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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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Researcher Vanessa Van Edwards explains what causes people to like one another and how to make great impressions.   You'll Learn: Proven ways for making a fantastic first impression What builds and what kills likability the fastest Good and bad questions to ask during first meetings   About Vanessa: Vanessa Van Edwards is a behavioral investigator at her human behavior research lab, the Science of People. She is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting behavior hacks for audiences around the world. She is a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post. Her popular courses on Creative Live and Udemy have over 120,000 enrolled students. She’s been featured on NPR, CNN, Forbes and USA Today, but more importantly, she’s addicted to sour patch kids, airplane coffee and puppies. Vanessa’s Book: “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People” Vanessa’s Facial Expression Guide: Vanessa’s TED Talk: You are contagious | TEDxLondon Vanessa’s Website: Science of People Vanessa’s YouTube: Vanessa Van Edwards   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps” by Barbara and Allan Pease Researcher: Dr. Ekman Term: Expectancy effect Personality research: The Big Five Personality Test   Thank you, sponsors! BetterHelp provides affordable therapy on demand. Get 10% off your first month at with the discount code AWESOME. The Simple Habit meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. Visit get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Resilience expert Anne Grady shares how to decrease anxiety and stay in a more positive, productive zone more often.   You'll Learn: How the negativity bias hijacks us--and how to fix it Quick ways to put your lizard brain back in its place How to better savor “delicious moments” and enjoy each workday more   About Anne: Resilience expert Anne Grady is an internationally recognized speaker and author. Anne shares humor, humility, refreshing honesty, and practical strategies anyone can use to triumph over adversity and master change. A two-time TEDx speaker, Anne has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc., FOX Business, Entrepreneur, and more. She is the author of “Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph.” Learn more at LinkedIn: Anne Grady Group Website: YouTube: Anne Grady Group   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Calm App: Buddhify App: Happify App: Headspace App: Simple Habit Book: “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls Author: Arianna Huffington Author: Brene Brown Researcher: Dr. Rick Hanson Author: Rachel Hollis Researcher: Shawn Achor TED Talk: Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend Neurosciences terms: Amygdala, Hippocampus, Hypothalamus, Limbic system, Noradrenaline / Norepinephrine, Prefrontal cortex Book: “Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence”  by Rick Hanson Book: “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work” by Shawn Achor Book: “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It” by Kelly McGonigal   Thank You, Sponsor! iDashboards: Create gorgeously useful data visualizations with   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Randy Grieser offers actionable pointers to keep a workplace culture healthy and thriving.   You'll Learn: How trust is built in the workplace The 6 key elements of a healthy workplace culture Do's and don’ts for effective conflict management   About Randy: Randy Grieser is the founder and CEO of ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance. He is the author of The Ordinary Leader, and co-author of The Culture Question. Randy is passionate about sharing the importance of creating healthy workplace cultures, and believes leadership requires us to always be intentional about what we do and how we do it. Book: “The Culture Question: How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work” Company Website: Website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Book: “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink Book: “Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book” by Carol J. Loomis   Thank You, Sponsor! ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. You can try them for free at   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Professional speaker Diane DiResta shares invaluable tips and tricks to level up your presentations and boost your executive presence.   You'll Learn: Why knockout presentation skills are essential to your career How to structure the most effective presentation An effective way to overcome your fear of speaking   About Diane: Diane DiResta, CSP, is Founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City consultancy that serves business leaders who deliver high-stakes presentations—whether one-to-one, in front of a crowd, or from an electronic platform. A Certified Speaking Professional, DiResta is one of only 12% of speakers to hold that designation. She was President of the New York City chapter of the National Speakers Association and former media trainer for the NBA and WNBA. Diane’s Website: DiResta Communications Inc. Diane’s YouTube Channel: Diane’s Book: Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz   Resources mentioned in the show: App: LikeSo Article: “Talkaholics Sink Partnerships, Presentations—and Careers” by Joann Lublin Website: Book: The Science of Mind: The Complete Edition by Ernest Holmes   Thank you Sponsors! ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. You can try them for free at Butcher Box provides delicious, cost-effective, humanely-raised meat. Straight to your door! Get 2 free pounds of ground beef + bacon + $20 off by visiting   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Ryan Berman offers his tips and tricks for building your courage muscle to make exciting changes.   You'll Learn: The three elements of the courage equation One simple trick to boost your courage How to convince your boss to make a courageous change   About Ryan: Ryan Berman is the founder of Courageous, a change consultancy that develops Courage Brands® and trains companies how to operationalize courage through Courage Bootcamp. He has spent a career developing meaningful stories for household brands—like Caesars Entertainment, Major League Baseball, New Era, Subway, and UNICEF—and he believes that courage is the ultimate competitive advantage for any willing business, being or brand.  Ryan Berman used the courage methodology detailed in the book to launch his own Courage Brand called Sock Problems, a charitable sock company that socks different problems in the world. Ryan’s book: Return on Courage: A Business Playbook for Courageous Change Ryan’s website: Ryan’s company: Courageous Ryan’s Twitter: @RyanBerman   Resources mentioned in the show: App: Slack App: Zoom Article: Retiring Cisco CEO delivers dire prediction: 40% of companies will be dead in 10 years Book: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown   Thank You, Sponsors! ZipRecruiter. ZipRecruiter is the smartest way to hire. Try them for free at Collaborate more effectively--and beautifully with   View transcript, show notes, and links at 
Perry Marshall explains how the 80/20 rule can help you exponentially leverage your time to achieve massive results.   You'll Learn: What the 80/20 rule is—and how it’s misunderstood How you can achieve way more in just 5 minutes Why “procrastination demons” reveal your priorities   About Perry: Perry Marshall is endorsed in FORBES and INC Magazine and is one of the most expensive business consultants in the world.  His reinvention of the Pareto Principle is published in Harvard Business Review. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs at the California Institute of Technology uses his 80/20 Curve as a productivity tool. 80/20 Sales & Marketing is mandatory in many growing companies. Marketing maverick Dan Kennedy says, “If you don’t know who Perry Marshall is — unforgivable. Perry’s an honest man in a field rife with charlatans.” He’s consulted in over 300 industries and served as an expert witness for marketing and Google AdWords litigation. Perry has a degree in Electrical Engineering and lives in Chicago. Perry’s Book: 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More (available for one penny plus shipping!) Perry’s Website: Perry’s Marketing DNA Test: Evolution 2.0 Prize:   Resources mentioned in the show: App: OmniFocus Term: 80/20 Rule  Researcher: Barbara McClintock Book: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Book: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville   Thank you, Sponsors! Blinkist: Read or listen to summarized wisdom from thousands of nonfiction books! Free trial available at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Pat Flynn discusses how to turn anyone into your superfan.   You'll Learn: How superfans transform your career How to create the moments that win superfans How your ego can kill your blossoming superfandom   About Pat: Pat Flynn is a father, husband, and entrepreneur who lives and works in San Diego, CA. He owns several successful online businesses and is a professional blogger, keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and host of the Smart Passive Income and AskPat podcasts, which have earned a combined total of over 55 million downloads, multiple awards, and features in publications such as The New York Times and Forbes. He is also an advisor to ConvertKit, LeadPages, Teachable, and other companies in the digital marketing arena. Pat’s book: Superfans: The Easy Way to Stand Out, Grow Your Tribe, and Build a Successful Business Pat’s website: Pat’s social media:  Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook    Resources mentioned in the show: Article: "How To Lower Your Monthly Bills" by Ramit Sethi Book: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss   Thank you, Sponsor! The Simple Habit meditation app can help you pay better attention to your emerging superfans. The first 50 listeners to sign up at get 30% off premium subscriptions.   View transcript, show notes, and links at
Mike Vardy discusses how to fine-tune your routine and make the most of your time through mode-based work.   You'll Learn: Why you shouldn't obsess over productivity apps How to craft your time with the 5 categories of mode-based work How to keep yourself motivated and on-track through journaling   About Mike: Mike Vardy is an author, speaker, and productivity and time management strategist (or 'productivityist') based in Victoria, BC, Canada. His company Productivityist helps people stop 'doing' productive and start 'being' productive through a variety of online and offline resources. He is the author of The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want, published by Diversion Books, and has self-published several eBooks, the most recent of which is ”The Productivityist Playbook." He currently hosts The Productivityist Podcast, a podcast that features insights and conversations surrounding productivity and workflow.  Mike’s Podcast: The Productivityist Podcast Mike’s TEDx Talk: How to Stop Time: My Talk at TEDx Victoria   Resources mentioned in the show: Tool: OmniFocus Tool: Things Tool: Todoist Tool: Trello Tool: Asana  Tool: Front Website: Lifehack Website: The Next Web Company: Baron Fig Movie: “The Pursuit of Happyness” Book: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen Book: “The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” by Ryan Holiday Book: “The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle” by Steven Pressfield   Thank you, Sponsor! Policygenius helps you shop for life insurance in under two minutes. Check them out at   View transcript, show notes, and links at
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Scott Young shares innovative methods to learn new skills more efficiently and effectively.   You'll Learn: Foundational principles for mastering skills more effectively The importance of “meta-learning” The Feynman Technique and other approaches to accelerate learning   About Scott: Scott is a writer, programmer, traveler and an avid reader of interesting things. For the last ten years he’s been experimenting to find out how to learn and think better. He doesn’t promise he has all the answers, just a place to start. Scott’s Book: "Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career" Scott’s MIT Challenge Scott’s email: Scott’s website:   Resources mentioned in the show: Online Class: MIT OpenCourseWare Technique: Feynman Technique Study: Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping Book: "The Enigma of Reason" by Hugo Mercier   Thank you Sponsor! The Simple Habit meditation app can help you gain greater control over distractions for faster learning. The first 50 listeners to sign up at get 30% off premium subscriptions.
Comments (7)

Adrianne W

The Rosenthal study is great. The expectancy effect is real!

Jan 4th

Darla Watts-Craven

This guy has been talking for almost 30 minutes and hasn't really said anything.

Sep 19th

Michael J. Butler

Excellent episode

Sep 17th

Michael J. Butler

is it me or is her audio skipping every second?

Aug 14th

Niki Torres

Love that travel tip with the kids. 😊

Aug 1st

Lauren Chalmers

that was a great episode

Jun 11th

Jacob Babler

Some great information in this one. Thanks Julian!

Dec 8th
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