Best Of The Art of Charm Podcast (So Far)

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This page contains some of our favorite episodes, divided among recent favorites, the most educational Toolbox series, and some other classic and fun interviews. You can start at any point on this page, so feel free to jump around!

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Recent Hits

Episode #487: Brian Koppelman | Making Billions

Brian Koppelman (@BrianKoppelman) was a blocked writer until he was 30. Now, he’s the showrunner, co-creator, and executive producer of Billions on Showtime and the host of Slate’s The Moment podcast. How did he turn things around? He’s here to discuss this and share his Hollywood stories with us on The Art of Charm.

Episode #482: Cal Newport | So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Cal Newport (@calnewport) shows us how to cultivate meaningful and successful working lives while debunking the “follow your passion” advice that lesser professors peddle to the masses.

Episode #473: AoC | Best of 2015

The Art of Charm team (@TheArtofCharm) recounts personal favorite episodes from 2015. Did your favorite episode get left out? Leave a comment and let us know!

Episode #448: Gary Vaynerchuk | Climbing the Ladder

From selling baseball cards as a kid to transforming his family’s three-million-dollar liquor store business into a 60-million-dollar wine shop to starting VaynerMedia — a 600-person social/digital agency — while running investment fund Vayner/RSE, Gary Vaynerchuk outworks all of us, and he shows no signs of stopping.

Episode #445: Dr. Carol Dweck | The Motivated Mindset

On episode 445 of The Art of Charm, we talk to Dr. Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success about the fixed mindset vs. the growth mindset — and what you can do to switch to the one that serves you best (hint: it’s growth).

Episode #440: Barbara Oakley | Learning How to Learn

“When you’re a professor with tenure,” Barbara Oakley will tell you, “you can do whatever you want.” But she didn’t wait for the luxury of becoming a tenured professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan to live a life of learning. You could say she’s been doing whatever she wants all along.

Episode #434: Aaron Walker | Steps to a Productive Day

Aaron Walker came from very humble beginnings to open his own store at age 18, expand that business to include three more stores over the next few years, and sell it to a Fortune 500 company by the time he was 27. He continued to build and expand further businesses over the next few decades and was able to hang it all up and retire at age 50.

Episode #429: Chris Edwards | The Balls to Rebrand

On episode 429 of The Art of Charm, we talk to advertising creative director Chris Edwards about how he openly made the transition from female to male while working at an agency of 500 people before “transgender” was even a word. Chris’ upcoming memoir, Balls, explains that “it takes some to get some.” More than anything, Chris found that such a transition was really an issue of rebranding — he was still the same person, but he made the decision to take control of how others would perceive him.

Episode #425: Coach Burt | Becoming a Person of Interest

In episode 425 of The Art of Charm, we talk to Super Coach, author, and entrepreneur Micheal “Coach” Burt about the importance of differentiating from the herd, being honest enough to confront one’s own missing structures (aka problems), and what it means to be — and what it takes to become — a Person of Interest who attracts opportunities rather than having to chase them down.

Episode #417: Olaniyi Sobomehin | I’m Not You

Here to share the secrets to succeeding at anything is former NFL great and current head honcho of I’m Not You, Mr. Olaniyi Sobomehin. On episode 417 of The Art of Charm, we talk about the mindset and strategies he has adopted from elite athletes and how you can apply these same techniques to your daily life.

Episode #410: Esther Perel | Mating in Captivity

If we’ve been in relationships since the dawn of humankind why are they still so complicated? Here to answer that question is psychologist Esther Perel. Esther is a two-time TED speaker who wrote the New York Times best-selling book Mating in Captivity.

Episode #407: Dan Millman | Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Today the words New Age, spirituality and personal growth have been overused and even bastardized by so-called gurus with personal agendas and self-interests. But our guest for episode 407 was the first to author a book in the New Age category; he was there long before the tricksters, hucksters and “gurus” made a mockery of the industry.

Dan Millman is the best-selling author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and 17 other books. Today he joins us to talk about what prompted his first book, whether you need to travel to grow as a person and what we can learn and apply to live the peaceful warrior’s way.

Episode #405: Adam Nesrallah | What Spies Teach Us About Reading People

For the majority of us misreading a social situation or someone’s communication is simply embarrassing or humbling, nothing more. But for Adam Nesrallah, a former Canadian spy, missing a social cue was a potential life-threatening experience.

Adam joins us on this episode to talk about why there are no shortcuts to being a great communicator, how to read between the lines of what people are saying and what spies teach us about reading people.

Episode #401: Todd Herman | The Power of Negative Thinking

The power of positive thinking has become mega-popular lately. But is that what really separates the high performers from everyone else – their ability to think positively? Not according to Todd Herman, our guest for this episode.

Todd is a high performance coach who works with elite athletes, CEOs and entrepreneurs. He joins us to talk about the power of negative thinking, why alter egos are vital to your success and how to do negative prep today on the 401st episode of The Art of Charm.

Episode #399: Ramit Sethi | Cold Truths About Networking and Success

Do you think a powerful network comes first or success then the network? This chicken-or-egg type question gets answered today by one of the most connected and powerful men in the online world, Ramit Sethi.

Ramit is the man behind the brand I Will Teach You to Be Rich. Today we talk about how he overcame being socially awkward, the hard truth Guy Kawasaki once said to him and some straightforward advice on how to engage in powerful networking from scratch. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 399 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #398: Michelle Lederman | The Laws of Likability

Networking and relationships are the building blocks of a successful life. It’s a point we drive home on many of our shows, but how do we do it authentically? How do we create connection through clarity and confidence?

Our guest for today’s show has the answers to all of those questions! Michelle Lederman is an author, speaker, coach and self-professed recovering CPA who writes and speaks on the topics of clarity, confidence, connection and likability. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 398 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #395: Olivia Fox Cabane | The Science of Creativity and Genius

Have you ever had a eureka moment? A split second flash of genius? Whether you have or not, there’s now a way to create that experience on demand. And here to tell us more is Olivia Fox Cabane.

Olivia is the author of The Charisma Myth and joins us to discuss the fascinating science of creativity and genius on today’s show. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 395 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #393: Alex Kouts | The Art of Public Speaking

Supposedly human beings fear public speaking more than anything, including death! Our guest for today says there’s sociological and scientific reasoning for that fear, he also explains what it is and how we can overcome it.

Alex Kouts, a former guest of The Art of Charm, returns to talk about how public speaking impacts our communication. He also shares how public speaking can improve our communication and make a difference in our lives, even if we aren’t giving a speech or presentation. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 393 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #392: Simon Sinek | Start With Why

Far too many of us go to jobs we don’t love today. Have you ever wondered if there’s a cost to doing so? Or if there really is a way to enjoy, even love, the work we do every day? Our guest for today’s show yes to both questions.

Simon Sinek, best-selling author, visionary and speaker, joins us to talk about how to start with why, how to be a leader no matter your title, and how to find fulfillment in every area of your life. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 392 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #390: Nev Medhora | How to Crash Parties and Grow Your Network

Did you watch Wedding Crashers and think it looked like fun? Our guest for today’s show has mastered how to crash parties, but he did it to get ahead in life.

Nev Medhora is a copywriting expert and online marketer who grew his network by mingling with rich, connected people he met at parties he crashed. Listen in to find out how to expertly crash parties and grow your network too. All of that and more on episode 390 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #388: Gretchen Rubin | Mastering Happiness

If you’ve tried to change habits in the past but haven’t succeeded you’ll want to hear what today’s guest has to say on the matter. Gretchen Rubin is the three-time best-selling author who has made a study of happiness and habits.

We talk about her books, including her book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Everyday Life, and the finer points of habit-formation and happiness  on episode 388 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #378: Chalene Johnson | Push: The Real Way to Set and Achieve Goals

All of us have set goals, gotten pumped up to achieve them only for that enthusiasm to fade and those goals to go unreached. Many of us have repeated this pattern over and over again with the same result.

What if all along what we’ve been taught about setting and achieving goals has been wrong? Our guest for today’s episode, Chalene Johnson, says there is one key step no one else talks about. Her book Push is about that very subject: the missing yet crucial step to setting and achieve goals. We dive into that and more on this episode of The Art of Charm.

Episode #363: Dr. Chris Ryan | Sex At Dawn

Monogamy is what we’ve all been told is the norm for human sexual relationships. But is that the truth or are we happiest in open relationships? What role does biology play in our preferences? And do women really desire as many sexual partners as men do?

Here to discuss the answers to all of those fascinating questions, and much more is Dr. Chris Ryan. Dr. Ryan holds a PhD in psychology and has co-authored the book Sex At Dawn. He’ll tell us all about that and so much more on episode 363 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #359: Marsha Shandur | Saying Yes to Networking

Do you like networking or is it just a necessary evil only to be done when absolutely necessary? Whether you like it, hate it or think you’re terrible at it, our guest for today’s show will have advice, suggestions and tools you can put to good use immediately.

Marsha Shandur is a networking expert and coach who helps people enjoy networking, and become very good at it. On today’s episode we talk about why networking can be and really is fun, when you approach it the right away. We also discuss how to get over your fear of striking up conversations at events, how to properly follow up after an event for maximum impact, and how to create long-lasting connections that become solid relationships over time. All of that and much more on episode 359 of The Art of Charm.

Episode #350: Steve Sisler | How to Read People

Beyond any degree, any certification, any technical skill set, the most important factor in how far you go in your career, and every area of life is how well you connect with people. On The Art of Charm we’ve highlighted people and studies that prove this, and today we’re joined by a guest who is considered one of the best at this art.

On today’s show is Steve Sisler, behavioral analyst. But he’s not just any behavioral analyst, he’s been called a people reading savant! And when you hear him on episode 350, you’ll know why. We cover how he does what he does, tips he has for you on how to read people, and so much more on today’s edition of The Art of Charm.

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