205 episodes

Join co-hosts Chris and Ari for a discussion of animal training, behavior, human-animal relationships, and all things NEI-TEC (the Natural Encounters Inc Training and Education Center), and featuring guests from the NEI team and around the professional animal care world! Email us at podcast@naturalencounters.com if you have a question or something you'd like us to discuss on the show!

The TEC Talk Podcast: Presented by Natural Encounters, Inc‪.‬ Natural Encounters, Inc.

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Join co-hosts Chris and Ari for a discussion of animal training, behavior, human-animal relationships, and all things NEI-TEC (the Natural Encounters Inc Training and Education Center), and featuring guests from the NEI team and around the professional animal care world! Email us at podcast@naturalencounters.com if you have a question or something you'd like us to discuss on the show!

    Episode 201: They Understood the Assignment (Recap of the 2024 IAATE Annual Conference)

    Episode 201: They Understood the Assignment (Recap of the 2024 IAATE Annual Conference)

    Ari is back in Florida to regale Chris with tales from the 2024 IAATE Annual Conference in Eugene, Oregon!
    If you have a suggestion for a question, topic, or guest you'd like to hear on a future episode of the show, let us know at podcast@naturalencounters.com!
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    The TEC Talk Podcast is proud to be sponsored by Audible.com! To support the show and get a free 30-day trial of everything Audible has to offer, visit http://www.audibletrial.com/tectalk- thanks Audible!

    • 32 min
    Episode 200: Thanks For Nothing, Spain! (with the NEI Podcast-iversary Super Group)

    Episode 200: Thanks For Nothing, Spain! (with the NEI Podcast-iversary Super Group)

    200 episodes, how is that possible! Ari and Chris are joined by land and by sea by Steve Martin, Amy Fennell, Scott Trauger, Cori Dawson, Brad Moore, Michael Van Horne, Adam Geltz, Shayna Gruman, Natalie Sunray, Hunter Peck, and Kevin O'Brien to celebrate a very special podcast-iversary! We share some of out favorite episodes, memorable moments, and wishes for the future of show - thank you all for an amazing 4 years, and here's to another 200!
    If you have a suggestion for a question, topic, or guest you'd like to hear on a future episode of the show, let us know at podcast@naturalencounters.com!
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    The TEC Talk Podcast is proud to be sponsored by Audible.com! To support the show and get a free 30-day trial of everything Audible has to offer, visit http://www.audibletrial.com/tectalk- thanks Audible!

    • 50 min
    Episode 199: Balancing Wellbeing for Animals (with Margaret Rousser)

    Episode 199: Balancing Wellbeing for Animals (with Margaret Rousser)

    For our final show before we pass the 200 episode mark (wow!), Ari and Chris are joined by Margaret Rousser, former Conservation Manager at Oakland Zoo (and all-the-time awesome advocate for animals), to talk about the legacy of her groundbreaking talk, "Making Time for Psychological Wellbeing"! Margaret talks about her path through the animal care field (turns out she and Ari have some shared work history in more ways than one) before digging into the history behind her conference presentation that asked the question, "is all the time we spend cleaning and disinfecting our animals' living spaces actually doing them more harm than good?" This is a fascinating chat that is a must-listen for anyone in the professional animal care world!
    If you have a suggestion for a question, topic, or guest you'd like to hear on a future episode of the show, let us know at podcast@naturalencounters.com!
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    The TEC Talk Podcast is proud to be sponsored by Audible.com! To support the show and get a free 30-day trial of everything Audible has to offer, visit http://www.audibletrial.com/tectalk- thanks Audible!
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    This episode is also brought to you by Magic Mind! To learn more about the world's first Productivity ShotTM and get 20% off your first order, go to https://www.magicmind.com/tectalk and enter the code TECTALK20 at checkout. Thanks, Magic Mind! 

    • 54 min
    Episode 198: Neurodivergence in the Animal Field (with Aaron Rose)

    Episode 198: Neurodivergence in the Animal Field (with Aaron Rose)

    Chris is at the Ranch for our Professional Contemporary Animal Training and Management Workshop, so Ari is hosting alongside a very special returning guest, NEI's own Aaron Rose! Aaron and Ari talk about how to navigate the animal care field when you are neurodivergent. Aaron shares his personal expereince with ADHD, along with his tools and tips for others in the field. They chat about reasonable accommodations for neurodivergent staff and how coworkers and leadership can help support them as they work towards reaching their goals!
    If you have a suggestion for a question, topic, or guest you'd like to hear on a future episode of the show, let us know at podcast@naturalencounters.com!
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    The TEC Talk Podcast is proud to be sponsored by Audible.com! To support the show and get a free 30-day trial of everything Audible has to offer, visit http://www.audibletrial.com/tectalk- thanks Audible!
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    This episode is also brought to you by Magic Mind! To learn more about the world's first Productivity ShotTM and get 20% off your first order, go to https://www.magicmind.com/tectalk and enter the code TECTALK20 at checkout. Thanks, Magic Mind! 

    • 57 min
    Episode 197: Show Day with the Next Generation

    Episode 197: Show Day with the Next Generation

    Chris and Ari discuss their day with the visiting students of Drake University's Animal Behavior Program and Sante Fe Community College's Zoo Technology Program before answering some questions from r/Zookeeping, the subreddit dedicated to folks interested in the professional animal care field!
    If you have a suggestion for a question, topic, or guest you'd like to hear on a future episode of the show, let us know at podcast@naturalencounters.com!
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    The TEC Talk Podcast is proud to be sponsored by Audible.com! To support the show and get a free 30-day trial of everything Audible has to offer, visit http://www.audibletrial.com/tectalk- thanks Audible!
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    This episode is also brought to you by Magic Mind! To learn more about the world's first Productivity ShotTM and get 20% off your first order, go to https://www.magicmind.com/tectalk and enter the code TECTALK20 at checkout. And as a special offer just for January, you can go to http://www.magicmind.com/JANomniverse and use the code OMNIVERSE to get one month free with any 3-month subscription. Thanks, Magic Mind! 

    • 51 min
    Episode 196: 3-2-1...Ambush!

    Episode 196: 3-2-1...Ambush!

    Chris gives Ari some "daywork" by challenging her to follow the format of the "3-2-1 Thursday" weekly newsletter from James Clear, author of Atomic Habits (a great book that Chris reviewed in Episode 177) and come up with the following to share with our listeners: three short ideas, two quotes from other people, and one question for ponder for the week.
    If you have a suggestion for a question, topic, or guest you'd like to hear on a future episode of the show, let us know at podcast@naturalencounters.com!
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    The TEC Talk Podcast is proud to be sponsored by Audible.com! To support the show and get a free 30-day trial of everything Audible has to offer, visit http://www.audibletrial.com/tectalk- thanks Audible!
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    This episode is also brought to you by Magic Mind! To learn more about the world's first Productivity ShotTM and get 20% off your first order, go to https://www.magicmind.com/tectalk and enter the code TECTALK20 at checkout. Thanks, Magic Mind! 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Lolo13419 ,

Hope you are all better Ari and that Chris is recovering too!!

You two have been through it! Feel better soon and stay well although that’s easier said than done!!

nikkilicata ,

Review from Zoo Professional (yes, there are only 100 of us).

I have been listening to this podcast for about a month now and I absolutely love it! As a young zoo professional with only about 6 years in the field I find this podcast so helpful, insightful and inspiring! I always find myself thinking “wow I thought I was the only person that felt/thought like this”. Chris and Ari are great to listen to and I hope to be attending a NEI workshop in the near future! Thank you guys so much! Looking forward to more episodes!

birbsbirbsbirbs ,

Long time listener

I always enjoy listening to the kernels of wisdom that come out of this podcast. I know from experience that although the animal training part of our field is hard, the human communication aspect is even harder. This helps me unravel some communication issues I personally struggle with.

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