How to Be Awesome at Your Job: A Podcast for People who Love Learning Improvement Tools for Happier Work, Career & Achieving

If your job requires substantial thinking and collaboration, this podcast will help you flourish at work. Each week, Pete grills thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance. These practical nuggets sharpen the universal skills every professional needs. Pete has coached world-class thinkers from 50 countries, every Ivy League university, and many elite companies to work brilliance. Now, let his VIP guests guide you to becoming a better thinker, doer, presenter, and leader. More career fun, wins, meaning, and money await. Transcripts, show notes, and handy resources available at
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How to Be Awesome at Your Job: A Podcast for People who Love Learning Improvement Tools for Happier Work, Career & Achieving



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May 30, 2016

In this Memorial Day mini-episode, Pete shares a quick memory tip for remembering names from the book Remember Every Name Every Time by Benjamin Levy.

May 27, 2016

Prolific speaker/author/Master of Ceremonies Thom Singer provides mindsets and tactics for building the best possible relationships with colleagues and new connections.

You’ll learn:

1) Why a simple hand-written note still goes a long way
2) How to apply the coffee / meal /beer rule to de-clutter your contact list
3) The art of reframing “I’m busy” into something positive

About Thom

Thom has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, law firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professional master of ceremonies, motivational keynote speaker, and the author of eleven books on the power of business development, networking, entrepreneurship, legal marketing, and presentation skills while also serving as the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. He regularly speaks at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond – and has presented to over 600 audiences during his career as a speaker. He lives in the amazing city of Austin, Texas where he and his wife are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.

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May 25, 2016

Who would have thought failure could be fun? Andrea Waltz explains the ‘go for no’ philosophy, and how learning to fail might just be the best thing for your career.

You’ll learn:

  1. Why aiming to fail can actually increase success in the long run
  2. How to turn “no” into a positive word
  3. What you can do to put the “go for no” philosophy into practice in your life

About Andrea

Andrea Waltz is passionate about helping people overcome the fear of the word NO and feelings of failure and rejection that go along with it.  Along with her husband and business partner Richard Fenton, they share their message through books, training programs and speaking at conventions and conferences.  They are authors of Go for No! and with 300,000 copies sold it's been in the top 20 of Amazon’s “Sales” books for the last five years.

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May 23, 2016

If you ever find yourself going crazy with all the “stuff” on your mind, this episode is for you. Legendary productivity expert, GTD (Getting Things Done) originator, and best-selling author David Allen shares keys to getting work and life under control.

You’ll learn:

1) Why “write it on your butt“ can be a valid system
2) The core principles, science, and practices underlying the world’s most-used personal productivity system
3) How to cultivate the space our brains to generate power and creativity

About David

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. He’s an author, consultant, international lecturer, and Founder & Chairman of the David Allen Company, which serves over 40% of the Fortune 100. His 30 years of pioneering research, coaching, and education have earned him recognition by Forbes, Fast Company, and many others as “One of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity. PC Magazine called him one of the “Top 100 to Follow” on Twitter. His book Getting Things Done has sold about three million copies in 30 languages. His GTD system has given rise to a thriving industry of websites, blogs and software applications.

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May 20, 2016

Dr. Marcia Reynolds provides tools for some extra self-mastery around emotions to enrich ourselves and our colleagues.

You’ll hear:

1) The story of a dramatic exchange in jail that altered Marcia’s life trajectory—and made me cry.

2) Key coaching questions that make people stop, think, and become open to change.

3) The four steps to change your emotional state at will.

About Marcia:

Dr. Marcia Reynolds coaches, teaches and presents at conferences worldwide on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal success. She is the author of 3 award-winning books, The Discomfort Zone, Wander Woman, and Outsmart Your Brain. Her doctorate is in organizational psychology with an emphasis on the challenges and needs of high-achievers in the workplace. She has overcome many roadblocks and detours in life, which makes her writing and teaching personal, practical and inspirational.

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May 18, 2016

In today’s selfie-filtered world, people crave authenticity more than ever. Dr Todd Dewett shows us how valuable it is to be your true self, and why being a genuine  person is just as important as being a professional at work. Dr Todd Dewett shows us how valuable it is to be your true self, and why being a genuine  person is just as important as being a professional at work.

You’ll learn:

1) The importance of being real, and how to safely reveal more of your authentic self at work.

2) The power of vulnerability, and how exposing your mistakes can actually make you a better boss.

3) How to approach self improvement without it being overwhelming.


Dr. Todd Dewett is an internationally-recognized leadership and success expert and author.After beginning his career with Andersen Consulting and Ernst &Young, he earned a Ph.D.  in Management from Texas A&M University.  He now travels the world and speaks to thousands of people every year. His video

courses consistently hold a first place rating  by professionals in over 170 countries through at LinkedIn.  He’s been quoted everywhere, from the New York Times to Forbes. When not on the road, he can be found at local sports matches with his two boys, who are his greatest accomplishment.

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May 16, 2016

In this episode, "Rising Star of the Consulting Profession" Claire Pedersen Patel shares insight into her rapid career rise, from the importance of finding confidence to the traits that turn employees into great leaders.

You’ll learn:

  1. How Claire’s own initiative landed her a position managing an entire associate team.
  2. What to do when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing at work.
  3. The qualities that truly stand out on resumes.

You’ll learn:

  • How Claire’s own initiative landed her a position managing an entire associate team.
  • What to do when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing at work.
  • The qualities that truly stand out on resumes.

Claire Pedersen Patel is a Principal and Capability Leader at Trexin Consulting.  She was recently recognized with Consulting Magazine’s “35 Under 35 Rising Stars” award.  Claire manages one fifth of Trexin’s client delivery team and remains the only non-partner managing a department at Trexin. Prior to Trexin, she was a Global IT Chief of Staff at Aon Risk Services, reporting to the CIO. She has always been passionate about building the next generation of consultants; in 2015, Claire tripled the size her team. She fundamentally changed how projects were staffed, delivering strong business growth and greater value for clients. Her team is the fastest growing part of the company and will double again in 2016.

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May 13, 2016

Being a great communicator is more than art alone. It’s also science. In this episode, Dr. Carmen Simon shows us the link between brain function and communication results, and explains the brain science behind how we absorb information and turn it into action.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to harness the psychological action hierarchy of reflexes, habits and goals to communicate easily actionable messages.
  2. The importance of repetition, and how to use it to your advantage.
  3. The one thing that the top 50 SlideShare presentations all have in common.

Dr. Carmen Simon is a renown cognitive scientist who specializes in neuroscience research. She takes a daring approach to persuasion by placing memory at the heart of all decision-making. She is the cofounder of Rexi Media, a presentation design and training firm that uses brain science to help business professionals stay on their audiences' minds long enough to make a difference. Find out more in her new book, Impossible to Ignore, which launches today.

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May 11, 2016

Drama should never take priority over great work. In this episode, “Drama Free Guy” Dennis McIntee shows us how to find the underlying root cause of office drama and how to achieve positive and long lasting solutions for everyone.

 You’ll learn:

  1. The critical link between culture and workplace behavior.
  2. The right questions to ask to diffuse drama and solve a problem.
  3. The best way to encourage team members to take ownership for their actions.

Dennis McIntee, also known as the “Drama Free Guy,” is an author and speaker dedicated to helping organizations take the drama out of their teams to build environments of trust. Originally a pastor in both Europe and the U.S., he realized that his pastoral skills could be applied to helping corporate teams and businesses flourish. In 2004, he founded The Leadership Development group, and has travelled extensively giving workshops and seminars focused on teaching others how to take ownership and eliminate drama from the workplace. He is the author of The 8 Qualities of Drama Free Teams, The Power of Pursuit, People Smart and Time Mastery. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and four children.

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May 9, 2016

Great communication skills are critical to success in today’s workplace. Mingling maven Susan RoAne shows us how to make the most of social events and build relationships by sharing tips and tricks learned from a lifetime of experience in the networking world.

You’ll learn:

  1. How a farmer reframed the ‘dirty’ word networking into something positive.
  2. The three essential elements of a self-introduction.
  3. Several safe opening lines to use when meeting new people, anywhere.
  4. How to keep a conversation flowing using the OAR technique.

Susan RoAne is known as the “mingling maven” and is famous for her book How to Work a Room, which has sold over a million copies across 13 countries. She’s been named by as one of the networking experts to follow in 2015. An author and in-demand international keynote speaker, she has shared her message of connection and communication with audiences worldwide, and in diverse publications including the New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

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May 6, 2016

School has never been this much fun. Comedian and creative teacher Esteban Gast shows us how to bring creativity into our every day life, while having a lot of laughs along the way.

 You’ll learn:

 1) The most important factor behind great creative ideas.

2) Easy steps you can take to spark creativity in your daily life.

3) Tried and tested tools to help you come up with better ideas, faster.

Esteban Gast is a comedian, teacher, and entrepreneur living in Chicago. He teaches creativity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored two books and is currently developing an online class on creativity. When he’s not teaching and writing, he’s traveling as a stand up comedian, speaking at TEDx conferences, and making short films. He has also started two small social businesses and was co-director of the iVenture Accelerator - a startup that was just awarded the Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award.

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May 4, 2016

What does Machiavelli have to teach us about management skills? How can the works of Carl Jung make us better employees?

Jocelyn Davis dusts off 2,5000 years of literature to show us that the classics aren’t just for history buffs, but can help with personal improvement in today’s workplace.

You’ll learn:

1) What a famed psychologist would do with today’s standard personality tests.

2) A tyrant’s surprising tips on being a great boss.

3) What Frankenstein can teach us about leadership.


Jocelyn Davis is an author and consultant with decades of experience in the corporate learning industry. Before founding her company, Seven Learning, she was head of R&D for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. In addition to her most recent book, The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers,she is co-author of Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning.She holds an M.A. in philosophy and is currently working on a master’s degree in Eastern classics. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and daughter.

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May 2, 2016

Arthur demonstrated his epic expertise when it comes to finding purpose at work. He provided a fantastic framework, robust assessment tools, and set of pro-tips for finding more purpose in your career.

Some of my favorite takeaways were:

  • The three essential places where purpose is found in work
  • Keys to finding that greener grass, right where you are
  • How to access a free tool to diagnose your personal purpose-drivers

Arthur Woods (@ArthurWoods) is the Co-founder of Imperative, a company reshaping the way we hire and support a purpose-driven workplace. He is a writer, speaker and advisor to leading brands on the future of work. Arthur previously led operations for YouTube’s Education division and oversaw YouTube for Schools. Arthur co-founded the Compass Fellowship, the largest collegiate social enterprise training program and Out in Tech, the leading global LGBTQ technology community.  He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a New York Venture Fellow and sits on the Boards of the Georgetown Technology Alliance, Compass Partners and Out in Tech.

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