6 Star Business

Aveline Clarke

What makes a 6 Star Leader? What makes a 6 Star Business? Is the 6th Star really 5 plus 1? These are the questions that we answer through our conversations with guests who are driven by a purpose bigger than themselves and have a desire to reach more people. Our guests are successful business owners, entrepreneurs and passionate professionals who always aspire to evolve, improve, and better themselves and the lives of those they impact. Most often they put the customer experience at the forefront of everything they do. The million-dollar question is: "If that extra 6th star existed, what would you have to do to push your business beyond a 5 star review and go that extra mile?" Each week your host Aveline Clarke and her co-host create a space where they and their guest has a conversation about what it takes to create and sustain a 6 Star Business. This isn’t one of those podcasts where the hosts fire questions at an interviewee in the hot seat; it’s a collaborative exploration and ongoing global conversation about customer journey excellence, employee engagement, humanising business and what that 6th star really means, and how it can be used to create more impact for a better future for us all.

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Oozing Happiness on His Way to a Purposeful Life; with Darren Saul
2d ago
Oozing Happiness on His Way to a Purposeful Life; with Darren Saul
Bright, energetic, happy, purposeful and creative. These are the words that came to mind after my conversation with Darren Saul! What a great conversation this one is.  It was like a ‘recharge’ to the soul and to fire up the motivation engines!A very warm person with a huge zest for life that he lives purposefully. He runs his own podcast, 2 businesses, and shared with us all the ways he continues to keep things moving at a high level.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:09:09 - the 3 things that build brands15:37 - why many people hold themselves back21:15 - how to deal with the madness of the world28:45 - the link between creativity and innovation32:48 - what 6 star means to him46:10 - owning your day, and your lifeand much more..Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Darren Saul, CEO & Founder, Suspended AnimationDarren is a Social Media and Podcast Strategist, Trainer, Coach, Keynote Speaker and Student of Human Attention. He started heavily utilising the Power of Social Media and Podcasting to build his Photography business and was so amazed with the results he never looked back! He is now a very active Social Media Marketing Practitioner and Podcaster who consults with organisations to help them get serious business results integrating Social Media and Podcasting into their marketing strategy. SOCIAL MEDIA AND A PODCAST ARE NOT JUST “NICE TO HAVE” ANYMORE - THEY ARE A MUST HAVE! Something Interesting About YouI have 2 baby teeth..What Are You Famous For?Always smiling :-)Contact:W: www.suspendedanimation.com.auYT: how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Oozing Happiness on His Way to a Purposeful Life; with Darren Saul
2d ago
Oozing Happiness on His Way to a Purposeful Life; with Darren Saul
Bright, energetic, happy, purposeful and creative. These are the words that came to mind after my conversation with Darren Saul! What a great conversation this one is.  It was like a ‘recharge’ to the soul and to fire up the motivation engines!A very warm person with a huge zest for life that he lives purposefully. He runs his own podcast, 2 businesses, and shared with us all the ways he continues to keep things moving at a high level.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:09:09 - the 3 things that build brands15:37 - why many people hold themselves back21:15 - how to deal with the madness of the world28:45 - the link between creativity and innovation32:48 - what 6 star means to him46:10 - owning your day, and your lifeand much more..Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Darren Saul, CEO & Founder, Suspended AnimationDarren is a Social Media and Podcast Strategist, Trainer, Coach, Keynote Speaker and Student of Human Attention. He started heavily utilising the Power of Social Media and Podcasting to build his Photography business and was so amazed with the results he never looked back! He is now a very active Social Media Marketing Practitioner and Podcaster who consults with organisations to help them get serious business results integrating Social Media and Podcasting into their marketing strategy. SOCIAL MEDIA AND A PODCAST ARE NOT JUST “NICE TO HAVE” ANYMORE - THEY ARE A MUST HAVE! Something Interesting About YouI have 2 baby teeth..What Are You Famous For?Always smiling :-)Contact:W: www.suspendedanimation.com.auYT: how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Challenging the Status Quo with Love; with Maite Grisard
Sep 20 2022
Challenging the Status Quo with Love; with Maite Grisard
She brought us optimism, energy, and a new way of looking at ‘problems’ - and a whole lot more… Our guest is Maite Grisard, a management consultant who likes to get in deep with her customers and shake things up in order to create the necessary chaos and change.This conversation gave us hope and excitement about the future, and our role in it.  It’s fun, deep, stretches the mind and a whole lot more.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:10:35 - it’s always about the individuals16:08 - the best thing we can do21:06 - the magic of connection and teams30:00 - what optimistic visions look like34:288 - we’re all good at different things44:44 - seeing things for what they areand much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Maite GrisardFounder & CEO, MarketrottersI’m an energy ball for businesses, going from management to teams and back and making sure the company is structured in a collaborative way. I push for decisions and actions and make sure objectives are set for the good of the company. I am also a future optimist. I believe that choosing to see a better future is a good way to help make it happen. I have an ambitious vision and use it to try and be part of a positive change. Something Interesting About YouI suck at understanding others so I try to educate myself with psychology and personality books. The enneagram helped me tons: I'm a social 8. What Are You Famous For?Smiling and have a great energy.Contact:W: how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
The Athlete within Doesn’t Always Need to Win; with Lisa G
Sep 13 2022
The Athlete within Doesn’t Always Need to Win; with Lisa G
In this episode Lisa G brought us some fabulous down-to-earth principles of what she teaches to her clients, that help them get through the tough days and help them to become the best versions of themselves.She’s warm, funny, direct, tough and gets incredible results because of her mental toughness and human compassion.  It’s a blend of both!Here’s a summary of what we discussed:05:13 - the athlete’s journey to win08:06 - what the competition is really all about10:30 - why we’re so hard on ourselves16:00 - our EQ - emotional quotient25:50 - what AI cannot take away or replace37:00 - the defensive wall needs bringing down48:40 - the people who choose to stay safe55:12 - her 7 principles of business successand much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Lisa G, CEO & Founder of The Business ChickLisa G - The Business Chick  is on a mission to give business owners and managers back the FREEDOM that they crave for. It’s really about gaining a fresh perspective on where you are going. After all.... you work to LIVE.... not live to WORK.... Lisa calls it the "F.R.E.E.D.O.M." Plan .Because that's the number 1 thing her clients are struggling to find in their day.As an Aerobics Champion and adventurer of the 80’s & 90’s, Lisa still has a few fluro lycra memories and has lots of life lessons to share ...from her workplace adventures in unexpected places to (home) negotiations with teenagers. And lots about business too! She has presented and trained teams in Australia and internationally and worked in key communication roles in publishing, hospitality, sport & fitness, Fairfax news, retail marketing and entertainment. Clients say they like the down to earth language and Lisa’s ability to help decipher the detail into manageable plans. Something Interesting About YouLisa was the QLD Aerobic Champion in 1990 and now is the mum to 2 elite athletes aiming for the Olympics. What Are You Famous For?Lisa is recognised as the business coach who rolls her sleeves up and jumps into the trench with you.Her calm energy and curiosity leaves you feeling supported.Contact:W: how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Helping the World Heal and Live on Purpose; with Anastasiia Dehtiarova
Sep 6 2022
Helping the World Heal and Live on Purpose; with Anastasiia Dehtiarova
In today’s episode I met with a personal branding coach and ethical entrepreneur who is helping entrepreneurs create successful and sustainable businesses, whilst bringing together people from diverse cultures to support each other.She’s been through war, personal challenges, and is inspired to make the world a better place.Our conversation talked about the challenges entrepreneurs can have when facing their own ‘dark night of the soul’ and how she is helping them get through the more difficult times.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:3:44 - what fuels her passion15:13 - our reference to 3rd world countries19:30 - the community she built21:00 - the world has no time for barriers and boundaries23:30 - the culture of the post-Soviet Union countries and her upbringing there29:05 - servant leadership in individuals39:22 - how we can tap into our own purposeand much more….Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Anastasiia Dehtiarova, Founder of Awesome Thank YouAnastasiia helps immigrant entrepreneurs figure out their personal and business challenges.In the past 10 years, she has gone through her own share of difficulties like developing a career as an immigrant in 4 countries, surviving a divorce, tax debt, all while building her own online businesses, writing a book and staying optimistic and resilient despite war and personal turmoil.Now she helps foreigners with expanding businesses to get opportunities, funding and influence by using their unique voice and expertise. She coaches her clients to transform challenging aspects of their lives into gold.Something Interesting About You:I've gone through some challenging situations like tax debt, divorce, living in 4 countries (so far) and even war. I've put all those experiences and the practices that helped me get out of them into a book that makes me very proud. I'm focusing on being optimistic and supportive of others because I find it to be rewarding and recharging. I see it as carrying a lantern and moving forward despite all the darkness around.Contact: some information about my co-host:Koray SerbestFounder & CEO, Go Beyond Global  W: LI: Here's how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
The Shifts on the Journey That Bring Us Joy; with Steve Jeffreys
Aug 30 2022
The Shifts on the Journey That Bring Us Joy; with Steve Jeffreys
This was a really inspiring conversation with Steve Jeffreys, where he gave us some insights into the shifts that we experience on our journey that make the biggest difference in our lives.He’s an inspiring guy who is doing his part to make a difference, and help others get the most out of their lives.Here’s a summary of our conversation:03:49 - everyone has a ceiling they can break through19:45 - redundancy hitting hard24:05 - acknowledging we aren’t good at everything33:30 - the power of a supportive life partner44:28 - being brave is hard and powerfuland much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Steve Jefferys, Founder & CEO of The ShiftI'm Steve and I'm a former marketer turned coach.I'm a big believer in there being many points of change - SHIFTS I prefer to call them - in professional life. I benefited from professional coaching myself in my shift from management to leadership positions and witnessed first hand the clarity, focus, energy and conviction it gave me. My clients may be in a role and wanting to grow. They may be starting out on their leadership journey. They might be undergoing their journey already. They might be changing role. Changing career. Starting something new. Thinking about starting something new. Thinking about changing career. Wanting to shift the things that hold them back. Equally, they might not quite know what they need to shift but know there's something they want to explore. I work with individual clients and businesses on all this and everything in between. People with energy, ambition and who want to make a shift >>FROM something >>TO something better.I created my coaching practice to do this. To provide clarity. To help people shift. For people to create their own >>From and >>To story. Something Interesting About You:I love helping people to be the best they can be - something I came to realise nearly 20 years into my career. It was the thing that really fired me up. I do this outside of professional life, too, through coaching children in football, rugby and cricket.What Are You Famous For?Bringing energy and positivity to everything and seeing the best in a situation. Contact:LI: some information about my co-host: Koray SerbestFounder & CEO, Go Beyond Global  W: LI: Here's how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up.  The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
How to Get More Joy from Ourselves and Others; with Faris Aranki
Aug 23 2022
How to Get More Joy from Ourselves and Others; with Faris Aranki
A fresh approach to solving problems, with a lightness of attitude in working with tricky ‘people’ situations and finding ways to get more out of ourselves and life - for our collective benefit. This is what stood out for us in this conversation with Faris Aranki, along with a bunch of gems for everyone, that left us with a strong desire to have another conversation!Here’s a summary of what we discussed:07:32 - reading what’s happening in front of you09:34 - Faris’s secret to getting people to return his call14:32 - how he learned that 98% of people operate differently to each other17:08 - the magic 45 minutes23:16 - the uniqueness of each of us29:43 - how we dilute ourselves41:00 - the different versions of ourselvesand much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Faris ArankiCEO & Founder, Shiageto ConsultingFaris Aranki is the founder and CEO of Shiageto Consulting which focuses on sharpening individual and collective business effectiveness though strategy and emotional intelligence.Faris believes that success is determined by the equation, Success = IQ x EQ x FQ which is based on 20 years delivering strategic change for the corporate and non-corporate worlds.   Faris started his career as a school teacher, then he ventured into the corporate world working for an Energy company before switching to strategy consulting and most recently running his own business. His work has spanned numerous companies (from global behemoths to small start-ups), in numerous countries, across a range of sectors, supporting them all to unlock strategic success. What Are You Famous For?Success = IQ x EQ x FQSomething Interesting About You:Faris recently got to star as the face of an advertising campaign for a global insurance company.Contact:W: some information about my co-host:Koray SerbestFounder & CEO, Go Beyond GlobalW: LI: how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Unlocking Genius and Love for Massive Impact; with Chantel Botha
Aug 16 2022
Unlocking Genius and Love for Massive Impact; with Chantel Botha
In today’s episode we met with Chantel Botha, who showed us the importance of each individual person finding the magic and genius within themselves - to help transform lives and organisations. She uses courage, love, and curiosity to unlock genius and love in people and teams to create customer experiences for massive impact.She's a creative connector, magician of teams and culture, and 'love warrior' who's determined to impact as many people as she can.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:8:11 - our expectations as a corporate worker10:33 - evoking customers emotions in a journey20:37 - her most successful project with a corporate29:30 - connecting the dots for leaders33:34 - flipping sales to being an antidote42:00 - greater connection = greater problem solving50:41 - squashing the imposter syndromeand much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Chantel BothaFounder & CEO, BrandLove Customer ExperienceInnovation Magician and Brand Warrior CreatorLeading her fellow Brand Warriors into battle against a life without meaning, Chantel thrives on delivering passion and purpose by designing value and connection into every experience involving individuals, customers, employees or corporations. Using her background in business economics, computer sciences, customer experience design, coaching, public speaking, e-commerce and strategy, she brings revolutionary originality and EQ to brands and businesses.In addition to a number of social projects, Chantel lives out her passion for people as a certified Virtual Facilitator, Customer Experience Professional, Laughter Yoga and Lego Serious Play facilitator. What Are You Famous For?Infamous for losing my shit! Lying in front of a digger to protect a beach where seabird breed. Something Interesting About You:I love spicy food.I wanted to be a ballerina when I was a child.Contact: W: www.brandlove.co.zaLI: some information about my co-host:Steve SandorCEO & Founder, Inspiring Businessinspiringbusiness.netHere's how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up.   The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
The Impact of Love and Fear in Business Success; with Achim Cremer
Aug 9 2022
The Impact of Love and Fear in Business Success; with Achim Cremer
In today’s episode we met Achim Cremer, an experienced ex-corporate executive with extensive experience across global companies who can see the fault lines and broken areas in business.His unique way of understanding life and humanity has influenced his career path as it pulls him towards bringing more love and spirituality into business.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:14:34 - how we GIVE to a corporate in order to GET17:27 - fear as the tool of choice in society20:57 - how people can change the world24:48 - the danger of being in fear30:20 - his sporting success story in rowing38:34 - our greatest fears 45:00 - how business can provide impact 52:32 - what truly makes us happyand much more...Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Achim Cremer, Founder & CEO - AC CONSULTEx competitive sportsman (rowing) ran his first own business while studying business science. After his study very soon he picked up senior management roles at Coca-Cola, British Airways, Barclays, GE Money Bank and Santander before he started his own consulting business and helps clients to fully utilise their potential. Something Interesting About YouI am bringing spirituality and love into businesses. What Are You Famous For?I create sustainable results at my clients. I apply an holistic view on performance, processes, people and planet. Get In Contact With Achimwww.Linkedin.com/en/achimcremerHere’s some information about my co-host: Koray SerbestFounder & CEO, Go Beyond Global    Here's how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community: Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine. If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business   Your host,   Aveline
Living Sustainably Is Easier and More Powerful than Ever; with Allan Whatmore
Aug 2 2022
Living Sustainably Is Easier and More Powerful than Ever; with Allan Whatmore
In this episode I met with Allan Whatmore, the founder of a sustainable goods online store in Australia, and new first-time father.  We dove deep into the simplicity and responsibility of our actions in everyday life and how we can live better lives that impact the world positively.  Everything Allan does is with intent, purpose and kindness. He lives and breathes the truism that we are always evolving and it’s our responsibility to pass that onto the next generation.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:07:50 - Allan’s background and the start of Banjula 10:53 - the different types of brands they sell15:51 - understanding our impact on others24:44 - the value of getting the feedback37:50 - how businesses can become more sustainable46:00 - how education plays a role49:07 - the need for businesses to become community mindedand much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Allan WhatmoreFounder of Banyula.io - Australia's Online Marketplace for Sustainable GoodsI enjoy:• Learning a new set of skills• Solving problems that create measurable positive and social impact• Facilitating and participating in constructive and thought driven conversations• Connecting and building meaningful and sustainable relationships• Doing something that benefits the next generation and being able to share that with my family and friends.What Are You Famous For?Being open to feedback and discussion around new ideas on how to be better for my customers/ team.Something Interesting About YouNewborn father of our 7 week old daughter Evie Rose Whatmore.Contact:W: some information about my co-host:Endre HoffmannFounder & CEO, the Doctor of Self Worth how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business Your host,  Aveline
Using the Power of Possibility to Succeed; with Alexandra Andre
Jul 26 2022
Using the Power of Possibility to Succeed; with Alexandra Andre
In todays episode we met with Alexandra Andre: a coach, runner, author, speaker, mum and all round inspirational human being!She talked to us about her approach to running a marathon and an ironman, and what it meant to break through her own barriers and use the team around her to achieve her wild and crazy goals.All of her lessons and learnings are applicable to business, life in general, or any specific goal.It was a fabulous conversation!Here’s a summary of what we discussed:05:30 - her first big crazy goal08:20 - the difference between the marathon and ironman11:28 - her sense of purpose for running17:00 - when the sense of purpose takes over26:29 - how to embrace the setbacks31:30 - the importance of having the team43:56 - learning to trust the gut and our inner voice46:37 - the importance of applying our learnings 50:26 - the value of purpose, love and impactAnd much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Alexandra AndreMarathoner, IRONMAN Finisher, Coach, Author, Speaker and Solo Mum.Alexandra attributes a large part of her journey to her 1st Marathon because achieving it invited her to see the world for its possibilities. And to not let limitations (self imposed or otherwise) ever truly limit us.She believes we are all more capable than we could ever imagine, and we owe it to ourselves and the world, to live our potential.Her book, The Power of Possibility has been described as a must-read for anyone, but particularly runners and those with a big goal in mind.Something Interesting About YouI raised over $10,000 for the Myeloma Australia Foundation when I dedicated an IRONMAN event to a good friend. It was at the time the biggest single fundraiser they'd received and the most purposeful thing I'd ever done.What Are You Famous For?My encouragement. A friend kindly shared that with me recently - she said when she thinks of me she thinks of being encouraged. And I guess it just comes naturally for me. I believe it's the biggest gift we can give someone - our encouragement.Contact: some information about my co-host:Joanne BrooksFounder & CEO, Navig8biz how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business Your host,  Aveline
Adversity as Our Greatest Teacher of Success; with Craig Fearn
Jul 19 2022
Adversity as Our Greatest Teacher of Success; with Craig Fearn
In today's episode, I met with someone who has a large well of wisdom learned from a journey of incredible pain and adversity. A humble, heart-centred person who walks his talk and has found a way to heal his self-perception and help countless others.He's a maverick of passion and uniqueness, and brings all of his gifts into his world of mental health well-being and helping organisations evolve through focussing on our unique individuality.Here's a summary of what we discussed:5:50 - who  he serves8:10 - experts aren't created overnight12:23 - academic vs experiential expertise13:30 - his background & journey31:00 - celebrate the 1/2 step53:45 - the outlaw or maverickand much more...Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Craig Fearn, CEO & Founder Lighthouse MentoringI’m Craig Fearn MEd BSc Hons PGCE QTLS EMCC (Professional) ABMPP. I have over 15 years’ experience as a mental health and wellbeing mentor and trainer. I am a qualified teacher with many years of management experience in various industries, as well as a Wellbeing Ambassador for the Institute of Directors, Senior member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Principal Practitioner for the Association of Business Psychology. I hold the international gold standard qualifications, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Mental Health First Aid. It is my passion to support others. I have personally lived, and still live with, the looming spectre of mental health difficulties, and know first-hand the importance of early intervention. Having suffered personally from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress and Chronic Cluster Headaches, I have an excellent understanding of the challenges faced by others. I come from a position of empathy, not simply sympathy.Something Interesting About YouI have never been on a podcastContact:www.linkedin.com/in/craig-fearn1www.lighthousementoring.co.ukHere’s some information about my co-host:Koray SerbestFounder & CEO, Go Beyond Global how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Learning to Love the Human in Business; with Sam Dean
Jul 12 2022
Learning to Love the Human in Business; with Sam Dean
In today's episode we sat down with Samantha Dean, who shared with us a fresh perspective of being a 'real' business owner in today's world.She's got a wealth of experience in the accounting and professional services area, and we discussed the challenges in that sector as well as much more.Here's a summary of what we discussed:14:40 - what business is really about17:53 - why Accountants need help 21:41 - great businesses come from personal change31:30 - the moment she knew she needed to change40:30 - nobody's teaching the new conversations41:15 - be brave and authentic about your purposeand much more...Here’s some information about our guest:Sam Dean Accountant-Turned-Entrepreneur, Growth Advisor, Speaker and Podcaster  In the past ten years, I’ve worked with hundreds of driven expert-based business owners in this country. These were highly educated women and men who got into a professional business for more time, control and money.  The problem being that the gap between expertise and what it takes to run a thriving people-centric business is still significant. While it takes us decades to become qualified and master our expertise, it only takes 12 minutes to open a business.  This gap is what I've dedicated my career to helping people close.  The BlueprintHQ programs I've designed are to double the income of expert businesses without burnout.  Something Interesting About You:I am a competitive dressage (horse) rider. What Are You Famous For?Increasing peoples income by decreasing their time and energy drained creating it  Contact:LI: some information about my co-host:Steve SandorCEO & Founder, Inspiring Businessinspiringbusiness.netHere's how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
How People Can Be Your Big Differentiator; with Raj Nathoo
Jul 5 2022
How People Can Be Your Big Differentiator; with Raj Nathoo
In today’s episode I sat down with Raj Nathoo, for an enlightening and interesting conversation on the ingredients to take medium sized businesses to a level of success and sustainability they crave. Through the lens of learning and development, Raj provided us so many ways to look at people and the ways in which they are the most important factor in an organisation’s success.He gave us stories, examples, insights and facts - to weave a story of learning and relevance for all organisations seeking to make a difference and create a workplace that people are proud of.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:07:12 - the incorrect focus of recruitment 10:30 - why motivations matter13:26 - why technology is no longer a differentiator15:05 - the true differentiators nowadays18:22 - The Lemon Tree hotel example26:47 - how Zappos infused their staff32:40 - the journey from South Africa40:10 - the medium sized organisation status quo50:42 - a huge opportunity for these organisationsand much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Raj Nathoo, CEO & Founder of Keystone Active LearningI have a passion for education and professional development and hence love helping people that want to progress in their career. This passion grew out of growing up in a country where racial segregation laws prevented people from reaching higher levels of achievement and success. I learned very early that education and self-determination are keys to your personal growth and success. I would like to help people achieve higher levels of success by helping them understand their purpose and then setting goals towards living it. Something Interesting About YouI have an interest in oil painting. I have dabbled a bit and would love to master the art of landscape painting.Books Mentioned During the Conversation:Delivering Happiness; A Path to Profits, Passion & Purpose - by Tony HsiehPEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow - by Chip ConleyContact: some information about my co-host:Endre HoffmannFounder & CEO, the Doctor of Self Worth how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Creating a New World through the Eyes of Education; with Benjamin Burg
Jun 28 2022
Creating a New World through the Eyes of Education; with Benjamin Burg
Today’s episode is a conversation with Benjamin Burg from Poland and originally the USA.  It was one of those conversations that was rich in history, meaning, and weaving threads together to create a sense of a 6 Star journey.  For Benjamin, education is not just about learning: the 6 Star way to learning is actually to pass it on.. share it with others, and take note of our environmental messages and cues as well.  He’s creating opportunities for people to get involved in community programs, and actively making an impact in different ways. He’s a wonderful person whom I thoroughly enjoyed talking to.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:06:56 - his greatest teacher was his sister, Bethany13:07 - the Polish connection18:51 - learning about the living earth26:00 - the Ukrainian students open house27:00 - the Gardening Project30:50 - teaching critical thinking33:25 - the required shift in the education system40:08 - riding the wave of technology, connection and change46:55 - the paradox of teacher’s impactand much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Benjamin Burg, Founder of Trips Beyond the ClassroomOver the past twenty years, I have taught in a wide range of environments, from inner-city public high schools in Philadelphia, corporate sales training in Eastern Europe, a middle school teacher in Pre-IB Language Arts, American History and Ecology in Warsaw, Poland.  Twenty years teaching I never used a textbook, designing every class from scratch.  Currently I am the founder and Chief Educational Officer for Trips Beyond the Classroom involving hundreds of students in innovative learning activities.Something Interesting About YouI am fascinated with human culture and our relationship to what I like to think, our living Earth.  I am sort of an anthropologist with a social philanthropist and innovative approach.   What Are You Famous For?Pushing the learning up !  Including myself, no one escapes the opportunity to learn more.  So many stories.   One of the best, my European students teasing me about how young is the American’s history.   Then while we were exploring lava tubes in western New Mexico, we discovered a 1000 year old Native American water ritual pot.  We touched history that afternoon.    Contact: to his charity for direct impact: some information about my co-host:Koray Serbest Founder & CEO, Go Beyond Global how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Be Your Own Sales Warrior to Thrive Today and Tomorrow; with David Angel
Jun 21 2022
Be Your Own Sales Warrior to Thrive Today and Tomorrow; with David Angel
In today’s episode with David Angel we heard from a sales and business expert who is doing his work out of a love for others and a genuine desire to help others win at life.  He demonstrates 6 Star values naturally and exudes energy, passion and joy in his daily life, and it was a joy to speak to him.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:07:25 - the start of the journey13:35 - his commitment to helping others15:28 - introverts are selling easier18:38 - what makes a good salesperson21:00 - how does trust play a part in the sale?24:15 - how to future proof the future recession30:27 - most people are lying to themselves32:00 - how do we convince people to focus on sales41:00 - we  need to choose resilience in our business42:45 - the truth about social media madnessand a lot more...Enjoy!!Here’s some information about our guest:David Angel, Founder of The Ultimate Sales Training Academy David is a seasoned sales coach who specialises is helping professionals increases their results through modern skills, Frameworks and SOP’s that delivers high end results.He is seen as the key choice for professionals that have spent their life developing their level of expertise and now they are looking to monetise this knowledge as an expert in a streamlined and professional way.David takes those looking to get their first clients in a thorough way who want to be the seasoned experts that are looking to build out a team and scale out to increase their impact. He does this through 1 on 1 coaching, a group coaching program and has a fully interactive platform meaning every expert has an option for them to get their business to the next level!Something Interesting About YouI'm on a mission to impact 1,000.000 business professionals to get to the next level in life!What Are You Famous For?Being a high energy disrupter in the sales and business spaceContactW: www.thesalesangel.comI: www.instagram.com/thesalesangelHere’s some information about my co-host:Remeny ArmitageCEO & Founder, Brilliant & Human how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,   Aveline
Impacting South Africa, One Young Leader at a Time; with Frank Tsuro
Jun 14 2022
Impacting South Africa, One Young Leader at a Time; with Frank Tsuro
In today’s episode I sat down with Frank Tsuro from South Africa, a purposeful and passionate man who is dedicating his life to the pursuit of helping others become the best versions of themselves, and in the process to help lift his nation into a new way of being so it can realise it's potential.  Frank is nothing short of inspirational.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:4:53 - the moment he was inspired to focus on leadership6:43 - importance of leaders having an authentic interest in solving challenges11:30 - the treatment of people is so much worse than our possessions14:26 - the birth of his Non Profit - People Making History 22:01 - taking for granted that we all have a meal to eat26:25 - impact is about doing the work with authenticity40:53 - the most difficult thing to change is one’s beliefs48:04 - the importance of surrounding yourself and much more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Frank Tsuro, Founder of FranklySpeaking, and People Making History Frank is an accomplished leader whose mission is to develop other leaders. Leaders with vision, leaders who are authentic in their interest in people & their challenges and leaders with the courage to do what needs to be done to avert these challenges.An expert in leadership and teams, he helps executive teams to work cohesively and to create an environment that allows their own teams to perform at their natural best.Known for his candour and probing questions, Frank will help you develop simple and practical solutions to growing your influence and build a high performing team culture!Something Interesting About YouMy life almost worked out the way I had planned it to - which would have been a pity, given what I do now.What Are You Famous For?Frank ConversationsContactLI: some information about my co-host:Koray Serbest Founder & CEO, Go Beyond Global how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
An Innovation That’s Making Waves in USA; with Tino Go
Jun 7 2022
An Innovation That’s Making Waves in USA; with Tino Go
In today’s episode we welcomed Tino Go from the USA, to discuss his incredible patented technology that has done an ‘Uber’ in the manufacturing industry. He has a brilliant mind & an even bigger heart, and brings that to the world through his work.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:4:00 - the technology Tino has created8:20 - where the idea started13:00 - the 4th industrial revolution28:20 - understanding the customers37:15 - the maths on the machines45:25 - unlocking the bottlenecksand lots more…Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Tino Go, Founder of BaruTino started to build his company, Baru Inc., in 2015 after he discovered how expensive and inefficient it was to order a custom-made bookcase. He envisioned that digitally controlled manufacturing robotics should produce what was in a customer’s imagination. That idea is now a reality. Baru was recently awarded a patent for technology that lets customers modify product designs in augmented and virtual reality before manufacturing.Tino was a national award-winning photographer and artist before founding his first advertising production company, Exile Productions, after high school. After 12 years in advertising, Tino retired to switch to a career in corporate finance.Before Baru, Tino worked as a CFO to help companies generate increased profits through the strategic intersection of finance and operations. Tino strategically analyzes a company’s financial and operational functions and then develops innovative, customized solutions that allow company to achieve its profit potential.Tino has more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning and business analysis, finance and accounting, IT systems implementation, and operational systems. Tino holds an MBA in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business & a BA in Economics from the Univ of Michigan. He completed a non-degree law program at Case Western Reserve University and advanced coursework toward a Master of Accounting at Walsh College. Currently a resident of Ohio and California, Tino has also spent a decade in Europe & is fluent in French and Italian.Contact:FB: some information about my co-host:Koray SerbestFounder & CEO, Go Beyond Global how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up. The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Create Forward Momentum Using Trust and Clarity; with Cary Prejean
May 31 2022
Create Forward Momentum Using Trust and Clarity; with Cary Prejean
In today’s episode we met with Cary Prejean from the USA.  What struck me about this conversation was his clarity of understanding around people, relationships, and what makes a successful business owner most successful.  His approach to giving them what they NEED versus what they WANT is unique, and incredibly effective.  There was a lot of wisdom in this conversation and I look forward to speaking to him again!Here’s a summary of what we discussed:06:34 - looking to play the game better07:41 - the problem with many entrepreneurs15:28 - moods for learning20:00 - What Robert DeNiro said in Casino28:41 - the secret to life…30:19 - the way to achieve mastery46:16 - trust factors that define us54:00 - human egos and narrativesand much more… Enjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Cary Prejean, CEO & Founder CFO ConsultingCary is a native of south Louisiana, USA.  He earned his accounting degree from the University of Louisiana - Lafayette, and earned his CPA certificate while working as a tax accountant for Arthur Anderson CPA's  and as a Controller and CFO for industrial companies.  He is also certified as an Ontological Coach through ICF accredited Newfield Network.  He works with small to medium sized business owners to  remove the dysfunction from their organization and help them to build a bridge to the future through long range strategic planning.What Are You Famous For?I'm famous for my pralines and NY style cheesecake.  Other than that, clients love getting a lot of their time back from chronic crisis management once we implement timely and actionable financial reporting and eliminate the dysfunction in their organization.Contact:LI: some information about my co-host:Koray SerbestFounder & CEO, Go Beyond Global how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up.   The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
Lessons in How to Give More Value; with Marco Torres
May 24 2022
Lessons in How to Give More Value; with Marco Torres
Our podcast guest today hails from Florida in the USA, and brings a long history of business experience in the travel and tourism and marketing industries. Marco Torres is his name, and he understands the importance of delivering value and he talks to myself and my co-host, Koray, about his current business and how people can leverage this to provide additional value and gratitude to their employees, customers and stakeholders.His energy and passion for people and giving MORE is evident as he talks animatedly about the benefits of providing value and how we can all do that for those in our worlds and circles around us.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:05:48 - servicing ALL niches07:11 - why discounting is a tempting mistake11:20 - using automation for testimonials14:00 - where the idea started for Marketing Boost25:00 - the sales funnel builder upgrade30:00 - the financial advisor case study34:50 - how incentives are only 1 of the tools in the toolbox39:30 - where incentives look bad and don’t work51:37 - going beyond incentives to build the 6 star teamand much more…Here’s some information about our guest:Marco Torres, Founder & CEO, Marketing BoostMarco Torres is the Founder of MarketingBoost.com, he has helped thousands of business owners worldwide boost sales and scale their businesses by as much as 5-fold through the use of incentive-based marketing. He teaches entrepreneurs how to soar in sales & marketing through the use of “Value-Add-Incentives” instead of discounts. His Facebook Group is home to more than 27,000 active business owners who are raking in sales with his advice and amazingly affordable subscription program.What Are You Famous For?The call me the "Idea Man" Something Interesting About You:Started as an entrepreneur at a very early age by the time he was 12 years old he was featured on the front page of his local newspaper for building the biggest paper route they had ever seen.  By age 23 he had opened 5 restaurants and a nightclub in San Juan Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Contact:F: some information about my co-host:Koray SerbestFounder & CEO, Go Beyond Global how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up.   The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline
How to Succeed with the Right Mentor on the Right Path; with Darius Tan
May 17 2022
How to Succeed with the Right Mentor on the Right Path; with Darius Tan
In this episode of the podcast I welcomed Darius Tan to sit with us, to discuss the more purposeful and personal aspects of success, as applied to startups and his coaching business.Darius is young, yet has the wisdom of someone who has lived many lifetimes - and he demonstrated that on the show today. His approach to growing his customer’s businesses  and his purpose on this earth was what stood out for us.It’s an engaging and inspiring conversation, with the best right at the end!My co-host was Steve Sandor, and together we had a great chat with Darius.Here’s a summary of what we discussed:04:45 - where the seed was planted09:30 - the problems many people make in starting out14:20 - steps to choosing the right mentor22:25 - the power in aligning with the right people27:42 - capturing social proof when starting out42:15 - the different zones of genius and where to focus 51:47 - seminars are not a substitute for a mentor57:00 - danger of the comfort zoneEnjoy!Here’s some information about our guest:Darius TanFounder & CEO, Strategic Scaling SystemsToday's guest is quoted by market leaders as the "System Whiz" for generating millions of dollars without any paid ads. He started working at 13, where he assisted in youth motivational camps before growing to train thousands of youths around Southeast Asia. After 2 years of growth hacking over 250,000 followers and publishing 2 books while spending most of his time in the army, he was inspired to set up Strategic Scaling Systems to free up time for others. As the CEO of Strategic Scaling Systems, they’re on the mission to scale solo coaches, consultants and educators to become overbooked CEOs without spending more time or ads on the business.Something Interesting About You:I went $30k in debt when I first started out my businessWhat Are You Famous For?Organically attracting clients without spending a dime on adsContact: Darius’s Offer for Listeners:NO BS SYSTEMS: If you want to scale to multi 6 figures without costly ads and finally become a CEO of your business, join our free Facebook Group where I transparently share systems that work and fail for our own business every single month. some information about my co-host:Steve SandorCEO & Founder, Inspiring Businessinspiringbusiness.netHere's how you can get in touch with the 6 Star Community:Simply go to to learn more and sign up.   The purpose of the 6 Star Business is to bring together purpose-minded business owners who want to create more impact in the world, live with more purpose, and rise above traditional methods of doing business. We do this by fostering 6 Star Leaders and creating a space for them to shine.If you'd like to get in touch please contact us at contact@6star.business  Your host,  Aveline