186 episodes

Stories to inspire creative work. Unlike other shows about creativity, we're on a journey to understand one concept: resonance. What does it take to create work so resonant, people take action? Travel the business world as we explore. I'm your host, Jay Acunzo. I'm an author, speaker, and showrunner formerly of Google, HubSpot, and ESPN. Today, I'm on a mission to help people make what matters most to their careers, companies, and communities. Thanks for listening!

Unthinkable with Jay Acunzo Jay Acunzo

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 144 Ratings

Stories to inspire creative work. Unlike other shows about creativity, we're on a journey to understand one concept: resonance. What does it take to create work so resonant, people take action? Travel the business world as we explore. I'm your host, Jay Acunzo. I'm an author, speaker, and showrunner formerly of Google, HubSpot, and ESPN. Today, I'm on a mission to help people make what matters most to their careers, companies, and communities. Thanks for listening!

    Working Bravely

    Working Bravely

    What if neither working harder or working smarter is the solution? If you're wondering what's even left to try, that's what we learn today.

    • 50 min
    Special Episode: Jay on 2 Pages with MBS

    Special Episode: Jay on 2 Pages with MBS

    2 Pages with MBS is a refreshing twist on the typical interview show about success in work in life. Recently, host Michael Bungay Stanier asked a certain someone to appear.

    • 49 min
    10 Questions to Ask Creative People | One-Shot #16

    10 Questions to Ask Creative People | One-Shot #16

    In a new short-form, monologue One-Shot, a list of questions to ask when looking to learn from, hire, or collaborate with others.

    • 23 min
    MINI-Series: Sound Design with James T. Green

    MINI-Series: Sound Design with James T. Green

    The finale of our MINI-Series, exploring the tiny pockets of creative work that create big emotional responses, with sound designer and artist James T. Green.

    • 56 min
    MINI-Series: Jokes with Matt Buechele (The Tonight Show, Netflix)

    MINI-Series: Jokes with Matt Buechele (The Tonight Show, Netflix)

    Part 3 of our MINI-Series, with comedy writer Matt Buechele (The Tonight Show, Netflix).

    • 39 min
    MINI-Series: Illustration with Haley Weaver (Haley Drew This)

    MINI-Series: Illustration with Haley Weaver (Haley Drew This)

    In our second MINI-Series story, we continue investigating the little pockets of work that resonate deeply. This episode, webcomics and how tiny squares on Instagram and make us feel seen, validated, and not alone.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Ryan_R.T. ,

Really powerful stuff.

I don't normally write podcast reviews on iTunes since I switched to Android but I resurrected my Apple ID for this review because I feel so strongly about this show. As a designer in a business world, I've always been weary of using the word "art" when it comes to business, but as Jay describes in his episode "The Thing About Art", making art (AKA good content) is exactly what businesses should be trying to do to differentiate themselves.

Not just become another commodified expert, but make work that resonates with real people, asking questions with uncertainty and creating true impact by not saying "trust us, this is how you should do things" but instead "why do we do things this way? I don't know, but let's figure this out together." It builds trust rather than forcing it.

Every episode I've listened to has left me feeling inspired and eager to learn more and think differently about the challenges I'm facing. Seriously, if you're creating content or building a brand and you're NOT subscribed, you're totally missing out!

J. Barshop ,

I love discovering new ideas here

Unthinkable is easily one of the most genuine and value-packed podcast for creators and entrepreneurs of any stage. This show needs to be part of your weekly content diet. I appreciate the variety of episodes, the super practical takeaways, and the sincere humility of Jay to give all this amazing knowledge to the listeners for free. Thanks for all you do and keep up the incredible work! 🙌

Fit Dad Fitness ,

This show challenges me

Jay is among the very best at taking an idea and simultaneously paring it down to its most powerful elements while expanding it into a driving force that inspires creativity and thoughtfulness. Said another way, this show is fantastic, the content is like kindling on an idea flame, and Jay is one wicked smart dude.

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