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Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, A Productive Conversation is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

A Productive Conversation Mike Vardy

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    • 4.2 • 97 Ratings

Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, A Productive Conversation is a podcast that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.

    Cameron Herold talks about Unleashing the Power of your COO

    Cameron Herold talks about Unleashing the Power of your COO

    In this episode of A Productive Conversation, I sit down with Canadian business growth guru Cameron Herold to discuss the concept of the "second in command."
    Cameron is the mastermind behind hundreds of companies' exponential growth and has earned his reputation as the business growth guru. He is the author of six books - including The Second in Command - an international speaker, and the founder of the COO Alliance, the World's Leading Network for Seconds in Command.
    He's the host of the "Second in Command: The Chief Behind the Chief" podcast where he interviews COO's and other "second in command" to share their insights. During this conversation, Cameron and I delve into the importance of having a strong second in command and how it relates to the growth of a company, and I also talk about my own journey toward finding my second in command.
    I hope you find this episode as valuable as I did.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Cameron: Website | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn


    Buy Cameron's book - The Second in Command: Unleash the Power of Your COO


    Listen to Second in Command: The Chief Behind the Chief podcast


    Related Conversation: Cameron Herold talks about being The Second in Command


    Related Blog Post: 9 Traits of a Successful Manager that Increases Productivity



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
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    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 39 min
    Alan Henry talks about new work rules for the marginalized

    Alan Henry talks about new work rules for the marginalized

    Alan Henry is a service journalist and editor who writes and commissions stories that help readers make better use of their technology and embrace a healthier relationship with it in their lives. Previously, the Smarter Living editor at The New York Times, the editor-in-chief of the productivity and lifestyle blog Lifehacker, the author of SEEN, HEARD, AND PAID, and is currently senior editor at Wired.
    In this episode, we chat about how the book came to be, healthy boundaries in the workplace, the new work rules for the marginalized, and so much more!
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Alan: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter 

    Buy Alan's book: SEEN, HEARD, AND PAID


    Related Conversation: Perrine Farque talks about Inclusion


    Related Blog Post: Getting Things Done in Tough Places



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
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    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 40 min
    Chris Bailey talks about How to Calm Your Mind

    Chris Bailey talks about How to Calm Your Mind

    I am joined yet again by productivity expert and international bestselling author - Chris Bailey.
    Chris has been on the show a handful of times and this one is a rather candid and comfortable conversation where we dive into his latest book, How to Calm your Mind.
    This episode was originally released as a live stream for Premium members of TimeCrafting Trust. Want to take partake in future live streams and much more? Sign up here!
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Chris : Website | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn


    Buy Chris's book How to Calm Your Mind


    Listen to The Time & Attention Podcast


    Related Conversation: Chris Bailey talks about Hyperfocus


    Related Blog Post: 3 Things You Can Do To Find Happiness Every Day



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
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    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 46 min
    Marie Poulin talks about Notion

    Marie Poulin talks about Notion

    Marie Poulin is the creator of Notion Mastery and co-founder of Oki Doki. Diagnosed with ADHD, she believes that Notion is especially powerful for neurodivergent folks who have long struggled to adhere to traditional or rigid project management processes, and may need a little extra customization and flexibility. Because of this, she is passionate about helping others customize their workflows and workspaces to meet their unique needs and preferences. 
    In this episode, Marie suggests how to use Notion to its best potential. We discuss the idea of journaling, the importance of systems, tracking your habits, and so much more. I can't believe it took me this long to get Marie to be on the show and it was a delightful conversation with a fellow Canadian!
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Marie: Website | Twitter 

    Visit the Notion Mastery website


    Listen to Why You Need Atomic Habits with James Clear


    Related Conversation: Tiago Forte talks about Building a Second Brain


    Related Blog Post: Taking Journaling to Another Level



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
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    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 55 min
    FROM THE VAULT: Body Talk with James Hamblin

    FROM THE VAULT: Body Talk with James Hamblin

    What if our bodies could talk? What if they could tell us that what we're doing to them and for them is either good or bad?
    On this vault episode, Dr. James Hamblin, Senior Editor at The Atlantic and the host of "If Our Bodies Could Talk" joins me on the show to talk about the things we can do to help ourselves and our bodies be more effective and efficient and the things we sometimes do that make them function at less than optimum levels.
    He's a funny guy. He's insightful. He's smart. We have a little bit in common. I'm no doctor. But I'm glad I got to speak to one here on this vault episode of A Productive Conversation with Mike Vardy.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with James: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn


    Check out The Atlantic: If Our Bodies Could Talk


    Learn more about James Hamblin's work here



    Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die? - The Atlantic


    Single-Tasking Is the New Multitasking - The Atlantic


    Email Is Ruining Us: A Brilliant Solution - The Atlantic

    Related Conversation: The Free-Time Formula with Jeff Sanders


    Related Blog Post: Good Health and Productivity Go Together



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
    Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
    You can also click on this link to paste the podcast feed into your podcast app of choice.
    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 24 min
    Michelle Segar talks about habits and The Joy Choice

    Michelle Segar talks about habits and The Joy Choice

    Michelle Segar is the author of No Sweat, she is a lifestyle coach and an award-winning NIH-funded sustainable behavior change researcher at the University of Michigan. She's got nearly three decades under her belt, and she's pioneered methods to create sustainable, healthy behavior changes, those changes are being used to boost patient health, employee well-being and gym member retention.
    In this episode, we talk about behaviour change and habits, we talk about the concept of P.O.P., and of course, her latest book, The Joy Choice. I really think that this is a book worth your time and attention - and so is this episode!
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Michelle: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn


    What Are Your Hidden Eating and Exercise TRAPs? Take the Quiz here!


    Buy Michelle's book: The Joy Choice


    Buy Michelle's book: No Sweat


    Related Conversation: The Four Tendencies with Gretchen Rubin


    Related Blog Post: A Productive Life: Integrating Habits



    Thanks to all of the sponsors of this episode. You can find all of the sponsors you heard me mention on this episode on our Podcast Sponsors page.
    Want to support the podcast? Beyond checking out our sponsors, you can subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Click on any of the links below to make that happen.
    Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher
    You can also click on this link to paste the podcast feed into your podcast app of choice.
    Thanks again for listening to A Productive Conversation. See you later.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Arlie K ,

Amazing conversations!

A Productive Conversation has become one of my faves - the discussions here are consistently empowering, engaging, and insightful! It’s obvious that Mike puts extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world. Definitely not one to miss!

Lillyvblue ,

Wish the host would let the guests speak more

I really want to like this podcast. The productivity nuggets and gems are there, and I appreciate that. The host brings on amazing guests on the show. HOWEVER, instead of making the most of the special guests he interviews, the host spends a lot of airtime elevating his own thoughts and his own opinions. In interviewing guests, the host often talks way too much, finds ways to point everything back to himself, and oftentimes cuts off the very people he interviews while they are trying to answer his questions.

I understand that it is his show and he should be able to talk about whatever he wants. But why bring on the guests then if he would rather hijack the time to point things back to himself? I feel like I have to literally ENDURE the host in order *try* to hear what nuggets of wisdom the guest he brings on is trying to share.

This podcast could be so much better. It has lots of potential if the host would just stop trying to take center stage during his interviews. Sure, if he has lots of opinions then don’t bring on a guest and just do a solo conversation…that would be fine. But if you bring on a guest, let’s give them the stage so they can truly explain and share without constantly being interrupted.

Plus, do all the interview questions have to be so nuanced, complicated, and slanted? How about just ask them straight up cut-to-the chase questions?

Marina 'The Trader Chick' ,

So helpful for my business

I love listening to the tips, tricks, and tools from this podcast. Aside from learning a lot from other businesses, I get to apply many to my own, plus it keeps me entertained.

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