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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Nov 17, 2017

Professional boxer and physics student Ed Latimore teaches how to stop caring about what other people think and stoke the fires of motivation.


You'll Learn:

  1. How human behavior is subject to the laws of momentum
  2. How to find motivation when it seems elusive
  3. Why it’s better to focus on the process rather than the outcome


About Ed:

Ed Latimore is a professional boxer, adult physics student at Duquesne University, a veteran of the United States Army National Guard, chess player, and author. Millions have learned from Ed's insights at his blog, "The Mind and Fist" at He’s also very active on Twitter @EdLatimore.


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Nov 15, 2017

No-Pay MBA guru Laurie Pickard explains Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and reveals precisely how to get quality education for under $1,000.


You'll Learn:

  1. All about MOOCs! What they are, where to find them, and how to pick the winners
  2. How to use Loss Aversion to avoid quitting online courses
  3. How to build a prestigious network without going to a prestigious university


About Laurie:

When some of the most prestigious business schools in the world began providing free versions of their courses online, Laurie Pickard saw an opportunity to get the business education she had long desired, at a fraction of the typical MBA price tag. Her “No-Pay MBA” project ( has appeared in the Financial Times, Poets & Quants, Fortune, Entrepreneur, CNN/Money, and the Wall Street Journal. Don’t Pay For Your MBA is her first book.


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Nov 13, 2017

Communications consultant Frances Cole Jones shares her best strategies to address her clients’ most pressing questions.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to tell if you’re a boring speaker...and what do about it.
  2. The key word that instantly makes your message more engaging
  3. Another power word that increases listener buy-in from 60 to 94%


About Frances:

Prior to founding Cole Media Management Frances worked first as a nursery school teacher and then as an editor of commercial nonfiction in NYC. Being a teacher helped hone her negotiating skills (If you can handle 12 toddlers you can handle any CEO.). Her experience helping authors find their voices is something she uses with all her clients to ensure they sound like themselves-- themselves on their best day.


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Nov 10, 2017

Gary Morton reveals the key ingredients to the “secret sauce” allowing teams to be at the top 1% of their fields.


You'll Learn:

  1. The first steps toward achieving clarity of purpose
  2. How to spark empowered obsession in your team
  3. Guidelines for unleashing your group’s creativity


About Gary:

Gary Morton graduated from West Point with honors and had a five-year career as a tank officer, the highlight of which was being part of an extraordinary unit that achieved unprecedented results at the US Army's grueling National Training Center—the only unit to ever win every simulated battle it fought. Morton completed a master's degree, also with honors, from the University of Southern California, and transitioned out of the Army to medical-device manufacturer Stryker, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in project management, engineering, R&D, operations, and marketing leadership becoming the youngest VP at the company. This culminated in twelve years as Vice President and General Manager of the EMS equipment business that he cofounded. Today, he is retired from Stryker and lives with his wife in the Midwest, where he writes and invests.


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Nov 8, 2017

Fellow podcaster Donald Kelly reveals keys to being more persuasive, building influence, and hustling everyday.


You'll Learn:

  1. Principles of sales that everyone can use to become more influential
  2. Two strategies to overcome the fear of rejection
  3. Approaches for making an effective cold call or email


About Donald:

Donald Kelly evangelizes effective ways for salespeople and entrepreneurs to find more qualified prospects, close more deals and make more money. He does this through motivating sales training, online courses, one-on-one coaching, workshops, seminars and dynamic keynote presentations.


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Nov 6, 2017

Health entrepreneur Cate Stillman shares wisdom on how you can inject more energy in your day to day to become more productive.


You'll Learn:

  1. A small tweak in your eating habits that makes you feel much better the next day
  2. Why and how to deliver a self-massage
  3. How reducing stimulation leads to increasing energy


About Cate:

Cate empowers thrive-seekers to uplevel their health, their careers, and their lives in real time. She also teaches wellness pros to grow their impact and their income. Cate created in 2001 and has since helped thousands of people thrive in their health, their families, and their communities. Cate splits her time between the Teton Valley and Punta Mita, Mexico, so she can enjoy mountain biking in the summer and paddleboarding and surfing in the winter.


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Nov 3, 2017

Kelly Hoey dismantles networking misconceptions and share how you can make connections effectively.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why networking is more important now than ever before
  2. How to come up with better ice breakers than the weather
  3. How to present yourself optimally on social media


About Kelly:

J. Kelly Hoey is a writer, investor, connector and networking expert, lauded everywhere from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). A columnist for, she’s appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, and as an influencer, her clients include Comcast, Turnstone and Capital One.


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Nov 1, 2017

Communications expert Julian Treasure shares the best practices of speaking, listening, and good sound for effective communication.


You'll Learn:

  1. The primary filters people listen through
  2. How to develop it a powerful voice
  3. The RASA framework for a more engaging conversation


About Julian:

Julian is a sound and communication expert. He travels the world training people to listen better and create healthier sound. He is author of the books How to be Heard and Sound Business. Julian’s five TED talks have been watched more than 40 million times. His latest, How to speak so that people want to listen, is in the top 10 TED talks of all time. Julian is regularly featured in the world’s media, including TIME Magazine, The Times, The Economist and the BBC.


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Oct 30, 2017

Famed executive coach Annie McKee makes the case linking increased happiness to increased work performance...and shows how to improve both at once.


You'll Learn:

  1. Best practices for more happiness at work
  2. How following your “shoulds” can undermine happiness
  3. Key clues to help discern when something’s wrong at work


About Annie:

Dr. Annie McKee is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches and is the Director of the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program. She is the bestselling coauthor of three successful books published by Harvard Business Review Press: Primal Leadership, with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis (2002); Resonant Leadership, with Richard Boyatzis (2005), and Becoming a Resonant Leader, with Richard Boyatzis and Frances Johnston (2008); and is the author of Management: A Focus on Leaders (Pearson/Prentice Hall 2014). She advises leaders around the world, and is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review.


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Oct 27, 2017

Paychecks and Balances Podcast hosts Rich Jones and Marcus Garrett share some of their biggest money lessons learned from guests, experiences, and past mistakes.


You'll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips on getting hired for your dream job
  2. The critical thing to do before sealing the deal on your new job
  3. Why 90% of people become stagnant in their career by age 45… and how to avoid that


About Rich & Marcus:

Rich Jones, along with Marcus Garrett, co-host Paychecks & Balances, a funformative podcast covering work and money for millennials. They leverage their experiences to provide entertaining insights and helpful tips on money management, professional growth, and other topics relevant to 20 and 30-somethings trying to get ahead.


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Oct 25, 2017

Journalist Celeste Headlee breaks down the steps towards being a better conversationalist.


You'll Learn:

  1. The top ways to have better conversations
  2. The myths you believe about good listening
  3. An eye-opening way to find out your bad habits as a conversationalist


About Celeste:

Celeste Headlee, Public Broadcast Radio Show Host, and Author of Heard Mentality and We Need To Talk.  Celeste Headlee is the host of "On Second Thought" at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta and has been a host and correspondent for NPR and PRI since 2006. She has trained many journalists through NPR's Next Generation program. Headlee also has appeared as a guest on CNN, the BBC, and other international networks, and in 2012, she anchored presidential election coverage for PBS World.


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Oct 23, 2017

Hollywood psychotherapist Barry Michels talks about dealing with failure and how to bounce back even stronger.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to identify and defeat your inner saboteur
  2. An approach to getting over energy speed bumps
  3. How to bounce back faster from failures


About Barry:

Barry Michels has a B.A. from Harvard, a law degree from University of California, Berkeley, and an MSW from the University of Southern California.  He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Los Angeles since 1986.  He’s referred to as one of “the most sought-after shrinks in Hollywood.” His client list boasts top writers, actors, producers, CEOs, and other creatives. In his books and public events, he shares the same Tools they use behind closed doors with their clients.


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Oct 20, 2017

Marlene Chism shares how to master resentment and frustration...along with best practices for channeling the the energy of anger.


You'll Learn:

  1. How feelings of resentment and frustration indicate a lack of clarity
  2. The valuable message and energy embedded within anger
  3. The “Release Resistance” process to better handle anger


About Marlene:

Marlene Chism is a consultant and international speaker whose personal passion is to help people discover, develop and deliver their gifts to the world She’s the author of “No Drama Leadership,” "Stop Workplace Drama” and more. Marlene delivers her message on stopping drama and creating enlightened leaders through corporate retreats and client work, as well as at association meetings, universities, and other speaking engagements.


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Oct 18, 2017

Positive psychologist Louisa Jewell discusses ways to become more confident and eliminate self-doubt to be able to pursue bigger goals.


You'll Learn:

  1. How self-doubt holds us back
  2. The mindset that prevents failures from impacting your self-esteem
  3. Best practices for boosting your self-confidence


About Louisa:

Louisa Jewell is a speaker, author, and Canada's leading expert on the topic of positive psychology who has facilitated thousands of people towards greater flourishing, both at work and in their personal lives. In 2012 Louisa founded the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, an organization that brings together leading-edge researchers and practitioners from across Canada to disseminate the knowledge of positive psychology to improve the psychological health of all Canadians.


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Oct 16, 2017

Kristen Berndt acquired the job she’s wanted for a decade--United Airline’s Manager of Baggage Planning--and shares her unorthodox approach to getting it.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to let the world know what you want...and keep in touch with the critical contacts
  2. A mindset that will give you back a third of your day
  3. How to nail interviews with the classic STAR framework


About Kristen:

Kristen Berndt is the Manager of Baggage Planning at United Airlines. When Kristen was 19 years old, she determined that she wanted to work in operations for United Airlines, and made it her life goal. She believes that confidence and persistence are the keys to achieving one’s dreams. She encourages others to network and build connections in order to be successful. Kristen lives and works in Chicago.


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Oct 13, 2017

Nate Regier shows how to tap into the positive powers of conflict and openness to effectively deal with drama.


You'll Learn:

  1. A useful, low-intensity definition of conflict
  2. The four-step ORPO formula for productive conflicts
  3. How upfront openness about motives can change  everything


About Nate:

Nate Regier, Ph.D., is CEO and cofounding owner of Next Element, a global leadership training and certification firm specializing in communication and conflict skills. He’s an expert in social-emotional intelligence and leadership, positive conflict, neuropsychology, group dynamics, interpersonal and leadership communication, executive assessment, and coaching. Regier is a co developer of Next Element’s Leading Out of Drama® training and coaching system, an LOD® master trainer, and Process Communication Model® certifying master trainer. He is co-author of Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires. He’s an enthusiastic dad and husband.


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Oct 11, 2017

Anne Bogel provides a whirlwind tour across leading personality frameworks, providing tips on how to apply these insights along the way.


You'll Learn:

  1. How the Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, Five Love Languages, highly sensitive people enlighten you in their own ways
  2. How to use personality types to better your relationships
  3. Dangers of abusing personality frameworks


About Anne:

Anne is a resident blogger, bookworm, and big-question-asker at Modern Mrs. Darcy. She wrote Reading People, where she shares her own experience with the personality frameworks she loves the most, the ones that have made the biggest difference in her own life. She walks you through 7 different frameworks, explaining the basics in a way you can actually understand, sharing personal stories about how what she learned made a difference in her life, and showing people how it could make a difference in theirs, as well.


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Oct 9, 2017

Pete ponders learning and discovery vs. producing output.


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Oct 6, 2017

Molly Beck shares a quick and easy formula for reaching out new people who can help you achieve your goals.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two components required to become an influencer
  2. The four types of reach outs--with benchmark response rates
  3. How to make awesome subject lines to get more email responses


About Molly:

Molly is the founder of podcast creation site Messy Bun; the creator of the lifestyle blog Smart, Pretty & Awkward; and a marketing expert who has provided digital strategies for numerous companies including Forbes, Venmo, Rice University, and Hearst. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Redbook, Parade, HuffPost, and more. She is represented by CAA.


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Oct 4, 2017

Dorie Clark outlines how to flourish amid office politics by using electoral campaign strategies.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to create a campaign plan for your career
  2. The power mapping approach to smarter people decisions
  3. A genius tactic for highlighting your achievements without sounding boastful


About Dorie:

Dorie Clark is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine, one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes, and was a Washington Post bestseller. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.”


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Oct 2, 2017

Morra Aarons-Mele provides tips for the ambitious introvert to succeed at work and strategies on how extroverts and introverts can best work together.


You'll Learn:

  1. How introverts are fabulous secret weapons at work
  2. The false assumptions people make about introverts
  3. How extroverts and introverts can work best together


About Morra:

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of award winning social impact agency Women Online and its database of women influencers, The Mission List.  She is an Internet marketer who has been working with women online since 1999. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first Internet chat, and has launched online campaigns for world leaders and organizations including the United Nations, President Obama, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Sep 29, 2017

Jennifer Riel illustrates how successful thinkers can create great choices rather than tolerate unacceptable trade-offs via her practical methodology for implementing integrated thinking.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you should fall in love with opposing approaches to solving a problem
  2. How to hold two approaches in tension to discover optimal solutions
  3. The three questions to creating better answers


About Jennifer:

Jennifer Riel is an adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, specializing in creative problem solving. Her focus is on helping everyone, from undergraduate students to business executives, to create better choices, more of the time.

An award-winning teacher, Jennifer leads training on integrative thinking, strategy and innovation, both at the Rotman School and at organizations of all types, from small non-profits to some of the largest companies in the world.


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Sep 27, 2017

Professor Tina Seelig talks about the critical components, principles, and tactics for bringing ideas into your imagination and out into the world.


You'll Learn:

  1. The two requirements of imagination
  2. How to generate many new solutions via framing and reframing
  3. The argument for brainstorming


About Tina:

Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and is a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( and leads three fellowship programs in the School of Engineering that are focused on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, including Insight Out (2016), inGenius (2012), and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009). She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.


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Sep 25, 2017

Quest Nutrition founder Tom Bilyeu shows how to get better at anything by having crystal clear goals, a growth mindset, and powerful systems.


You'll Learn:

  1. The WOOP process for figuring out if you should persist or quit
  2. How to make the switch from discovering to developing your passion
  3. Why identity drives behavior and not the other way around


About Tom:

Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Tom’s mission is the creation of empowering media-based IP and the acceleration of mission-based businesses. Personally driven to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world, Tom is intent to use commerce to address the dual pandemics of physical and mental malnourishment.

Tom regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world, including Abundance 360, A-fest, and Freedom Fast Lane.


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Sep 22, 2017

Award-winning filmmaker Vern Oakley shares his wisdom for connecting more sincerely whether you’re speaking on video or live.


You'll Learn:

  1. How breathing helps you release fear
  2. The optimal mindset for delivering a presentation
  3. The essential question to answer when designing your communication


About Vern:

A veteran filmmaker, teacher, speaker, and industry thought leader, Vern Oakley has been helping institutions and leaders connect with and mobilize their tribes through soul expression and communication. His mission to humanize leadership is achieved by crafting great stories that appeal to and impact the people who matter most.


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