Dan Schawbel is a millennial TV personality, serial entrepreneur, and global keynote speaker. The career workplace expert and startup advisor is also a New York Times bestselling author. To date, he has already written 3 bestselling books: Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, and Me 2.0 4 Steps to Building Your Future. Dan is also the host of the 5 Questions with Dan Schawbel podcast where he interviews world-class individuals like Condoleeza Rice, Richard Branson, Jay Shetty, and Gary Vaynerchuk.
Dan is also a partner and research director at Future Workplace. Future Workplace acquired Dan’s company WorkplaceTrends.com in 2016. WorkplaceTrends.com is the world’s largest workplace research aggregator and boasts of over 450 sources. Dan is also the managing partner at Millennial Branding. Millennial Branding is a Gen Y consulting and research firm and has worked with global companies like Oracle, Red Bull, American Express, Deutsche Bank, and NBC Universal, among many others.
Through Millennial Branding and Future Workplace, Dan was able to publish 40 revolutionary research studies after surveying a staggering 90, 000 people from 20 countries. Dan and his extensive work has also been featured in more than 700 media outlets including NBC, CNN, Men’s Health, The New York Times, and USA Today.
His bestselling book Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation was chosen “book of the month” by The Financial Times. His New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success was named by Chicago Tribune as the #1 career book for 2013. The #1 international bestseller Me 2.0 4 Steps to Building Your Future was also hailed by the New York Post as the #1 career book of 2009.
This week’s episode talks about what work connectivity context is, the different ways people can keep team engagements high, and the best way to build a more socialized workplace.
Dan also shares his thoughts on how people can stand out as professionals, why he thinks video is king, and how people can build their credibility.
On how great leaders can create connection in the age of isolation, Dan has this to say, “We need to use technology as a bridge to form stronger bonds with the people that we work with, our family, and friends and not let it be a barrier between us and them.”
Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker, community builder, and small business strategist. She was also the former corporate director of training and development at Barclays Global Investors. She spent her first decade as consultant to global companies like Charles Schwab, Chevron, and Hewlett-Packard, where she trained and worked with thousands of managers, executives, and employees.
In 2005, she started one of the top career and business blogs online—Escape from Cubicle Nation. Through the years, she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start successful businesses. Her book, “Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur,” was released in 2009 and was awarded by 800 CEO Read as the “Best Small Business/Entrepreneur Book.” Together with author Susan Cain, she also built and launched the Quiet Revolution and the Quiet Leadership Institute.
Pamela’s first book, “Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur,” provides readers not just with the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship but with everything they need to know about starting a business, including the emotional issues involved in the process. Her new bestselling book “Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together,” provides guidance on how to find connections, sell a story, and reinvent and relaunch a brand.
In 2016, Pamela launched the Main Street Learning Lab. Located in Mesa, Arizona, Main Street Learning Lab is a community-based think tank focusing on business economic acceleration. The collaborative and innovative project supports small business owners who want to succeed, as well as the incubators, organizations, and companies who are helping them.
A passionate martial artist, Pamela practiced the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira for more than a decade while in San Francisco. She also once served as executive director of the non-profit martial arts organisation Omulu Capoeira Group. Pamela received her black belt in July of 2013 and studied mixed martial arts in Arizona under Edward Kelly Fiori.
This week’s episode talks about the changes Pamela is seeing on Main Street, the different ways people can make sustainable businesses, and her advice to people who are not feeling inspired where they are.
Pamela also shares her thoughts on the “empire” model, the importance of tuning in more, and what her community is all about.
On connecting with other people, Pamela has this to say, “In so many ways, in having this really rich soup of people that come from different backgrounds and perspectives, it just really amps up your creative thinking and very specifically can lead to a lot more business opportunities.”
Chelsea Dinsmore is the owner and Chief of Community Happiness at Live Your Legend (LYL), a global community that helps people do meaningful work, make a living off something they love and are passionate about, and use their talents and strengths to give back to the world.
Live Your Legend focuses on the creation of in-person connections with like-minded living legends. The career and connection platform also aims to inspire and educate people so they can live their lives with purpose and find fulfilment and meaning in all they do. To date, they host in person meet ups monthly in over 260 cities across 65 countries.
Live Your Legend was founded by Chelsea’s late husband Scott Dinsmore. As Live Your Legend’s Chief Experimenter, he not only provided practical career tools, he also connected people worldwide and placed community at the center of their success. While the writer, traveler, entrepreneur, and TED speaker sadly passed away while on a year-long trek around the world, his legacy lives on through Chelsea and his strong community of doers and dreamers.
This week’s episode talks about the power of mindfulness and how it can help people design a life that suits them, why passion alone is not enough, and why writing and journaling is so powerful.
Chelsea also shares her thoughts on external versus internal validation, what writing does for her, and how she got over her self-doubt.
On mindfulness, Chelsea has this to say, “It’s not necessarily about sitting there and not thinking. It’s about managing your thoughts in a better way.”
Tiago Forte is an internationally recognised productivity expert, author, speaker, researcher, and teacher obsessed with the future of work. He is also the founder of Forte Labs, a productivity training and media firm based in San Francisco. At Forte Labs, he helps people significantly improve their productivity through techniques, principles, and tools of design thinking.
Tiago is also the editor-in-chief of Praxis, a members-only online publication that focuses on the future of productivity. He has also created online courses on the learning platform skillshare.com which won him an Innovation in Education award. For his efforts on re-inventing work for the digital age, he has been featured on Inc., CB Insights, and The New York Times. Also a prolific author, Tiago has already written 5 books—The Mesa Method, Extend Your Mind, Design Your Work, Storm of Tweets, and Beyond the Orange Curtain.
Drawing on his background in design and technology, Tiago helps people and organisations elevate their performance, reframe their relationship with work, and transform their productivity. He also conducts workshops on topics that deal with the future of work such as habit formation, design thinking, productivity, and personal knowledge management (PKM). His online course Building a Second Brain teaches people how to save everything they have learned, act on their creative ideas, and organise their digital life.
This week’s episode talks about the concept behind the full-stack freelancer model, what personal knowledge management (PKM) is, and the 3 stages people move through in their use of technology.
Tiago also shares what productivity is for him, how he makes working sessions inherently pleasurable, and how he strengthens his self-efficacy.
On work and productivity, Tiago has this to say, “Instead of just accepting human nature and the nature of work as fixed, we can design the very way we structure our work to fit how we wanna work and how we wanna live.”