My blog posts and thoughts

I’m Taku Mbudzi, an inspirational speaker, comedian and writer. I blog about public speaking, writing books, creativity, business and life in Australia.

A couple of interesting links…

Public speaking and presenting: TED Talks https://www.ted.com/

Books and writing: Brain Pickings https://www.brainpickings.org/


Find me on Instagram for regular updates as they happen. I always have my camera handy and take a lot more photos than I write blog posts.

10 Branding Lessons Youth Marketing Australia Taku Mbudzi

Episode 81 – 10 Branding Lessons from VICE, Junkee and Contiki at YMA 2018

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Youth Marketing Australia was simply eye-opening! I went to…
Self-Doubt and Self-Publishing Taku Mbudzi Podcast

Episode 67 – Split-Second Self-Doubt and Spontaneous Park Recording after Book Publisher Meeting

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Today's [confronting] two words: So What? So what if I write…
Gerard McCulloch Screenwriting Hard Quiz Writer AACTAs

Episode 60.2 – Gerard McCulloch on Screenwriting, Satire and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering

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Do you watch The Weekly and Hard Quiz? This is the second…
The Moth Melbourne Merrillee McCoy Local Producer

Episode 59 – Behind The Moth Melbourne with Local Producer Merrilee McCoy

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OMG Merrilee McCoy is magic! She's the local producer of The…
Tenda McFly ZiiMusic Band of Brothaz Rap Melbourne Spoken Word

Episode 58 – Rap, Rhyme & Reason with Tenda McFly & ZIIMUSIC

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What IS spoken word? I interview Melbourne rapper/poets Tenda…
Taku Mbudzi Podcast Develop Characters Radio TV

Episode 57 – My Radio Play Cast is Developing My TV Characters

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The cast of my JoYOLO radio play is changing my character(s). Yes…
Taku Mbudzi Launch Youth Conference Motivational

Episode 55 – I hate being called a motivational speaker

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Motivational vs inspirational speaker? In this episode I explain…
12. Self-publish a book Taku Mbudzi Podcast Australia Graphic design

Episode 54 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #12 Graphic Design

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If you don’t have “design eyes”, please seek professional…
11. Self-publish a book Taku Mbudzi Podcast Australia Celebrate Small Milestones

Episode 53 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #11 Celebrate Small Milestones

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You’ll be elated when you finally publish your book, but don’t…
Being the underdog, instagram Taku Mbudzi podcast

Episode 51 – Being the Underdog, Instagram and Raising Happy Kids

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Last year, I filmed my close friends for a fun little series…
TEDxMelbourne Open Mic Night - Public Speaking

Episode 49 – Lessons from MC’ing TEDxMelbourne’s Open Mic Night

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When you really want a ticket to a sold-out event, volunteer…
Beautiful machinery Google review Minuteman Press Abbotsford Keenan Archer Taku Podcast

Episode 46 – Google Review to Interview with My Local Printer Guru

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Fact: I've never written a Google review. This episode is my…
Still Learning about Forgiveness Taku Mbudzi Podcast

Episode 44 – What I'm Still Learning about Forgiveness

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Today's one word is forgiveness. This morning I wrote a list…
8. Self-publish a book Taku Mbudzi Podcast Australia Know Your Reader

Episode 43 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #8 Know Your Reader

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I wrote ‘Multicultural Me’, a children’s book about friendship,…
7. Self-publish a book Taku Mbudzi Podcast Australia Read More

Episode 42 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #7 Read and Write More

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Support your fellow writers – buy their books and read their…
S-Town Serial The Messenger Podcast Reviews Australia

Episode 36 – Podcasts I Love: S-Town, Serial, The Moth and More

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S-Town creator Brian Reed is coming to Melbourne. OMG! I can't…
6. Self-publish a book Taku Mbudzi Podcast Australia Motivation

Episode 35 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #6 Motivation

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Making money shouldn’t be your main motivation. So why do you…
5. Self-publish a book Taku Mbudzi Podcast Australia Story

Episode 34 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #5 Story

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So you want to publish a book? But hold on...what’s the story…
Taku Podcast Online Dating Profile Poem

Episode 32 – My Online Dating Profile is a Poem

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How I really feel about online dating. Listen to the unexpected…
4. Self-publish a book Taku Podcast Australia Crowdfunding

Episode 31 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #4 Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds. I do, however, recommend…
3. Self-publish a book Taku Podcast Australia Research

Episode 30 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #3 Research

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Research is everything. You need do your homework before you…
Don't conform Taku Mbudzi Podcast Creative People

Episode 27 – Don't Conform: My Two Words for Young and Creative People

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Don’t Conform, Teach Others and Please Don’t be Boring. My…
2. Self-publish a book Taku Podcast Australia Funding

Episode 26 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #2 Funding and Finances

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Finding funding ain't funny. Don’t quit your job…yet! Self-publishing…
1. Self-publish a book Taku Podcast Australia Reality Check

Episode 25 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #1 Reality Check

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Self-publishing a book is not for the faint-hearted. It takes…
Magic Word Cloud Taku Podcast Australia

Episode 20 Pit Stop – Magic, Mushrooms, Mountains and Miracles

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The magic of starting a podcast. Here's an update on my stand-up…
Kerry Cue Books Getting Published Podcast Interview

Episode 19 – Getting Published in Australia with Author and Maths Blogger Kerry Cue

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Getting published is so hard! I'm in my local library with author…
Self-publishing books australia Taku Podcast

Episode 17 – My Second Book and Second Thoughts about Self-Publishing

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14,251 words and counting. I'm not sure self-publishing my second…
Podcast Interview Melanie Joosten Berlin Syndrome Palace Cinema

Episode 14 – Two Words with Melanie Joosten, Author of Berlin Syndrome

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I sat in my local cinema discussing the new movie Berlin Syndrome…
Taku Podcast Book Review Austin Kleon

Episode 11 – Book Review – 'Show Your Work' by Austin Kleon

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One of my favourites! I give a more-technical-than-planned book…
Two Words Taku Comedy Writing

Episode 10 – OMG! My First Open Mic in Melbourne...and Singapore

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I've got two days to prepare for my first open mic event in…
Two Words with Taku Podcast

Episode 1 – 2017's Two Words

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2017's two words: Go Deep. I have finally started a podcast…