The journey of becoming an accidental entrepreneur: from a travel blogger to EU lobbyist to setting up own digital startup. Open sharing about the disconnect between the worlds of politics and business. Criticism of the European institutions but also ideas for more impactful conversations with the citizens. Here’s the third episode of a series of interviews with Nick Hall, founder and CEO of the Digital Tourism Think Tank, about the entrepreneurial careers in digital tourism.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, Nick shares:

  1. How elitist is the Brussels bubble in blocking the market entry of outsiders?
  2. Skills of the future and letting the business flow unfold
  3. Reconciling the passion for policy / politics and entrepreneurial creativity
  4. Vision of a British citizen for transforming the European leadership
  5. Views of a male CEO in a female-dominant company on glass ceiling and diversity in travel industry and tourism boards
  6. Examples of a female leader and a business brand to follow as champions of new values

 

Have you also listened to PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS with Nick on this channel? Check them out now! 

  1. In the first one, we discussed the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. 
  2. In the second one we looked at the strategies and mindsets that you need to master if you want to succeed in digital transformation of your tourism business.

 

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KEY QUESTIONS FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF TOURISM BUSINESS. The purpose behind tech is obvious for some but many small businesses resist having at least some online presence. Where to start? How to deal with the daily overwhelm of business management, augmented in times of economic uncertainty?

 

CHECK OUT THE PREVIOUS EPISODE with Nick, sharing his analysis of COVID-19 impacts on tourism industry, most frequent strategic mistakes but also recipe for success of those entrepreneurs who managed to restart their business during this crisis with a radical yet inexpensive innovation. 

 

IN THIS EPISODE we

  1. Debunk myths blocking many European entrepreneurs from having at least a website
  2. Reveal the most overlooked part of customer journey that should be digitised
  3. Show where to kick-start tech transformation if you are a digital alien 
  4. Disclose how a tourism consultancy redesigned its model of event management after COVID-19 paralysis

DON’T FORGET TO SET A REMINDER to be notified about the next episode, in which Nick shares his personal story of developing his career from a travel blogger to tourism policy lobbyist in Brussels all the way to setting up the Digital Tourism Think Tank. 

 

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STRATEGIES TO GROW TRAVEL BUSINESS are hard to think of if the global travel is shut down. But there are champions leading the way with courage to experiment and test innovation in European tourism and hospitality industry. COVID-19 months led to chaos and bankruptcies but also opportunities to rethink the usual business model.  

 

Check out the first out of this new series of interviews focusing on the tourism sector in the EU during covid-19 and beyond. Our guest is Nicholas Hall, founder and CEO of the Digital Tourism Think Tank!

 

IN THIS EPISODE, we unveil:

  1. The paralysis of travel sector and expectations for the post-summer season
  2. Challenges of family-owned tourism businesses
  3. Difficult choices between building profitable business and following your passion to build a lifestyle travel company 
  4. Travellers’ safety concerns and how technology can respond to mass tourism and overcrowded sightseeing 
  5. How Airbnb and others used the covid-19 lockdown to repurpose
  6. Power of courage to experiment and fail, not just in good times

IN THE NEXT TWO EPISODES upcoming with Nick, we will dive deeper into digital transformation opportunities offered by modern technologies; and Nick’s personal story of building his career, looking at competitiveness of European businesses and opportunities to improve the support provided by the EU and national policy makers. So don’t forget to SET A REMINDER above to be notified about the future episodes!

 

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Are you also worried that your impact is limited if speaking via zoom or skype calls? Voice is our only communication tool if we cannot experience each other face to face. Either because of lockdown or simply because we operate globally and collaborate remotely…As you’re listening to this series on hidden mysteries of vocal coaching, here’s a special episode recorded for you on importance of voice during covid-19 period. 

 

Technology connects us but increases the difficulty of getting our message across. 

  1. Does corona crisis generate higher demand for voice coaching?
  2. Main mistakes to avoid during your conference calls 
  3. Easy-to-do tricks to make sure you are better understood 

 

Have you also listened to PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS with Ines on this channel? Check them out now! 

  1. In the first one, we discussed what is vocal coaching, how it supports your leadership and examples of problems that this therapy can or cannot fix. 
  2. In the second one we discovered the most-frequent mistakes reducing our impact when speaking; and experimented with exercises that can improve the pitch, speed, body posture or articulation (stay tuned for that embarrassing yawn!!). 

 

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VOCAL COACHING TIPS AND HOW YOU CAN MASTER YOUR VOICE. Is your voice too weak or breaking? Have you been told you’re monotone, making your audience fall asleep? Do you sound like Kim Kardashian? Find out what’s the secret to Hollywood stars’ voices: 

  1. How you can train your throat muscles 
  2. Importance of the body position when speaking 
  3. A powerful yawning trick to do before you start presenting 
  4. And other secrets to impactful public speaking - ted talk or any business negotiation

CHECK OUT THE PREVIOUS EPISODE with Ines, which explains what is vocal coaching, why any leader should try it and examples of problems that this therapy can or cannot fix. 

 

SET A REMINDER to be notified about the next episode - going into tips for increasing your impact when doing business remotely, via video conferences or phone calls - relying only on your voice, instead of a full body language self-expression. 

 

Lucia Klestincova, your host of Lights on Europe interviews Inês Moura who trains leaders, politicians and other professionals to use their voice in a professional context. She is a speech and language therapist, master in vocal coaching (Barcelona), certified coach, author of the book “The Secret Power of Voice” (for now only in Portuguese) and co-founder of the international certification “High-Performance Vocal Coaching” – the first one for use in a business environment. Inês believes everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard. Her purpose is to guide people to achieve their personal and professional goals by teaching them to use their voice with confidence and authenticity.

 

 

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EVERY LEADER AND SPEAKER MUST TRY VOCAL COACHING. Are you embarrassed by your high pitch, sweating or simply because your message doesn’t land with your audience? If you invest in public speaking skills and communication training, you clearly care about the impact you have with your audience. Time to discover what’s limiting your true voice. 

 

IN THIS EPISODE, we discuss and demystify:  

  1. Why every speaker should try vocal coaching
  2. The mismatch between your story and how your identity is actually communicated
  3. Sound of your perfect voice 
  4. If executives are ready to discover why they sweat when public speaking
  5. From breathing problems, through high pitch or voice identity of transgender people.

 

IN THE NEXT TWO EPISODES upcoming with Ines, we will go into concrete examples of voice coaching exercises; and also tips & tricks for those of you spending hours on video-conferencing calls (during covid-19 lockdown and beyond, in ‘normal’ business time). So don’t forget to SET A REMINDER above to be notified about the future episodes!

Lucia Klestincova, your host of Lights on Europe interviews Inês Moura who trains leaders, politicians and other professionals to use their voice in a professional context. She is a speech and language therapist, master in vocal coaching (Barcelona), certified coach, author of the book “The Secret Power of Voice” (for now only in Portuguese) and co-founder of the international certification “High-Performance Vocal Coaching” – the first one for use in a business environment. Inês believes everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard. Her purpose is to guide people to achieve their personal and professional goals by teaching them to use their voice with confidence and authenticity.

 

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https://www.instagram.com/lightsoneurope/ 

https://www.facebook.com/klestincovalucia/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/lights-on-europe/

https://twitter.com/LightsEurope

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYaXz2kfMeyzuYNpbu4IrLw

 

HELPING SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE is what Brianna was doing for 6 years in American rape centres. All of us can be inspired by her story and reflect how we can show up to contribute to help provided to millions of victims out there. Everybody has got expertise, time or money that can be donated so that the support system for survivors of domestic and intimate-partner violence works more effectively. 

 

Have you listened to the previous interviews with Brianna on this channel? Check them out now! We explained what is sexual violence and what kind of safety planning is possible in times of corona lockdown. 

 

In this episode, we look at the story of Brianna and her professional career as an advocate for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the United States. She has been a counselor for adults and children experiencing violence, a medical advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and has worked in emergency shelters. She currently works with a Brussels-based NGO that advocates for human rights at a political level. She manages two programs: women’s rights and gender equality; and LGBTQI people and human rights. Brianna has a MA in International Migration with a specialization in Human Rights Law from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, and a BS in Psychology from Northeastern University.

 

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ARE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STILL PROTECTED BY THE INSTITUTIONS? During corona lockdown, safety planning is even more complicated for survivors of intimate-partner violence. In previous episodes, you learned what is (and what’s not) sexual violence, challenges in times of covid-19 pandemics, and how was Brianna’s professional experience of working with victims of rape. In this last episode of this series about gender-based violence, you fill hear:

 

  1. Are the institutions failing in supporting victims of sexual violence during the covid-19 pandemics? Can victims count on health care, courts, jails as under normal times?
  2. Are perpetrators of these crimes less likely to be detained?
  3. How can we as a community help victims with their safety planning strategies?
  4. What about the kids that are witnessing or targets of domestic violence?
  5. How does financial stress caused by the global economic crisis contribute to the rise of intimate-partner violence and unhealthy relationship dynamics? 

 

Lucia Klestincova, your host of Lights on Europe interviews Brianna Hertford, who spent 6 years as an advocate for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the United States. She has been a counselor for adults and children experiencing violence, a medical advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and has worked in emergency shelters. She currently works with a Brussels-based NGO that advocates for human rights at a political level. She manages two programs: women’s rights and gender equality; and LGBTQI people and human rights. Brianna has a MA in International Migration with a specialization in Human Rights Law from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, and a BS in Psychology from Northeastern University.

 

 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/klestincovalucia/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LKlestincova 

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucia-klestincov

RISE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN is a fact. What are the triggers? How to get out when normal safety planning is impossible? Here’s the second interview out of a series of expert conversations about gender-based violence in times of corona pandemic. 

 

In this episode, we discuss and demystify:  

  1. Concrete examples of what’s happening behind the closed doors
  2. Safety planning strategies
  3. Public policy innovation when you can’t fully rely on the justice or health care system
  4. Social support you can count on even during the pandemics crisis
  5. How can citizens, neighbours, family and friends help victims and survivors of domestic violence 

 

Check out also the previous episode with Brianna - we discuss more broadly what is sexual and intimate-partner violence. You’ll hear an intro into identifying the control and power dynamics in a toxic relationship, basic concepts of safety planning and trauma healing. We also wonder whether America and Europe differ in how they stigmatise victims of rape.

 

Lucia Klestincova, your host of Lights on Europe interviews Brianna Hertford, who spent 6 years as an advocate for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the United States. She has been a counselor for adults and children experiencing violence, a medical advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and has worked in emergency shelters. She currently works with a Brussels-based NGO that advocates for human rights at a political level. She manages two programs: women’s rights and gender equality; and LGBTQI people and human rights. Brianna has a MA in International Migration with a specialization in Human Rights Law from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, and a BS in Psychology from Northeastern University.

 

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Po našom vstupe do EÚ sa mohli cítiť v Bruseli osamelo a bez zázemia. Namiesto toho sa rozhodli nečakať na niekoho iného a začali si sami organizovať podujatia pre svoju novú komunitu.

Simona Pohlová je jednou z líderiek Českej inspiracie – českého spolku, ktorý pripravuje každoročne množstvo podujatí pre bruselské rodiny – od divadla a umeleckých dielní pre deti až po už zabehnutý zbor Brusinky a pravidelný český ples. Vypočujte si v jej rozhovore s Luciou Kleštincovou príbeh českej komunity v Bruseli a ako môžete prispieť k jeho úspechu. 

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