22 episodes

"You Said What?" is a new podcast about our life-changing communications moments. If someone asked you: What are the most memorable conversations or written interchanges you’ve ever had—what would you say? In every episode, we will hear from a guest who has an unforgettable interaction to share. We spend big chunks of our days communicating with other people, and with most of those interactions, we can't remember them from one week to the next. We’ll find out what was different about these communications moments and why they had such a lingering effect on our guests. Even if you’re not into the art of communicating, we’ll entertain you with great stories! The goal of every episode is to make you think a bit more about how you write, talk, share and listen.

You Said What‪?‬ Ernie Sander

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

"You Said What?" is a new podcast about our life-changing communications moments. If someone asked you: What are the most memorable conversations or written interchanges you’ve ever had—what would you say? In every episode, we will hear from a guest who has an unforgettable interaction to share. We spend big chunks of our days communicating with other people, and with most of those interactions, we can't remember them from one week to the next. We’ll find out what was different about these communications moments and why they had such a lingering effect on our guests. Even if you’re not into the art of communicating, we’ll entertain you with great stories! The goal of every episode is to make you think a bit more about how you write, talk, share and listen.

    Season 2, Episode 9: "The Laptop Was Burning Through My Suit Pants’"

    Season 2, Episode 9: "The Laptop Was Burning Through My Suit Pants’"

    Most people think speech writing is about helping speakers decide what to say. But it’s also about helping them know what NOT to say. Pete Weissman worked with Al Gore on a speech when the former vice president was considering a second run for the Oval Office. Through that experience, he learned the art of diplomatically rejecting an idea from someone much more powerful than him. In this episode, Pete and I also talk about some of the things— big and small—that are often overlooked but that can make or break a successful speech. For all the changes over the years in how we communicate, it still all comes down to connecting with your audience. And too frequently, Pete says, we try to create one-size-fits-all presentations rather than design them with the actual audience in mind. 

    • 35 min
    Season 2, Episode 8: "Don’t Let People Tell You What to Do"

    Season 2, Episode 8: "Don’t Let People Tell You What to Do"

    How comfortable are you with risk? When you’ve got one safe option and another, more precarious but potentially exhilarating one --which do you usually choose? Adam Najberg always wanted to be a foreign correspondent in China, but he had lots of debt and no job lined up there. Then one day, he met a hero of his -- arguably the most famous China correspondent of all time--who told him: ‘Just go. Don’t think about it.’ So he did. It turned into a 30-year career in Greater China. In this episode, Adam and I talk about how easy it is to overthink things and to fixate on practical matters when dreams are at stake. Adam has gone on to work for some of China’s biggest tech companies, and he and I also discuss how that’s different from working for a U.S. company.

    • 32 min
    Season 2, Episode 7: "The Importance of Small Talk"

    Season 2, Episode 7: "The Importance of Small Talk"

    This is an episode about small talk and the sometimes big role it can play in social interactions. Business people hire Phil Segal to use his legal, forensic accounting and journalistic skills to find out information about current or future partners. Phil is a PI, a private investigator. Sometimes people come to Phil after they’ve already invested money in something, and they’re starting to worry that something might be wrong. He confirms their worst fears: that they’ve fallen victim to a ponzi scheme. While Phil mines lots of useful information from people’s digital footprints -- or in some cases, the lack of them -- small talk is also an important part of how he gathers intelligence. Phil also tells a story about how some small talk at his wedding reception helped save the day.

    • 25 min
    Season 2, Episode 6: "I Call Myself a 'Self-Loathing' Influencer"

    Season 2, Episode 6: "I Call Myself a 'Self-Loathing' Influencer"

    Dara Pollak is a food influencer and social media strategist. Unlike some other influencers, she's not afraid to talk about her own life outside of food. She started posting pictures of herself -- sometimes with her cat -- when others food influencers only posted pics of the food herself. Then she started posting about her struggles with depression and anxiety. That non-food content hasn't always been a hit with her fans, and she has lost following by straying from food porn. On this episode, she talks about the sometimes complicated relationships influencers have with their followers.

    • 26 min
    Season 2, Episode 5: ‘This Looks Like Some Sort of Uprising’

    Season 2, Episode 5: ‘This Looks Like Some Sort of Uprising’

    In this episode, Kate O’Neill tells a story about something vital she learned about culture, leadership and people management when she worked at Netflix, where she was one of the first 100 employees. Kate now writes books and gives presentations about the future of human beings in a tech-driven workplace. She talks on the show about how algorithms are now starting to move into decision-making roles, too (so your boss may be a bot!), and why that’s problematic. We also discuss what’s really spurring the Great Resignation. 

    • 30 min
    Season 2, Episode 4: ‘Great Listening is the Treatment’

    Season 2, Episode 4: ‘Great Listening is the Treatment’

    We’ve all experienced how rewarding it is to talk with a really good listener -- someone who is attentive, curious, interactive --- and how dispiriting it is to talk with people who are only half listening to what we’re saying. But so-called “active listening” is way more powerful than most of us have probably imagined. Joel Salinas is a neurologist. He talks about how he discovered that active listening is actually a completely under-appreciated part of the ‘treatment’ plan for some patients. 
    In this episode, Joel also talks about a complex neurological trait that he himself has called synesthesia, which causes him to constantly perceive each of his senses as a mix with one or more of his other senses. So he actually hears colors and tastes sounds.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Sent hen ,

Ernie is a legend

Started listening for the topics, now just listen to be better. Going to be huge soon 📈📈📈

Leah1678 ,

Excellent Host

I could listen to Ernie all day. He has a real talent for extricating the most insightful moments from his guests’ stories. I have really benefitted personally from listening.

claycutter28 ,

Very cool convos!

This podcast has some in depth convos that really help you explore the world in a different light! Keep up the good work Ernie

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