Ever since I started the bikablo® radio podcast I have been dreaming of the idea that one day I might have Sunni Brown on the show and record an interview with her. Well, things have moved much quicker than I expected, and I am very happy to announce that we will not only have Sunni Brown speaking at VizConf this year, but we also recorded a podcast episode last week with her:
In this bikablo® radio podcast episode, you will learn a lot about Sunni Brown’s life and her early years as an entrepreneur, from struggling to make a living to being one of the top speakers and best-selling authors in her field.
For example, when Sunni was quite young she wrote a letter to her mother and told her that she either wanted to become a doctor or, if that didn't work out, the President of the United States. This might seem like just a funny letter from a young child but this letter has guided Sunni through her life. Not growing up in a privileged family she had to believe in herself and work hard for her success. This guiding principle actually led Sunni to her upcoming book, Deep Self Design™, which is based on the idea that you are in control of your own life. In fact, our mind is often the biggest obstacle to why we don’t reach our full life potential.
We follow her journey step-by-step, from working for The Grove, one of the first visual thinking consultancies on the planet before she moved to Austin, Texas where she started her own business. We find out more about her work as an author and why writing a book is much like riding a dragon. We talk about her serendipitous invitation to TED 2011 and how she spent 4 months preparing for the 6-minute talk that has inspired more than 1.4 million people. We compare the skill of graphic recording with sketch noting, do a round of “speed questions” and brainstorm together about the upcoming keynote at VizConf. By the way, the conference is on the 13th of October and tickets are selling fast!
Our chat lasted more than 90 minutes, so we therefore cut this recording into two episodes. The first episode covers her childhood up until the release of her first book, Gamestorming, and her second book, The Doodle Revolution. It's full of inspiration for anyone who is creative or entrepreneurial.
In the second episode, we hear about her experience at TED, her keynote at VizConf, and her work on the upcoming book, Deep Self Design™, which is all about helping you to reach your goals in life.
Enjoy this episode with Sunni Brown, recorded on the 18th of September 2018.
If you'd like to hear more episodes, please subscribe to the bikablo® radio podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud, or check out the Visual Friends podcast website.