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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Aug 25, 2017

Personal finance podcaster Joe Saul-Sehy lets us in on the secrets to making more money, handling it properly, and watching it grow.


You'll Learn:

  1. The first key to making more money
  2. Important benefits that you might have overlooked
  3. The top money management lesson that rich people use


About Joe:

Before starting Stacking Benjamins Joe Saul-Sehy was a financial planner for 16 years and a media representative for one of nation's biggest financial companies. He leads a team of people who are located across the United States. He communicates difficult concepts in a way that makes them accessible to the average person. He also gives presentations at major companies and to large audiences. Joe is a huge fan of exceptional customer service and loves to model companies like Disney, Nordstrom and Cherry Republic.


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Aug 23, 2017

Communications consultant Stacey Hanke breaks down the misconceptions on influence and how to develop your influential voice in a way that resonates.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to assess your level of influence in a room
  2. The core elements needed to command more influence
  3. How your smartphone can help you speak better


About Stacey:

Stacey Hanke equips leaders within organizations to communicate with confidence, presence and authenticity, day in and day out. Combined, her team of mentors and consultants have more than 100 years of training experience. She works with executives, managers, technicians and sales leaders across the United States and on four different continents.


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Aug 21, 2017

Award-winning thinker Michael Nicholas addresses the changes and challenges of modern decision-making--and how to enhance your decisions every day.


You'll Learn:

  1. The tremendous power of continually making the optimal decision
  2. The science behind how we make decisions
  3. Keys to improving your decision-making


About Michael:

An award-winning professional speaker and leadership coach, Michael Nicholas helps people improve their performance by challenging them to revolutionize their thinking and behavior. His insightful, results-oriented training is grounded in 30 years of real-world experience gained through working with leaders from a wide variety of industries, holding senior business positions, and serving on active duty as a military officer. He specializes in decision-making, emotional intelligence, and employee engagement.


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Aug 18, 2017

Elaine Bennett shares how to write better business messages with greater clarity and personality.


You'll Learn:

  1. Two essential pieces of information you need to be a more effective writer
  2. How you can make a bigger impact with storytelling
  3. Winning ways to turn straight thinking into straight writing


About Elaine:

Elaine Bennett had a baptism by fire as a speechwriter. Less than two years after she signed on to write for the CEO of Salomon Brothers, scandal forced the executive to resign. In stepped investor Warren Buffett. Since working with Mr. Buffett, Elaine Bennett has continued putting words in the mouths of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofits. She unearths the stories behind business data and helps executives shape those stories into memorable messages. She also coaches individual professionals looking to develop executive-caliber communication skills.


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Aug 16, 2017

Dr. Britt Andreatta surveys how our brains are wired for optimal work and best practices for creating an environment for thriving.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why our brains are not built for today’s workplaces
  2. The fundamental conditions required for teammates to thrive
  3. Best practices for developing trust within your team


About Britt

Dr. Britt Andreatta knows how to harness human potential. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, psychology, education, and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people. Britt is the former Chief Learning Officer at and has over 25 years of experience consulting with Fortune 100 corporations, businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Andreatta is the author of several titles on learning and leadership. Her online courses have over 4 million views and her books are best sellers. Her latest book, Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success is available now and her next book on the neuroscience of teams, Wired to Connect, will be out Spring 2018.


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Aug 14, 2017

Innovator Mark Henson explains how to discover and activate ordinary superpowers.


You'll Learn:

  1. Innovator Mark Henson explains how to discover and activate ordinary superpowers.
  2. The 6 questions to help  discover your ordinary superpowers
  3. Key steps to activate and enhance  your ordinary superpowers


About Mark:

Mark Henson is a lifelong entrepreneur and the founder of sparkspace -- a unique and exceptional business retreat center in Columbus, Ohio. Mark's Ordinary superpowers are exploring new ideas and spaces, simplifying things and sharing ideas through writing and speaking. In addition to leading his team at sparkspace, Mark writes books, conducts retreats, speaks at conferences and coaches people who want to get more fully engaged with life and work.


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Aug 11, 2017

Writing coach Anne Janzer provides principles, checklists, and pro-tips for better writing at work.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to overcome the biggest workplace writing problems
  2. The 6 questions to ask yourself before you start writing
  3. The best ways to get your points across without offending


About Anne:

Anne Janzer is an author and writing coach who has worked with over a hundred technology businesses in her career. Anne has written three books on marketing and writing. Her latest book is called The Workplace Writer’s Process: A Guide to Getting the Job Done. It covers the things no one teaches you in writing class: how to set yourself up for success when writing on the job, how to collaborate with others on writing projects, and the secrets to creating effective content.


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Aug 9, 2017

Jodi Glickman lays the foundation for becoming great on the job through better communications.


You'll Learn:

  1. The GIFT framework for better communication
  2. How to master the hello and goodbye
  3. Pro-tips for managing expectations


About Jodi

Jodi Glickman is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, consultant, and all-around expert in training people how to be great on the job. She is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and the author of the critically acclaimed Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The Secrets of Getting Ahead.


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Aug 7, 2017

Randstad’s SVP of Talent Solutions, Josh Vesely, discusses the state of the labor market, the benefits of working with recruiters, and necessities for today’s job hunters.


You'll Learn:

  1. How today’s labor market is superlatively favorable for good talent
  2. Why you should boldly ask your boss for your favorite opportunities
  3. How to find and leverage a recruiter in your job search


About Josh:

Joshua Vesely, MBA, is a ‘Talent Chef’ and Senior Vice President of Talent Solutions at Randstad USA. He is an energy-giving partner and a powerful negotiator. With his positive attitude he boldly develops new concepts and contributes to an innovative market approach.


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Aug 4, 2017

Musician and humorist Justin Locke talks about the culture of smart vs stupid, the benefits of being unprepared, and the secrets to succeeding via applied stupidity.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why you shouldn’t be scared of looking stupid
  2. How to use the Irregardless effect to your advantage
  3. Stupid approaches to find brilliant solutions


About Justin:

Justin Locke spent 18 seasons playing bass in the Boston Pops.  He then shifted focus to being an author, playwright, orchestra manager, and media producer.  

His Pops memoir, “Real Men Don’t Rehearse,” has sold over 12,000 copies, and his musical plays for family audiences are performed all over the world.  

Justin often appears as a humorous guest speaker, sharing his favorite gig disaster stories, as well as first- hand insight into what conductors (great and not so great) actually do.  

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Aug 2, 2017

Professor Drew Boyd invites us to think inside the box and to put constraints around our minds in order to be more creative and awesome at our jobs.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 5 patterns responsible for the majority of innovation
  2. Why brainstorming is sub-optimal
  3. Why it’s better to think inside the box than outside the box


About Drew

Drew Boyd is a global leader in creativity and innovation, international public speaker, award-winning author and innovation blogger, and professor at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches teams, businesses and governments how to solve tough problems to create a culture of innovation and a flowing pipeline. Drew reframes the innovation process in a way that makes people more creative.


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Jul 31, 2017

Professor Clint Longenecker shares his research-based insights on career performance improvement.


You'll Learn:

  1. Research revealing the 5 key things high performers have in common
  2. The dangers of being too busy
  3. The power of a strategic S.T.O.P.


About Clint:

Clinton Oliver Longenecker, is an award winning educator, is one of “America’s leaders in the area of rapid performance improvement” and is a Distinguished University Professor and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo.


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Jul 28, 2017

Communications consultants Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss swap stories about the BS we encounter in the workplace and best practices to avoid it.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to spot BS in the workplace and cut through it
  2. How to survive the office version of Game of Thrones
  3. Two quick tricks to communicate better at work


About Jennifer and Michael:

Jennifer Rock and her coauthor, Michael Voss, have a shared passion for storytelling that goes back – way back – to when Jennifer published haikus in her first-grade newsletter, and Mike entertained other kids on the school bus with his creative fiction.

Their jones for crafting a tale fueled their individual career paths, where they held roles in journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing and corporate communications. They had the good fortune to work for and with companies that spanned industries and impact – from privately held start-ups to Fortune 50 powerhouses to, now, their own communications agency.


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Jul 26, 2017

BNI Founder Ivan Misner shares the lowdown on the why and how of relationship-building.


You'll Learn:

  1. The fundamental networking disconnect that holds us back
  2. Ivan’s all-time favorite networking strategies
  3. How to wow prospective employers via a “working interview”


About Ivan:

Dr. Ivan Misner, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on business networking. He is the Founder of, the largest business networking organization and has written several top business books including three New York Times Bestsellers, two Amazon Bestsellers and one Wall Street Journal Bestseller. Titles include, “Avoiding the Networking Disconnect,” “Business Networking and Sex” and “Networking Like A Pro”. Ivan holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and as the Co-Founder of the BNI Charitable Foundation, he was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by The Red Cross.


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Jul 24, 2017

Psychologist Dr. Paul White shows why and how to offer effective appreciation to work colleagues.


You'll Learn:

  1. The studies proving the superlative importance of appreciation in the workplace
  2. How to make your appreciation authentic--instead of phony
  3. 5 Languages to show appreciation in the workplace


About Paul:

Dr. Paul White is a psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant who makes work relationships work. He has written articles for and been interviewed by Bloomberg’s Business Week, CNN/,, Fast Company,, Huffington Post LIVE, U.S. News and World Report, and Yahoo! Finance.


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Jul 21, 2017

Communications consultant Sharon Steed delves into how you can develop more empathy in communication and why it is needed in the workplace.


You'll Learn:

  1. Why people aren’t listening anymore
  2. Pro-tips for being empathetic even with people you don’t like
  3. Three ways to tackle difficult conversations


About Sharon:

Sharon is an international keynote speaker and consultant focusing on improving communication through empathy. A life-long stutterer, Sharon users her speech impediment to teach what empathy is and how to use it as a foundation for positive and effective communication. She's spoken about this at conferences both nationally and internationally; at companies; and various events spanning multiple industries.


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Jul 19, 2017

Fellow careers podcaster Scott Barlow shares how to zero in on the essential things we need at work and bring our strengths to bear there.


You'll Learn:

  1. The 6 critical things people need from their work
  2. Why strengths differ from skills--and why that matters.
  3. How identifying your “anti-strengths” can skyrocket your self-awareness


About Scott

Scott Anthony Barlow is the Founder of Happen to Your Career, a company that helps you stop doing work that doesn’t fit, figuring out what does and then teaching you to make it happen! He has been helping people develop their careers and businesses for over 10 years as a Human Resources Leader, Business Development Expert, and Career Coach. With over 2000 interviews worth of experience from his HR career, Scott interviews others telling their story of finding work they love on the Happen to Your Career Podcast.  Scott and his wife Alyssa have 3 children and live in Moses Lake, Washington.


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Jul 17, 2017

Counselor Joe Sanok shares ways to tackle fears, manage stress, and stay in the growth zone.


You'll Learn:

  1. A brilliant approach to reframe fears of failure
  2. The science behind freaking out
  3. How to combat stress triggers and relax in seconds


About Joe:

Joe Sanok is a speaker, mental health counselor, business consultant, and podcaster. Joe has the #1 podcast for counselors, The Practice of the Practice Podcast. With interviews with Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, Chris Ducker, Rob Bell, Glennon Doyle Melton, and Lewis Howes, Joe is a rising star in the speaking world! Joe is a writer for PsychCentral, has been featured on the Huffington Post, Forbes, GOOD Magazine, Reader's Digest, Bustle, and Yahoo News. He is a keynote speaker, author of five books, and is a top-consultant.


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Jul 14, 2017

Dr. Allan Mink shares his experiences in making career pivots and best practices on adapting to radical change.


You'll Learn:

  1. The argument for radical career changes
  2. The importance of personal relationships in making a successful pivot
  3. How to effectively manage your skill gaps when you pivot


About Allan

Dr. Allan Mink teaches Management, Information, and Systems as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod Graduate School of Business. Dr. Mink is the Managing Director for Systems Spirit, a boutique consulting team influential in connecting technology firms with the needs of the Department of Defense. Dr. Mink previously served as the business growth lead for SRA International's largest business unit; Vice President, Defense and Intelligence for Unisys Corporation; and COO/CTO of the Systems and Software Consortium. Al retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel and decorated combat pilot. His final assignment was at Headquarters Air Force, leading the USAF's portfolio of thirteen IT Initiatives for what's now the A6/CIO. He is an Advisory Board Member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, which informs, advises, and coaches technology entrepreneurs to start and grow firms with world-changing impact.


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Jul 12, 2017

Talent builder Dodie Gomer shares best practices for leading people to results--when you’re not in charge.


You'll Learn:

  1. How setting a clear vision on tiny matters delivers huge benefits
  2. Tactics for projecting powerful composure
  3. The value of using “strong words” and eliminating “weak words” in your communications


About Dodie:

Dodie Gomer believes far beyond technical potential. She is known as a talent builder. Dodie has 25+ years of corporate HR leadership. She inspires individuals to tap into their unique talent to go beyond their technical expertise and develop as leaders – even if they never plan to be a manager. Whether it is a keynote address, leadership workshop or as a succession planning consultant, Dodie will provide the right tools to build leadership for both individuals and organizations.


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Jul 10, 2017

Moe Carrick discusses discovering and creating the right fit in the workplace, its significance to us, and the elements that contribute to it.


You'll Learn:

  1. The meaning and importance of work fit
  2. The critical 6 elements that comprise work fit
  3. What to do when something does not fit in your workplace


About Moe:

Moe Carrick is Principal and Founder of Moementum, Inc. a Certified BCorp and consulting firm dedicated to the vision of creating a world that works for everyone using business as a force for good. Her diverse client portfolio includes Prudential, REI, Nike, The Nature Conservancy, TechSoft3D, Hydroflask, amongst others.

A frequent blogger and contributor to Conscious Company,, and the Work Smart Blog, Moe is also a frequent and in demand speaker and facilitator. She has shared her insights and energetic style with TEDx’s and numerous universities, professional organizations, corporations, and trade groups.


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Jul 7, 2017

Bryce Hoffman shares how the military’s Red Teaming thinking tools can help professionals make optimal decisions.


You'll Learn:

  1. How to confront lies in your organizations and the lies you tell yourself
  2. A quick way to check critical assumptions
  3. One question that will help you make better decisions in under 15 minutes


About Bryce

Bryce G. Hoffman is a bestselling author, speaker and consultant who helps companies around the world plan better and global leaders lead better by applying innovative systems from the worlds of business and the military. He is the author of the 2012 bestseller, American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company, which has become a manual for CEOs looking to transform their corporate cultures. Before launching his international consulting practice in 2014, Hoffman was an award-winning financial journalist who spent 22 years covering the global automotive, high-tech and biotech industries for newspapers in Michigan and California. He writes a regular column on leadership and culture for and regularly appears on television and radio shows in the United States and internationally. For more information, please visit:


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Jul 5, 2017

Sara Canaday gives insights that offer clarity on blind spots at work and overcoming them to advance in your career.


You'll Learn:

  1. Key blind spots that frequently hold back careers
  2. Why the personal touch matters at work
  3. Approaches to identifying your own blind spots


About Sara

Sara Canaday (Leadership Development Expert, Speaker and Author) is a recognized expert and author in leadership and strategic personal branding. Specifically, she is known for her ability to help high potentials identify the elusive blind spots that are preventing them from taking their careers (and their companies) to the next level.


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Jul 3, 2017

Happy (almost) 4th of July!

In this special episode, Pete helps you declare independence from making sub-optimal decisions with two key questions that will help you approach decision-making better:

1. What must be true for this decision to be a good one?

2. How can I test that?


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Jun 30, 2017

Dr. Bill Schiemann paves the way to finding fulfillment now and where you want to be in future.


You'll Learn:

  1. Three factors essential for career fulfillment
  2. How to find fulfillment within your current situation
  3. Processes to map out your goal fulfillment


About Bill:

Bill Schiemann is Principal and CEO of Metrus Group, specializing in strategic performance measurement, organizational alignment and talent optimization. He’s authored numerous books and articles on talent management and has served as the Chairman of the Society for Human Resources Management Foundation.


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