The widely acclaimed films of Wong Kar-wai are characterized by their sumptuous yet complex visual and sonic style. This study of Wong's filmmaking techniques uses a poetics approach to examine how form, music, narration, characterization, genre, and other artistic elements work together to produce certain effects on audiences. Bettinson argues that Wong's films are permeated by an aesthetic of sensuousness and “disturbance” achieved through techniques such as narrative interruptions, facial masking, opaque cuts, and other complex strategies. The effect is to jolt the viewer out of complete aesthetic absorption. Each of the chapters focuses on a single aspect of Wong's filmmaking. The book also discusses Wong's influence on other filmmakers in Hong Kong and around the world. The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai: Film Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance (Hong Kong University Press, 2014) will appeal to all who are interested in authorship and aesthetics in film studies, to scholars in Asian studies, media and cultural studies, and to anyone with an interest in Hong Kong cinema in general, and Wong's films in particular. Gary Bettinson is a senior lecturer in film studies at Lancaster University, UK. He is editor of Asian Cinema, Directory of World Cinema: China and author (with Richard Rushton) of What is Film Theory? An Introduction to Contemporary Debates. Gustavo E. Gutiérrez Suárez is MA in Anthropology, and BA in Social Communication. His areas of interest include Andean and Amazonian Anthropology, Film theory and aesthetics. You can follow him on Twitter vía @GustavoEGSuarez. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/film
The widely acclaimed films of Wong Kar-wai are characterized by their sumptuous yet complex visual and sonic style. This study of Wong's filmmaking techniques uses a poetics approach to examine how form, music, narration, characterization, genre, and other artistic elements work together to produce certain effects on audiences. Bettinson argues that Wong's films are permeated by an aesthetic of sensuousness and “disturbance” achieved through techniques such as narrative interruptions, facial masking, opaque cuts, and other complex strategies. The effect is to jolt the viewer out of complete aesthetic absorption. Each of the chapters focuses on a single aspect of Wong's filmmaking. The book also discusses Wong's influence on other filmmakers in Hong Kong and around the world. The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai: Film Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance (Hong Kong University Press, 2014) will appeal to all who are interested in authorship and aesthetics in film studies, to scholars in Asian studies, media and cultural studies, and to anyone with an interest in Hong Kong cinema in general, and Wong's films in particular. Gary Bettinson is a senior lecturer in film studies at Lancaster University, UK. He is editor of Asian Cinema, Directory of World Cinema: China and author (with Richard Rushton) of What is Film Theory? An Introduction to Contemporary Debates. Gustavo E. Gutiérrez Suárez is MA in Anthropology, and BA in Social Communication. His areas of interest include Andean and Amazonian Anthropology, Film theory and aesthetics. You can follow him on Twitter vía @GustavoEGSuarez. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/east-asian-studies
The widely acclaimed films of Wong Kar-wai are characterized by their sumptuous yet complex visual and sonic style. This study of Wong's filmmaking techniques uses a poetics approach to examine how form, music, narration, characterization, genre, and other artistic elements work together to produce certain effects on audiences. Bettinson argues that Wong's films are permeated by an aesthetic of sensuousness and “disturbance” achieved through techniques such as narrative interruptions, facial masking, opaque cuts, and other complex strategies. The effect is to jolt the viewer out of complete aesthetic absorption. Each of the chapters focuses on a single aspect of Wong's filmmaking. The book also discusses Wong's influence on other filmmakers in Hong Kong and around the world. The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai: Film Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance (Hong Kong University Press, 2014) will appeal to all who are interested in authorship and aesthetics in film studies, to scholars in Asian studies, media and cultural studies, and to anyone with an interest in Hong Kong cinema in general, and Wong's films in particular. Gary Bettinson is a senior lecturer in film studies at Lancaster University, UK. He is editor of Asian Cinema, Directory of World Cinema: China and author (with Richard Rushton) of What is Film Theory? An Introduction to Contemporary Debates. Gustavo E. Gutiérrez Suárez is MA in Anthropology, and BA in Social Communication. His areas of interest include Andean and Amazonian Anthropology, Film theory and aesthetics. You can follow him on Twitter vía @GustavoEGSuarez. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network
Our relationship to food goes far beyond its nutritional value. What we eat can help us tap into something deeper, whether it brings up treasured memories or allows us to escape our own lives for just a few bites. That duality is captured by two different books in today's episode; while Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner explores how cooking Korean food helped the author grieve her mom's death, Gastro Obscura by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras takes readers to each continent to learn about its cuisine. In interviews with NPR's Ari Shapiro, Zauner and Wong talk about how food shapes our worlds.
Ray Wong, Vice President of Data Operations for Altus Group, is our invitee once again in this episode. Today, he'll be talking about office space in the Toronto and Vancouver markets with Aaron and Adam. We'll start with Ray going through some current office statistics compared to those of a year ago, most of which... The post Vancouver and Toronto Office with Ray Wong of Altus Group appeared first on Commercial Real Estate Podcast.
In this episode Luke Hughes, PhD aka the Drake of BFR returns to discuss his recent paper titled "Aerobic exercise with blood flow restriction causes local and systemic hypoalgesia and increases circulating opioid and endocannabinoid levels". This study followed similar methods to his previous work in terms of outcome measures and its general design. Give it a listen and let us know what you think. Papers referenced during the podcast below: Hughes, L., Grant, I., & Patterson, S. D. (n.d.). Aerobic exercise with blood flow restriction causes local and systemic hypoalgesia 2 and increases circulating opioid and endocannabinoid levels. Hughes, L., & Patterson, S. D. (2020). The effect of blood flow restriction exercise on exercise-induced hypoalgesia and endogenous opioid and endocannabinoid mechanisms of pain modulation. Journal of Applied Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00768.2019 Song, J. S., Spitz, R. W., Yamada, Y., Bell, Z. W., Wong, V., Abe, T., & Loenneke, J. P. (2021). Exercise-induced hypoalgesia and pain reduction following blood flow restriction: a brief review. Physical Therapy in Sport: Official Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2021.04.005 Slysz, J. T., & Burr, J. F. (2021). Ischemic Preconditioning: Modulating Pain Sensitivity and Exercise Performance. Frontiers in Physiology, 12, 944. Fraessdorf, J., Hollmann, M. W., Hanschmann, I., Heinen, A., Weber, N. C., Preckel, B., & Huhn, R. (2015). Role of Endogenous Opioid System in Ischemic-Induced Late Preconditioning. PloS One, 10(7), e0134283. Intro music: Trick or Treat (instrumental) by RYYZN https://soundcloud.com/ryyzn Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/l_trick-or-treat Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/uNPXJ9CDzbc
Chel Wong is a Boston-based video game composter and sound designer. As a freelancer, she has worked on such titles as the music puzzler Kine, the Starfox-inspired Whisker Squadron, and the surreal adventure RPG She Dreams Elsewhere. Not only has she also helped run the Game Audio Boston group, but as a freelancer, she invests […] The post Polygamer #118: Freelance composer & sound designer Chel Wong first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Mitch Wong is an artist, worship leader, and songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Dante Bowe, Cece Winans, Chris Tomlin, Brandon Lake, David & Nicole Binion, Steffany Gretzinger, Chandler Moore, Lincoln Brewster, Planetshakers, BJ Putnam, Chris McClarney and Neon Feather among others. These include "Voice of God," “'Hunger", “God Of The Impossible,” “Love Like Fire,” “This Is Our Time,” “At The Mention” and “City Lights.”
Stacie Wong is a Principal at GLUCK+. Named by Fast Company as a top 10 most innovative companies in architecture, the firm is recognized for Architect Led Design Build. Stacie's considerable design and construction experience began 26 years ago with the Yale Building Project's design-build of a single-family residence in New Haven. Ever since, she has been involved in educational, commercial and residential work across the United States. Stacie brings expertise in leading strategic planning, research, programming, and community stakeholder engagement with private and public institutional clients, as well as stewarding the design and construction for the successful completion of many technically complex projects. She has been an advocate for architects' involvement in construction to increase their agency in the building process and impact on the design of the physical environment, including features in Metropolis Magazine, Wallpaper* and Architectural Design (UK). Notable award-winning projects include ONStage at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City, Pilkey Lab, a LEED Gold science research building for Duke University Marine Laboratory on their coastal campus; Artist Retreat in Upstate New York; and The East Harlem School in New York City. Current projects in progress include Van Sinderen Plaza, affordable housing in East New York and City Seminary of New York's campus in Harlem. Stacie received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. In this episode we talk about: Stacie's desire to become a complete architect, and know how a building actually gets put together, led to her interest in design-build projects How GLUCK+ scaled up its design-build work to include both single-family residences and public institutional work Stacie's experience working as a Superintendent on a construction site Advice for emerging professionals on navigating construction sites and Construction Administration Why there's no shame in not knowing everything, and the best way to learn How GLUCK+ is set up so everyone works on both the design and construction side Why there is less liability in design-build than people may think - We want to hear from you! Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the show on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/designvoicepodcast.
Don't miss the latest Gurvey's Law podcast, which aired on KABC-AM 790 TalkRadio on Thursday, October 14th. This episode features hosts Alan Gurvey and Lauren Sivan, and special guest host Chuck White! In the first half-hour, the trio interviews Rose Cheung and Genevieve Wong, the mother-daughter team behind the Amazon bestselling cookbook “Healing Herbal Soups: Boost Your Immunity and Weather the Seasons with Traditional Chinese Recipes.” Later, Daniel Kramer of the Los Angeles Trial Attorneys' Charities, joins the show to chat about the organization's upcoming golf tournament. Alan and Chuck's teammate, retired Dodger James Loney, calls in to discuss his game. Listen to this Gurvey's Law podcast and all of the others right here at Gurveyslaw.com, rgwlawfirm.com, Apple Podcasts, and audioBoom!
Snowball, Terri Wong's 5 year old cockatiel, is as uncommon a creature as you could ever meet. If he has not seen Terri up and around by a certain morning hour she can hear him walking down the hall to her bedroom to wake her. Snowball is as satisfied as ever a bird can be with his own image....
In what context was mob programming discovered? What were tech practices like before and after the discovery? What was the biggest personal challenge in the new way of working? How did the collaboration patterns change? Who better to answer these questions than members from the original #MobProgramming team on the 10 year anniversary of the practice
September Episode of So Here's What Happened! picks up with LaNeysha and Carolyn discussing and review everything they watched and read during the month. The September episode of the podcast features include Squid Game, Midnight Mass, Yumi's Cells, and Detention.Featured series for this episode: Squid Game, Midnight Mass, The Tension, and Yumi's Cells Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama series streaming on Netflix. Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, it stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung. The series centers on a competition in which 456 players, all of them come from different walks of life, but the one thing they have in common is being deep debt. Desperate to win a ginormous cash prize of ₩45.6 billion (equivalent to $38.5 million USD), the contestants must play a series of children's games with deadly consequences if they lose.Midnight Mass is an American supernatural horror limited series streaming exclusively on Netflix. The series is created and directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Hamish Linklater, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli and Henry Thomas. The series is set on an isolated island whose inhabitants experience a series of supernatural events after the arrival of a mysterious and charismatic priest.Yumi's Cells is a live action adaptation of the hit Webtoon series of the same name. The series follows Yu-Mi (played by Kim Go-Eun) an ordinary single working woman. On the outside, Yu-Mi is not the best at expressing her feelings. Meanwhile on the inside the cells in Yu-Mi's brain represent different emotions like love, violence, rationality, good, and bad. These tiny cells in her brain work actively for her. They deal with her emotions and troubles. Through her romantic and work relationships, she grows as a person and finds happiness.Detention is a Taiwanese supernatural horror drama streaming series, created for Netflix in collaboration with Public Television Service. The series is based on the original video game of the same name developed by Red Candle Games. The game and series alike takes place during a period of martial law known as the White Terror in Taiwan. Detention intertwines the suffocating political situations under martial law and heart-stopping legends of local deities, revealing a labyrinth of unspeakable oppression.The featured film on this month's episode is: Shang-Chi Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a 2021 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Shang-Chi is the sixth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Four. The film is directed and co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Awkwafina as Katy Chen, Meng'er Zhang as Xu Xialing, Fala Chen as Ying Li, Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist, Benedict Wong as Wong, Yuen Wah as Guang Bo, with Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan. The film follows Shang-Chi as he confronts the past he had left behind when he is drawn into conflict with the mysterious Ten Rings organization. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After graduating college with an engineering degree, Andy Wong took a job working in the big tech industry. After gaining several years of experience and a patent in nuclear reactors, Andy never imagined doing anything else. It wasn't until the horror of 911 unfolded before his eyes that Andy realized his trajectory wasn't aligning with the legacy he hoped to leave. This epiphany ultimately inspired Andy to leave big tech and pursue a career in something completely different. Andy has since found fulfillment in his role as a father of 3 and the go-to real estate agent in Sunnyvale Communities, his neighborhood in Los Altos, California. As the son of a realtor, Andy grew up watching his dad help families achieve their dreams through home ownership. And while Andy loved his job as an engineer, he was longing for a career that allowed him to fully immerse himself in the community he loves. Even though real estate can often be time consuming, Andy explains that he had to intentionally create a balance that allows him to prioritize both his clients and family. As he gets older, Andy realizes that the greatest gift his parents gave him is his self-confidence. Without it, Andy knows that he wouldn't be the father or realtor he is today. Tune into this week's episode of Bathtime 2 Boardroom for a conversation with Andy about his transition from engineer to rockstar realtor. Learn more about how Andy uses his career to build his community and create memories for his kids that will last a lifetime. #nospiceforandy #raisingadults #neurodiversity #neurotypical #carnegiemelon #UniversityofMichigan #charliebrownhouse #twintowers #9/11 #timeismoney #realtors #dreamhouse #familytime #prioritiesplusvalues Quotes • “After a lot of soul searching, prayer, and wise counsel, I decided to pursue something that was more relational and community-focused, and for me real estate was perfect for that.” (24:54-25:06) • “It takes a lot of intention to say, ‘This is going to be my schedule and these are the normal hours I work,' and people respect that once you do that.” (31:57-32:04) • “The potential client could be a great person, but for one reason or another is just not a good fit. And and I'm okay with saying ‘maybe we're not the best fit, but let me introduce you to somebody who might be a better fit for what you're trying to accomplish.'” (33:59-34:16) • “If you want to live in a nice neighborhood then you have to be a really good neighbor to your neighbors.” (36:57-37:02) Links Connect with Andy Wong: https://www.andyrealestate.com/ Keep up with Bathtime 2 Boardroom: • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bathtime-2-Boardroom-Podcast-104607138442668 • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bathtime_2_boardroom/ • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bathtime-2-boardroom/ Podcast production and show notes provided by HiveCast.fm
#390 - October horror movie month rolls on with the crowd funded, practical effect dominated The Void. Starring Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Daniel Fathers, Mik Byskov, Evan Stern, Kenneth Walsh, Art Hindle, and Ellen Wong. We also discuss elementary school handball lingo and list our favorite hospital scenes. Enjoy! Category: Movies HSF Rating Alex-5, Scott-4 Jeff-2 Please follow and contact us at the following locations: Patreon: http://patreon.com/hansshotfirst Facebook: Hans Shot First Twitter: http://twitter.com/hansshot1st Email: email@example.com iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hans-shot-first/id778071182 Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/I5q2th5tzsucvpzgmy3kmzgtd44?t=Hans_Shot_First iHeartRadio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/256-hans-shot-first-30934202/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ityvhlXhdtoXFJFOO1cvA
Marvel's latest release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings recently made its way to cinemas so Kneel Before Pod arranged a conversation about it. The discussion covers family, friendship and Wong's entertaining exploits. Craig can be found on this very site and over on Rarely Going on the We Made This podcast network. Chris can also be found on a Sunday between 12 and 2pm GMT live on Black Diamond FM as well as on many of the previous podcasts. Thanks to Izaak for the artwork, he can be found on his Twitter or on his website. Show Notes Reviews Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Ant-Man Ant-Man and the Wasp Doctor Strange Spider-Man: Homecoming Spider-Man: Far From Home Solo: A Star Wars Story Podcasts Ant-Man and the Wasp Doctor Strange Spider-Man: Homecoming Spider-Man: Far From Home Solo: A Star Wars Story Misc The "Everyone is Beautiful and No One is Horny" article Michelle Yeoh talking about Jackie Chan Music Niall Stenson's cover of the “Marvel Fanfare“, his cover of the “Iron Man 3 theme” and his YouTube channel If you enjoyed what you heard here then please do subscribe to Kneel Before Pod on iTunes, Spotify or any major podcasting app you can think of. If you have any feedback then we'd love to hear it. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter or just make yourself known in the comments section below.
The end of an era. We reminisce about our professional lives around this podcast, and break the movie adaptation for the podcast itself. Thank you all for listening!Editing by Chad EllisFollow us on TwitterJoin the Facebook group!Matt Arnold is @mattlarnoldWill Campos is @willbcamposFreddie Wong is @fwong
What do you do when your faith is central to your life...but not to someone you love? What are the ways that you may be driving them even further from the conversations you long to have? Spoken word artist, writer, and speaker Hosanna Wong joins Julie Lyles Carr for an insightful episode on learning the language of those we love so that we can have the conversations we long to have with them about God. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/301kscD
Welcome back mis amigos! Tune in as Grace Wong and David Orozco discuss a newly recognized eating disorder, ARFID. ARFID stands for Aversive Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and professionals are just now starting to understand it. Topics we cover include… What is ARFID?Who is likely to develop ARFIDAssumptions in eating disordersHow trauma affects eating Treatment of ARFID Introducing Our Guest Grace is a registered dietitian in Canada specializes in feeding and eating disorders. She has been practicing as a dietitian for over 17 years, primarily in eating disorders, pediatrics, and mental health. Grace works with clients of all ages living with feeding and eating disorders through a developmental lens. She is experienced in working with co-existing conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, sensory-based challenges, complex medical conditions, addictions and trauma. Besides her clinical practice, she provides training and supervision for professionals in Canada and overseas. She has written and developed various professional guidelines and papers on ARFID. Grace is currently working with a group of multidisciplinary colleagues in developing the Responsive Feeding Therapy framework and resources to support this therapy approach. ResourcesFor full show notes remember to visit our website for links and more. If you like this episode, then download the show wherever you listen to your podcasts at Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google and hit that subscribe button so you won't miss another episode. Big Ask: Leave a Review! Please, take a few minutes and leave me a review on your podcast app. Each review helps other listeners find the podcast, which provides me with the ability to continue bring you unique content. So spread the love. Loss for words? Just write what you like about the show. If you want to work with us, schedule an appointment. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 678-568-4717, or explore our website.Once again, I greatly appreciate you for listening and supporting my show. Remember, it really only takes One Small Bite to start transforming your life. Remember - Chop the diet mentality; Fuel Your Body; and Nourish Your Soul
In this episode Brittany talks about ticks, Jim covers mosquito fish odors, and Mike highlights the latest info on the Asian Giant Hornet distribution in the US. We are joined by special guest, Timothy Wong of M&M Environmental Services!
It's time to finish that "book report" on "Edgar Allan Poe" as hosts Bobby and Kristina discuss 1971's You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and 1982's Snoopy! The Musical on episode seventeen of My Favorite Flop. ABOUT YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown shares the story of a day in the life of everybody's favorite blockhead, Charlie Brown. The musical features music and lyrics by Clark Gesner and a book by John Gordon. Following an unprecedented run of 1,597 performances off-Broadway, the musical finally opened to mixed reviews on The Great White Way on June 1, 1971 and closed 32 performances later. Many critics had felt that much of its original charm had evaporated during the transfer. Despite that, the musical became a popular staple in the amateur theater market and is known as one of the most beloved musicals of all time. In 1998, a significantly revised version of the musical set out on a national tour before opening on Broadway the following year. It featured new dialogue by Michael Mayer, who also directed, and additional songs and orchestration written by composer Andrew Lippa. The character of Patty was replaced with Sally Brown, inspired by the same change Schulz made in the animated TV adaptation in the 1980s. The cast featured Anthony Rapp as Charlie Brown, B.D. Wong as Linus, Ilana Levine as Lucy, and Stanley Wayne Mathis as Schroeder. Also featured were Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart as Sally and Snoopy, with each winning the Tony award in the respective category. Despite its Tony wins, the musical failed to gain an audience and closed after just 149 performances. Original Broadway Cast Dean Stolber as Charlie Brown Liz O'Neal as Lucy Stephen Fenning as Linus Carter Cole as Schroeder Lee Wilson as Patty Grant Cowan as Snoopy ABOUT SNOOPY! THE MUSICAL An official sequel to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Snoopy! The Musical shares the story of a day in the life of everybody's favorite beagle, Snoopy. The musical features music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady, and a book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, and Michael Grace. Despite You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown's Broadway failure in 1971, it had already become a worldwide sensation, and producer Arthur Whitelaw felt that it needed a follow-up. This time, however, he would both write and direct the piece. Snoopy! The Musical premiered on December 9, 1975 at the Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, California and, despite mixed reviews, ran for 7 months. The musical was then produced Off-Broadway at the Lamb's Theatre in 1982 starring David Garrison as Snoopy. The show performed 152 performances until it closed on May 1, 1983. The Off-Broadway production received similar reviews to the San Francisco production. Later, when Lorna Luft replaced Peppermint Patty, a new song was written for her, entitled "Hurry Up, Face". This song was used in later productions, including the West End later that year. The 1983 West End production was a critically acclaimed success and ran for 479 performances. A revised version of Snoopy! The Musical opened Texas State University in 2017 with a new song co-written by Andrew Lippa and restored material that had been cut from previous versions of the show. This version, now called The World According To Snoopy, is available to license alongside the original. Original Off-Broadway Cast David Garrison as Snoopy Terry Kirwin as Charlie Brown Vicki Lewis as Peppermint Patty Kay Cole as Lucy Stephen Fenning as Linus Deborah Graham as Sally Brown Cathy Cahn as Woodstock
Are you wondering how to go beyond the six or seven-figure mark and continue your agency growth? After graduating college with a Liberal Arts degree and an interest in advertising, Ben Wiener jumped at the opportunity to work at Wongdoody, an advertising agency that specializes in UX, as well as customers experience and employee experience. He continued to work there for 28 years and is now the CEO of the recently sold agency. He sat down to talk with Jason about the importance of the pipeline to keep your agency going beyond the million-dollar mark, how he goes about building the leadership at his agency, how to recalibrate your ambition to keep going after reaching eight figures, and his current role at the company. 3 Golden Nuggets Beyond the million. Many agency owners that reach the million-dollar mark have a hard time going beyond that level. In Ben's experience, this entails a mind shift. It's a point where you will need your new clients to be as big as your biggest client. Making the decision to stop taking small clients may be difficult and requires a lot of confidence on your next step, but you need to recognize that small clients take as much time as big clients and keep you from reaching that next level. This pipeline piece is key and you need to have a clear vision of what you want your client roster to look like. Building leaders. Hiring is one of the most important things agency owners do once their agency starts to see a certain level of growth. Once you've hired people t start doing the things you used to do you will need to start hiring people that do things you can't do? How can you ensure they really know what they're doing? Our guest believes sourcing talent from companies that are ahead of him in the growth curve is the best way to go about it. It provides credibility and, at the very least, they will be well trained. After you hire your leadership and empower them to make decisions, your job will become clearing the path for them to be able to focus on their jobs. Recalibrating your ambition. Getting to seven figures is the number one goal for many agency owners, and it might be so overwhelming to get there that you just think “I can't believe I got here”. Ben argues that continuing your growth will require recalibrating your ambition, thinking how do I use eight figures as a platform to get to 10 figures? And what are the next set of changes that we are going to make? Of course, not everyone has eight or nine-figure ambitions and that's ok. The things you love about your agency at $5 million will definitely not be there at $50 million. You have to be very clear on what you want going forward. YOUTUBE AUDIO LINK Gusto: Today's episode is sponsored by Gusto, an all-in-one people platform for payroll, benefits, HR where you can unify your data. Gusto automatically applies your payroll taxes and directly deposits your team's paychecks, freeing you up to work on your business. Head over to gusto.com/agency to enjoy an exclusive offer for podcast listeners. Subscribe Apple | Spotify | iHeart Radio | Stitcher | Radio FM Building Leaders and Recalibrating Your Ambition Will Help You Continue Your Growth Jason: [00:00:00] What's up, agency owners? Jason Swenk here, and I have an amazing guest on today's show. We're going to talk about what is the milestones that you'd go through in order to build an over $80 million agency. Yes, $80 million. I want you to sink that in because a lot of you are trying to get to the eight-figure mark or the nine-figure mark. So we're going to talk about the milestones that you go through. And I have an amazing guest who's been in the industry and been with Wongdoody for over 27 years. So let's go ahead and get into the episode. Hey, Ben. Welcome to the show. Ben: [00:00:45] Hi, how are you? Jason: [00:00:47] I'm excited to have you on, so tell us who you are and what do you do? Ben: [00:00:52] I am Ben Wiener. I am the CEO of Wongdoody, which is, as you pointed out a 28-year-old at this point, um, former advertising agency that has evolved into a global experience design company. Jason: [00:01:09] That's incredible. And so we were talking in the pre-show that you were employee number four. So talk about the progression and you know, how did Wongdoody get started? And first off, just tell people how you guys came up with the name. Uh, cause I'm sure people, you know, I was very interested before. Ben: [00:01:31] Um, it's a really funny name. It's a really boring story. Um, Wongdoody was founded by two people. Mr. Wong and Mr. Doody, otherwise, why would you ever call a company that? And for the most part, you know, we've survived the credibility problem that we start with. But there's still a couple of clients that we've had over the years that have said, you know, there's no way our board of directors is hiring Wongdoody. Can we just call you WD? And we're like, sure. Whatever it takes for you to get Ben Wiener from Wongdoody employed. Jason: [00:02:09] That's just so great. Um, well tell us, uh, when you were employee number four, like how did you start? And kind of walk us through your progression through the agency. And then we can jump into kind of the different milestones that you've seen over the years. Ben: [00:02:25] Uh, in college, I was a big fan of the show Melrose Place. Which dates me and dates anyone who gets that reference. Jason: [00:02:31] Oh, I loved that. Yeah. I think we're the same age. Ben: [00:02:33] I graduated from… I graduated from college with a useless Liberal Arts degree and a short attention span. Um, advertising seemed like a really fun, interesting thing to do. And yeah, through a friend of a friend of a woman who was in book club with my girlfriend's mother, which is how all good things happen. Uh, I happened to get introduced to this guy, Pat Doody, who had just started this agency. We had lunch, we hit it off and he offered me this amazing opportunity to come work for him for free. So I, I took him up on that. Um, and, uh, you know, 15 years later or so I became CEO of Wongdoody and then three years ago we sold the company. But it was a pretty interesting evolution from, uh, Pat, Tracy, and two other people and me in one room to over a thousand people. Um, and I guess the biggest evolution is going from doing kind of every job in the agency, which you do as an intern, to having no clue what half of the things we, we do today are. Um, yeah, which I guess is management. So it's really, how do you go from a business where your fingerprints are literally on everything to thinking more about structure, thinking more about strategy, to thinking about how you deploy resources. As opposed to how you just get everything done yourself. And that's probably the biggest evolution and continuing evolution of a company is it's a gradual process of figuring out what you can let go of. And more importantly, how you can find the people to let go to, because at a certain point you definitely come up against the limits of your own knowledge, intellect, and ability. Jason: [00:04:16] Yeah, let's talk about kind of the milestones, right? I find a lot of agencies can hit the million mark, but they really can't maintain that. Or they can't figure it out how can we get to the multiple million mark? And that's kind of the first milestone I look at. Um, what, what do you think, what, what's the shift in your mind? Because I really kind of think it's a mind shift, more than anything else to getting to the two, three, $4 million range. Ben: [00:04:52] It comes down to I think two things. One is pipeline and the other is people. And both of them require a leap of faith to get to where you want to be. When you're an entrepreneur and you are hustling and you were trying to make payroll and pay the rent every month, revenue is revenue and it's really hard… All revenue is good revenue. And at a certain point, what you want is more clients that are bigger than your biggest client. Not more clients that the size of your smallest client. What you start to recognize is that the small clients take as much time as the big clients. Um, and what's holding you back from focusing on big clients and bigger clients is confidence or a lack thereof. And so as entrepreneurs, when you were living with that nightmare of today's the day when my phone rings, all of our clients, fire us, and that never rings again, it's very, very hard to say, you know what? We're not going to talk to local businesses anymore, or we're not going to talk to regional businesses anymore. Or we're just going to say a hard no to any client below a certain revenue threshold. No matter how nice they are as people, or they don't have any money this year, but man, next year, next year, they're going to budget. There are all these stories we tell ourselves as agency people to rationalize, doing things that we know deep down, we shouldn't be doing. If we want to grow our business. Jason: [00:06:26] Or they say, give me a discount and I'll refer you to all my other businesses. Ben: [00:06:32] Who'll also expect a discount. Also don't have enough money to change your business. That's what you get. Absolutely. Absolutely. So these are, so, I mean, that's the pipeline piece. It's really, how do you have a clean vision for what you want your client roster to look like. And how are you actively making decisions that shape that roster and how are you making the painful decisions to not pursue things that don't fit that? Uh, so that, and the other thing that you have to recognize is that, you know, clients have aspirations as well. They look at the other clients on your roster and they say, do I want to be in that club or do I not want to be in that club? And so, you need aspirational clients to find aspirational clients. And by the same token, you know, of all if your clients are discount seeking small scrappy companies… They may be a blast to work for, but they're never going to provide you with the stability and the growth that you need to get to the second point, which is people. And at some point you got to make that transition from doing things yourself, to sort of doing things by delegating, to doing things by bringing in a next tier of leadership. And that's very, very different. Because I think the first step is you hire people who can do your work for you, or can do the things that you do, but more of it. And at a certain point, you've got to hire people who know things that you don't, who do things that you can't and need to be empowered to take some responsibility for the business. So it can't all sit on your shoulders for better or worse. Those people are excited. Those people are taking a leap of faith by joining you and those people are going to make you uncomfortable. But you're never ever going to scale your business until you can start to not just delegate, but assigned true leadership responsibilities that people who can build your organization. Jason: [00:08:28] So I think a lot of people struggle with, I can hire for someone to do my job because I can evaluate them if they can do it. So when you get to that point and you're building your leadership team and you're hiring people that know how to do things you don't, and you're kind of clueless on those. How do you evaluate and how do you make sure they're not blowing smoke up your ass? Uh, right? Like, I mean, I hear that all the time. Ben: [00:09:02] Um, it is hard. And, you know, as far as things that create discomfort. Absolutely. Because we've all been sold a bill of goods by people who claim expertise in the emerging realm that you have to be in. You know. We need a, who's going to own our influencer marketing strategy? I don't know that person's seemed to know what YouTube is, perhaps they can. Um, hiring is the hardest thing that we do. It's the most important thing that we do. There is, um, you know, to me, there's always a value in pedigree, you know, there's that saying no one ever got fired for hiring IBM. So generally if people have come from bigger, better places and have been there for a while, um, at the very least they'd been well-trained. So, you know, where are you sourcing your talent from? And, you know, we generally look to the places that we want to be, you know, for our talent. Places, you know, companies that are five years ahead of us on the journey that are a few hundred million dollars ahead of us on the growth curve. And so that gives you some element of credibility. Um, some of it's got… Look, I mean, we all get conned from time to time. But the longer you've done this, the longer you can separate the, okay, you just threw every single jargon word at me, but what have you actually done? And go, where is the work product and where are the references? And the other thing is, yeah, who have, who have people worked with that you can get to that you know and trust. Or that know and trust someone that, you know, that can give you a real reference. As opposed to the, uh, I fired this person and feeling guilty about it, reference that you'd get some times. You hear great things about a person that you're not sure about. Jason: [00:10:59] Oh yeah. Well, I, you mentioned one thing, your gut. Usually your gut's never wrong. Um, you know, because you, you feel it, whether you take on the wrong client and you're like, like my gut just told me to run, but I needed that money. Or, you know, you hired that amazing… I remember doing this. I, I got so close to hiring this amazing 3D artist. I mean like the most amazing 3D world I've ever seen, he built, but he was the biggest jackass. And my gut was like, do not hire that guy. And, and the rest of my team was like, man, there, he's amazing. Well, we'll put up with any shit. I'm like, no, we're not going to do it. Ben: [00:11:43] Yeah. So we spend a lot of time rationalizing decisions that go against our gut, whether it's clients or people. Um, part of that's also a mindset shift, you know, as I think we're all naturally optimistic. As entrepreneurs, you need to be, because the only way you can dust yourself off whenever you have a setback. So what I've found is people… You know, the assumption is every candidate's amazing and every client is perfect. Versus, yeah, why should we take this client? Why should we really be hiring this person? So if your default is always, they're great until proven otherwise, um, you know, your, your mind overrides your gut more often than it should. Jason: [00:12:28] Yeah. So let's talk about building leaders, right? Like we talked about, we got to build the right pipeline, so then we can pick and choose, right? And, and I think. You know, you've got to get to a point where, like, I think when we first start, we're building our business on referrals, really. And then, then it, you're building it on marketing. And then you have to build it on a machine that's producing two sales, and then you talked about your, the people. So how can we build better leaders? Because what I find is a lot of agencies I chat with, and I remember going through this in our phase as well. We can get to a certain point and then everything kept flowing through me like a tollbooth. And I'm like, no, no. Like we have to build a leadership, the right leaders in order to take over the stuff. And like my, my goal, and, I'd like… Answer this and then I got a question for you to follow up, to be like, what do you do every day, now that you have a thousand people and a big leadership team? I want people to know like, what, what that looks like too. Ben: [00:13:33] So, um… In the first phase of the agency, everything I did really boiled down to sales. It doesn't really matter what you're doing on any given day, your focus is driving revenue in the door. I never had sales in my title. I never had business development or new business in my title. But everything I was doing was in service of how do we get more clients and more revenue flowing in this place? Um, at a certain point that shifts and now I'd say everything I do is HR, which is not in my title. Another thing I've never really formally had a job in, and I've never been trained in. But I spend my day trying to get things out of the way of the leaders that we have hired to drive the business to the next level. So they can do… I want them to be able to do their jobs. So there are spear that I need to catch. There are obstacles that need to be eliminated. There are sources of confusion that require clarity, and it's really about clearing the path. So there's no glory in it. And some days you feel like you're doing absolutely nothing. Yet what you're doing is the most critical thing. Because it allows the people that you care about and the people that you empowered to drive your business, to do what they need to do to be successful for themselves and for you. And so all the most unpleasant tasks, uh, are the ones that fall to you and all the really good, fun business building stuff that you used to do falls to them. And that's a difficult but necessary adjustment. Jason: [00:15:19] Yeah. Taking care of your employees has never been more important than right now. And while paydays are great, running payroll is a major pain, calculating taxes, deductions. compliance. None of it's easy, unless of course you have Gusto. Gusto is a simple online payroll and benefits built for your small business. Gusto automatically applies your payroll taxes and directly deposits your team's paychecks, freeing you up to work on your business. 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I know, you know, like me, I'm always trying to like, like you, I'm trying to take away stuff so my guys can have a clear path. But do you find that those roles still fit what you do? Or does that change at a certain level? Ben: [00:17:26] You've summed it up pretty nicely. Um, what I've found is that the balance changes over the course of decades, but also on a day-to-day basis. Yeah, the financial piece is interesting because somewhere between you, you do sales and you do an HR. The other thing that I've discovered is half it's also accounting. Um, and it's not just, you know, because how do you recognize revenue? When do you want to recognize revenue? Where are you actually profitable versus where you… where you're earning revenue and where you're actually profitable are very, very different things. There's a whole understanding of the business that you need to have that goes beyond… Early days, is there money coming in to cover expenses? We got payroll and rent done, uh, is there enough left over that? I can take some money out of the business? Is there enough leftover that we can think about, you know, investing in more senior leadership who could theoretically help us grow the business? Now that's the basics. And then at a certain point you realize, okay, I'm not sweating the basics anymore. Now, what do I need to know about my business? Because I want to grow the profitable parts, not the unprofitable parts. I want to fix the unprofitable parts so I can grow them. And so it's not just about what's coming in and what's going out. It's where we really truly making the money? Where, where are the leaks in our business? And that's the other thing that people don't really understand, which is what's all the stuff that they're doing that's um, producing activity, but not results? So you got three or four lines of business. One of them is probably a great. One of them is probably a loser. The other two were in the middle. You know, if you can figure that fast and stop doing the stuff that's losing you money… flows right to the bottom line, finds your growth. But you need to have a level of insight into your numbers before you can start to look at it that way. Jason: [00:19:23] Yeah. So, I mean, basically you're just still a problem solver for your team. Uh, and, and just saying here's, here's the direction that we want to go. You guys figure out the, how. I'll support you however. You just tell me what you need, is that right? Ben: [00:19:41] Yeah. It's a lot of what, you know, figuring out what's missing. And also, um, just because you want to take the business in a certain direction, doesn't mean everybody wants to go with you. And so then you get faced with a far more difficult set of choices, you know. Um, how do you persuade the people that you need to come with you, that this is the right journey? I know that what we're doing and where we're going seems weird or sounds scary, or isn't what you signed up for, or it's not at all what you saw on Melrose Place. And that's okay. Um, because here's where we're going and why. And I have… come on board. Uh, it's finding people who, you know, can come in and understand that vision and help make it understood inside the organization. Uh, change is scary and difficult, and we've got people at Wongdoody have been there since 1994, 1995. Um, and so part of the balancing act is we have changed radically in that time. We've, we've reinvented ourselves multiple times and that's great. And then there are some fundamental things about the business that cannot, should not, and will never change. And those need to be protected. And that's, uh, figuring out what, figuring out what the real core of your businesses versus what's just sort of comfortable or habitual. That's another challenging thing because you want to, you want to know what's up for grabs and there should be more things that are up for grabs and you're probably comfortable with, but you can't sell your soul for anything. Jason: [00:21:19] Yeah, well, yeah, you have to, you have your beliefs and the beliefs of the company and, uh, that, that always stays true, I find. Even though your services, your solutions, who you target may change. Um, but, uh, talk a little bit about… Because you guys have been around, I mean, I started solar went out in 99, so you guys are, you know, a couple of years ahead of us. And we went through a lot of different changes. I mean, I remember going through the yellow pages going, you want a website? And they're like, what's the website? And I was like, I'll put it on Netscape composer. Um, so talk about how do you know when the company outgrows an employee that's been there for so long with you? And how do you… How do you get past that? Because I think people hold on to people too long as the agency outgrows that individual. Or how do you bring those individuals along? Um, you know, make them better. Ben: [00:22:28] Oh, I mean, these are hard, hard things, particularly when, you know… My goal has always been to have the agency changing faster than our clients so that, you know, changes never being dictated to us and that we're ahead of the market. And by that same token, I need people who can change as fast as the agency. And so when you realize that people have a fixed mindset or they are nostalgic for what the agency was. Um, or they can't contribute to the growth. It's a very, very difficult decision to help them find a place where they're going to be better off and happier, but ultimately they're going to be better off and happier. We've had people who came to us and said, we want no part of this digital thing. And we're like, that's great. Uh, I don't agree with you, but I value everything that you have brought to this company for the last X years. How do we find you a better place to be together? What's our plan? We have an obligation to the careers and the growth and the progression of the people that choose to work with us, whether or not that work happens in our company. And so our responsibility to mentor and find opportunities doesn't stop when people start getting a paycheck from us. So I think if you take that attitude of you want the right people in the right place, whether or not that's inside your organization. Then it becomes a different conversation than sorry, Suzy, you know, we're moving on and you're not. Jason: [00:24:11] Yeah, I liked, I liked that approach and I think that's the right approach. Um, because look, I always joke around. I've been fired from every single job. Uh, I've ever had other than two and my best friend owned the company, own the businesses. That was when I was little. But, um, but yeah, like at the end of the day, I, and I figured it out. I just never liked quitting. But when someone would come along and say, no, you need to go do this, I was like, oh man, thanks. That's very freeing. And the lesson I learned there, I was like, you know, when you have the people that are not the right fit, find them the right fit. And there'll be so much happier rather than thinking that their life is over. Um, and it's, it's a good mentality because like agency changes so many times it's gonna outgrow a lot of people, including owners. Um, it, I see that a lot at times happen and the owners have to stop out. So it's great. Um, last question, uh, before we wrap up, talk about what is it like, to like, how did you get from the eight figure mark to where you're at now? Like what… If you had to pick two things outside of people and the right clients, because we've already covered those. Is there anything else? Um, or is it just boom, boom, boom. Ben: [00:25:35] You have to recalibrate your ambition. Jason: [00:25:40] How so? Ben: [00:25:44] When you get to seven figures, you think, oh my God, you know, here I am at seven figures. And many people think I never thought I was going to get here. Wow. Isn't great? Versus, okay, how do I use eight figures as a platform to get to 10 figures? And what are the next set of changes that we are going to make? It's like a, you don't want to be George Bush on the battleship. You know, there's no, the mission never accomplished, which is not to say you can never step back and enjoy where you've gotten. But you need to be looking at all of it on a path to where you want to be. And not everybody has eight-figure nine-figure ambitions. We had a… Wongdoody was a great lifestyle business until we realized it was unsustainable and that we were not going to keep our good people challenged. We were not going to be able to attract and retain the best talent as a lifestyle business because ambitious people want growth. So massive amounts of growth… It's a choice. And you need to be ready for that choice and recognize that it's not the only valid choice. But if you want to get there, it's also believing that it's possible. You know, we would often look at bigger, better agencies and say, how can we be like them? And you go to, oh, we can't be like them. And they've got this and that and this and that and whatever. And you make this list of why it can't be you. That's another example of our ability to rationalize ourselves into bad decisions or no decisions, uh, or selling. So I don't want to be like an inspirational poster and be like it's 99% attitude is not, um, it's attitude is luck. It's hard work. It's being smart. All of those things in equal combination and don't discount luck. Um, you know, and you have to make sure that you want to get there because the other thing is a lot of what you love about running a $5 million business. Is not there when you're running a $50 million business, there are different things to love, but it's not the same job with more zeros at all. Jason: [00:28:02] I like that you said be careful what you wish for. Because you know, uh, and we're even going through that right now, for us, personally, in this consulting and education business of like, man, life is good. We're serving all these amazing people. And we're like, do we want to blow it up and, and take it to, you know, a gazillion dollars and, uh, you know, it's, it's a challenge. Um, and I think it just takes some time to think about, and I think you can kind of constantly change your mind. But I, I do believe what you said is like don't um, don't show shortcut yourself of what's possible. Just really kind of dream it and then just start figuring out who do you need to hire? What do we actually need to do in order to get there? And, uh, you know, once you get there, then, then you live in the bed that you made. Ben: [00:29:00] Well, I think the other thing is, you know, generally starting a company is a culmination of your career. I worked for a bunch of other people. I worked for a bunch of other people. I learned this, I learned that I saw all this stuff I could do better. I saw the opportunity my last boss was missing. I started the company and now I'm done. And I think that's also a dangerous attitude or thought. Because you don't stop growing and evolving, like you have the same obligation to yourself as you do to your employees, which is how do we keep getting better? How to keep getting smarter? How do I keep learning new things? And how do I keep challenging myself? And so whether, you know, you don't want to go blow up a business for the sake of blowing it up. But once again, if you're not continuously trying to reinvent yourself, you're going to get reinvented by the market, by your clients, by forces, beyond your control. And that's nowhere you ever want to be. Jason: [00:29:46] Yeah, I love it. Well, this has all been amazing, Ben. Is, is there anything I didn't ask you that you think would benefit the audience listening in? Ben: [00:29:57] that is not the conversation I was expecting. This is like, this was a people conversation and a leadership conversation. Much less a, you know, what is the future of UX and touchless retail experiences and, you know, what are you seeing about global trends? Which is great, um, because. Yeah, for better. The people are kind of why I show up every single day that the work is incidental. Pat and Tracy and I always said that we, whether we're running an agency or running a carwash, we would do it the same way. So thank you for letting me think about and focus on what really matters. Jason: [00:30:28] Yeah, definitely. Well, thanks so much for coming in. Uh, what's the website people can go and check you guys out? Ben: [00:30:35] Uh, www.wongdoody.com. Uh, and we have a zillion open roles. So any disgruntled employees from other agencies that are watching this, please go see if there's a fit for you here. Jason: [00:30:48] Awesome. And you date yourself by going www. No one does that anymore. Ben: [00:30:53] HTTP. Jason: [00:30:56] Uh, I love it. I love making fun of my friends that do that. Cause I used to do that until someone razzed me. I was like, oh my gosh, www. Ben: [00:31:05] I am, I will own that. Jason: [00:31:10] Well, awesome. Ben: [00:31:10] I got that going for me. Jason: [00:31:14] Well, awesome. Thanks so much for coming on the show. And if you guys enjoyed this episode, make sure you subscribe. Make sure you comment. 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This has been a long time coming! Here is an episode about Pope Saint John Paul the Great featuring the remarkable Rachel Wong of the Feminine Genius Podcast. I am beyond thankful to have had this life-giving conversation with her all about how our lives have been changed by good ol' JPII.Subscribe and listen to her podcast here:www.femininegeniuspodcast.comResources for this episode: www.usccb.org/offices/general-secretariat/important-dates-life-pope-john-paul-iiwww.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/letters/1995/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_29061995_women.htmlThank you to:Catherine Bryant for the musicJacque Szczepanski for the cover artMSP Catholic and CEND.Follow me on instagram: deadfriendsaintsemail: email@example.comFacebook: facebook.com/deadfriendsaintsTikTok: @deadfriendsaintsDead Friend, pray for us!
Notable Canadian Elyse Willems joins us as we discover a strange copyright law loophole that allows us to legally create a James Bond film... as long as it ONLY plays in Canada.Check out Elyse's book! A Night in Halloween HousePrevious upload had some technical issues which have been fixed!Editing by Chad EllisFollow us on TwitterJoin the Facebook group!Matt Arnold is @mattlarnoldWill Campos is @willbcamposFreddie Wong is @fwong
The journalist's holy trinity: the right time, the right place, the right beat. You're lucky if you find it once in your career. Sue-Lin Wong (@suelinwong) tells how she thinks she hit it in the Hong Kong protests in 2019. Now working as a China correspondent for The Economist based in Hong Kong, she also has the unusual distinction of having been based in Shenzhen for years. Countries featured: China, North Korea, Australia Publications featured: Reuters, Financial Times, Economist Sue-Lin discusses taking a gap year to teach English at a sketchy school in China (6:04), taking three years off from university to live in China and the US (10:11), joining Reuters with Jake as a trainee (21:20), becoming a Reuters correspondent in Shenzhen in southern China and quickly joining the FT (34:55), covering the Hong Kong protests (41:38), joining The Economist (46:50), a story that got away about an alleged rape (54:37), following a Chinese student protest and the dystopian crackdown on it (1:00:09), and finally the lightning round (1:14:30). Here are links to some of the things we talked about: Sue-Lin's FT Magazine story on the HK protests - https://on.ft.com/3zQCPNL Her stories on Chinese student protestors - https://reut.rs/3CJXm8u https://reut.rs/3zzyFtm https://reut.rs/3kDwKzy Her series of stories on the North Korean border - https://reut.rs/3kEqx6q 端傳媒Initium Media - https://bit.ly/2XW82lz The Ezra Klein show - https://apple.co/3i72Kuf 故事fm (storyfm) - https://bit.ly/3CKYRmU Megan Twohey on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3lVRUIO Jodi Kantor on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3zF1Mvl Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell wiki - https://bit.ly/3i4TYx8 Follow us on Twitter @foreignpod or on Facebook at facebook.com/foreignpod Music: LoveChances (makaihbeats.net) by Makaih Beats From: freemusicarchive.org CC BY NC
Daniel and Bob are joined by the recent Legacy Pit Open Champion Gary Wong who is on a heater after winning the recent Hunter Burton Memorial Open. Gary shares how he's been stacking up trophies and discusses his love of Legacy and the crew learns about the wonderful AZ Legacy community. Can't miss episode
The Prime Minister says he'll be "patient" in waiting for the relationship between Australia and France to recover, following the cancellation of the $90 billion submarines contract.
Do you ever feel icky asking for money - or just downright scared? Does this prevent you from raising the amount of money you need for your nonprofit? There may be emotional and mental blocks that hold you back from being an effective fundraiser. In this episode, Rhea Wong joins me to drop some "truth bombs" about fundraising mindset and gives us some strategies to help us get over the limiting beliefs, assumptions, and stories that are holding us back from reaching our true potential. Over a 12 year period as the Executive Director of Breakthrough New York, Rhea grew their fundraising program from about 200K per year to $3M in 100% private donations annually. This included funding from institutional foundations, corporations, events, and individuals. Rhea made all the mistakes so you don't have to. Now she is on a quest to teach others what it takes to succeed - because the world cannot wait for important change. Rhea's e-newsletter is one that I read every single week (check it out for adorable photos of her lasa apso Stevie Wonderdog), and her podcast and free weekly trainings are a must-have resource for fundraisers. Here are some of the topics we discussed: Why major gift fundraising sounds so scary - but it's simpler than you thinkWhy she is on a mission to destroy "the pitch"Fundraising a just a math problem How to determine if you are an Asker or a GuesserThe limiting beliefs, assumptions, and stories holding us back from raising more money A Rhea Wong quotable: "It's only weird if you make it weird." Connect with Rhea:Rhea Wong's website https://www.linkedin.com/in/rheawong/ https://twitter.com/ConsultingRheaDo me a favor? Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts (or your podcast player of choice) - it helps this podcast get seen by more people that would enjoy it!About Julia Campbell, the host of the Nonprofit Nation podcast:Named as a top thought leader by Forbes and BizTech Magazine, Julia Campbell (she/hers) is an author, coach, and speaker on a mission to make the digital world a better place. She wrote her book, Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, as a roadmap for social change agents who want to build movements using engaging digital storytelling techniques. Her second book, How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit, was published in 2020 as a call-to-arms for mission-driven organizations to use the power of social media to build movements. Julia's online courses, webinars, and talks have helped hundreds of nonprofits make the shift to digital thinking and raise more money online. Clients include GoFundMe Charity, Meals on Wheels America, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
This week Anthony and Dakota discuss about Marvel's latest movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. We go over the movie in detail and discuss about what we are looking forward to in the MCU. Anthony also talks about his time at Florida Supercon the weekend prior. Come join the conversation over on our social medias!Twitter handles:Project Geekology: https://twitter.com/pgeekologyAnthony's Twitter: https://twitter.com/odysseyswowDakota's Twitter: https://twitter.com/geekritique_dakInstagram:https://instagram.com/projectgeekology?igshid=1v0sits7ipq9yGeekritique (Dakota):https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBwciIqOoHwIx_uXtYTSEbATwitch (Anthony):https://www.twitch.tv/odysseywowMusic:Eric Godlow Beats: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRpkcYps82PdSo0tK5rEIPA
Wouldn't be Story Break without a ridiculous dumb idea we take seriously! This week - an island. With snipers. Sniper Island. What more do you need to know??Editing by Chad EllisFollow us on TwitterJoin the Facebook group!Matt Arnold is @mattlarnoldWill Campos is @willbcamposFreddie Wong is @fwong
Comedy Central's hit show “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens,” now in season two, is loosely based on the life of actress/musician Awkwafina. Her father, Wally, is played by B.D. Wong (“Law and Order: SVU,” “Jurassic Park”). He talks to Press Play about how this role is a refreshing departure from all his past ones, and how directing an episode is his chance to remind audiences of the impact of anti-Asian sentiment. Critics also review the latest films, including “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and “Prisoners of the Ghostland.” Gov. Newsom recently signed two major housing bills, and one former translator for the U.S. military shares his efforts to get his family out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
Today's HousingWire Daily features a crossover episode with RealTrending. In this episode, Tracey Velt, editorial director at RealTrends, an HW Media company, interviews Mike Golden and Thad Wong, the co-founders and co-CEOS of @properties. During the interview, Golden and Wong discuss the future for @properties, including its nationwide franchising plans as it expands outside of the Chicagoland area. They also discuss other aspects of their growth strategy and technological platforms.
Dr. Nadine Wong is the C.E.O of Alabaster Wellness Clinic, founder of Alabaster Gate Children's Charity, creator of Alabaster Beauty Ointment Products, and Author. She is a woman with many designations. Dr of Trichology, Integrative medicine, Homeopath, and Clinical Therapy. She is a Wellness Practitioner who specializes in Hair Mineral Analysis as the means to determine possible causes of autoimmune disease, mental health, and hair and scalp and their disorders. We discussed: -having learning dyslexia and using creative ways to learn and do studies -the power of taking small steps and curiosity to get to the destination -how religiosity chokes the creativity of people -healing traumas -how lack of forgiveness breaks down the body Tune in to hear how she is unlocking complete wellness and you can too! Stay connected with Dr. Nadine Wong online: Website: https://alabasterwellness.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alabasterwellness/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alabasterbeautyointments/?originalSubdomain=ca Stay connected with us online: Facebook- http://bit.ly/2CkjhqV Instagram- http://bit.ly/2OszRfs Twitter- http://bit.ly/2RU9tcz Youtube- http://bit.ly/MakiniSmithYoutube LinkedIn- http://bit.ly/2IZZZIm Website- http://bit.ly/2PvRRSu Books- http://bit.ly/MakiniSmith Subscribe to our newsletter if you love the value and free stuff! http://bit.ly/2AVKNJM Send feedback/questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Submit guest suggestions HERE email@example.com
Yumin Wong was born and raised in Singapore, then moved to the U.S. for college—and is now a staff software engineer at GitHub. She's also the mother of a two-year old and is expecting baby #2 in just a few weeks. Yumin integrates her love for these co-existing parts of herself by exploring the parallels between parenting and engineering—or as she calls it, “parengineering”. Throughout this conversation we discuss growing into confidence, compartmentalizing your work life while still being genuine, learning flexibility, balancing career and parenting, and the lineage of powerful women that she comes from. As you'll hear in the conversation, Yumin is right on the cusp of a move back to Singapore, so it felt very special to get this snapshot of all the feels surrounding that decision and hear how her mother's boldness has shaped her into the powerful woman she is today. Full show notes and a downloadable are available at empoweredhumanacademy.com/45—and you can watch the conversation on YouTube here! And if you want to take an even deeper dive, we've also recorded a bonus episode (available only via Apple Podcasts) where we digest the conversation's themes and swap art recommendations—it's a lot of fun. Typically these bonus episodes are subscribers-only, but this week we're opening it up to everyone so you can get a taste of the party that's happening there. Keep the conversation going... Table Question: What's an empowering message, quality, or memory you've received from your lineage? Journal Prompt: Write about what you hope to carry forward from your lineage and then describe an area in which you hope to pivot and do something different in your life. Action Step: Write yourself a letter from the future version of you. Equipped with what your future version knows, what do they have to tell you right now? View the printable worksheet on Google Docs Further exploration: Follow Yumin on Instagram: @yoomin19 Find Yumin on Twitter/GitHub/Peloton: @itsbagpack This is a production of Lightward, Inc.
We approach one of our favorite movies and dare to attempt a sequel to what is already cinematic perfection!Editing by Chad EllisFollow us on TwitterJoin the Facebook group!Matt Arnold is @mattlarnoldWill Campos is @willbcamposFreddie Wong is @fwong
William Gee Wong almost didn't exist. A few years before Wong was born, his father was shot four times over a dispute involving Oakland Chinatown's underground lottery. Thanks to the quick work of doctors at Highland Hospital, Wong's father survived, and after retiring from the gambling business, he opened the Great China restaurant on a busy commercial stretch of Webster Street. William Gee Wong was born just around the corner, at the family's house on Harrison Street, the youngest of seven children. Even after his family moved to the “China Hill” area east of Lake Merritt, one of the few neighborhoods open to Asian-Americans during the 1940s, William spent most of his time either working for the family business or at Lincoln School. This is why he says “Chinatown was my whole universe” for about the first 20 years of his life. As the decades passed, Bill learned journalism writing for The Daily Cal, before breaking racial barriers at the San Francisco Chronicle and Wall Street Journal. Eventually, he returned to his hometown to write for The Oakland Tribune about culture and politics from an Asian-American perspective, something practically unheard of at mainstream media outlets in the 1980s. Since retiring he's published two books, “Yellow Journalist” and “Oakland's Chinatown,” and he's currently working on a memoir about his father, who immigrated from China in 1912. In today's episode, William Gee Wong discusses the history of Chinese immigration to California, the rise of Oakland's Chinatown, his memories of working in a “hybrid” restaurant, the systemic racism of urban renewal projects that gutted his neighborhood, and much more. To see photos related to this story, visit: https://eastbayyesterday.com/ East Bay Yesterday can't survive without your support. Please donate to keep this show alive: www.patreon.com/eastbayyesterday
The ultimate anime enigma - the lofi girl from the hit "lo-fi beats" stream. Can we pull a movie out of this one?Editing by Chad EllisFollow us on TwitterJoin the Facebook group!Matt Arnold is @mattlarnoldWill Campos is @willbcamposFreddie Wong is @fwong