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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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    • 4.3 • 93 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.

    Jeffrey Shaw talks about The Self-Employed Life

    Jeffrey Shaw talks about The Self-Employed Life

    Small business expert and former photographer Jeffrey Shaw unpacks how live the best self-employed life.
    This episode is sponsored by Canva Pro. It’s the easy-to-use design platform that has everything you need to design like a pro. It has all you need in one place, including a collection of over 75 million premium photos, videos, audio and graphics. As a Canva Pro subscriber, I love so many of their features including the brand kit, which makes it really easy to collaborate with my team. Claim your FREE 45 day extended trial by signing up via https://www.canva.com/affiliates/TIMECRAFTING/?_branch_match_id=764460006028471630 (Canva.me/timecrafting).

    This episode is sponsored by Sit Down, Startup, a new weekly podcast from Zendesk. Getting your business off the ground is hard. Find out why customer experience is at the heart of success. The startup’s team chats with Zendesk leaders, founders, and CEOs in a coffee-shop style conversation about starting up when the world is upside down. Catch weekly fresh new episodes on Apple, Google, and Spotify. Head over to Sit Down, Startup https://www.zendesk.co.uk/campaign/sitdownstartup/ (here).

    Jeffrey Shaw became one of the most preeminent portrait photographers in the United States. He decided to share his knowledge of business, branding, and marketing to support self-employed and small business owners as well as progressive-minded companies. I had a great time learning more about his strategies that have helped small businesses scale their big dreams.


    We unpack the insights from his latest book The Self-Employed Life: Business and Personal Development Strategies. We also explore personal development, redefining what we mean by ‘niche’, owning your area of expertise, and lessons from sea kayaking.


    Talking Points
    What’s needed to be successfully self-employed (02:40)
    The ecosystem analogy (07:31)
    The business model of multiples (12:26)
    Daily habits for small business owners (22:30)
    ‘The What’s Going Right’ journal (27:15)
    Being clear with your meaning and marketability (32:00)


    Quote
    "Set up your business for the capacity that is to come, not for it currently is."

    Helpful Links
    https://www.jeffreyshaw.com/podcast (The Self-Employed Life Podcast)
    https://www.themembershipguys.com/ (The Membership Guys)
    https://www.jeffreyshaw.com/self-employed-ecosystem-coaching (Self-Employed Ecosystem Coaching)
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0999518704/ (‘LINGO’ by Jeffrey Shaw)
    https://productivityist.com/captivate-podcast/why-you-need-atomic-habits-with-james-clear/ (Episode 227: Why You Need Atomic Habits with James Clear)
    https://www.baronfig.com/tools/confidant/guided?edition=clear+habit+journalandjournal=flagshipandrecurring=One+time+purchase (Clear Habit Journal)
    http://selfemployedassessment.com/ (SelfEmployedAssessment.com)
    https://www.jeffreyshaw.com/the-self-employed-life (TheSelfEmployedLife.me )


    Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.)
    Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound))


    If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking https://productivityist.captivate.fm/listen (here).

    • 37 min
    Erin Meyer talks about No Rules Rules

    Erin Meyer talks about No Rules Rules

    From virtually no spending controls to ‘just take some’ vacation, Netflix’s innovation has stemmed from a simple set of rules. Erin Meyer uncovers how you can foster a culture of freedom and innovation.
    The episode is sponsored by Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service. Shopping for new clothes can be needlessly stressful so why not let Stitch Fix make it easy by doing the work for you so you can spend time doing the things you love instead. Stitch Fix offers clothing hand-selected by expert stylists for your unique size, style, and budget. Every piece is chosen for your fit and your life and it's the easy solution to finding what makes you look and feel your best. Get started today at https://www.stitchfix.com/men?utm_source=timecraftingandutm_content=Podcastandutm_medium=Podcastandutm_campaign=podcast%7Ctruenativemedia%7Cmens%7Cm%7Cfix%7Cpros%7Cweb%7Cus%7C (StitchFix.com/timecrafting) and you’ll get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix!

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers you access to your own licensed professional therapist – all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can arrange weekly video chats or phone calls, text with your carefully curated counsellor, and do so at an affordable price. And anything you share is confidential. I’ve been using BetterHelp for a while and I am highly impressed. It’s been a huge help for me and I know it can be the same for you. Start living a happier life today with BetterHelp. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting https://betterhelp.com/timecrafting (betterhelp.com/timecrafting). Give BetterHelp a try today.

    This episode is sponsored by Sit Down, Startup, a new weekly podcast from Zendesk. Getting your business off the ground is hard. Find out why customer experience is at the heart of success. The startup’s team chats with Zendesk leaders, founders, and CEOs in a coffee-shop style conversation about starting up when the world is upside down. Catch weekly fresh new episodes on Apple, Google, and Spotify. Head over to Sit Down, Startup https://www.zendesk.co.uk/campaign/sitdownstartup/ (here).

    This episode is sponsored by LinkedIn Jobs. When your business is ready to make that next hire, LinkedIn Jobs can help by matching your role with qualified candidates so that you can find the right person quickly. You can pay what you want and get the first $50 off. Just visit https://linkedin.com/timecrafting (linkedin.com/timecrafting) to get fifty dollars off your first job post. Terms and conditions apply.

    Erin Meyer is an author and professor at INSEAD Business School, based in Paris. She is most known for writing the book, The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business. Her work focuses on how the world's most successful leaders navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a multicultural environment.


    Erin joins the show to share how we can all lead with a culture of innovation. In this conversation, I go through her latest book that she co-authored with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. Tune in to learn more about what frameworks foster freedom, how a workplace can operate with no policies, and what you can learn from the ‘Keeper Test’.


    Talking Points
    The kind of ‘no rules ethos’ Netflix follows (05:39)
    The impact of freedom and how it fosters high density talent (09:14)
    Having thick skin (12:26)
    Building a culture of candor and feedback (21:35)
    The ‘take some’ vacation policy (24:37)
    How to build a culture similar to Netflix (33:28)


    Quote
    "Feedback is rarely comfortable but it helps us in incredible ways."

    Helpful Links
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Rules-Netflix-Culture-Reinvention/dp/1984877860 (‘No Rules Rules’ by Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings)
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Culture-Map-Decoding-Peo

    • 37 min
    Mike Kim Talks About You Are the Brand

    Mike Kim Talks About You Are the Brand

    Mike Kim joins the show as I rebrand the podcast into ‘A Productive Conversation with Mike Vardy’. Find out how and why your brand evolves over time.
    This episode is sponsored by TextExpander. With TextExpander, you can unlock your productivity with its many features. With TextExpander you can make everything you write repetitively available everywhere you type: text documents, spreadsheets, web forms, and more. Unlock your productivity with TextExpander. Visit https://textexpander.com/lp/podcast?utm_source=productivityist-podcastandutm_medium=podcastandutm_campaign=textexpander-Mar-2021 (TextExpander.com/podcast) for 20% off your first year.The episode is sponsored by Streak. It’s a CRM designed to help you stay on top of each part of your email process, without ever leaving Gmail. Streak gives you the tools for tracking, mail merges and snippets, to save you time and scale up your email efficiency. What’s more, you can set up pipelines right inside your inbox to start tracking your email process – in just a few minutes. Go to https://www.streak.com/podcast?utm_medium=podcastandutm_source=v_toneandutm_campaign=timecrafting (streak.com/timecrafting) to get 20% off your first year with the Pro plan, their most popular option. This episode is sponsored by Nord VPN. It’s the easy-to-use Virtual Private Network service that has over 5,300 servers in 59 countries. It means no more bandwidth throttling. NordVPN encrypts all your traffic, so your internet service provider can’t slow down your streaming speed. And if you come across a platform that isn’t available in your country, simply change your virtual location. Go to https://nordvpn.com/creator/?coupon=timecraftingandutm_medium=affiliateandutm_termandutm_contentandutm_campaign=off614andutm_source=aff57609 (NordVPN.com/timecrafting) or use the code timecrafting to get a 2-year plan plus a bonus gift with a huge discount! There's a 30 Day Money back guarantee if it's not for you.

    This episode is sponsored by Sit Down, Startup, a new weekly podcast from Zendesk. Getting your business off the ground is hard. Find out why customer experience is at the heart of success. The startup’s team chats with Zendesk leaders, founders, and CEOs in a coffee-shop style conversation about starting up when the world is upside down. Catch weekly fresh new episodes on Apple, Google, and Spotify. Head over to Sit Down, Startup https://www.zendesk.co.uk/campaign/sitdownstartup/ (here).

    I’m super excited to announce the rebrand of the Productivityist Podcast as ‘A Productive Conversation With Mike Vardy’, and in the spirit of this change I bring on brand and marketing strategist Mike Kim. Mike specializes in personal branding, product launch strategies, and copywriting. In his latest book, You Are The Brand, Mike shares his proven 8-step blueprint that has helped build the brands for some of today’s most influential thought leaders — as well as his own personal brand.


    I set out to find out from Mike how to best approach changing your brand. We discuss finding ways to express yourself, logging your progress, his successful (and failed) business pivots, and campfire moments. Enjoy my productive conversation with Mike Kim!


    Talking Points
    Losing control vs influence of your brand (04:14)
    Why you should not rebrand at all once (06:14)
    The PB3 framework to get business clarity (13:16)
    Being a how-to-preneur vs idea-preneur (21:19)
    How to build meaningful relationships through your marketing (33:00)


    Quote
    "Attention is not owed, it’s earned."

    Helpful Links
    https://youarethebrandbook.com/ (YouAreTheBrandBook.com)
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-effective-clutter/dp/0091955106 (‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo)
    https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-five-minute-journal (The Five Minute Journal)
    https://mikekim.com/bra

    • 45 min
    The Athlete’s Mindset with Dre Baldwin

    The Athlete’s Mindset with Dre Baldwin

    Former professional basketball player Dre Baldwin shares how you can build repeatable success through systems he learnt from his athletic career.
    This episode is sponsored by Sit Down, Startup, a new weekly podcast from Zendesk. Getting your business off the ground is hard. Find out why customer experience is at the heart of success. The startup’s team chats with Zendesk leaders, founders, and CEOs in a coffee-shop style conversation about starting up when the world is upside down. Catch weekly fresh new episodes on Apple, Google, and Spotify. Head over to Sit Down, Startup https://www.zendesk.co.uk/campaign/sitdownstartup/ (here).This episode is sponsored by Setapp, a large collection of 200+ powerful Mac apps, for almost any task, available by subscription. It’s the best way to discover new, quality apps so you can get all the tools you need to be productive. Plans start from $9.99 per month. With this flat monthly fee you get access to full-featured pro versions of apps, including Ulysses, MindNode and CleanMyMacX. Head over to https://setapp.com/?utm_source=sponsorshipandutm_medium=podcastandutm_campaign=productivityist (Setapp.com) for a one week free trial today.

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers you access to your own licensed professional therapist – all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can arrange weekly video chats or phone calls, text with your carefully curated counsellor, and do so at an affordable price. And anything you share is confidential. I’ve been using BetterHelp for a while and I am highly impressed. It’s been a huge help for me and I know it can be the same for you. Start living a happier life today with BetterHelp. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting https://betterhelp.com/timecrafting (betterhelp.com/timecrafting). Give BetterHelp a try today.

    This episode is sponsored by Nord VPN. It’s the easy-to-use Virtual Private Network service that has over 5,300 servers in 59 countries. It means no more bandwidth throttling. NordVPN encrypts all your traffic, so your internet service provider can’t slow down your streaming speed. And if you come across a platform that isn’t available in your country, simply change your virtual location. Go to https://nordvpn.com/creator/?coupon=timecraftingandutm_medium=affiliateandutm_termandutm_contentandutm_campaign=off614andutm_source=aff57609 (NordVPN.com/timecrafting) or use the code timecrafting to get a 2-year plan plus a bonus gift with a huge discount! There's a 30 Day Money back guarantee if it's not for you.

    After having played basketball professionally for nine years in eight different countries, Dre Baldwin is now a full-time entrepreneur, author of 27 books, and has done four TEDxTalks on topics ranging from mental toughness to discipline. I catch up with Dre to learn more about his work ethic and his latest book The Mirror of Motivation: the Self-Guide to Self-Discipline.


    In this interview we explore Dre’s mental tools, why he chronicles his journey, documenting your systems, what non-athletes can learn from professional basketball – and what I have in common with Dre’s dad.


    Talking Points
    The athlete’s mindset for non-athletes (02:41)
    Journaling and chronicling your journey (04:21)
    Systemizing success (07:32)
    Establishing your foundations to be working from (12:36)
    Building mental toughness and resilience (23:15)
    The power of documentation (30:10)


    Quote
    "Who do I need to be?"

    Helpful Links
    https://www.mirrorofmotivation.com/ (MirrorOfMotivation.com)


    Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.)
    Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound))


    If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating an

    • 33 min
    Hypnosis and Being Productively Present with Erika Flint

    Hypnosis and Being Productively Present with Erika Flint

    Hypnosis is a powerful way to reprogram how we think and feel. Erika Flint uncovers how being in the present moment boosts productivity.
    This episode is sponsored by Canva Pro. It’s the easy-to-use design platform that has everything you need to design like a pro. It has all you need in one place, including a collection of over 75 million premium photos, videos, audio and graphics. As a Canva Pro subscriber, I love so many of their features including the brand kit, which makes it really easy to collaborate with my team. Claim your FREE 45 day extended trial by signing up via https://www.canva.com/affiliates/TIMECRAFTING/?_branch_match_id=764460006028471630 (Canva.me/timecrafting).The episode is sponsored by Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service. Shopping for new clothes can be needlessly stressful so why not let Stitch Fix make it easy by doing the work for you so you can spend time doing the things you love instead. Stitch Fix offers clothing hand-selected by expert stylists for your unique size, style, and budget. Every piece is chosen for your fit and your life and it's the easy solution to finding what makes you look and feel your best. Get started today at https://www.stitchfix.com/men?utm_source=timecraftingandutm_content=Podcastandutm_medium=Podcastandutm_campaign=podcast%7Ctruenativemedia%7Cmens%7Cm%7Cfix%7Cpros%7Cweb%7Cus%7C (StitchFix.com/timecrafting) and you’ll get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix!This episode is sponsored by Nord VPN. It’s the easy-to-use Virtual Private Network service that has over 5,300 servers in 59 countries. It means no more bandwidth throttling. NordVPN encrypts all your traffic, so your internet service provider can’t slow down your streaming speed. And if you come across a platform that isn’t available in your country, simply change your virtual location. Go to https://nordvpn.com/creator/?coupon=timecraftingandutm_medium=affiliateandutm_termandutm_contentandutm_campaign=off614andutm_source=aff57609 (NordVPN.com/timecrafting) or use the code timecrafting to get a 2-year plan plus a bonus gift with a huge discount! There's a 30 Day Money back guarantee if it's not for you.

    Erika Flint is an award-winning hypnotist, best-selling author, speaker, and a co-host of the popular podcast series Hypnosis, Etc. She is the founder of Cascade Hypnosis Center in Bellingham, WA, and the creator of the Reprogram Your Weight system. I can’t wait to speak with Erika to learn more about how hypnosis can help you with your productivity.


    Join our conversation as we discuss micro meditations, being in a flow state, her new book ‘Academy of Eternity: Unlock the Full Potential of Your Heart-Mind, Now and Forever’, and learning from a kid’s perspective.


    Talking Points
    The common misconceptions with hypnosis (05:21)
    Being productive by managing your inner state (08:21)
    The ‘Heaven State’ (14:02)
    The power of incremental success (22:36)
    The difference between hypnosis and meditation (24:32)
    Where to start with hypnosis (26:36)
    On neuro-linguistic programming (29:01)


    Quote
    "Our internal state is our internal operating system."

    Helpful Links
    https://productivityist.com/podcast351/ (Episode 351: Eating Frogs with Brian Tracy)
    https://productivityist.com/podcast203/ (Episode 203: The Evolution of Getting Things Done with David Allen)
    https://productivityist.com/podcast332/ (Episode 332: Getting Productive With Astrology with Jill Blumenstock)
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Quest-Questlove/dp/0062670557 (‘Creative Quest’ by Questlove)
    https://choosemuse.com/ (Muse)
    https://productivityist.com/podcast356/ (Episode 356: Get Out of Your Head with Ian Reed Kesler)
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prophet-Kahlil-Gibran/dp/9562910318 (‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran)
    https://academyofeternity.com/ (‘Academy of Eternity’ by Erika Flint)
    https://cascadehypnosistrainin

    • 39 min
    Create Your Clean Home Nirvana with Becky Rapinchuk

    Create Your Clean Home Nirvana with Becky Rapinchuk

    Approach your home with some mindfulness and find out how some simple cleaning routines can go a long way with cleaning expert Becky Rapinchuk.
    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp offers you access to your own licensed professional therapist – all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can arrange weekly video chats or phone calls, text with your carefully curated counsellor, and do so at an affordable price. And anything you share is confidential. I’ve been using BetterHelp for a while and I am highly impressed. It’s been a huge help for me and I know it can be the same for you. Start living a happier life today with BetterHelp. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting https://betterhelp.com/timecrafting (betterhelp.com/timecrafting). Give BetterHelp a try today.

    This episode is sponsored by Setapp, a large collection of 200+ powerful Mac apps, for almost any task, available by subscription. It’s the best way to discover new, quality apps so you can get all the tools you need to be productive. Plans start from $9.99 per month. With this flat monthly fee you get access to full-featured pro versions of apps, including Ulysses, MindNode and CleanMyMacX. Head over to https://setapp.com/?utm_source=sponsorshipandutm_medium=podcastandutm_campaign=productivityist (Setapp.com) for a one week free trial today.

    From a messy kitchen to ‘junk’ drawers – ever find your home is not the nirvana that you would like it to be? Today I’m joined by Becky Rapinchuk, aka the Clean Mama, who is a cleaning expert, a wife and mom, a successful entrepreneur, and a former art teacher. I find out what it takes to create a home that’s effortlessly peaceful.


    We dive into her book Clean Mama's Guide to a Peaceful Home: Effortless Systems and Joyful Rituals for a Calm, Cozy Home, and unpack some of her key insights. We explore the power of rituals, keeping your home clean alongside a busy family, and her seven peaceful home guidelines we all need to follow.


    Talking Points
    Why creating a peaceful home needs to be effortless (02:07)
    Identify your pain point and happy tasks (04:14)
    Maintaining a peaceful home as a family (09:35)
    The Clean Home Reset Checklist (14:39)
    The Seven Peaceful Home Guidelines (33:51)


    Quote
    "I’d rather do a task well than do it half-way."

    Helpful Links
    https://cleanmama.com/ (CleanMama.com)
    https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Mamas-Guide-Peaceful-Home/dp/0062996126 (‘Clean Mama’s Guide To A Peaceful Home’ by Becky Rapinchuk)


    Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast? https://www.scribd.com/g/9a8d8 (Check out Scribd, my reading app of choice.)
    Podcast Theme Song: https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eFDGyraN87 (Nothing at All by Fictions (courtesy of Epidemic Sound))


    If you enjoyed the episode, please leave a rating and/or review wherever you listened to the episode. And if you want to have easy access to the archives of the show and ensure you don't miss the new episodes to come then subscribe to the podcast in the app you're using – or you can do so on a variety of podcast platforms by clicking https://productivityist.captivate.fm/listen (here).

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

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.

Cindy Bidar ,

Some good interviews

Mike has a few interesting guests and there is almost always a useful takeaway or two in an episode. My one complaint is the crazy long ads break. Six minutes of ads? Really? That big ad block makes me turn it off midway through just about every episode.

Rebsyyyy ,

Time Waster

I just listened to the episode "Happy Days.” There was so little substance in these twenty minutes that it reminded me of those ads for people offering "get rich quick" classes but their own wealth only comes from selling get rich quick classes to suckers. It seems like the host is working on his own productivity by not spending a lot of time on making an episode, but as a result he shows no value for his listeners' time. (He hinted at as much, at one point saying in passing that you may have to let go of your own standards). For gosh sakes edit your podcast if you stumble and don't know what you're going to say or where it's going. But maybe it's by design. It was almost artful the way he said nothing of substance for the first 8 minutes, talking around things, painfully circling a point and then walking it back without really committing. Later in the episode there was a lot of jargon that came across as double-speak and I wondered if I was listening to performance art. Maybe other episodes with guests are better but this left such a negative impression on me that I won’t be back for more. I'm surprised this was one of the top results when I searched "productivity podcast" since it has less than 100 reviews.

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