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Sweathead with Mark Pollard - A Strategy Podcast

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How do you get good at strategy? With nearly 300,000 listens, Sweathead tries to answer this question. Each episode helps thinkers realize they're not alone and that thinking takes practice. And, when your brain practices, it sweats. Hence, Sweathead. Hit SUBSCRIBE, tell your friends, and leave a kind rating. Real-time action is @markpollard.
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Today’s walk - yeah, things I’m learning about through therapy, confidence, a happy life, job interviews, how maternity leave can feel. This weekend, make some art, yo! http://www.instagram.com/markpollard --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
In a happy coincidence, an interview I'd scheduled with Jim Carroll occurred hours before he was due to attend the Account Planning Group's Creative Strategy Awards.  The APG really is the leading industry group for the awkward among our industry and, after a hefty career in London, Jim just chaired two days and 27 presentations from England's strategy brains for the APG. So we talked about how he sees the state of creativity in advertising, why planning seems a bit lost, what makes planning work difficult yet powerful, and his analysis of this year's account planning papers and presentations. This interview isn't edited so you know you'll get a few rambling questions. You can find Jim's writing here: https://www.jimcarrollsblog.com/For more strategy talk:1. Newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/2. Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard3. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard4. Facebook - join 7,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.coThe Kickstarter for "Strategy Is Your Words" launches November 5th.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
Justin Lines is a marketer who recently completed a year at the University of Edinburgh. He's on a mission to investigate the connection between comedy and marketing. His paper "How do comedians reveal the funny?" discusses insights and, especially, how comedians deploy benign violations - thoughts that offend yet seem true - to stir their audiences. You can read Justin's research here https://justinlines.com and you can find him on Twitter here https://twitter.com/JustinLines1For more strategy talk:1. Newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/2. Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard3. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard4. Facebook - join 7,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.coThe Kickstarter for "Strategy Is Your Words" launches November 5th.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
It's an outer-body experience to have written a bunch of pages about empathy and feelings and how they can affect a strategist (not all strategists because, let's face it, not everyone has feelings), and to then start therapy and have some of the ideas in your writing played back to you but about you.... very about you. Take a listen if you're into any of this. I am. I need to be. You - you have choices :)I'm launching the book as a Kickstarter on November 5, 2019. I'd love your support - even if it's just telling everybody you know about it.You can subscribe to my newsletter for launch details: https://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/You can also follow the adventures on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollardAnd Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
I wanted to re-record the introduction to my book "Strategy Is Your Words" after making a few changes and because the sound wasn't great six months ago. I'm launching the book as a Kickstarter on November 5, 2019. I'd love your support - even if it's just telling every single person you know about it. Joking. But not joking. Let me know what you think. I think I'm happy with it which is a very unusual thing for a writer to feel. You can subscribe to my newsletter for launch details: https://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/You can also follow the adventures on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollardAnd Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
Here are stories about mental health experiences from the Sweathead Facebook community. Ben Breier, Julia Vanderput, Abbey Gaunt, and Mariana Cotlear step up and share their minds with us. A huge thanks to them. You can read Ben's Medium article here: https://medium.com/@misterdiscoFor more strategy talk:1. Newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/2. Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard3. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard4. Facebook - join 7,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.coThe Kickstarter for "Strategy Is Your Words" launches November 5th.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
What's your brain up to? How is technology affecting it? How does dating in New York City affect it? Divorce? Talking on stages? Writing a book? Therapy? Thinking? Tom Goodwin somehow manages to work in a very public role for Publicis while also expressing spontaneous and very candid thoughts about our industry and our world. How does he survive every day? Great question. We get into all these topics and manage to land in a conversation about mental health because we're both nuts. Like you.You can find Tom here https://twitter.com/tomfgoodwin. Check out his book "Digital Darwinism: Survival of the Fittest in the Age of Business Disruption", too.For more strategy talk:1. Newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/2. Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard3. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard4. Facebook - join 7,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.coThe Kickstarter for "Strategy Is Your Words" launches November 5th.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
It's World Mental Health Day today and I'm going to post multiple episodes. I wanted to start with this excerpt from my book to help people understand that the strategy life is about a search for truth, how many parts of our public lives aren't interested in truth, and how this tension can create conflict that we risk bringing too much into our internal lives. This is why art is good. It helps you put your truth somewhere.I'm launching a Kickstarter for the book "Strategy Is Your Words" on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. I'd love your support. You can sign up to my newsletter for details http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/.Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollardTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
Heleana Blackwell is a London planner who recently discovered herself doing stand-up comedy. Her brain told her to do it because it would make her better at her job. But Heleana was also looking for new ways to express herself and to experience the world. As she simultaneously moves deeper into comedy and planning, how do the worlds work together? Which skills and techniques transfer? And which don't?You can find Heleana here https://twitter.com/h_a_blackwellFor more strategy talk:1. Newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/2. Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard3. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard4. Facebook - join 7,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.coThe Kickstarter for "Strategy Is Your Words" launches November 5th.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
We don’t easily discuss how we feel and what to do when we lose a job. In the Sweathead Facebook group, tens of people answered a question about this last week. We discuss the topic and four people phone in their answers (Brian, Giovanna, Ben, Gustavo). I also talk therapy, dealing with strategy bosses, and I read about Fog from my upcoming book “Strategy Is Your Words.” http://www.instagram.com/markpollard--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sweathead-with-mark-pollard/message
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