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Get the joke of the week along with ideas, information, and instigation to be a more playful human! If you need a little more fun, flow, and fulfillment in your life, we transform the burned-out and bored into energized and engaged Playful Humans. Rediscover the power of play, find out who is playing for a living, and learn how they pull it off to have the most fun possible in their life and career. Adulting is hard, and it’s easy to lose your way. But, you can beat burnout, quiet quitting, and avoid a mid-life crisis. Your imagination, creativity, humor, spontaneity, sociability, and sense of playfulness are still there! They just need to be found and awakened. Each week, Mike Montague interviews a professional who is living the life of their dreams and getting paid to play! Join the club at
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Have you ever wondered how to host an unforgettable cocktail party? Well, you're in luck. Our guest, Nick Gray, author and creator of Museum Hacks, is here to spill the beans on creating an experience that leaves a lasting impact on your relationships. We dive into the world of two-hour cocktail parties and unravel how they can be a perfect avenue for networking and building new friendships. Nick’s treasure trove of expertise guarantees success with your next event. Moving further, we discuss the ingredients of a memorable gathering. With Nick's guidance, we discover how to balance the party size, select activities that engage everyone, and how to break the ice with his favorite questions. So, are you ready to become the host with the most? Grab a drink, join us, and let's go out and play!Party Times: Start, End, & Best TimesIcebreaker Name Tags: Examples and How to Do It RIGHTHow to Host an Event: Parties & NetworkingWhere to Throw a Party? Ideas and Venues for 2023Icebreaker Activities for Your Next EventNick Gray's Personal WebsiteFriendship Recession Website(0:00:03) - Building Relationships Through Hosting Events(0:07:45) - Creating Memorable and Stress-Free Social Gatherings(0:20:25) - Fun in Museums and Beyond(0:00:03) - Building Relationships Through Hosting Events (8 Minutes)We explore the world of the two-hour cocktail party with Nick. Nick shares why a cocktail party can have such a lasting impact when it comes to building relationships and helping us build our network of acquaintances. He also talks about how we can all start hosting our own events to create an awesome experience for somebody else and build new relationships and friendships. He has helped hundreds of people learn how to host their first event and make it successful. (0:07:45) - Creating Memorable and Stress-Free Social Gatherings (13 Minutes)Nick shares what makes a great get-together and how to make sure everyone has fun. We explore the importance of choosing one focus, the ideal party size, and how to be the host. We also discuss the benefits of doing physical activities over board games. Finally, we look at Nick's favorite questions to ask and activities to do to break the ice.(0:20:25) - Fun in Museums and Beyond (6 Minutes)We explore the concept of 'playful humans' with Nick Gray. We discuss trivia games and the importance of creativity and connection, as well as how to host a great gathering. Nick shares his challenge of getting 500 people to read his book and offers to review RSVP pages and give tips on who to invite. So let's go out and play!Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
What if you could boost your information retention by up to 29%? Buckle up as we chat with our guest, Ashton Rodenhiser, professional doodler and sketchnoter, and delve into the fascinating world of doodling. We discuss how doodling, often dismissed as a mindless activity, is actually a powerful tool for enhancing learning and memory retention. Ashton also offers tips to get started with sketchnoting, essentially a form of doodling, and emphasizes the importance of being present and engaged rather than striving to capture everything.Find Ashton Rodenhiser's book on Sketchnoting at draws on her rich experience to illustrate the challenges of live presentations, particularly with famous personalities who might be less than ideal in delivering their speeches. She shares her experiences of being on stage with a famous presenter who was all over the place, highlighting the need to be in the moment and fully engaged with the ongoing conversation. Finally, Ashton takes us through her personal journey from early artistic pursuits to becoming a professional doodler, the pressure she faced from her family, and her self-discovery along the way. We hear about her foray into the world of graphic facilitation and how she built a business around it. The conversation concludes with a look at the power of play in the work environment. Ashton speaks about her unique methods to incorporate fun and creativity into the workspace, further emphasizing the need to be present and enjoy the power of play.(0:00:16) - The Power of Doodling and DrawingDoodling can help think and learn, retain up to 29% more information, and sketch noting focuses on key points.(0:12:08) - The Challenges of Presenting With PowerPointAshton Rodenhiser shares her decade-long experience of listening, adjusting to conversation flow, and creating choreographed presentations.(0:17:26) - The Journey to Creativity and EntrepreneurshipAshton shares her journey from stay-at-home mom to professional doodler, emphasizing the importance of leaving room for the unexpected and mistakes.(0:26:31) - Impactful Choices in Work and LifeHer journey to balance work and life, and using her intuition.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Struggling with the paradox of feeling lonely despite being surrounded by people? You're not alone. We're tackling the alarming 'friendship recession' and emphasizing the need for genuine connections beyond the digital realm. We dissect intriguing studies and surveys on social connection and even delve into the US Surgeon General's prioritization of this issue. Buckle up as we explore the nuances of loneliness - intimate, social, and collective, and brainstorm ways to enhance our social connectivity.Podcasting over a full-time job - ever considered this path? Hear about Chris Miller’s choice and his passion for connection that fueled this decision. We highlight the significance of quality over quantity in friendships and the all-important act of contributing to those around us. We’ll share some practical tips, discuss the importance of deadlines, and reveal how practice can mold you into a compelling content creator. Wrap up the episode with a fun game that reminds us that the journey to a great podcast often starts with a less-than-perfect one!(0:00:09) - Podcasting and Social Connection's PowerChris Miller discusses the importance of social connection, the benefits of live podcast interviews, and the possibilities of hybrid virtual/in-person interviews.(0:07:30) - Understanding the Friendship Recession and LonelinessThe "friend recession" worsened by the pandemic is explored, with studies on time spent alone and loneliness, and types of loneliness and physical touch discussed.(0:20:22) - Podcasting and Building a Podcasting CompanyChris shares his journey in podcasting and how Capture Connection Studios works to create a connection with an audience, the power of conversations, nonprofits illustrating their own narrative, and the benefits of having a partner.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Ever feel like you're running on empty with no gas station in sight? We've all been there, and that's why we invited Dr. Sharon Grossman and Heather Tollyy-Bauer to help us uncover the secrets of decoding burnout. With their own tales of burnout and recovery, Sharon and Heather explain how they manage their workloads, emphasizing the importance of self-care, and even bringing humor into the workplace. As a bonus, it turns out that a good joke or shared laugh can foster trust and productivity among colleagues!Now, here's something you might find intriguing: burnout comes in three forms - the thinker, the feeler, and the doer. Each form feeds off different behaviors and mindsets, from constant worrying to an unbalanced focus on productivity. Sharon guides us through the maze of identifying one's burnout style and adopting practical strategies to manage it. We also delve into how non-work life stressors can contribute to burnout and the dangers of tying self-worth to productivity.Finally, we wrap up our chat with a lively game designed to simulate stress, followed by a heartwarming discussion on coping mechanisms and stress relievers. Sharon and Heather spill the beans on some personal, humorous stories, proving that laughter truly is the best medicine. They also give us a sneak peek into their podcast, Decode Your Burnout, which explores burnout styles and offers help to those struggling. By the end of our time together, we promise you'll have a newfound understanding of preventing burnout, creating effective self-care routines, and using humor to create a healthier work environment.  So, tune in and learn how to prevent burnout, understand your stress personality, and why laughter really is the best medicine.(0:00:13) - Preventing Burnout With Dr. GrossmanSharon and Heather discuss burnout prevention, self-care, and their podcast Decode Your Burnout.(0:14:05) - Self-Care Routines and Humor in Professional SettingsPreventing chronic stress, creating self-care routines, benefits of laughter/humor in workplace, and making jokes without offending.(0:24:34) - Understanding BurnoutIdentifying types of burnout, strategies to prevent/recover, life stressors, thinking pressure, and worth tied to productivity are discussed to prevent burnout.(0:30:34) - Discussing Coping Mechanisms We play a game to simulate stress, explore strategies for managing chronic stress, discuss burnout types and benefits of laughter, and share Heather's humorous story.(0:35:15) - Rapid Fire & Awkward QuestionsSharon and Heather play the game of the week and we learn more about everyone's subconscious desires... Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Join us as we embark on an exhilarating journey with our guest, Frank Wiegers. From the heights of the sky as a fighter pilot to the depths of intimate relationships as a sex and relationship expert, Frank brings a unique perspective to our conversation. He regales us with thrilling tales of his past and how his experiences in the cockpit have influenced his current career as a best-selling author of relationship advice books and his struggles to write a good erotic novel.We take a deep look into his books, "Top Gun Love" and "Men and Women in Their Hormones," in which he offers valuable insights into the dynamics of relationships. He also breaks down the four areas of play that enhance the intimate connection between partners. Frank shares his intriguing concept of sex magic, where he harnessed the power of sex energy and the law of attraction. Who knew that the discipline and focus learned in the cockpit could be so beneficial in the bedroom? This episode is an enlightening exploration of passion, dedication, and the magic within relationships. Don't miss out on this unique journey!(0:00:09) - Fighter Pilot to Relationship Expert (13 Minutes)Frank Wieger, a former fighter pilot turned sex and relationship expert, shares how he found his passion for flying and why he chose to pursue it. We discuss the dangers of flying and the fun of chasing your buddies in the clouds. We get into the specifics of Frank's books, "Top Gun Love" and "Men and Women in Their Hormones," and the advice he offers in them. Finally, we talk about how our childhood dreams can differ from the realities of our adult lives. It's an inspiring story of passion and dedication!(0:13:24) - Play and Sex (15 Minutes)Frank Wieger, a former fighter pilot turned sex and relationship expert, explains the four areas of play: preplay, foreplay, the play, and afterplay. Preplay is about setting the context of the love making and establishing the connection with a partner, and foreplay should last at least 15 to 20 minutes. Afterplay is an important part of the experience and can be used to deepen the bond between partners and for manifesting things.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Are you prepared for a masterclass in competition, entrepreneurship, and professional basketball? Today, we're honored to be joined by Dre, a professional basketball player, successful entrepreneur and author, whose life mantra is to play to win. We delve into the captivating world of sports and business, as Dre shares his unique approach on how he turns his passion for sports into a competitive advantage in business. His insights on over-measuring, over-thinking, and his firm, self-imposed parameters instead of seeking work-life balance are worth their weight in gold.Use this link for his Free book, The Third Day 📕: Stepping off the court, Dre takes us on a journey into entrepreneurship, revealing his motivations to carve out a different path from the adults he grew up around. He shares his wisdom on overcoming common challenges faced by entrepreneurs, emphasizing how the right mindset, strategy, system, and accountability can ignite financial success. From his humble beginnings as an aspiring basketball player to a successful creator, Dre underscores the importance of authenticity and adapting to platform constraints. His practical advice and real-life experiences serve as an invaluable resource for those looking to score big in their respective fields.Finally, we transition into an engaging discussion about the exciting and challenging world of professional basketball. Dre reveals the reality of making it in the industry and the importance of staying focused. He also provides valuable guidance to aspiring hoopsters, emphasizing the importance of seizing every opportunity that comes your way. We also explore the multifaceted nature of basketball, from playing in Europe to becoming an influencer, and how it is possible to combine basketball with entertainment to create a lucrative career. So, whether you’re a sports enthusiast, an ambitious entrepreneur, or someone looking for inspiration, this episode with Dre is a slam dunk! Tune in and let us inspire you to work on your game, be it in sports, business, or life.(0:00:18) - Professional BasketballDre discusses winning, viewing sports as a job, and avoiding over-measuring and over-thinking.(0:12:12) - Common Challenges in EntrepreneurshipDre reflects on adults, sparking interest in entrepreneurship, and common hang-ups of success: mindset, strategy, system, and accountability.(0:17:21) - Navigating Audience Feedback and Platform ConstraintsDre shares his journey from basketball to entrepreneurship, emphasizing staying true to oneself and adapting to YouTube.(0:23:12) - Career Opportunities and Entertainment in BasketballFocusing on performance, attitude, opportunities, Europe, influencer, and entertainment to make money in basketball.(0:29:56) - Work on Your Game's ImportanceDre shares his experience and resources to help develop skills and reach goals, emphasizing the imSupport the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Tired of the monotony in your 9-5 job? Yearning to make a leap into the thrilling world of public speaking? Join us as we embark on a riveting journey with Grant Baldwin, the brains behind The Speaker Lab. This episode is a mix of humor, inspiration, and knowledge as we exchange tales of how we transitioned from unfulfilling careers to become successful public keynote speakers. You'll learn about finding and booking gigs from the expert himself and also discover the wealth of resources available at The Speaker Lab.Ever found your palms sweating and your heart racing at the thought of speaking in public? You're not alone. This episode delves into strategies to combat this common fear and offers actionable tips to improve your speaking skills, no matter whether you're a newbie booking your first gig or a seasoned speaker. We dissect the varied spectrum of speakers, from beginners to those with thriving businesses, and provide insightful strategies to help you level up.Moreover, there's more than just facing fears and improving skills. We journey into the corporate speaking industry with Grant, where he shares nuggets of wisdom on maximizing opportunities and striking the right balance between in-person and virtual speaking. We also explore the concept of a fun bucket list, dream gigs, and even dive into a game of 'Rock Paper Anything'. This light-hearted yet informative episode will surely inspire you to take your public speaking career to new heights. So, prepare to learn, laugh and leap into the world of public speaking with us!(0:00:18) - Getting Paid to SpeakGrant and I discuss transitioning from a job to full-time speaking, booking gigs, training, connecting with audiences, and the rewards of speaking.(0:10:19) - Public Speaking FearSpeakers of all levels discussed navigating fear, the importance of practice, and strategies for success.(0:13:53) - Nerves & Preparation in Public SpeakingNerves and excitement can be managed through self-awareness and preparation for important moments.(0:20:38) - Career Opportunities in Public SpeakingGrant Baldwin offers advice on speaking opportunities, balance between in-person and virtual, finding a niche, and his fun bucket list.(0:24:42) - Bucket Lists, Dream Gigs, Fun GamesWe discuss manifesting dreams, nerves vs. excitement, and achieving ambitions.(0:28:17) - Rock Paper AnythingGrant Baldwin introduces "Rock Paper Anything" game, his book "The Successful Speaker", his website, and personality quiz.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Comedy As Armor: Bullseye's Fight Against Bullying How can humor be a powerful tool against bullying? This question drives our conversation with the incomparable Bullseye the Clown, who shares his inspiring transition from stand-up comedian to clown. Bullseye unveils a gripping tale laced with a surprise inheritance and a spontaneous journey to Russia that led him to the world of clowning. Bullseye's unique perspective on bullying offers insight into an issue that has drastically evolved over time. He dissects the stark contrast between traditional and cyberbullying, highlighting the importance of a strong support system and a positive environment to combat this issue. He emphasizes the transformative power that positivity can have on bullying, providing a fresh perspective that turns the tables on this prevalent issue.In the final part of our chat, Bullseye delves into the details of his book, 'Bullseye On Bullying: A Blueprint for Beating Bullies,' sharing the therapeutic wonders of clowning. He introduces his website, 'Clowns On A Mission,' where the spirit of play is boldly celebrated. Join us for this exploration of the multi-faceted world of bullying, and let's embrace the power of play with @BullseyeTheClown.(0:00:00) - Rediscovering Play and Beating BulliesBullseye shares his story of clowning, bullying, humor, and connection to help people beat bullies.(0:09:52) - Navigating BullyingBullseye shares insight on bullying, cyberbullying, positive support systems, and the power of positivity.(0:22:34) - Bullying, Stand-Up Comedy, and HecklersBullseye shares how clowning has helped him cope with bullying, handle hecklers, and make people laugh.(0:31:59) - Clown's Book, Entertainment, and PlayfulnessBullseye the Clown shares his work in beating bullies, the power of play, Clowns On A Mission, Bullseye on Bullying, and the Playfulness Quiz.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Ever wondered how to ignite that much-needed spark of innovation in a large, established company? Want to learn how to navigate resistance to new ideas and create an environment that fosters creativity and innovation? Join us as we delve into these fascinating topics with our guest, Alma Derricks from Korn Ferry Consulting. We discuss the importance of stepping outside the comfort zone and embracing change, drawing from Alma's early internet days of creating websites and helping cool clients like Peanuts, Star Trek, and Blue Man Group transition to online.How do we push past traditional boundaries to create something truly groundbreaking? Alma shares powerful insights on managing existing budgets and gaining stakeholder buy-in, while also highlighting the importance of taking responsibility for creative ideas and embracing side hustles as a means of experimentation. We'll explore how she pushed back against traditional industries to reclaim online rights, a bold move that made waves in the corporate world.Finally, we challenge the traditional work script, debating whether hard work is really a prerequisite for meaningful work. Alma and I discuss the potential of valuing instinct and talent over sheer hard work, and how flipping the 80-20 rule to prioritize interesting work can yield far better results. We'll also share an example of how a seemingly simple solution solved a complex problem, emphasizing the importance of looking at situations from different perspectives. So, if you're ready to shake up your work routine, find personal fulfillment, and explore new opportunities within your company, this episode is packed with insights and stories that are sure to inspire.(0:00:21) - Spark Innovation in Large CompaniesAlma Derricks discusses sparking playfulness and innovation in large companies, taking risks, embracing change, and creating something new.(0:11:59) - Navigating Resistance to New IdeasAlma shares her experience of reclaiming online rights and taking responsibility for creative ideas, discussing playfulness, innovation, budgets, and buy-in in larger companies.(0:19:24) - Creating Work You Love, Finding EnvironmentAlma and I discuss how hard work isn't necessary for meaningful work, flipping the script of hard work to interesting work, and an example of a simple solution.(0:26:24) - Exploring New Opportunities Within Your CompanyWe discussed side hustles, gamifying work, and personal responsibility for financial security and fulfillment.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
How much power does play hold in our careers? Can it serve as a catalyst for success? Get ready to explore these intriguing questions with the vivacious musician and entertainer, Lady Redneck. Strap in for a spirited conversation that traverses the boundary between work and play, and underlines the importance of joy, authenticity, and resilience in our journey. Listen as Lady Redneck, AKA Stephanie Lee Lowry, reveals how she transformed her passion into her profession and the unique marketing strategies she employed to get noticed by major labels.Ever wondered how to keep your attitude positive and maintain self-care when the going gets tough? Lady Redneck has some inspiring answers as she shares her infectious enthusiasm, her dedication to finding fun in her work, and her insights on balancing life and success. Listen to her unique perspective on dealing with haters, protecting your identity, and maintaining authenticity amidst criticism. This episode is a heartfelt exploration of how to stay true to oneself while navigating the ups and downs of life and career.In the final part of our conversation, we engage in a lively game of Two Truths and a Lie, adding an element of fun and unpredictability to the episode. This chat with Lady Redneck is not just about her journey; it's a testament to the miraculous power of a playful attitude. It's an invitation to discover and embrace the playful human in each one of us. So come join us, and let's explore the power of play together.(0:00:00) - Power of Play in Music CareersLady Redneck discusses her music career journey, the power of play, creative marketing, and advice for young people pursuing music.(0:13:04) - Joy and Balance in Work-PlayLady Redneck and I discuss joy, self-care, attitude, and fun for balance, success, and happiness.(0:20:32) - Overcoming Haters and Embracing AuthenticityLady Redneck's alter ego, fear of the unknown, authenticity, and fun bucket list are discussed.(0:28:11) - Discover the Power of Playful HumansLady Redneck and I prioritize joy, protect identity, and handle criticism to stay balanced.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
What if the key to a fulfilling life doesn't lie in chasing the 'right' path but finding joy and satisfaction where you are? In an enlightening conversation with our guest, Lauren St George, we dissect the concept of purpose and explore the liberating perspective that there may not be a single 'right answer' to life's big questions. Instead, embracing purpose as a mutable concept and harnessing tools like merit badges and video game items, you can navigate towards your next life mission. Remember, happiness and fulfillment aren't destinations - they're daily choices.Imagine a life where you're fully present and playful, where every moment is savored and relished. This isn't a whimsical dream - it's a reality you can cultivate with intentional mindfulness and gratitude. Lauren shares her insights on grounding ourselves in the present, using past experiences to set the trajectory for our future, and the role of playfulness in our lives. Moreover, we touch on an exciting new learning opportunity that promises to influence Lauren’s journey.Now, let's flip the fear of failure on its head. The school system conditions us to fear mistakes, but what if failure is merely a stepping-stone to success? Lauren and I debunk the paralyzing effects of fear and self-doubt, and instead, rewire our brains to embrace failure as part of the process. We discuss the power of a supportive system and mindful feedback in building confidence and trust in our decisions. So, come along, and let's rekindle the joy of play and discovery in our lives together!(0:00:20) - Purpose and Play in Midlife CrisisLauren St George helps us find joy and fulfillment by focusing on what brings us satisfaction, using tools like merit badges and video game items, and actively pursuing happiness daily.(0:09:04) - Being Present and PlayfulPracticing gratitude, mindfulness, and reflecting on past experiences to create a more present, fulfilled life is discussed.(0:15:46) - Overcoming Fears and Building ConfidenceFear, uncertainty, and doubt can hinder progress, but confidence can be built with support and mindful feedback.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Embracing Playfulness and Authenticity: A Conversation with Psychologist Rachel AwesImagine wearing your brightest colors and stepping into the world with your authentic self. Is it terrifying or exhilarating? For Rachel Awes, our guest and psychologist, it's a mixture of both. We start by discussing how she found her true self, stopped conforming to professional norms, and embraced her colorful personality. Along the way, we also shed light on the power of being unique and how it attracts positive attention. Have you ever thought about the profound role of play and imagination in maintaining good mental health? We have, and so has Rachel. We explore how play and imagination can become a source of hope and optimism, especially in challenging situations. Drawing upon Victor Frankel's research, we delve into the power of visualizing a future, even in the face of trauma. Rachel opens up about her creative endeavors and the joy they bring, and we discuss the importance of creating a relaxing and expressive space for oneself. Lastly, we challenge each other with tasks from the ever-entertaining "Do Something Fun Deck". Step outside your comfort zone with us as Rachel sings and Mike shows off his cha-cha moves and cracks his favorite joke. We talk about how playfulness can help reduce stress, invite authenticity, and unlock the treasure chest that is your full self.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Ever wondered how creativity and play can help boost your business? Join us as we explore the fascinating world of melding imagination and entrepreneurship with our guest, Melissa Dinwitty from Creative Sandbox Solutions. Melissa shares her journey from professional artist to running her own consultancy and how she unlocked the power of play to unleash creativity. We dive into the importance of giving ourselves permission to create "crappy work" as a stepping stone to innovation and discuss how the internet has opened doors for unconventional creative careers.Melissa and I also explored the delicate balance between work and play in the creative process, with a focus on her innovative "stovetop model" for managing multiple passions. She shared her experiences designing creative spaces for clients and navigating the challenges of separating art and commerce, as well as the joys of being a jazz singer. And, just for fun, we played a round of "Do Something Fun Deck," an interactive game that encourages creative exploration. So, come along for an inspiring and playful chat with Melissa Dinwitty and discover how to unlock your own creative potential!Find Melissa at - Creativity and Play in BusinessMelissa shares her story of transitioning from artist to consultant, exploring creativity through play, and the importance of creativity in innovation.(0:14:04) - Balancing Play and Work in CreativityMelissa Dinwitty shares her approach to play and work, experience design, separating art and commerce, and making music as a jazz singer.(0:24:16) - The Stovetop Model of Work/Life BalanceMelissa uses the "stovetop" model to balance interests and plays with the "Do Something Fun Deck" to explore creativity.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Ready to unleash your inner child and discover the fascinating world of toy invention? Join us for an exciting conversation with Matt Nuccio, a talented inventor and toy designer, who shares his secrets to navigating the complex and playful toy industry. From balancing work and play to discussing his family business and favorite projects, we dive into the joy of invention and the power of play, along with our joke of the week and some fun insights about life in the world of toys.But it's not all fun and games – we delve into the critical aspects of sales, marketing, and intellectual property protection, including Matt's thoughts on the differences between ideas and inventions, licensing, and self-publishing a toy concept. We also dive deep into the complexities of patent law, the role of reputable patent attorneys, and the challenges independent inventors face in today's ever-changing landscape. Don't miss this chance to peek behind the curtain of the toy industry with Matt Nuccio, your toy company for hire!Matt Nuccio, CEO of Design Edge, has served as co-chair of the Toy Industry Association (TIA) representing all inventors and designers in the toy industry. Matt also sits on the United Inventors Association (UIA) board of directors lobbying for patent reforms and inventors' rights. He has worked as a consultant and on-air personality for the Science Channel's hit TV show "All-American Makers". He will share how he helps other makers play for a living! Learn more at - Playing for a LivingMatt Nuccio discusses balancing work and play, his favorite projects, and his family business in the toy industry.(0:08:30) - Toy Sales and Marketing ImportanceMatt discusses differences between ideas and inventions, nuances of the toy industry, licensing/self-publishing, having a built-in audience, and the importance of packaging.(0:21:18) - Toy Industry Patent ChallengesMatt and I discuss patent reform, protecting intellectual property, injunctive relief, AI, and first-to-market value.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Discovering the Creative Magic in Crayons: A Chat with Shannon BennettUnleash your inner artist and rekindle your love for crayons as we chat with Shannon Bennett, founder of Creative Crayons Workshop! Embark on a playful and inspiring journey with us as we discover how Shannon transformed her children's love for crayons into a flourishing business, creating unique crayon shapes and art projects that people of all ages love.We dive into the world of art and creativity with Shannon as she shares her insights as an entrepreneur and an art teacher. Learn about the power of play, how to foster creativity and connection, and the surprising differences in quality between name-brand and dollar-store crayons. Listen in as Shannon talks about her first sale at a local barbecue festival, the launch of her website, and her monthly subscription service. So grab your favorite crayon color and join us in this colorful and imaginative conversation!Find Shannon Bennett and the Creative Crayons Workshop at: CHAPTERS (0:00:01) - Playful Creativity With Crayons(0:07:23) - Crayon Tips and Misconceptions(0:13:02) - Art and Play's PowerPlayful Creativity With CrayonsShannon Bennett founded Creative Crayons Workshop, teaching art and inspiring play with crayons for all ages, with her children as idea generators.Crayon Tips and MisconceptionsShannon Bennett discusses proper crayon use, quality differences, surfaces, fostering creativity, and the importance of sharing.Art and Play's PowerShannon Bennett and I discuss creating an atmosphere for expression, recognizing individual artwork, business success, and the importance of play.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
In this playful episode of the Playful Humans podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Peter Williamson, a professional golfer turned game genius. We explored the power of play, using games to engage communities, fundraise, and maintain a sense of fun in sports. We also discussed the different types of games and work, their applications, and the importance of understanding these distinctions when designing games. From experiential learning benefits to creating a playful workplace, we dove into the various ways games can foster engagement, promote learning, and create memorable experiences in various settings. Find Peter Williamson at - The Power of Games and Play(0:12:39) - Experiential Learning Benefits(0:20:49) - Benefits of Playful WorkplaceChapter Summaries:(0:07:39) - The Power of Games and Play (5 Minutes)We explore the different types of games and work, delving into their various applications and how they can be used to engage different audiences. From games that focus on competition and strategy to those that encourage collaboration and storytelling, we discuss the importance of understanding these distinctions when designing games. We also touch on game theory and mechanics, highlighting the use of the prisoner's dilemma to explore interpersonal relationships and strategizing. By utilizing the power of games and play, we can create meaningful experiences, foster discussions, and promote learning in various settings, from nonprofits to corporate environments.(0:12:39) - Experiential Learning Benefits (8 Minutes)We dive into the benefits of using game mechanics in various settings, including education, marketing, and nonprofit events. Experiential learning, which games provide, allows for better retention of knowledge and fosters engagement. By utilizing games to tell stories and convey the importance of certain issues, people are more likely to get involved and support causes. Incorporating elements of play into events can create memorable experiences, leading to increased support for nonprofits. While it's crucial to be respectful, even difficult topics can be approached with play in a way that celebrates the impact an organization is making.(0:20:49) - Benefits of Playful Workplace (11 Minutes)In this chapter, we discuss the importance of integrating moments of enjoyment throughout the day to improve workplace satisfaction and overall well-being. By identifying moments that bring joy and incorporating more of them into daily routines, individuals can gradually influence their work environment and make it more enjoyable. Additionally, we touch on the power of reflection and setting expectations in the context of play at work, emphasizing the need for proper communication and understanding of the goals behind playful activities. Finally, we engage in a light-hearted game, underscoring the value of play in our lives and careers.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
Are you ready to turn your passion for photography and travel into an adventure of a lifetime? Join Ralph Velasco, the Continental Director, as he shares his journey from owning restaurants and working as a financial advisor to becoming a travel photographer and tour organizer. Ralph's passion led him to create walking tours that teach people how to use digital cameras, starting in the early 2000s, and the many benefits that international travel can bring by taking us out of our comfort zones.In this engaging episode, listen as we explore the art of photography, common misconceptions, and mistakes people make when taking pictures. Discover the concept of "spray and pray," where photographers take numerous shots in hopes of capturing the perfect moment. Learn basic tips that anyone can use with any camera, such as watching your background and being aware of what's happening in front of and behind your subject. As photographers, we are storytellers, and our goal is to capture interesting images that tell our friends and family about our experiences. So, join us as we follow Ralph's story of following his dreams and turning play into a way of life, and learn how to improve your photography skills and capture memorable images on your next adventure.Find Ralph Velasco at: - International Travel and Making Memories(0:08:13) - Benefits and Experiences of International Travel(0:12:24) - Travel Photography and Setting Realistic Expectations(0:19:12) - Photography Tips and Movie TriviaChapter Summaries:(0:00:27) - International Travel and Making Memories (8 Minutes)Ralph Falesco's journey from restaurant owner and financial advisor to travel photographer and tour organizer showcases his passion for travel and photography. Early 2000s, he created walking tours teaching people how to use digital cameras. The 2008 financial crisis pushed Ralph to pursue his passion full-time, resulting in a fulfilling and playful career.(0:08:13) - Benefits and Experiences of International Travel (4 Minutes)International travel benefits and invigorates by taking people out of their comfort zones. Studying and volunteering abroad in countries like Spain, Peru, Venezuela, and Mexico provide immersive experiences. Being conscious and experienced helps avoid negative travel experiences. Memorable moments include meeting new people and gaining different perspectives from other cultures.(0:12:24) - Travel Photography and Setting Realistic Expectations (7 Minutes)Common misconceptions and mistakes in planning international trips include setting unrealistic expectations and not understanding the destination. Balancing enjoyment and capturing experiences through photography is important, as well as being present and appreciating the location. Motivations for travel photography range from documenting vacations to starting travel blogs or selling photos professionally.(0:19:12) - Photography Tips and Movie Trivia (11 Minutes)Photography misconceptions include the "spray and pray" technique, where numerous photos are taken to capture the perfect moment. Basic photography tips include watching backgrounds, being aware of the subject's surroundings, and considering light quality aSupport the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
What happens when you push yourself beyond your perceived limits and embrace the world in its raw, unfiltered state? Join Mike Montague as he chats with John Schwink about his incredible 5,775-mile bike ride across the continent, from Central Park, New York City, to Seward, Alaska - all on a 30-year-old bicycle and with little experience.Listen in as they discuss the importance of challenging oneself and the potential benefits and pitfalls of data collection in our everyday lives. Find the right balance, especially when it comes to health and well-being, and enjoy a fun-filled and inspiring episode filled with jokes, dance breaks, and stories of adventure and self-discovery. Engage with us at to discover your playful personality and join a community of like-minded individuals.Find John Schwenck at: - Biking Across the Continent(0:13:37) - Data Analysis and Philosophy of Measurement(0:27:28) - Promoting Playful AdventuresChapter Summaries:(0:00:21) - Biking Across the Continent (13 Minutes)John Schwink's incredible 5,775-mile bike ride from Central Park, New York City, to Seward, Alaska, was inspired by a heart condition and a desire to stand out in his grad school application. The importance of pushing oneself beyond perceived limits and embracing the world in its raw, unfiltered state is discussed through inspiring stories of adventure and self-discovery.(0:13:37) - Data Analysis and Philosophy of Measurement (14 Minutes)Celebrating the Fourth of July and encountering not-so-nice Canadians are explored, as well as the physical transformation during a 95-day bike trip, including weight loss and injuries. The benefits and potential pitfalls of data collection in everyday life are discussed, emphasizing the importance of finding balance and understanding individual needs when it comes to health, well-being, and self-tracking.(0:27:28) - Promoting Playful Adventures (1 Minute)Explore adventures less traveled, the importance of feedback, and the love for data and insights. Engage with others, discover your playful personality, and experience the power of play and adventure in life.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
What does it take to be an accomplished stuntman in popular shows like Buffy, Star Trek, 24, and Stranger Things? Join us as we explore the thrilling world of stunts with the talented Brian Heights, discussing the differences between a stunt player, a stunt performer, and a stunt double. Brian shares some of his most memorable stunts, the scariest one he's ever done, and how sports psychology concepts like open and closed skills play a role in everyday life.Discover the power of play in our lives and the importance of adaptability and flexibility in various situations. Brian reveals how combining work and play leads to a fulfilling life and even puts his playful skills to the test with a game of Survey Battles. If you're interested in learning more about performance psychology, don't miss this exciting insight into Brian's experiences and his published book, as well as Begin Again Performance Psychology.Find Brain Hite at: the full episode at - Stuntman and Performance Psychology(0:13:53) - Designing a Career With Open Skills(0:23:09) - The Power of Play and Self-Exploration(0:29:21) - Playful HumansChapter Summaries:(0:00:19) - Stuntman and Performance Psychology (14 Minutes)Stuntman Brian Heights discusses the differences between a stunt player, a stunt performer, and a stunt double, sharing memorable stunts like a fiery car sequence in Drive Angry. He also reveals the scariest stunt he's ever done and his work as the founder of Begin Again Performance Psychology.(0:13:53) - Designing a Career With Open Skills (9 Minutes)Open and closed skills in sports psychology involve adaptability and flexibility, as well as rehearsing repetitive movements. Trust in ourselves and our abilities helps us navigate distractions and emotions in various situations. Order and chaos require balance in daily life, and applying the right skills for the situation is crucial. Deliberate practice works well in predictable environments but may be less effective in life's unpredictable nature. The military acronym VUCA reminds us that life is often chaotic and uncertain, requiring adaptable and flexible skills.(0:23:09) - The Power of Play and Self-Exploration (6 Minutes)Exploring the power and benefits of play, combining work and play can lead to a fulfilling and enjoyable life. Intrinsic motivation and the rejuvenating effects of engaging in activities for fun are discussed. Playful skills are put to the test with a game of Survey Battles. For more information on performance psychology, refer to Begin Again Performance Psychology and Brian's published book.(0:29:21) - Playful Humans (1 Minutes)Brian Hyde, a prolific stuntman, shares insights from his book "Begin Again" and explores the importance of playfulness in our lives. Discover your playful personality at and engage in team-building events, game shows, and fun keynote speeches. Live in the moment and make the most of today.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
What does it take to transform from an internet marketer to a children's book author? Discover how David's off-road adventure in Moab, Utah, inspired a delightful tale of courage, perseverance, and the power of play. Listen in as David and his host discuss their journey, and learn how collaborating with an independent artist on Upwork led to the stunning artwork in David's book about a Jeep that goes on off-road adventures.In the second part, we explore the motivations behind putting oneself out there as an author, podcaster, and internet marketer. Facing fears, being brave, and the evolving landscape of internet marketing are discussed. Learn how to handle negative comments with humor and grace, and the process of publishing a book. Weigh the pros and cons of self-publishing, hybrid publishing, and traditional publishing. Don't miss this insightful discussion as we emphasize the power of sharing personal, unique content to truly make an impact in today's digital world!Find David McBee at: - Internet Marketing to Children's Books(0:09:33) - Putting Yourself Out There(0:13:41) - Internet Marketing and Overcoming Negative Comments(0:25:07) - Off-Road DJ AdventuresChapter Summaries:(0:00:16) - Internet Marketing to Children's Books (9 Minutes)Exploring the power of play and the importance of courage, the journey from internet marketing to children's book authorship is discussed, focusing on a book about a Jeep on off-road adventures. The author's personal experience in Moab, Utah, and overcoming fears with friends' support inspired the book. The stunning artwork was found through collaborating with an independent artist on Upwork.(0:09:33) - Putting Yourself Out There (4 Minutes)Motivations for becoming an author, podcaster, and internet marketer often stem from a desire to share stories and help others. Connecting with young audiences and facing fears are important aspects of being an artist or author. The internet marketing landscape has evolved, making it more difficult to stand out. Sharing personal, unique content is crucial for making an impact in today's digital world.(0:13:41) - Internet Marketing and Overcoming Negative Comments (11 Minutes)Internet marketing relies on the three E's - educational, entertaining, and engaging content for businesses on social media. Courage is needed to face negative comments and trolls, but responding with humor and grace can create positive interactions. Engaging with both positive and negative comments helps build connections with the audience. Publishing a book involves choosing between self-publishing, hybrid publishing, or traditional publishing. Profit margins and platform challenges are factors to consider when selling hardcover books, such as on Amazon.(0:25:07) - Off-Road DJ Adventures (1 Minute)Off-road adventures require courage and guts for kids. Exploring different playful personality types, some may be adventurers, while others prefer puzzles, indoor games, or even planning parties. Discover more about oneself through a personality quiz and engage in happy playing.Support the showSupport the Playful Humans mission to help adults rediscover the power of play: Subscribe to the YouTube channel Subscribe to the Podcast Book a playshop for your team Support our sponsors
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