Joel Zaslofsky – your community-animating, convention-challenging show host – taps into all his powerful (and often quirky) strategies in a diverse mix of conversations and solo episodes. For example, you'll get chats with TED Talk hotshots like Andy Puddicombe on meditation, experts like Tsh Oxenreider on gratitude, humble influencers like Joshua Becker on minimalism, or Paleo superstars like Mark Sisson on Primal-living. The show has 100,000s of downloads because listeners love to deeply explore the slower side of life, simplicity through mindfulness, and intentional living … among other things. Do you need help with your "stuff," personal relationships, or your relationship with money? Do you enjoy nerdy riffs about spreadsheets or casual references to 1990s music? Subscribe to Smart and Simple Matters now and download this popular, groovy show.
Facilitation in Small Groups: How to Have More Influence and Action with Less Stress and Conflict – SASM 130
This special solo episode features how to kick start any conversation, keep it humming, and leave people buzzing. Plus, how to have influence without the need for power or control and the key qualities of great facilitators.
How to Be Human and Our 9 Core Needs with Ry Edwards – SASM 129
This episode features Ry Edwards to explore the nine core human needs that govern everything in life, simple questions that will help you understand why you do what you do, and why love is helping others meet their core human needs.
My 12 Favorite Podcast Episodes Ever – SASM 128
This special solo episode features what wins the water wars: distilled, reverse osmosis, tap, or spring water. Plus why your light environment is more important than food, exercise, and sleep. AND how grief is culturally learned and when empathy isn’t
How to Ask Better Community Questions: It’s as Easy as ABCD with Cormac Russell – SASM 127
This episode features Cormac Russell to explore why our unexpressed gifts can do tremendous harm, how an institutionalized five-year-old changed his life direction, and why community makes a better verb than a noun.
Dear Isolated, Detached, and Helpless Individual – SASM 126
This special solo episode features what the loneliness industry is rubbing your nose in (often successfully), some eye-opening stats about how much our isolation costs us, and what the President of the Rugged Individualists Society needs you to know.
How the Modern Simplicity Movement Thrives with Dan Hayes – SASM 125
This episode features Dan Hayes on how to be a strong believer without an organized belief system, why a walk can be better for your head than your body, how the origins of our modern simplicity movement started with the Industrial Revolution,
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Joel sounds like one of those people who is relentlessly positive- and that is why I truly enjoy this podcast. Sometimes it is easy to get into a downward spiral of thinking about your life and others in only one way, but Joel’s enthusiastic and intentional delivery always cheers me up and gets me thinking about things in new and different ways.
Thank you Joel for sharing your thoughts and conversations. I have come away from your podcasts on many occasions with new ways of looking at myself and the world around me, and I definitely feel better for it.
Helping With the Basics
As someone who's just started working on making his life more about his own talents, I'm glad to listen to this podcast that focuses on the basics of living. Joel is a very enthusiastic host who gets the most out of his guests, both in terms of information and personality, and no matter whom he speaks with, I always get plenty of advice and encouragement. Smart and Simple Matters is more about people than businesses, and I'm glad to be a subscriber to it!
Spreadsheet Dude with plenty to give
Joel's engaging and dry wit make this podcast an enjoyable listen. He's into simplifying and sharing his tips to get you thinking about ways to improve your life. His guests are varied, but I like it best when its "just Joel." His passion and knowledge of the subject matter makes you want to delve deeper down all the rabbit holes his show notes provide.