11 episodes

Lauren and Kerry were curious: how do experts become experts? Each episode of this podcast features an expert in a unique field -- Beekeeper! Magician! Tea Sommelier! -- discussing the highs and lows of their learning journey to mastery.

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    • Education

Lauren and Kerry were curious: how do experts become experts? Each episode of this podcast features an expert in a unique field -- Beekeeper! Magician! Tea Sommelier! -- discussing the highs and lows of their learning journey to mastery.

    How'd You Learn to Meditate? with Nova Nicole

    How'd You Learn to Meditate? with Nova Nicole

    Unlike other skills we’ve talked about, people tend to seek out meditation when things aren’t going well. 

    Nova Nicole was no different. The high-pressure world of hip hop had led her to therapy, which led her to formal meditation…which she thought would require her to change everything about herself. Join us to learn how meditation integrated with her life, how to embrace a beginner’s mindset, and the secret to overcoming your “mind monkey”.

    • 26 min
    How'd You Learn to Perform Magic? with Ademola Adelakun

    How'd You Learn to Perform Magic? with Ademola Adelakun

    Have you ever made a mistake in front of a crowd? Do you think about it all the time?

    Ademola learned magic because he wanted an easy way to build connections with other people. And while he certainly got that, he also learned the value of improvisation, the necessity of persistence, and that we remember our mistakes much longer than others do. If you’ve got a mistake that’s been burning up your memory for months, or even years, that memory is keeping you from learning; this episode is a must-listen for you.

    • 20 min
    How'd You Learn To Design Experiences? with Jordan Mandel

    How'd You Learn To Design Experiences? with Jordan Mandel

    What do DJing, onboarding new employees, and corporate offsites have in common? They're experiences...and they require deep thought and skill to create.



    Jordan Mandel has done all these things, and he's begun to define what Experience Design is. Come learn how he's pulled from other disciplines like user experience and event planning (and also psycho-magic...don't worry, he explains it) to create and deploy this unique discipline.

    • 22 min
    How'd You Learn To Breakdance? with Brandon Grant

    How'd You Learn To Breakdance? with Brandon Grant

    What happens when you're the best breaker in your friend group...and then realize you're basic by any other standard? Brandon Grant takes us inside his journey of pushing through failure and earning confidence as a breakdancer, only to crash hard into the next level and start failing (and earning!) all over again. In between he finds community, willpower, and lessons about how to learn that translate into every other part of his life.

    • 22 min
    How'd You Learn To Cosplay? with Jill Danaitis

    How'd You Learn To Cosplay? with Jill Danaitis

    Finn from Adventure Time, Jubilee of the X-Men, and Skeletor walk into a bar…and they’re all Jill Danaitis!



    Jill was cosplaying before she knew what cosplaying was. From making a niche Pokemon costume as a child to investing in a flocking machine (gotta get that facial fur just right!), hear about her journey to realize her vision, find her community, and maintain her joy in the face of roadblocks.

    • 23 min
    How'd You Learn To Storytell? with Jonathan Barrie

    How'd You Learn To Storytell? with Jonathan Barrie

    What happens when a theater kid leaves the stage after high school? That passion goes dormant…until the chance to take a public speaking course at Second City pops up.



    Jonathan Barrie's passion for the stage in adolescence has translated to a passion for communicating with his audience with deeply personal stories. Hear all about how he’s learned to intentionally craft stories for maximum influence and impact.

    • 17 min

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