The next best thing to being at a sporting fixture has to be going to a pub with a group of mates – but the number of boozers is dwindling. This week, broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce take a deeper dive into the world of 'pub' sports, namely darts and snooker. As pubs continue to close or be 'gastro-ed' will we see the death of darts and pool being played for fun? We talk to Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association for her opinion. The Snooker World Championship is currently on and prize money is growing – but could that be at threat with betting advertising in the crosshairs of government? Although Britain is not as Snooker Loopy as it once was - with numbers playing dwindling - in China, some 60million are estimated to regularly play. Meanwhile, we talk to the 68th best darts player in the world – Matthew 'Prime Time' Edgar about how he got into the sport, its future, and why he wouldn't like it to become an Olympic event. We also take a look at the news that the Premier League wage bill has hit nearly £3billion and Lee reveals all on his La Liga, Athletic Bilbao experience.
Stage hypnotist and clinical hypnotherapist, Jason Simmons, joins Adam Cox to talk about the common myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnotism. They discuss how, for many, ideas about hypnosis are based on stage hypnotists such as Paul McKenna, and characters from Little Britain. But does hypnotism really work, or is something else at play here?
Bernardo Moya started in Spanish real estate, and twice built up property businesses before discovering neuro-linguistic programming - and more importantly, its application in business. He's built up one of the biggest businesses in this field and works in the corporate sector extensively. It's all about the 'fresh download for the brain', as he puts it! He's also a former DJ.
Next month, the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) circus comes to Britain, with live shows in Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Cardiff. For many, they will remember the days of Hulk Hogan, Bret the Hitman Hart and the British Bulldog. So, is wrestling just as popular in 2019 as it was in the 1980s and 90s. This week, Georgie Frost focuses on the billion dollar sport of wrestling with chief executive of the Wrestling Travel company Lee McAteer. He recently visited New Jersey, in the US, for Wrestlemania 35 - and returns to give us expert insight, talk about the money-side of the sport, and why more people are taking an interest in sports tourism.
Adam talks to Philly Fiels, founder of Hope In Health: a specialist company that produces a frankincense tonic water called Frankly Irresistible. They explore why, for most people, frankincense is associated with the gift that the 3 wise men gave to Jesus in the nativity, and why we have heard so little else about this ancient plant. Philly explains that although frankincense can be used as a fragrance, the higher grades can be used to create a tonic water with incredible health properties. They discuss the science behind this plant and explore whether the placebo effect could be responsible for some of these – almost miraculous – health observations.
Adam talks to Mike Graham, founder of SME Skills Consultancy on what he considers is the most vital skill in smaller businesses: sales! They discuss why selling is often seen as a dirty word despite it's being such an important part of a businesses success and why skills like communication and influence are highly valued despite being very similar to selling. Mike talks about his early experiences selling soft toys door to door and the lessons that are applicable to all people in business about how to get good at the skills of selling.
Adam Cox is joined by TV presenter Julia Kendell – of 60 Minute Makeover and DIY SOS fame – and Andrew Weiss, Chairman of BHETA, the trade body for the home improvement industry. They talk about how the popularity of the home improvement shows of the 90s and early noughties saw a massive trend for people to improve their homes. The change in focus from DIY shows to today’s cooking and baking shows has seen a decline in the popularity of home improvement – so, how can we encourage millennials to get back into the art of DIY?
Graham Shaw is a former primary school teacher, turned corporate trainer and speaking expert. He’s a keen artist and amateur musician who uses his cartoons in his work (which includes major organisations such as HSBC and Specsavers) and who isn’t afraid to admit his errors when they happen.
New research reveals that nearly a third of Brits say that they fear the dentist’s chair and 79% say they are put off receiving dental advice as a result – which could explain why nearly 100,000 fewer people visited the dentist last year. Fear is just one of the reasons why we are avoiding the chair, with time and cost also stopping 1 in 7 of us from taking a visit. So, Are we risking our oral health by not taking more regular visits to the dentist?
Earlier I spoke to dentist Cathal Hayes and the CEO of Centre for Dentistry who carried out the research Lisa Riley.
Digital agency director Luca Senatore put himself through evening school to learn marketing, after a fractured education in his native Italy. He came to the UK unable to speak the language, and was promptly fired from his first job. Undeterred, he moved from waiter to business owner to agency founder within a few years, and now works in digital marketing serving leading retailers as director at Genie venture. He borrows from sporting philosophy for business, and his top tip for motivation and character-building is to ‘think like Superman!’ in meetings.