Episode #174: How to Energize People Every Day

With Kristi Hedges, author of The Inspiration Code

Today’s guest first came on the scene with the release of her first book back in 2011.

Her name is Kristi Hedges, and that book was The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others. The book experienced a bit of an inflection point in 2014 and Kristi’s career has been a whirlwind ever since.

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Kristi’s new book is titled The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day. In it, Kristi reveals the surprising, everyday actions that any leader can take to be an inspiring and motivating force.

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Episode #173: Busting Through the Starving Artist Myth

With Jeff Goins, author of Real Artists Don't Starve

Today we’re joined by the guest who now holds the distinction of appearing on Read to Lead more than anyone else. 

That nod goes to one of my favorite authors, Jeff Goins. His latest book is also probably my favorite of the five he’s written to date.   

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(photo of the author by Ashley Goins)

That new book is titled Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age.

In this book, and our conversation on it, Jeff dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is in fact a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.

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Episode #172: Achieve Focused Success in a Distracted World

Feat. Deep Work by Cal Newport

I read, like, a lot. And though many of the books I read (and the authors who write them) wind up being featured on the podcast, there are plenty that don’t (and not because they’re not worthy). 

Sometimes it just comes down to scheduling or any other number of issues. Suffice it to say there are plenty of authors I’d love to interview that haven’t yet made it on. But that shouldn’t mean we can’t dive into and discuss their latest book, right? 

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Deep Work by Cal Newport is just such a book. It was released in 2016. I finally got around to reading in March of this year. And, I loved it. It has revolutionized how I work. I think it can do the same for you.

In today’s episode, I share some of the key insights and main ideas from the book, as well as a couple of others that compliment Deep Work quite nicely (more on those in a moment).

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Episode #171: How to Make Your Next Career Pivot

With author Jenny Blake

The only move that matters is your next one! So says today’s guest on the podcast.

That would be none other than Jenny Blake, author of Life After College and the book we’re diving into today called, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One.  

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Her five part framework for planning your next pivot is the tool I wish I’d had while at my last job. I pivoted quite successfully numerous times while I was there, but Jenny’s book would have made the transitions and planning so much easier.

Whether you desire to level up where you are, or are a bit uncertain that your current gig is the right one, Jenny can help.

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Episode #170: The Science of Succeeding with People

Feat. Vanessa Van Edwards, author of Captivate

I just learned that, earlier this month, this week’s guest became a bestselling author. We sure know how to pick ’em. 

I’m talking of course about Vanessa Van Edwards who finds herself at #4 on the WSJ list, ahead of folks like Sheryl Sandberg and Tony Robbins. 

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Like I said. We know how to pick ’em.

Seriously though, one of the best things about Vanessa’s book is how she manages to take what might otherwise come across as dull research, and explain it in such a way that is truly, um, captivating.

The book is in fact, Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. From bosses, to first dates, networking partners, and colleagues, we all need to know how people work.

Dive into the book – and today’s episode – and you’ll learn how a self-proclaimed awkward person managed to become an expert in human behavior.

You don’t have to be born with charisma or be naturally outgoing, Vanessa says, to be memorable to the people around you.

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