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Your Story Ep 6 : Juan Mann, Free Hugs and Oprah is a Career

Welcome To Episode Six of Your Story.


Today we talk with Juan Mann of Free Hugs fame. You have probably seen the video, if not here it is.


A runaway viral success that has lead onto things greater than anyone could have imagined.

It all started for me when I saw on Twitter that Richard Giles had gone to visit Juan and I thought well there is a story in that!

So I found his Welcome To My Home site and asked if I could drop in, seeing how I was in Sydney. Generously, he agreed.Juan & Ian

We talk about the runaway success that the video has become for him and what it has lead on to, including appearing on Oprah and Andrew Dentons Enough Rope along with opportunities that you would never write into a business plan.

Surprisingly this has lead to him developing a career as a public speaker enabling him to continue to get his message out there and to motivate others to follow their passion.

Here is Juan explaining how the Free Hugs Campaign has now grown and gone around the world. To learn more on the Free Hugs Campaign go to Wikipedia


His free ebook The Illustrated Guide To Free Hugs is available to download at freehugsguide.com If you feel that the world can be made a better place through acts of kindness like this I would encourage you to consider making a donation if you feel inspired.

Email is freehugscampaign@yahoo.com

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Opening and closing track is All The Same by Sick Puppies

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  • Cameron Reilly Tuesday, 12 February, 2008, 12:03 pm

    Awesome show Ian! What a terrific bloke Juan seems to be, and you do a great interview! Cheers mate!

  • evelyn Thursday, 31 July, 2008, 12:59 pm

    ian. i just listened to this episode and it simply made my day….
    as i got out of potsdam main station the episode ended and the song came on again
    as i got on the bike..it felt like flying home!!! i met aarne at the bus station and gave him a big hug! telling him about the episode.
    so cool u sat down with this highly inspiring guy! and put together this highly inspiring
    episode! thank u for doing “your story”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adam Daniel Mezei Wednesday, 25 February, 2009, 6:58 pm

    By the way Gary Arndt at http://www.everything-everywhere.com has been travelling all around the world, so Juan might want to know about this. 🙂