PM Talks S1E7: Perspective
A Productive Conversation
by Mike Vardy
1w ago
Welcome to the latest episode in our monthly series, PM Talks. In this episode, I sit down with Patrick to discuss the importance of perspective in our daily lives. We dive into our personal experiences with escaping the daily grind, the joys and challenges of investing in vacation homes, and the unique significance of family cabins. Patrick and I also explore how perspective shapes our understanding and interactions in various contexts, from personal experiences and storytelling to broader conversations. We touch on the challenges of navigating a fast-paced world and the benefits of giving on ..read more
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Kevin Surace Talks About AI and Maintaining Productivity
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by Mike Vardy
2w ago
In this episode, I have a conversation with Kevin Surace, a prolific inventor and AI expert with 94 worldwide patents. Kevin and I dive into the strategies for maintaining productivity and purpose in life, including prioritizing tasks, managing energy levels, and navigating the second phase of life. We also explore the impact of AI on society and productivity, highlighting both its benefits and challenges. Throughout our discussion, Kevin shares his insights on the potential and limitations of AI assistants in content creation and relationship advice, emphasizing the need to use these tools re ..read more
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FROM THE VAULT: Corey Poirier Talks About Finding Your Passion and Overcoming Public Speaking Fears
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by Mike Vardy
3w ago
In this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Corey Poirier, a renowned speaker and author for a special double episode. We discuss the inspiration behind writing a parable-style book (like his book "The Enlightened Passenger", the importance of passion in one's work, and the unique challenges of stand-up comedy. Corey shares his journey of discovering his passion for speaking and teaching others how to find their own passion, providing listeners with practical advice and insights along the way. We also revisit Corey's previous appearance on the show, where he shares the critical steps to over ..read more
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Laura Mae Martin Talks About Personalized Productivity Systems and Well-being
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by Mike Vardy
1M ago
In this episode of A Productive Conversation, I sit down with Google’s productivity expert, Laura Mae Martin, to explore the nuances of personal and business productivity. With thirteen years at Google under her belt, Laura has experience in sales, product operations, event planning, and executive coaching. During our conversation, Laura shares her journey to becoming a productivity guru and the insights that led to her latest book, "UPTIME: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing." Together, we explore how traditional definitions of productivity often miss the mark and how pe ..read more
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PM Talks S1E6: Writing
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by Mike Vardy
1M ago
Welcome to the latest episode of PM Talks, our monthly series on A Productive Conversation where I engage in thought-provoking conversations with my good friend Patrick Rhone. This time around we dive deep into our unique approaches to writing, balancing productivity, and embracing creative freedom. Patrick and I share our experiences with writer's block and self-doubt, discuss curating blog content into book format, and highlight the value of writing for personal growth. Key Discussion Points We discuss our busy schedules, including Patrick's circus performances and my NFL Draft viewing. I t ..read more
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Scott H. Young Talks About Getting Better at Anything
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by Mike Vardy
1M ago
In this captivating episode of the podcast, I sit down with the renowned author and self-directed learning enthusiast, Scott H. Young, to dive into the intricacies of mastering new skills and the science of learning. Scott, known for his groundbreaking work on rapid skill acquisition, shares his unique insights into writing, learning, and the critical role of research in personal development. Throughout our discussion, Scott and I explore a variety of topics from the practical to the philosophical, all centered around how we can better understand and improve our ability to learn and perform. W ..read more
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Steven Bertrand Talks About Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Meditation
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by Mike Vardy
2M ago
In this episode, I'm joined by Steven Bertrand, who shares his inspiring transition from blogging and web design to becoming a public speaker and a meditation advocate. In this episode, we explore how Steven has overcome significant personal challenges and how meditation has played a pivotal role in his life From tackling physical disabilities to changing career paths, Steven's story is a testament to the power of resilience and the importance of mindfulness in achieving balance and inner peace. Key Discussion Points Journey from Blogging to Public Speaking: Steven reflects on his evolution f ..read more
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PM Talks S1E5: What Do You Want From Us?
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by Mike Vardy
2M ago
In this latest installment of our monthly series PM Talks, I had the pleasure of chatting with my good friend Patrick Rhone about the vast theme of choices and how they weave through our personal and professional lives. This episode delves into everything from the cultural impact of wrestling to the profound topics of longevity, mortality, and the essence of making the most of our time. Patrick, with his characteristic insight and depth, brings a unique perspective to these discussions, challenging us to reconsider our priorities and the legacy we aim to leave behind. Our conversation wasn't j ..read more
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Mat Ellis Talks About Balancing Productivity and Personal Connection with AI
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by Mike Vardy
2M ago
In this engaging episode of the podcast, I sit down with Mat Ellis, a pioneer in the productivity software arena, to explore how modern tools like AI can enhance both our work efficiency and our personal lives. We delve into the evolution of productivity platforms, particularly Mat's work with Sixty, and discuss the significant impact of these tools on our daily routines. As we navigate through the conversation, Mat provides profound insights into the delicate balance between leveraging technology and maintaining genuine human interactions. This discussion is crucial for anyone looking to opti ..read more
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FROM THE VAULT: Thomas Frank Talks About Elevating Creativity in Productivity
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by Mike Vardy
3M ago
In this episode, originally broadcast in April 2020, I'm joined by Thomas Frank, a prominent content creator who has significantly influenced the YouTube and productivity community. Thomas opens up about his journey into video creation, sharing the nuances of his creative process and how he has successfully integrated his personal interests with productivity content. From the initial inspiration to the complexities of content creation and management, Thomas provides a comprehensive look into the life of a content creator striving to deliver valuable, engaging content. As someone eager to dive ..read more
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