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Have you ever wondered if the worlds’ leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

How I Work Amantha Imber

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 542 Ratings

Have you ever wondered if the worlds’ leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

    My Favourite Tip: Richard Wiseman - Add a bit of magic to your presentations

    My Favourite Tip: Richard Wiseman - Add a bit of magic to your presentations

    Richard Wiseman’s love of magic has improved his work as a psychologist in some unexpected ways. Of course, it’s helpful when he’s conducting experiments or research into the psychology of magic and illusions; but the lessons magic teaches about performance and holding an audience’s attention have been just as valuable. 
    For one thing, Richard never gives away “the answer” too early. If you open your presentation with your findings or big ideas, you have nowhere else to go. Richard instead teases the answer, builds suspense, and constructs a story around it - so his audience has to lean in and pay close attention to make sure they don’t miss anything. 
    Richard also shares a simple mental re-frame for when he’s feeling uninspired or unexcited at the prospect of yet another presentation…
    Connect with Richard on Twitter and at his website
    You can find the full interview here: “Quirkology” Professor Richard Wiseman on using magic to up your public speaking game
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    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 8 min
    Wil Anderson’s on-the-fly creative process

    Wil Anderson’s on-the-fly creative process

    Creation of any kind is so complex - even when we do it ourselves, we sometimes wonder how it even happened. So if creation is so tricky, where do we even start with re-creation? 
    For comedy legend Wil Anderson, the re-creation process is almost the more important one. After all, he only needs to write a show from scratch once, but he needs to recreate that show every single time he steps onto stage. 
    Wil shares how his processes have evolved since his career began 25 years ago, and breaks down why it’s so critical to be able to perform at your best, even when you’re not feeling your best.
    Connect with Wil on Instagram or listen to his podcasts here
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    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.
     
    Connect with me on the socials:
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Instagram 
     
    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au
     
    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 42 min
    My Favourite Tip: Brian Scudamore - Paint a picture of your future

    My Favourite Tip: Brian Scudamore - Paint a picture of your future

    What’s the difference between goals and dreams? For O2E Brands founder and CEO Brian Scudamore, there isn’t one. 
    After entering the hyper-competitive world of entrepreneurship, Brian was disillusioned - he couldn’t help but compare himself to his new peers, who had bigger, more successful businesses. Struggling to stay motivated or excited about the future, Brian turned to his imagination.
    Debating whether or not to just pack it in and give up, Brian started painting a picture - he wrote feverishly, detailing everything he could possibly hope for his companies (and his life) to become… And the possibilities excited him. 
    They also scared him a little… But according to Brian, that’s how you know you’re on the right track. 
    Connect with Brian on Twitter and LinkedIn
    You can find the full interview here: Anything you can imagine: how O2E Brands CEO Brian Scudamore turns visions into reality
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    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.

    Connect with me on the socials:
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Instagram 
     
    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au
     
    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 8 min
    Leo Babauta teaches you the Zen Habits of simplicity and self-awareness

    Leo Babauta teaches you the Zen Habits of simplicity and self-awareness

    Is your life too complicated? Sure, work’s always a bit hectic and keeping family life running smoothly is as challenging as ever - but have you noticed that even the ‘good’ stuff can get a bit overwhelming sometimes? 
    Was picking a movie to watch after work on a Friday night always this difficult? Was your closet always so stuffed with items you can’t even remember buying? 
    This is part of what Leo Babauta calls the cycle of expanding and narrowing our focus. When we develop new interests or hobbies, or start a new job, we tend to expand - but if we don’t then narrow things down, by removing clutter or saying ‘no’ more often, life can become a bit too unwieldy. 
    Leo shares how he thinks about narrowing and expanding in his own life, and breaks down his journaling rituals and the writing techniques he’s borrowed from software developers.
    Connect with Leo on Twitter or at the Zen Habits website
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    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.
     
    Connect with me on the socials:
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Instagram 
     
    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 33 min
    My Favourite Tip - Frances Frei and Anne Morriss: How to build discipline and self-confidence

    My Favourite Tip - Frances Frei and Anne Morriss: How to build discipline and self-confidence

    Want to improve the quality of your thinking? Well, then you need to improve the quality of your writing…
    Need proof? Look no further than Frances Frei, an author, TED speaker and Professor of Technology and Informations Management at Harvard Business School. Clearly an excellent thinker - but it doesn’t happen by accident. Frances believes writing is the key to unlocking and improving our thinking, and she takes it seriously. She writes draft after draft after draft, continuously shedding flabby thinking until her presentations are lean, mean thought machines.
    And she didn’t get here alone: all those drafts, and especially the ones written well after Frances thinks she’s done, are mandated by her wife and fellow leadership expert, Anne Morriss. Frances credits much of her success to Anne’s attention to detail and dogged persistence - not just as a co-writer, but as an in-house mentor. 
    Frances and Anne share the most valuable career advice they’ve ever received, including the advice they’ve received from one another.  
    Connect with Frances and Anne on LinkedIn
    You can find the full interview here: Trust, leadership and taking a break from technology with Frances Frei and Anne Morriss
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    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.

    Connect with me on the socials:
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Instagram 
     
    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au

    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 9 min
    Sarah Wilson wants you to make the beast beautiful - how to turn anxiety into a superpower

    Sarah Wilson wants you to make the beast beautiful - how to turn anxiety into a superpower

    Sarah Wilson’s work gives new meaning to the word ‘holistic’. She’s widely known for founding the I Quit Sugar movement, but is also an author, podcaster, keynote speaker, philanthropist and climate change advisor. And somehow - every job’s connected. 
    One of the threads linking everything Sarah does is anxiety. Whether it’s nixing sugar from her diet to promote better mental health, or advocating for more walking, Sarah’s constantly exploring methods for living (and thriving) with anxiety. 
    She shares how the right philosophy turns anxiety into a superpower, and her go-to, day-to-day hacks and habits for managing her mental health. Sarah also explains why making the new way ‘more charming’ is the key to affecting real change.
    Connect with Sarah on Twitter or LinkedIn 
    ***
    My new book Time Wise is out now. You can grab a copy here.
     
    Connect with me on the socials:
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Instagram 
     
    If you’re looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a fortnightly newsletter that contains three cool things I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co
    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at amantha@inventium.com.au
     
    CREDITS
    Produced by Inventium
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
542 Ratings

542 Ratings

Verbs34 ,

The best start to my day!

I’m so glad I found this podcast! Lots of helpful tips here, and Amantha’s vibe just makes me feel really positive and motivated. This pod has been a nice addition to my morning routine! Having previously overwhelmed myself by consuming soooo much productivity content, I personally really like the idea of including those shorter episodes that discuss one tip/ takeaway from a recent interview. Ingenious!

North Taswegia ,

Good podcast… for neurotypical people

Some interesting content, but it is solely geared towards neurotypical people. It’d be great to see the host stretch herself to understand neurodiversity and demonstrate inclusivity in her approach.

@ZhenOZ ,

One of my life long learning tools

Love this podcast. It is my go to place. The content is relevant not only to people who work, but also to many young people who ponder about how to be successful in their future work and in life. I also like Dr Imber’s approach to questions: honest, deep, curious! Deep work! Thank you for your excellent, insightful work!

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