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 30, 2016

Maneesh Sethi proves that a little shock goes a long way and shares other hacks for forming great habits.

You'll Learn:

  1. Helpful things to do everyday to make your day go smoother
  2. Fundamental questions to ask to realign yourself with your goals
  3. How to hack your emotions

About Maneesh
Maneesh Singh Sethi is an American author and internet entrepreneur. He authored Game Programming for Teens when he was sixteen years old. He is best known as the founder of the behavior modification wristband Pavlok, launched in 2013. Sethi is the chairman and chief executive officer of Behavioral Technology Group, Inc.

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Nov 28, 2016

Farnoosh Brock shares key lifestyle shifts to help make you healthier and more productive.

You’ll Learn:

  1. How being healthier will make you accomplish more in a shorter amount of time

  2. Optimal options to integrate into your 15-minute morning routine
  3. Approaches to finding, developing, and building confidence

About Farnoosh

Farnoosh Brock is an entrepreneur, author, and business coach. After a successful corporate career at a Fortune 100, she started Prolific Living Inc. to fulfill her diverse entrepreneurial passions.  She helps business owners and executives achieve new heights of success in their businesses and their health, to maintain a balanced life. When she is not serving her clients, Farnoosh is traveling extensively and stays devoted to her daily yoga practice.

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Nov 25, 2016

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Nov 23, 2016

Listeners share their own tried and tested tips on how to be awesome at your job.

If you have a great tip to share, leave a voicemail and be part of our next tip compilation!

Nov 21, 2016

Science genius Dan Caspi talks automation, software, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to learn a little code.

You'll Learn:

  1. Processes that you can automate that you didn’t know you needed to
  2. Nifty hacks to help you maximize Excel
  3. A checklist to serve your need for computer speed.

About Dan
Dan has a PhD. In Organic Chemistry and is a senior scientist at AbbVie. He is also currently serving in a hybrid Process Chemistry/Chemical Engineering position as a member of the Center for Reaction Engineering.
Dan is highly proficient with technology, programming (Perl, Python, PHP, JS, HTML) and computers, and is the computer genius behind Element 26, a boutique computer consulting company based in Evanston, Illinois.

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Nov 18, 2016

Michelle Gielan returns with even more ways to spread positive energy for positive results.

You'll Learn:

  1. The ABCs to formulating solutions
  2. How to weaken the power of negative thoughts
  3. Keeping up to date with current events while remaining positive

About Michelle
Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness.
Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.
Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

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Nov 16, 2016

Lawyer Kwame Christian guides us through effective persuasion and negotiation in any situation.

You'll Learn:

  1. The first crucial step to negotiation
  2. How to discover your limits by practicing rejection therapy
  3. What it takes to be a confident, powerful negotiator

About Kwame
Kwame Christian is passionate about teaching business professionals how to negotiate and be more persuasive. He sees himself as a professional problem solver and works with businesses and individuals to come up with tailored negotiation solutions to improve the bottom line and resolve conflict. 
Kwame is an attorney at The Christian Law Office, specializing in business law for startups and entrepreneurs. He is a Legal Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, focusing on health disparities and the social and political structures that create and maintain them.
He is a consultant at the American Negotiation Institute and produces “Negotiation for Entrepreneurs” the top negotiation podcast on iTunes.

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Nov 14, 2016

Graphic designer Prescott Perez-Fox gets creative in finding solutions to getting in the zone, maintaining a smooth workflow, and more.

You'll Learn:

  1. Great habits that your future self will thank you for
  2. How small rituals will help your team power through a project
  3. What you can do to identify trusting relationships and develop ones lacking in trust

About Prescott
Prescott Perez-Fox is a New Jersey-based graphic designer and brand developer with more than 14 years of experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. Following varied experience working in-house for agencies, and as a freelancer, Prescott created his business, Starship Design, to work directly with small business and startup clients.

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Nov 11, 2016

Lawyer and mentoring enthusiast Jolene Blackbourn makes the case for helping others to help ourselves.

You'll Learn

  1. What you think you know about your job, but you actually don’t
  2. How not to add a task to your to-do list
  3. A drag and drop tip to collecting praise

About Jolene
Jolene has been an in-house attorney with a major insurance company for almost 10 years. She serves as a mentor to many new attorneys and helps prospective law students determine whether law school is right for them. She also coaches a youth soccer team.

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Nov 9, 2016

Public Relations whiz Mac Prichard shares how to grow your network by building lasting relationships and responding with generosity.

You'll Learn

  1. How to navigate the “hidden” job market
  2. The step-by-step of a successful informational interview
  3. How to grow your network with generosity

About Mac
Mac is the founder and president of Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves top-tier foundations, nonprofits and purpose driven brands across the country. He provides strategic counsel to Prichard’s clients and leads the agency’s crisis communications, government relations and business development work.
He speaks regularly on social change communications to national and local groups across the country.
He also publishes Mac's List, an online community where professionals find rewarding, interesting jobs and employers find the best possible candidates.


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Nov 7, 2016

Professor and author Mark Allen presents different opportunities to climb the corporate ladder, even if you don’t want to be a manager.

You'll Learn

  1. Alternatives to the traditional managerial track
  2. Why going for manager may not be optimal...even if you’re a top performer
  3. Means of valuing your team in the workplace

About Mark
Dr. Mark Allen is an educator, speaker, consultant, and author who specializes in talent management and corporate universities. He is the author of Aha Moments in Talent Management and the co-author and editor of The Next Generation of Corporate Universities, and The Corporate University Handbook. He has also written numerous articles in practitioner and academic publications.
Mark is a professor at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is also a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute, a senior associate with the Kiely Group, and has taught for Vatel University and the American Management Association.

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Nov 4, 2016

Dave Nevogt’s company Hubstaff earns its revenue from observing how people work. Here’s what he has learned about workers’ best practices along the way.

You'll Learn:

  1. Two questions to ask yourself before handing over your deliverables
  2. One quick trick to get 1,000 LinkedIn connections in 60 minutes
  3. An improved approach to initiating tasks that delights managers and stretches employees

About Dave
Dave Nevogt is the co-founder of which helps virtual teams communicate better through automatic time tracking and activity tracking. He’s been running online businesses since he was 23, and now manages a team of 30 remote employees. Dave has been honored as one of Indianapolis’s top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs, and focuses on teaching others to manage remote teams. His writing can be found here.

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Nov 2, 2016

Author Jay Papasan helps to zero in on that one thing that matters most.

You'll Learn:

1. The key question you must ask yourself to unlock your “one thing”

About Jay

Jay Papasan is the co-author of the bestseller The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results with Gary Keller. He also worked as an editor at Harper-Collins Publishers. Jay also co-owns a successful real estate team affiliated with Keller Williams Realty with his wife Wendy in Austin, Texas.

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Oct 31, 2016

Podcaster and speaker Jeff Sanders offers pro-tips to reaching your grandest goals, one good morning at a time.

You'll Learn

  1. 3 best practices that will sustain your energy all day
  2. Perspectives on when to handle email
  3. How to conquer your ultimate goal, one quarter at a time

About Jeff
Jeff Sanders is a keynote speaker, creator of the 47 Strategies Productivity Self-Assessment, and author of the best-selling and award-winning book on productivity, The 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast.
Jeff is also the host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in iTunes in the Self-Help and Business categories, been nominated for 4 Podcast Awards, and exceeded 3 million downloads.
He is a 10-time marathon runner, personal development junkie, and passionate raw vegan. Every week you can find Jeff writing and speaking at

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Oct 28, 2016

We got “meta” with Podcasting Hall of Famer Rob Walch who shares principles of successful podcasters that apply to the workplace

You’ll Learn:

  1. Pro-tips on nailing your presentations
  2. How to bolster your communication by forgetting yourself
  3. Why you should start your own podcast right now

About Rob
Rob Walch was inducted into the Podcasting Hall of Fame in 2016. Rob Walch saved his life, marriage, and career with podcasting. Rob is the Vice President of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn (LSYN). Prior to joining Libsyn in 2007, he was President and founder of podCast411, Inc. Rob is co-author of the book Tricks of the Podcasting Masters an editors pick as a Top 10 Reference book by Rob was listed as the 5th most influential person in podcasting according to the book “Podcasting for Dummies”.  

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Oct 26, 2016

Ambassador of Happiness Maura Sweeney paves the way to more productive outcomes in the workplace by creating a happier environment.

You'll Learn

  1. Effective remedies for stress addiction
  2. Methods to countering a negative environment
  3. How to turn your adversaries into allies by challenging while advocating

About Maura
Podcasterinternational speakerHuffington Post contributor and creator of the Foundations of Happiness eCourse, Maura Sweeney guides others on the path of “Living Happy – Inside Out.” Armed with decades of experience as a law school “escapee”, a corporate manager and a home schooling mom, Maura launched out at midlife to pursue her dream vocation. A world traveler and trademarked Ambassador of Happiness®, Maura is a popular media guest sharing unifying “good news” perspectives with the world.

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Oct 24, 2016

Comparably co-founder and CEO Jason Nazar shines a light on employer and employee best practices.

You'll Learn

  1. Two big mistakes that are stopping you from advancing in your career
  2. Guidance in your search for finding and keeping mentors
  3. Two transformational questions that you should ask yourself everyday

About Jason
Jason Nazar is one of the most active tech entrepreneurs and investors in southern California, and is a popular contributor for Wall Street Journal, Forbes, INC, and Business Insider. He’s founder/CEO of Comparably, an online platform that makes workplace compensation and culture dramatically more transparent. Prior to Comparably, he founded Docstoc -- the largest small business content site with over 50 million members -- before he sold it to Intuit in 2013 for a reported $50M. Named one of the most admired CEOs by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Jason is currently Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, appointed by Mayor Garcetti.

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Oct 21, 2016

Intuition expert Lynn Robinson shows how to access the wisdom of your gut.

You'll Learn

  1. Scientific discoveries about neurons in your stomach and why they matter
  2. Ways to stop intuition-killers when brainstorming in a group
  3. Checks and balances so you’re not going astray with intuition

About Lynn
Lynn Robinson is one of America's leading experts on the topic of intuition and has been sought out internationally for her advice on the topic. She’s the author of Put Your Intuition to Work. She's a popular and widely recognized author and speaker who works with businesses and individuals as a trusted advisor, offering valuable insights into goals, decisions and strategies. 
Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She's been featured in the Boston Globe, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune, and has been a guest on many national radio and television programs, including ABC and Fox News. 

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Oct 19, 2016

Inspiring team-builder Thomas Mangum shares what it REALLY takes to have a championship team.

You'll Learn

  1. The three key ingredients of a championship team.
  2. The basic two-part equation for modeling champions.
  3. How to turn breakdowns into breakthroughs.

About Thomas
Thomas draws on over 30 years of experience helping leading companies build championship teams that win.
His client roster includes Boeing, Cisco, Oracle, Sony, Shell, DuPont, Northrop Grumman, Liberty Mutual, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Bose and many more.
As a​ dynamic speaker, a memorable facilitator, and provocative coach, he draws on diverse experiences as an entrepreneur, military interrogator, and radio show host.
Thomas is known for his team-building training that he brings to world-class brands across the globe.

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Oct 17, 2016

Professor John Kotter walks through the essential components of successful change.

You’ll Learn

  1. The eight critical steps for sparking change in your organization

  2. How you can test drive ideas for your organization at a lower risk

  3. How you can find inspiring mentors

About John
Regarded by many as the worldwide authority on leadership and change, Dr. John Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and Harvard Professor. His ideas and books, as well as the company he founded, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.

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Oct 14, 2016

Lisa Bodell shares pro-tips on how to declutter our work lives to better focus on what truly matters.

You'll Learn

  1. Tools to eliminate unnecessary complexity in the workplace
  2. A methodology to reclaim 50% of your time spent in meetings
  3. The optimal attitude that gets your bosses to notice and value you

About Lisa
Lisa Bodell serves as a global council member of the World Economic Forum; and has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at Bloomberg, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and many others. She has been rated as a top speaker at Google’s client events and is the author of the best-selling book Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which won the 2014 Axiom Best Business Book Award and was voted Best Business Book by USA Book News and Booz & Co. Her new book, Why Simple Wins, releases October 2016. Lisa is an advisor on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland. Among her many academic activities, Lisa has taught innovation and creativity at both American and Fordham Universities.

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Oct 12, 2016

Career coach Angela Copeland shows how to take charge and proactively, intentionally manage your career.

You'll learn

  1. Warning signs that you’re under appreciated at your job and how to deal
  2. A simple, powerful way to highlight your progress and set yourself apart at work
  3. Effective interview tactics

About Angela
Angela Copeland is a career coach and CEO at her firm, Copeland Coaching. She is host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, columnist for the Career Corner newspaper column, and author of career e-book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job. Angela’s personal career background gives her the breadth to help job seekers with a variety of different needs, including finding the right job, interviewing, and offer negotiation.

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Oct 10, 2016

This Columbus Day, Pete helps listeners discover some wisdom from older guests and one another. And help other discover some wisdom via leaving a voicemail with a quick tip for being awesome at your job via

Oct 7, 2016

Author Rebecca Morgan share how you can provide the best service to your customers – internal and external.

You'll Learn

  1. Overlooked tactics to better serve your customers
  2. The step-by-step of calming upset customers
  3. How to deal with workplace conflict

About Rebecca

Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC, is an international speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in creating innovative solutions for workplace effectiveness challenges. She's appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and USA Today as well as international media. 
Rebecca is the bestselling author of 26 books, including "Calming Upset Customers," "Grow Your Key Talent," "Remarkable Customer Service … and Disservice” and her just-released book, "Extraordinary Leadership Lessons from Everyday People."
She partners with clients to accomplish high ROI on their key-talent development projects. Since 1980 she's transformed executives, managers, salespeople and customer support staff into much more effective workplace contributors.

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Oct 5, 2016

Bestselling rhetorician Jay Heinrichs shows just how powerful and fun this ancient art can be.

You'll learn

  1. How shifting tenses can ease tensions
  2. A huge tip from Donald Trump about speaking in 12-second periods 
  3. The essential steps of making a persuasive argument

About Jay

Jay Heinrichs is the author of the bestselling book, Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion. His most recent book, Word Hero, teaches how to craft memorable content. Combining tested tools of classical rhetoric with modern neuroscience, Jay has given presentations, workshops, and consults around the world.
Jay has served clients including Southwest Airlines, NASA, the Pentagon, Walmart, Ogilvy UK, Mindshare, the National Association of Realtors, Harvard, Dartmouth, University of Virginia, Beachbody, and Kaiser Permanente.
He maintains one of the leading language websites,, along with more than 30 years in publishing as a writer, editor, and executive, Jay has written for several dozen publications, from The New York Times Magazine to Reader’s Digest.

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