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May 31, 2018

I recently turned 26 and this summer will be 5 years since I graduated from university, which means I’ve been making my way in the world of work for half a decade.

I’ve definitely learned a lot over the last couple of years and while I’ve certainly developed expertise in the field of accelerated learning, I think some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned have been career related.

So in this episode I’m going to share 5 lessons I’ve learned in the last 5 years that will help you level up your career and get you closer to where you want to be.

These core lessons are going to sound simple, but I’ll be drawing on my own experience - both good and bad - along with the conversations I’ve had with some remarkable people on the podcast to make them concrete.

The purpose of this episode is not to get you to blindly follow what I did – but to get you to reflect on your own experience in a way that gets you to take action that makes sense for your own career ambitions.

May 24, 2018

Alex Dunsdon is an entrepreneur and investor who thrives on connecting people and ideas.

He’s the Co-Founder of the Bakery an innovation agency which transforms big companies by connecting them up to the technology and talent they need to solve their biggest problems.

He’s also a partner at Saatchi Invest, where he backs mission drive founders that obsess over product and has invested in business like City Mapper and Dojo

In this episode we discuss:

- Alex’s career lessons including a light bulb moment that changed everything and why he invests in cult leaders
- The challenges of corporate innovation and why corporates should be competing with VCs given their assets
- The LinkyBrains community Alex has founded and the importance of multidisciplinary thinking for innovation

So whether you’re looking for tips on how to think better and innovate in the modern world of work or are just curious about how a seasoned operator picks his companies and grows a business, this episode has you covered.

Apr 10, 2018

Charles Fadel is the founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, an institution focused on making education more relevant and answering the question: “What should we learn in the 21st century?” 

Charles is also a respected thought leader and author in the global education space who works with several teams at the OECD and he’s also co-authored the highly regarded 4 Dimensional Education and 21st Century Skills. 

Prior to starting the Center for Curriculum Redesign, Charles had a 25-year career in the technology space, which included 13 years as Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems – so it’s safe to say that he has witnessed first hand the disruptive effects of exponential change. 

In this conversation we dive into a whole range of topics including: 

- The race between technology and education and its implications for your career
- The knowledge, skills and character traits needed to thrive in the 21st century
- The challenge of measuring soft skills and metalearning CCR's efforts to do so

So if you're curious about the knowledge and skills you need to acquire to future proof yourself and attempts to update the curriculum for our generation, this episode has you covered.

Apr 3, 2018

Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist, and the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California based non-profit charity dedicated to combating the aging process.

Through his work at SENS, Aubrey works on the development of medical innovations that promote rejuvenation and can postpone all forms of age-related ill-health including diseases like alzheimers, certain forms of cancer and atherosclerosis.

Aubrey started off as a computer scientist and AI Researcher before becoming a self-taught bio gerontologist, which makes him a fascinating example of someone who can pick up new skills and develop deep knowledge in new fields

In this conversation we discuss:

- The transferability of research as a skill and the multidisciplinary nature of innovation
- The core ideas behind Aubrey’s research – and what that means for the future of human aging
- How to successfully spread your message to attract interest to your work

Aubrey has a love for bold statements and is often a magnet for controversy in the media, but he’s a remarkably flexible and original thinker, so whether you're curious about the future of human aging or want to learn more about how to communicate effectively in a world full of noise, this episode has you covered.

Mar 20, 2018

This episode is another special one on equations that changed the world. 

Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity is widely known as the world’s most famous equation created by history’s most famous scientist. 

In simple terms the equation reads - E = MC² which states that Energy = Mass x Speed of Light²

This theory predicts the equivalence of mass and energy and a space-time continuum, which fundamentally changed our understanding of the universe and how it works. 

In practical terms, Einstein’s theory ultimately led to the creation of nuclear energy sources – a defining moment in the history of humanity similar to the discovery of fire, because it allowed us to have far greater energy yields than we’d ever had before by splitting the atom…

Today’s guest, Kalid Azad, is the founder of Better Explained, one of the world's most popular maths websites that makes hard concepts easy to understand. After studying Computer Science at Princeton, Kalid spent a few years at Microsoft as a program manager, founded a Y Combinator startup, and currently works as a developer.

Kalid uses an intuition first approach to explain difficult ideas in a way that anyone can understand and this makes him the perfect guide for this episode. In this episode we discuss:

- Einstein’s backstory and how it influenced his work
- The mechanics of the equation in a way that you can understand
- The implications of the equation for our view of the Universe

So whether you’re looking to find out more about Einstein, dive deeper into the equation and its importance, or explore maths and physics in a way that’s fun and accessible, this episode has you covered. 

Mar 8, 2018

What I've found from experience is that presenting on and off camera is both a science and an art.

As an academic tutor and university lecturer I’ve spent plenty of time standing up and presenting to students, and I've now racked up plenty of hours in front of the camera by creating my own online course, Make Me A MetaLearner, and teaching on my YouTube channel.

To improve my skills, I've studied some of the best presenters, both past and present, to try and find out what they did differently.

What I discovered is that they all followed certain rules, despite having very different individual styles, which have been developed through years of consistent deliberate practice.  

These rules apply whether you’re a beginner who’s presenting for the first time, or an experienced pro who’s spoken plenty of times before.

In this episode I'm joined by writer videographer and all around MetaLearner Will Reynolds and we discuss:

- How to create a consistent presenting style and tone
- How to manage your energy levels to come across well
- How to optimise your body language for maximum impact

So whether you're looking to get in front of the camera or want to nail a presentation at work, this episode has you covered.

Feb 28, 2018

James Bidwell is the owner of Springwise, an innovation portal, which crowd sources innovation ideas from all over the world and publishes the top 3 every day.

He is also the co-founder of RE_SET, an innovation consultancy for the disruption economy working with boards to help them thrive in an unpredictable world. James was also formerly a marketing manager at Disney, marketing director at Selfridges and CEO of Visit London.  

In this episode we discuss:

- How to stay on top of the rapid pace of change in modern society 
- How to innovate in the 21st century disruption economy 
- How to market effectively in a noisy world, while staying true to values

So whether you’re curious about how to stay relevant in a constantly changing world or want to find out how to get your message heard in a world full of noise, this episode has you covered.

Feb 13, 2018

The process of authoring and producing my first course, Make Me A MetaLearner, was a great learning experience for me.

It taught me a lot about the skills of research and writing and the importance of structuring educational content in a way that's easy to digest and understand for students. 

As a university lecturer I’ve spent plenty of time preparing lessons and delivering them to students, but authoring an online course was a completely different ball game for me.

Looking back, I can see that a big part of the process could be broken down into a number of key steps, which I had to figure out by trial and error. 

This episode is part of my process for reflecting on what I've learned and in it I'm joined by writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner Will Reynolds. We discuss:

- How to brainstorm ideas effectively and channel them into a skeleton structure
- How to manage the process of a prolonged piece of writing and stay productive
- How to build a system that makes your educational content easy to understand

So whether you want to author your own educational content or are just curious about what goes on behind the scenes here at MetaLearn, this episode has you covered.

Feb 7, 2018

Tom Stafford is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Sheffield.

He’s also the author of the book Mindhacks, a book featuring 100 DIY mind experiments you can try at home, and he runs the excellent MindHacks blog dedicated to psychology and neuroscience news & views.

Tom has done some fascinating research into skill acquisition by studying the process of playing computer games (which can be tracked across the whole learning curve) drawing out some useful general insights that you can apply to any skill you’re learning.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- What Tom has discovered about the learning process through his research in cognitive science
- The tradeoff between trying new things (exploration) and doing what works (exploitation)
- The keys to teaching effectively and improving the classroom experience for students

So whether you’re looking for some cutting edge insights from cognitive science to apply to your learning or are curious about how it can improve the classroom experience, this episode has you covered.

Feb 2, 2018

Finding great teachers is a big part of learning anything. 

But for most people, the top experts are off limits.

They’re only available to the few who can afford to fork out for their services, or a select who have spent years working their way up in the industry have the privilege of meeting and working with them. 

So what if I told you that in 12-24 months you could be speaking to any teacher or expert you wanted? 

That you could create your own education, build your own curriculum and learn from the best in the world. 

You’d probably be interested. And you’d probably say I was crazy.

But in the last 18 months since launching the MetaLearn Podcast, that’s exactly what I’ve done. 

In this episode I'm joined by writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner Will Reynolds and we discuss:

- How to choose your niche and build a brand around your podcast
- How to reach out to guests, get the gear you need and interview them for your show
- How to edit and promote your podcast to share your learning with a wider audience

So whether you're looking to start your own podcast or are just curious about what goes on behind the scenes here at MetaLearn, this episode has you covered.

Jan 26, 2018

Tim Urban is the founder of the blog WaitButWhy and is one of the Internet’s most popular writers.

With brilliant stick-figure illustrations and epic analysis on everything from artificial intelligence to the future of the brain, Wait But Why, has gained a huge audience and number of famous fans such as Tesla, Space-X and Solar City CEO, Elon Musk.

Musk asked Tim to write about his companies and their surrounding industries, leading to a five-part series of posts discussing the importance of sustainable energy and transport, the future of space exploration and the implications of an AI augmented human brain.

In this episode we discuss:

- The future of the brain and the difference between human and computer intelligence
- How Tim learns from the smartest people in the world, including Elon Musk and his team
- What human super-intelligence means for you and the superpowers it could give you

So whether you’re curious about the future of the brain and what we humans will be able to do down the road or just want to get some tips on how to learn from the world’s smartest people, this episode has you covered.

Jan 17, 2018

This episode is a special one on equations that changed the world. 

And what better one to start with than Isaac Newton’s Universal Law of Gravity – an equation that ultimately helped us put a man on the moon!

In simple terms the equation reads:

Earth’s Gravitational Force = (G x M x m) / D squared 

Earth’s Force = (Gravitational Constant x Earth’s Mass x Mass of the Object) /  Distance between the Earth and Object Squared

What this equation allowed the smart scientists at NASA to do was to to establish with accuracy where exactly the moon was, which was no mean feat in itself. 

And by calculating the rate at which gravity diminished on the way to the moon, they determined what size rocket they’d need and the best route to get there.

Today’s guest, Kalid Azad, is the founder of Better Explained, one of the world's most popular maths websites that makes hard concepts easy to understand. 

After studying Computer Science at Princeton, Kalid spent a few years at Microsoft as a program manager, founded a Y Combinator startup, and currently works as a developer.

Kalid uses an intuition first approach to explain difficult ideas in a way that anyone can understand and this makes him the perfect guide.

In this episode we discuss: 


- Newton’s backstory and how it influenced his work
- The mechanics of the equation in a way that you can understand
- The implications of the equation for our view of the Universe

So whether you’re looking to find out more about Newton, dive deeper into the equation and its importance, or explore maths and physics in a way that’s fun and accessible, this episode has you covered. 

Jan 9, 2018

Tiago Forte helps people and companies improve their productivity and prepare for the future of work using design thinking and technology.

He does this through his consultancy and training firm Forte Labs, and as editor of Praxis, a members-only online publication on the future of productivity.

He has also produced a series of highly successful online courses on productivity and has written a book on the future of work.

In this conversation we get into:

- The fundamental pillars of a great note taking system
- How design thinking can be used to improve your productivity
- The actions you can take to prepare yourself for the future of work

So whether you’re looking to finally get organised in 2018 or want to future proof your career, this episode will give you plenty of awesome insights that you can apply right away. 

Jan 3, 2018

Today’s episode is a special one for several reasons. 

First, it’s episode 100 of the podcast! This is a big milestone so thank you for supporting the show and I’m looking forward to taking things forward in the weeks and months to come.   

Second, it’s the first day of 2018 – so Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours for the year ahead.

And third, this episode is my review of 2017, so in it I’ll discuss 5 key lessons I’ve learned in the year gone by. I’ll take story from my own experience that demonstrates each lesson and then try and draw some generalisable advice that you can apply to your learning and life. 

In this episode I discuss: 

- The 3 qualities of all exceptional learners I’ve discovered from my interviews
- How to identify great teachers and filter through the average ones
- The importance of accountability and how to set up systems that create it 

So whether you’re looking to pick up a new skill in 2018, want to find a great teacher or are just curious about what I’ve learned in the year gone by, this episode has you covered.

Dec 13, 2017

Nat Eliason is the founder of Growth Machine, a new content marketing business and the host of the Made You Think and Nat Chat podcasts.

He is also a keen writer, publishing his work on self-education and self-improvement at his site NatEliason.com

I reached out to Nat a few months ago to discuss an opportunity that came up through the podcast and after that we had a few great conversations and I invited him on the show.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- How to teach yourself anything with the sandbox method
- How to run and manage self-experimentation projects
- Career lessons from building a thriving blog, two podcasts and a business

So whether you’re looking to upgrade your learning, run a few more self-experiments in different areas of your life or build your career in the 21st century, this episode will give you all you need and more.

Dec 5, 2017

Ali Almossawi is a San Francisco-based author of books on critical thinking and computer science education.

He currently works as a data visualizer at Apple and was formerly a data visualization engineer on the Firefox team at Mozilla, a research associate at Harvard, and a collaborator with the MIT Media Lab.

Ali’s first book, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, has been read by 2.6 million readers and translated into 18 languages and has turned into a cult hit.

He has since followed that up with Bad Choices, a book where he breaks down the core principles of computer algorithms into twelve beautifully illustrated vignettes that will help make you a more creative problem-solver.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- How to use algorithms to think smarter and make better decisions
- How to improve your critical thinking skills in a world full of noise
- How to make sense of the data deluge of the 21st century

So whether you’re interested to find out what it’s like to see the world through the eyes of a computer scientist or want to level up your critical thinking skills this episode will do all that and more.

Nov 29, 2017

Choosing what to learn is no easy task…if you’re doing it right.

But I believe that doing a bit of work in the selection process up front can save you a lot of trouble down the road. 

It can stop you from starting a project you won’t end up finishing…and it can help you focus on what’s most important to you! 

Ultimately, we all have a limited amount of time, money and energy and we have to allocate that as effectively as possible in a world of infinite options. 

In this episode I discuss:

- The major differences between passion and professional projects
- A simple framework for identifying the skill you should learn next
- The three skills everyone should be developing in the 21st century

So whether you’re overwhelmed with more projects than you can manage or can’t come up with what to learn next, this episode will give you what you need to take action and move forward.

Nov 22, 2017

Cecily Sommers is a futurist and global trends analyst, who speaks, writes, and consults on the emerging forces shaping our future. 

She is the author of Think Like a Futurist and the founder of The Push Institute, a non-profit think tank that tracks global trends and their implications for business, government, and non-profits over 5-50 year time horizons.

Cecily also has a fascinating, multidisciplinary background – she trained and performed as dancer for 25 years and has also worked as a chiropractor, a college anatomy instructor and a branding consultant.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- The universal principles behind mastering any skill or field of knowledge
- The 4 Forces shaping the 21st Century and what to do about them 
- The mental models and habits needed to think like a futurist 

So whether you’re looking for insight into where the world is going or want to learn more about the mindsets and skillsets needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world, this episode will give you all you need and much more.

Nov 14, 2017

Stephen Kosslyn is one of the world’s most respected cognitive scientists and the Founding Dean of the Minerva Schools at KGI.

Minerva is an innovative new university that has created a radical new model of higher education and seeks to prepare young people from all over the world for the 21st Century. 

Minerva is built on the premise that effective education requires continuous engagement, deliberate practice, and interdisciplinary understanding and teaches all of its classes online.

It currently runs a four-year undergraduate program and a two-year, part time graduate program, that teach students habits of mind and foundational concepts that transcend individual fields of specialism. 

Minerva was founded by former Snapfish President Ben Nelson in 2011 and after raising a large seed round they started a partnership with the Keck Graduate Institute to form Minerva Schools at KGI in 2013. 

Kosslyn moved to Minerva from Stanford University, where he was the Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, the world’s preeminent institution in the field.

Prior to Stanford, Kosslyn spent 30 years at Harvard University in a variety of positions, including Dean of Social Sciences.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- How Minerva applies the science of learning to its curriculum and pedagogy 
- The major misconceptions about the Minerva project and its key innovations
- The importance of community and the human factor in any learning program

Whether you’re interested in the application of cognitive science to the classroom or curious about the latest innovations in education this episode will give you everything you need and much more.

Nov 7, 2017

Seth Godin is one of the world’s most respected marketers, the author of 18 international bestsellers and the founder of the altMBA - an intensive 4 week workshop designed to level up leaders who want to make change in the world. 

Seth writes about the way ideas spread, leadership and change and his most notable books include Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip, and Purple Cow. He also maintains one of the most popular blogs in the world, where he posts daily.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth founded both Yoyodyne and Squidoo and was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame in 2013.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- What Seth has learned from building a successful online education program
- Seth’s insights on creativity, including quitting projects and getting feedback 
- Seth’s advice on selling with integrity and the truths behind good marketing 

Whether you’re looking for creative inspiration, insight into an exciting alternative education program or the secrets to selling effectively, this episode will give you the spark you need to do all of that and much more!

Oct 31, 2017

Oli Barrett is an entrepreneur and speaker who makes valuable connections between people and ideas.

Oli has formalised his talents through his business Connector Unit, where people retain his services to map out networks and brings people and ideas together across sectors and industries.

He previously co-founded Cospa, a Social Innovation Agency and Startup Britain, which supports people to start and grow a company.

He’s also organised 11 trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies to explore business opportunities.

On top of all this, he’s received an MBE for his services to business entrepreneurship and is a regular MC and speaker at international events, hosting them from all over the world.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- How to turn contacts into connections and build relationships that last
- The best strategies for effective communication in different contexts - The best time management techniques for juggling multiple projects

Whether you’re looking to build better relationships in your professional or personal life, hone your speaking skills or manage your day better, this conversation will help you do all that and much more.

Oct 24, 2017

Kyle Pearce is an entrepreneur, adventurer and the Founder of DIY Genius – a self-education platform that helps people learn faster online and offers courses in subjects from flow psychology to digital marketing. 

Kyle has spent the last decade launching startups and helping entrepreneurs automate their online businesses. His latest startup venture is Social Creators, where he trains people to build their brands and automate their sales process with chatbot marketing funnels.

When he’s not working, Kyle spends time biking, skiing and running retreats through his ecotourism organization Spirit Quest Adventures.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- How Kyle learns best and the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century
- How to access the flow state that produces optimal performance 
- Kyle’s travel experiences and what he’s learned from other cultures 

So whether you’re looking to learn more effectively online, build a mobile business, or get into flow to accelerate your learning this episode will give you all you need and more.

Oct 18, 2017

Jonathan Levi, an entrepreneur, angel investor, and online educator who hails from Silicon Valley.

Since 2014, Jonathan has been one of the top-performing instructors on Udemy, including a flagship course on speed reading, memorisation and accelerated learning techniques called Becoming A SuperLearner.

He has also snowballed this success into a top-rated podcast, Becoming SuperHuman, and numerous other online courses in a range of subjects from productivity to bitcoin.


In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- The most common mistakes people make when trying to process and remember information
- The value of nootropics and cognitive enhancers in learning
- What Jonathan thinks makes great online education

So whether you’re looking to discover the techniques that will help you consume and remember information more effectively, experiment with nootropics or gain insight into the principles of good online education, this conversation has you covered.

Oct 13, 2017

Noah Kagan is the founder of AppSumo and Sumo.com, two multi million dollar companies that help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Noah was employee no. 30 at Facebook and employee no.4 at Mint where he grew the company from zero to a million users.

He also writes about marketing and his business experiences at OkDork.com and has recently launched a Podcast, Noah Kagan Presents, and YouTube Channel.

Noah is all around learning machine and at the time of this conversation he’d just got back from a sabatical where he travelled around Europe, including a trip to Israel where he spent time learning Hebrew.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- How Noah learns best and his experience learning a language from scratch
- The business lessons Noah has learned from building an 8-Figure business
- The secret behind getting your ideas heard in a world full of noise

So whether you’re looking to build or grow your business or accelerate your learning by seeing the world with fresh eyes, this podcast will give you all that and much more.

Oct 3, 2017

Dr. Alex Pattakos is a bestselling author, former Professor of Public and Business Administration and the founder of the Global Meaning Institute, which aims to help people discover meaning in their lives and work.

Alex has written best-selling books on the human quest for meaning including Prisoners of Our Thoughts, which was written at the personal urging of the world-renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning and a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps.

By writing The OPA! Way, inspired by Greek philosophy, mythology, and culture, Alex reconnected with his Greek roots, and gained a deeper understanding of how people found meaning in their everyday lives despite being surrounded by economic and social crises.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- The importance of finding meaning in learning and how to do it
- The lessons Alex learned from, the psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl
- The lessons that we can learn from the Greeks to live better

So whether you’re looking to find meaning in your learning or want to discover some of the strategies you can apply to develop greater self-awareness, then this episode will give you all that and more.

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