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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

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 511 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.

    Want to be more persuasive, have better recall, and think more creatively? You need to laugh more!

    Want to be more persuasive, have better recall, and think more creatively? You need to laugh more!

    Working can be hard work… obviously. But that doesn’t mean it should only be hard work.
     
    Studies show we laugh and smile less as we enter our 20s - which is when most of us enter the full-time workforce. 
     
    Given how much of our lives we spend at work, we all want to make it a bit more fun. But the good news for the boss is - laughing more often at work makes us better at our jobs! So the question is: how do we become funnier? 
     
    Naomi Bagdonas teaches humour at Stanford University (yes, that’s a real job) and shares some concrete, actionable tips for being funny, and for making humour a habit. 
     
    Connect with Naomi on Twitter or Linkedin
     
    You can find the full interview here: How to bring more comedy into your next stand-up meeting, with Naomi Bagdonas
     
    Connect with me on the socials:
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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
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 7 min
    Radio legend Christian O’Connell on coping strategies that beat red wine

    Radio legend Christian O’Connell on coping strategies that beat red wine

    It’s 4:27AM. That’s right. Not 4:25, not 4:30, but exactly 4:27. When you’re a veteran breakfast radio host like Christian O’Connell, you calculate your latest possible wakeup time to the second. 
    Once he’s out the door, it’s a 20 to 30-minute commute, but it’s one he really enjoys. It’s the only time in a pretty hectic workday he has completely to himself. After that, it’s 15 minutes of solitude and total silence in the studio so Christian can focus on the one word that’s going to guide this morning’s show - it could be “gratitude”, it could be “openness”, or it could just be “funny.”
    Christian has a huge range of tools, tactics and routines in place to make the most of his work days, and they’re based on years of experience, hard work… and hard times. 
    He shares how he’s built those routines, and how he uses other tools like breath work and therapy to overcome his darkest hours.
    Connect with Christian on Twitter or Linkedin
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    Connect with me on the socials:
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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
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Episode producers: Jenna Koda and Liam Riordan
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 43 min
    All about aesthetics - Lucy Feagins gives your home office a makeover

    All about aesthetics - Lucy Feagins gives your home office a makeover

    Working from home used to sound like the dream, didn’t it? If you work from home, you’re always at home! But I think we’re all starting to realise the flip-side of the WFH movement - if you work from home, you’re also always at work. 
    And for most people, the move to working from home has been quite sudden, and you likely don’t have the space for a designated office. A lot of us are working from our dining room tables, but according to Lucy Feagins, editor of The Design Files, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the beauty of your workspace. 
    Lucy walks you through how she sets up her own space at home, and teaches you the importance of having a set-up and pack-down ritual if you’re working from a shared living space. 
    She also shares her favourite tools and trinkets to make her home office enjoyable to work in, and reflective of her personality - which is especially important in the age of Zoom!

    Follow these links to find all the things Lucy recommends in our chat:
    Muji storage
    Steelcase office chairs
    Phillips Hue
    IKEA office chairs
    Cult
    Hay lights
    In Good Company
    Noguchi lights  
     
    Connect with Lucy on Twitter or Linkedin, at her website or on Instagram
     
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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
    Production Support from Deadset Studios
    Episode producers: Jenna Koda and Liam Riordan
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 18 min
    Shape your own identity with Phantom of the Opera’s Josh Piterman

    Shape your own identity with Phantom of the Opera’s Josh Piterman

    As the Phantom of the Opera, Josh Piterman’s story is already pre-written for him. But as an actor and a person, Josh writes that narrative himself. 
    Josh shares how repeating the same esoteric ritual before every show helps him enter a flow state. For him, focusing on being present ensures that every performance feels like a brand new show. 
    He also breaks down how journaling and teaching meditation make him a more generous and grateful person, and how working with a world-famous mindset coach has changed his life. 
    Connect with Josh on Twitter or at his website
     
    Connect with me on the socials:
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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/?SUS=HIWshownotes
    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: Jenna Koda
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 38 min
    A simple phrase to motivate yourself to do things you don't want to do

    A simple phrase to motivate yourself to do things you don't want to do

    What do you have to do today? 
     
    A long, detailed report? A whole slew of meetings? Make dinner, do laundry, somehow squeeze in a workout? I feel you! Between work, family, friendships and looking after our health, there’s a lot we feel like we have to do. But therein lies the problem… 
     
    Thinking that we have to do something automatically makes it feel like a burden. Your self-talk is really powerful, but thankfully, it works both ways. 
     
    Turia Pitt, the bestselling author, two-time Ironman and survivor of a devastating near-death experience teaches you how one simple phrase can help you reframe those to-dos into “get-to-do”s. 
     
    Connect with Turia on Twitter or Linkedin
     
    You can find the full interview here: Turia Pitt’s Next Tuesday rule, hacks for dramatically improving self-talk, and how to be useful when someone is going through a rough time
     
    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
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 7 min
    BONUS: Nespresso’s Jean-Marc Dragoli teaches you to make a great brew and learn a new language

    BONUS: Nespresso’s Jean-Marc Dragoli teaches you to make a great brew and learn a new language

    Today's show is brought to you by Nespresso Professional.

    In previous episodes of How I Work, we’ve talked about the value of “micro-breaks” for maintaining energy over a long day at the office. Nespresso’s Jean-Marc Dragoli takes this to a new level, stealing away for a “coffee moment” seven to ten times a day!
     
    He teaches you how a cup of coffee can facilitate anything from quiet reflection to a sense of connection with farmers on the other side of the globe. He also gives you the low-down on caffeine content and decaf, as well as suggestions for brewing your own cup at home. 
     
    Jean-Marc is also a serial language learner, speaking at least “five and a half” languages in his estimation. He shares his secrets for learning and maintaining multiple languages, and why it’s a critical skill if you want to connect with a new culture.  
     
    Connect with Jean-Marc Dragoli on Twitter or LinkedIn
     
    Check out the Nespresso Professional range: https://www.nespresso.com/pro/au/en/

    Connect with me on the socials:
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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/?SUS=HIWshownotes
     
    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: Jenna Koda
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
511 Ratings

511 Ratings

smarathe ,

Thank you for the amazing content

I have been loving the content and your interview times especially as a fellow Aussie currently stuck in lockdown so a huge thank you!

JTWarL ,

Love the podcast so much I made time to review!

Amanda provides realistic, evidence based advice and is a lovely supportive voice coaching me through crazy days as a nonprofit Executive Director. And she nabbed Kara Swisher, score!

North Taswegia ,

Re-visit how advertising is used

Fantastic pod with interesting and well respected guests.

Please note that I don’t begrudge advertising at all; it supports the host to give us a free pod. However, the way advertising works in this pod is a barrier to enjoying the pod.

There are very large blocks of extremely repetitive ads at the start and end. This is particularly apparent with the bite sized episodes where there is minutes of advertising at the start, maybe three minutes of content, then more minutes of ads.

I wonder if the way advertising is integrated into the pod could be reviewed to reduce listener frustration. There are some days I just can’t be bothered wading through the ads and just listen to something else instead.

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