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Episode 262 - David Hoffeld - Using Neuroscience to Sell  

In this episode, leading sales trainer, researcher and CEO of Hoffeld Group, David Hoffeld blends cutting-edge research in social psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, to show you the best way to sell. He explains how to align the way you sell with how our brains naturally form buying decisions, dramatically increasing your ability to earn more sales. Hoffeld’s evidence-based approach connects the dots between science and situations salespeople and business leaders face every day to help you consistently succeed.

Episode 261 - Sam Weinman - How to Win at Losing  

Our guest this week is an award winning sports journalist and Golf Digest's digital editor. So naturally, we start off the episode talking about digital content, the future of writing and publishing, and of But the main focus of the interview is the essential life skill of "learning to lose". Sam shares with us what he uncovered in his interviews and all of the tips to being a good loser, and therefore a real winner.

Episode 260 - Lawrence Levy - When Steve Jobs Needed Help, He Called Lawrence  

Lawrence Levy is a Silicon Valley lawyer and executive hired by Steve Jobs in 1994 as CFO and member of the Office of the President of Pixar Animation Studios. He was responsible for Pixar's business strategy and IPO and guided Pixar's transformation from a money-losing graphics company into a multibillion-dollar entertainment studio. He later joined Pixar's board of directors. He then left corporate life to study Eastern philosophy and meditation and their relevance to modern life. He now writes and teaches on this topic and cofounded Juniper Foundation to pursue this work. Originally from London, England, he earned degrees from Indiana University and Harvard Law School.

Episode 259 - Episode 259 - Dr. Richard Wolff - Capitalism is Broken. Here is the Solution.  

Our guest this week believes capitalism is broken, and he makes a pretty good argument to support this. He explains how capitalism as a system has spawned deepening economic crisis alongside its bought-and-paid-for political establishment. Neither of these outcomes serves the needs of our society. Our guest this week believes he has the solution - a cure for capitalism. In this episode, world renowned economist, Dr. Richard Wolff, offers a fair critique of capitalism and advocates for a worker cooperative based economy. This solution requires the institution of genuine economic democracy, starting with workers directing their own workplaces, as the basis for a genuine political democracy. According to Dr. Wolff, what most people don't realize is that worker cooperatives are actually larger than conventional businesses, survive at least as long as other businesses, and have more stable employment. Tune in and get your smart people economics fix! Dr. Richard D. Wolff is professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research in New York. Wolff is the author of many books, including his newest, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism. He is also the founder of Democracy at Work, a 501(c)3 organization that conceives, creates, and distributes content aimed at demonstrating why, and how, democratizing the workplace is a feasible solution to a new and better economic system.

Episode 258 - Jerome Hardaway - Supporting Veterans through Vets Who Code  

This week we welcome to the podcast Jerome Hardaway, Executive Director of Vets Who Code. Jerome is an Air Force veteran, alumni/Opportunity Fund recipient of General Assembly's Web Development Immersive Program, and Panelist on the Ruby Rogues podcast. Vets Who Code is a non-profit dedicated to filling the wide chasm between technical expertise needed and available to America’s best. Vets Who Code is looking to close the digital talent gap and ease career transition for military veterans, through software development training.

Episode 257 - Doug Hensch - How to Build Resilience  

In this episode we interview consultant and executive coach, Doug Hensch, and we discuss his brand new book, Positively Resilient: 5 1/2 Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. Doug shares with us lessons learned over 20 years of experience that can help you increase your resilience, so that you can grow in the face of change, and thrive in the midst of adversity.

Episode 256 - Jonathan Levi (Part 2) - How to Optimize Your Memory  

This week we welcome back former guest, Jonathan Levi. Jonathan is an entrepreneur, and an expert in speed reading and advanced memorization. His online course is ranked as one of the top selling of all time on Udemy and has been personally recommended by the CEO. Jonathan appeared on Smart People Podcast nearly 2 years ago in Episode 167 where he explained how to become a super learner and a speed reader. Get a free trial of Jonathan's new course (and 10% off if you purchase) at

Episode 255 - Dr. Jessica Tracy - How Pride Can Help You Achieve Your Goals  

Today on the show we speak with leading psychologist, Dr. Jessica Tracy. Dr. Tracy is professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she also directs the Emotion & Self Lab and she is also the author of the brand new book, Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 2005. Her research focuses on emotions and emotion expressions, and, in particular, those emotions that are most intricately intertwined with our sense of self: pride, shame, and guilt.

Episode 254 - Chris Bailey - A Life of Productivity  

Chris Bailey - A Life of Productivity. In this episode we speak with productivity expert Chris Bailey and learn the best ways to transform our life by getting done the things that are most important. The Productivity Project—and the lessons Chris learned—are the result of that year-long journey, and we are going to share them with you today.

Episode 253 - Dr. Susan David - Control Your Destiny by Understanding Your Emotions  

Dr. David exposes how our emotions hold us back or carry us forward in our goals depending on how well we confront—not control—them. Science shows us that it’s not possible to smother your emotions with affirmations espoused by the latest positivity movement. It’s equally unrealistic to set your mind to a rigid “grit” goal that might not be working for you. Like it or not, your emotions are there, and the more honest and agile you are with them, the more you can overcome the demands of work and life to thrive. The antidote to emotional rigidity is emotional agility—being flexible with your thoughts and feelings so that you can respond optimally to the increasingly unpredictable challenges of business.

Episode 252 - Alan Iny - A New Paradigm for Creativity  

This week we speak with author and innovation expert Alan Iny about his book, 'Thinking In New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity'. Thinking in new boxes is a way to provide that structure and analysis that the brain craves, while also fostering massive amounts of creativity and new thinking. It is a process that comes directly from the experts at the most respected consulting group in the world (where Alan is the global innovation expert).

Episode 251 - Dr. Matthew Accurso - How to Achieve Optimal Health  

There is a new paradigm in the field of health and wellness. It's one that involves looking at the human holistically and trying to get to the core of health, rather than simply masking symptoms with drugs, pills, and potions. And luckily, today we have more testing and laboratory capabilities at our fingers than ever before - and it's improving every day. This week we speak with Dr. Matthew Accurso on how to use modern science to achieve optimal performance through cutting edge labs and lifestyle programs.

Episode 250 - Michael Bungay Stanier - Ask Better Questions, Get Better Results  

In this episode we interview Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. In this episode, Michael tells us how coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so you can work less hard and have more impact. Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how---by saying less and asking more--you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

Episode 249 - Tema Frank - Make Customers Love You  

In this episode we interview digital marketing expert and customer strategist, Tema Frank. Tema has worked in marketing and customer experience for over three decades. In 2001 she founded Web Mystery Shoppers, the worlds first company to test omnichannel customer service: web, phone, chat, email and in-store. Using social media techniques before social media existed, she built a database of 75,000 mystery shoppers worldwide.

Episode 248 - Roman Krznaric - How Should We Live?  

We are bring back one of our all time most downloaded guests this week, Roman Krznaric. In this episode we discuss Roman's most recent book, How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life. There are many ways to try to improve our lives—we can turn to the wisdom of philosophers, the teachings of spiritual guides, or the latest experiments of psychologists. But we rarely look to history for inspiration—and when we do, it can be surprisingly powerful. In this episode, the cultural historian Roman Krznaric explores twelve universal topics—including love, family, and empathy; work, time, and money—by illuminating the past and revealing the wisdom we have been missing.

Episode 247 - Paul Tough - How to Raise Successful Kids  

Everyone wants to know the secret to raising amazing kids. Whether you want them to become the next great president, save the world, get straight A's, or simply contribute to society, how to raise our children properly is a topic of much contention. So we decided to bring on NYT Bestselling author Paul Tough, to tell us exactly how we can help children succeed. In fact, his newest book is titled, 'Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why'.

Episode 246 - Dr. Daniel Amen - The Most Popular Psychiatrist in America  

Dr. Daniel Amen - The most popular psychiatrist in America. Dr. Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. “When your brain works right,” he says, “you work right; and when your brain is troubled, you are much more likely to have trouble in your life.” His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives. In this episode we learn how Dr. Amen uses nuclear brain imaging to diagnose and treat behavioral problems.

Episode 245 – Arun Sundararajan – The Sharing Economy  

Drawing on extensive research and numerous real-world examples — including Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, Etsy, TaskRabbit, France’s BlaBlaCar, China’s Didi Kuaidi, and India’s Ola, Arun explains the basics of what he’s coined “crowd-based capitalism” — a new way of organizing economic activity that will replace the traditional corporate-centered model.   As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, The Sharing Economy: The End of...

Episode 245 - Arun Sundararajan - The Sharing Economy  

Drawing on extensive research and numerous real-world examples — including Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, Etsy, TaskRabbit, France’s BlaBlaCar, China’s Didi Kuaidi, and India’s Ola, Arun explains the basics of what he’s coined “crowd-based capitalism” — a new way of organizing economic activity that will replace the traditional corporate-centered model.

Episode 244 – Anne Loehr – Be of Service, Be Successful  

With one question constantly guiding the way, Anne has gone from chef, to hotel owner, to world renowned leadership expert. That question is, “What would that look like?”. So ask yourself, what would that perfect life look like? What would that great job look like? What would happiness look like? And once you’ve spelled it...

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