year old taught me about interviews

Secretly trapped in a 2-year-old's body is an expert interviewer. If you don't believe me, find one (preferably from parents you know) and smile at it. Did it smile back or did it not make eye contact with you at all? Try again, perhaps stand right in front of it. Careful! you might scare it. Maybe smile and say hello in a calm voice. Better? or did you make it cry? You see 2 year old's are smart creatures, c'mon we've all been there. They need to be engaged. It's not enough to grin or nod. You've even tried to dance, make absurd noises and play hide and seek with your own palms to win it's attention. This is exactly like an interview situation but there are ways to communicate without looking like a desperate clown. CONTINUE READING
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About Ram Castillo

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Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker, CreativeLive.com Instructor and Author of the internationally acclaimed book 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed'. He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog GiantThinkers.com which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, AIGA.org and Apple.

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