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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.

    FROM THE VAULT: What Goes Into a Task App with Amir Salihefendic

    FROM THE VAULT: What Goes Into a Task App with Amir Salihefendic

    Mike is back once again with an episode from the vault. If you're a Todoist user or you just love To-do list apps, then you're going to love this episode.
    Amir Salihefendic is the founder and CEO of Doist (the makers of Todoist). We discuss what prompted him to create Todoist, what system he uses to complete his tasks, and dive deeper into what it’s like to work on developing a task management application in today’s age.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Amir: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn


    Check out Todoist


    Systemist: A modern productivity workflow | Todoist Blog

    How to create sub-tasks? | Todoist

    Todoist Business

    Related Conversation: All Things Productive with Carl Pullein


    Related Blog Post: Why I Switched To Todoist



    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.

    • 42 min
    Prasanth Nair talks about The Stack Method

    Prasanth Nair talks about The Stack Method

    If you're into email management, this conversation is for you.
    Prasanth Nair has helped tens of thousands of people manage their inboxes through his email, meeting and time/task transformation trainings. An expert in not only productivity, but work-life balance.
    We've all struggled with email management at one point in our life, including Prasanth! In this episode, we discuss the difficulties around maintaining inbox zero and how he, with much trial and error, discovered The Stack Method. 
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Prasanth: Website | LinkedIn


    Check out Prasanth's Email Video Series here


    Related Conversation: The Evolution of Getting Things Done with David Allen


    Related Blog Post: Going Beyond Inbox Zero



    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.

    • 41 min
    FROM THE VAULT: The Daily Plan Bar with Mike Rohde

    FROM THE VAULT: The Daily Plan Bar with Mike Rohde

    For this vault episode, I'm bringing back Sketchnote creator, Mike Rohde. Mike is not just a friend. He is a sketchnoter, designer, illustrator, self-professed techy, author and speaker who is fond of simple yet impactful design solutions. A sample of such is the Daily Plan Bar which he created to make task management more manageable.
    Our discussion involves the origins of the Daily Plan Bar, how he came up with it, and the other systems he uses to manage his work tasks and his home life. He has been a huge inspiration to me in helping me bridge the gap between written and visual productivity.
    This is a really fun conversation and I am excited to bring it back to you as a refresher or maybe you'll be listening to it for the first time. Either way, I hope you enjoy!
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Mike: Website | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Flickr


    Get the The Sketchnote Handbook


    The Daily Plan Bar

    See all of Mike's Sketchnote products


    Check out Sketchnote Workshops here


    Related Conversation: The Productivityist Podcast: The Staying Power of Sketchnotes with Deborah LeFrank


    Related Blog Post: Why Paper Works



    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.

    • 31 min
    Jake Kelfer talks about The Elevated Entrepreneur

    Jake Kelfer talks about The Elevated Entrepreneur

    Jake Kelfer is a lifestyle entrepreneur, a life elevator, and a coach to ambitious entrepreneurs, and freedom seekers helping people create incredibly impactful and profitable businesses. Jake is a three-time best-selling author, a high-energy motivational speaker, and the founder of the professional basketball combine that's helped over 70+ NBA Draft prospects turn their dreams of playing pro basketball into reality. He and his work have been featured in Forbes, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and many other major media outlets.
    In this episode, Jake gives us the inside scoop on his latest book The Elevated Entrepreneur: Unlocking the Secrets of the World's Greatest Coaches, Performers, and Entrepreneurs. He talks about some of his more memorable interviews and the reasoning behind the structuring of the book. And I throw some curve ball questions to really get him thinking.
    This is a really productive conversation and I think you will get a lot out of it. I'm really happy that I can bring this conversation to you today. Enjoy!
    Links Worth Exploring

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


    Buy Jake's Book: The Elevated Entrepreneur: Unlocking the Secrets of the World's Greatest Coaches, Performers, and Entrepreneurs


    Related Conversation: Episode 359: The Common Path to Uncommon Success with John Lee Dumas


    Related Blog Post: How to Build an Achievement Structure: Getting the Front End Work Done



    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.

    • 32 min
    FROM THE VAULT: Behind the Scenes with Dexter Guff and Peter Oldring

    FROM THE VAULT: Behind the Scenes with Dexter Guff and Peter Oldring

    On this vault episode of the show, I am delighted to have two guests join me. First up is fellow Canadian, thought leader, and podcast host Dexter Guff, host of Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too) and following his appearance, I speak with his alter ego, comedic performer Peter Oldring.
    While Dexter and I discuss a lot of the usual lifehackery stuff, Peter and I dive deeper into what makes Dexter tick. We talk about how he and his colleagues Pat Kelly and Chris Kelly (no relation) came up with the idea of doing Dexter’s reaction the show has received so far, how the show is crafted every week, and where the show is headed.
    This is a different kind of episode – and a little longer than usual – but it’s a fun one.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Dexter: Twitter | Instagram


    Connect with Peter: Twitter | Wikipedia


    Listen to Dexter's Podcast: Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too)


    Hear Peter Oldring on his podcast Dexter is Smarter Than You


    The Truth About Fake News | Peter Oldring | TEDxYYC | Youtube

    This is That with Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring | CBC Radio

    Related Conversation: Episode 274: Humor That Works with Andrew Tarvin


    Related Blog Post: How To Stop The Urgent Stuff From Overwhelming You



    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Penelope Przekop talks about 5-Star career: Define and Build Yours Using the Science of Quality Management

    Penelope Przekop talks about 5-Star career: Define and Build Yours Using the Science of Quality Management

    Penelope Przekop is a corporate quality management expert, entrepreneur, and author of 5-Star Career: Define and Build Yours Using the Science of Quality Management. She has worked with numerous Fortune 100 pharma companies where she has held many leadership positions and is the founder and CEO of PDC Pharma Strategy, where she also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Engrail Therapeutics. If you aren't already impressed, Penelope also earned a BS in Biology from Louisiana State University and an MS in Quality Systems Engineering from Kennesaw State University. She is a graduate of the Smith College Program for Women’s Leadership and the Rutgers University Senior Leadership Program for Professional Women. As well as, co-founded Bra in a Box with her daughter in 2018!
    We dive into her latest book, the science behind quality management, and how to clean your systems so they work for you. Systems don't have to be as scary as they seem and she breaks it all down for us in this episode of A Productive Conversation.
    Links Worth Exploring

    Connect with Penelope: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter 

    See Penelope's Linktree for quick access to all her articles and interviews


    Penelope's Book: 5-Star Career: Define and Build Yours Using the Science of Quality Management


    Related Conversation: Alignment and Automation with Mridu Parikh


    Related Blog Post: How to Start Pacing Your 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.
    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.

    • 41 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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