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How to Be Awesome at Your Job

How to Be Awesome at Your Job

Author: Pete Mockaitis

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Get more fun, wins, meaning, and money from your job! This show helps grow your skills and impact at any job that requires thinking and collaborating. Each week, Pete interviews thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance. Their stories and advice sharpen the universal skills every professional needs to flourish at work. Boost your time/energy management, leadership, confidence, career opportunities, and fulfillment—while still getting home earlier. The show has 7,000,000 downloads and mentions in The New York Times, Forbes, and Inc. Try starting with episode 0: START HERE and listener favorite episodes we put at the beginning numbered: A, B, C, D, E, and F. Welcome!
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Stu Heinecke shares unorthodox approaches to win the attention of strangers.You'll Learn:1) The simple trick to exceeding a 100% response rate2) Do’s and don’ts for composing your personal messages3) How to turn executive assistants into alliesAbout Stu:Dubbed by the American Marketing Association the “Father of Contact Marketing,” Stu Heinecke is a Wall Street Journal cartoonist, hall of fame-nominated marketer and the bestselling author of How to Get a Meeting with Anyone (2016) and Get the Meeting! (10-2019). Stu is also the founder of, a group of WSJ and New Yorker cartoonists who donate their art to help charities raise funds.Stu’s book: Get the Meeting!: An Illustrative Contact Marketing PlaybookStu’s book: How to Get a Meeting with Anyone: The Untapped Selling Power of Contact MarketingStu’s LinkedIn: Stu HeineckeStu’s editorial cartoon: “Roland! You’re acting like a Democrat!”Stu’s website: StuHeinecke.comStu’s podcast: How to Get a Meeting with Anyone Resources mentioned in the show:Study: Koko (gorilla)Website: Seamless.AISoftware: x.aiSoftware: ZoomSoftware: Spiro.aiBook: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: A Novel by Tom RobbinsBook: Innovators Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton ChristensenThank you Sponsors!ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Try them for free at Mobile. Cut your wireless bill down to $15 a month at transcript, show notes, and links at
Oren Klaff reveals the secret behind successful pitches—and how to persuade those around you.You’ll Learn:1) What most people get wrong about persuasion 2) How to communicate your worth3) The surefire way to convince anyone About Oren:Oren is Director of Capital Markets at investment bank Intersection Capital where he manages its capital raising platform (retail and wholesale distribution), business and product development. Oren co-developed and oversees Intersection Capital's flagship product, Velocity™. From 2003-2008 as he applied his pioneering approaches to raising capital and incorporating neuroscience into the capital markets programs, Oren raised over $400 million of investor capital from high net-worth individuals and financial institutions.Oren is a member of Geyser Holding's investment committee where he has been a principal since 2006. During its growth he was responsible for sales, marketing, branding, product development, and business development. Previously, he was a venture analyst and partner at several mid-sized investment funds.Oren’s book: Flip the Script: Getting People to Think Your idea Is Their IdeaOren’s book: Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the DealOren’s website: OrenKlaff.comResources mentioned in the show:Book: Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe by Jim DaviesThank you Sponsors!Bench. Cross bookkeeping off your list forever! Get 20% off your first six months of professional bookkeeping at Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over your thoughts for better persuasion. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions.ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Try them for free at
Dave Decelle shares insider perspectives on how to turn insights into compelling communication.You’ll learn:1) Three foundational principles for capturing your audience’s attention2) The best disposition for presentations3) How to create engaging presentation slidesAbout Dave:Dave Decelle was a Director of Consumer Insights at Netflix, focused on delivering insights that drive product innovation. Dave has over 17 years of experience in market, brand, and user experience research and consulting. While he was focused on the technology and media categories at Netflix, his past experience ranges across a variety of industries, including financial, automotive, food & beverage, retail, and general consumer goods and services.Dave’s LinkedIn: Dave DecelleDave’s website: DaveDecelle.comResources mentioned in the show:Poem: “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne WilliamsonBook: Salvation: A Novel (The Salvation Sequence) by Peter F. HamiltonPrevious episode: 136: How to Make Your Presentation as Compelling as a Movie with Ted FrankThank you Sponsors!BetterHelp provides affordable therapy on demand. Get 10% off your first month at with the discount code AWESOME.Charles & Colvard provides the world’s most brilliant gem at a great price. Learn more and get exclusive savings at
Victor Cheng discusses the mindset and habits that lead to powerful self-esteem and self-confidence.About Victor:Victor Cheng is the founder of, the most prominent blog on the management consulting industry.  He also serves as a strategic advisor to Inc. 500 CEOs, and has been featured as a business expert in media, including Fox Business TV Network, MSNBC, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.Victor is a former McKinsey & Company consultant and has been a senior executive in several publicly owned technology companies. He’s a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in quantitative economics, and the author of several business books.Victor’s website: CaseInterview.comVictor’s Free Guide: The 5 Steps to Building Self-Esteem: mentioned in the show:Let’s chat for five-minutes!App: TrelloTool: Google CalendarProduct: LeathermanBook: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey
Brian Ahearn breaks down the ethical way to getting people to say “yes.” You'll Learn: 1. How to quickly attract people’s attention 2. The simple secret to winning people over 3. How to get others to follow through with their tasks About Brian: Brian Ahearn is the Chief Influence Officer at Influence PEOPLE. A dynamic international keynote speaker, he specializes in applying the science of influence in everyday situations. Brian is one of only 20 individuals in the world who currently holds the Cialdini Method Certified Trainer designation. This specialization was earned directly from Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D. – the most cited living social psychologist on the science of ethical influence. Thank you Sponsors! Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Zapier. Save an average of 40 hours a month by automating tasks with View transcript, show notes, and links at
Dr. John Townsend discusses how to build the relationships that keep you motivated and productive.   You'll Learn: The one need leaders often ignore How to engage in nourishing conversations The five relationships you need in your life—and the two to prune   About John: Dr. John Townsend is a nationally-known leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. John is the founder of the Townsend Institute, Leadership and Counseling, and the Townsend Leadership Program, which is a a a  nationwide system of leadership training groups. He developed the online digital platform TownsendNOW and the online assessment tool TPRAT. Dr. Townsend travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders, their teams and their families. John’s book: People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership John’s book: How to Have a Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding: With Your Spouse, Adult Child, Boss, Coworker, Best Friend, or Someone You’re Dating with Henry Cloud John’s website: Tool: Townsend Personal and Relational Assessment Tool (TPRAT)   Resources mentioned in the show: Study: “The Mirror-Neuron System” by Giacomo Rizzolatti and Laila Craighero  TED Talk: “How great leaders inspire action” | Simon Sinek Book: The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni   Thank you Sponsors!   Four Sigmatic. Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from     View transcript, show notes, and links at
Aaron Schmookler discusses how a service-oriented mindset keeps you from burning out.   You'll Learn: A powerful phrase for de-escalating conflict How to stop feeling so self-conscious How to make work more fulfilling   About Aaron: For over 20 years, Aaron has been striving to help people find their own intrinsic motivation, their capacity to collaborate, and the fulfillment that comes from harnessing the creative impulse in us all to serve others. In 2014 Aaron and business partner, Adam Utley, co-founded The Yes Works and developed the Adeptability Model of collaboration and leadership training and the Adeptable Culture Audit. Aaron and The Yes Works serve clients across the country and across industries including Microsoft, MOD Pizza, DiscoverOrg, Burkhart Dental Supply, SOG Knives, 9th Gear, and Textainer to make work good for people and people good for work. Aaron’s LinkedIn: Aaron Schmookler Aaron’s website: Aaron’s podcast: Mighty Good Work   Resources mentioned in the show: Product: Plantronics Voyager 5200 Wireless Bluetooth Headset Book: “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins Book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” by Liz Wiseman Book: “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle   Thank you Sponsors! FabFitFun Get $10 off your curated subscription box delivering happiness with the best in beauty, fashion, home, wellness, and tech with the promo code BEAWESOME Blinkist: Learn more, faster with book summaries you can read or listen to in 15 minutes at Eyeconic. Get name-brand eyewear easily and affordably from   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Maura Nevel Thomas discusses how to take back control of your attention for more productive work days.   You'll Learn: How we sabotage our performance every 3 minutes The simple trick to stopping most office distractions How to get more satisfaction out of work   About Maura: Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker and trainer on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of Regain Your Time, author of three books, and was named a Top Leadership Speaker in Inc. Magazine. Maura is a contributing expert to major business outlets including Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review. Book: Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity—Every Day Website:    Resources mentioned in the show: Study: “The Cost of Interrupted Work: More Speed and Stress” by Gloria Mark, University of California, Irvine  Study: “Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity” by Adrian F. Ward et al., University of Texas Book: The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Teresa Amabile Book: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport Book: Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport   Thank you Sponsors! Simple Habit. This meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions. Babbel. Learn a new language anywhere, anytime with Policygenius helps you shop for life insurance in under two minutes. Check them out at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Devora Zack explains why you don't need to work the room to build great connections.   You'll Learn: How to smoothly start, sustain, and end conversations How to ease your pre-networking anxiety Best practices for writing amazing follow ups   About Devora: Devora Zack is CEO of Only Connect Consulting, a Washington Post bestselling author and global speaker with books in 45 language translations. Her cluents include Deloitte, Smithsonian, Delta Airlines, the FDA, Johns Hopkins, and the National Institute of Health. She has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report, Forbes, Cosmo, Self, Redbook, Fast Company, and many others. She is the author of Networking for People who Hate Networking, Managing for People Who Hate Managing and Singletasking. Book: Networking for People Who Hate Networking, Second Edition: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected Book: Singletasking: Get More Done One Thing at a Time Book: Managing for People Who Hate Managing: Be a Success by Being Yourself Website: Resources mentioned in the show: Study: “Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work” by Douglas Merrill  Product: Visconti, Italian pens Book: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Thank you Sponsors! EverlyWell provides easy at-home health test kits for food sensitivity, metabolism and 30 other things! Save 15% at   View links, show notes, and transcripts at
Dr. Tara Swart explains the science behind neuroplasticity and how to train your brain to brave any challenge.   You'll Learn: How to use neuroscience to break out of your comfort zone The six approaches to problem solving Simple tricks to turn around terrible work days   About Tara: Dr. Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, medical doctor, leadership coach, and award-winning and bestselling author. She works with leaders all over the world to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance, improve their ability to manage stress, regulate emotions, and retain information. She is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where she runs the Neuroscience for Leadership and Applied Neuroscience programs, and is an executive advisor to some of the world’s most respected leaders in media and business. Tara’s book: The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, the Science of the Brain Tara’s Twitter: @TaraSwart Tara’s Instagram: @drtaraswart Tara’s website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Research: "The Glymphatic System in CNS Health and Disease: Past, Present and Future" by Benjamin A. Plog and Maiken Nedergaard Twitter: @YouHadOneJob Book: Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer Book: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson Previous episode: 273: Taking Control of your Career with Korn Ferry’s Gary Burnison   Thank you Sponsors!   Four Sigmatic.  Give your brain a boost with superfood mushroom coffee with half the caffeine and double the mental clarity. Save 15% at Babbel. Learn a new language anywhere, anytime with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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