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Aug 30, 2017

George Spencer is the founder of Rentify an online letting agent disrupting the property rental market. 

Here in the UK, high streets are littered with letting agents charging sky-high fees for signing simple contracts, ripping-off tenants and landlords all the time – as if it wasn’t expensive enough already to rent! 

George previously worked as a PHP developer and had a spell in advertising before he decided to set up Rentify in 2011, after deciding he couldn’t put up with estate agents ripping people off anymore.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- How George learned enough about the property market to disrupt it
- How to develop core business skills including raising money and hiring
- The most common media myths about entrepreneurship

So whether you’re looking to start your own business, understand how to leverage technology to disrupt inefficient markets or hear some common media myths about entrepreneurship dispelled, this episode will give you all that and more.

Aug 27, 2017

Play is one of the most heavily neglected aspects of learning something new.

Because learning at school and university involved pressure, fatigue, the possibility of failure, lack of choice, set goals and unavoidable drudgery, we often associate learning anything new with these same qualities.

If only learning could be more like play. Energising rather than exhausting, practiced for fun rather than to pass exams and relaxing rather than pressured.

Well, the truth is that it can be that way for all of us, if we adjust our mindset and approach. Virtually any activity can be made into work and most, if not all activities can be enjoyable.

In this short episode, I'm joined by Will Reynolds - writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner. We discuss a range of topics including:

- How to find a balance between play and hard work
- How effective gamification is in improving the learning process
- How to reframe whatever you’re doing to make it more enjoyable

So whether you’re looking to make your learning more fun or you’re curious about the process of gamification and how you can apply it to your own projects, this episode will give you all that and more.

Aug 23, 2017

Rajeeb Day is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Learnerbly a content platform that helps businesses develop their people by managing budgets, curating content and tracking learning through analytics. When it comes to L&D, most organisations are way behind the curve. 

They spend huge amounts of money on training programs that their people forget within a week and many of the workshops are dull and out of date for the current business environment. Rajeeb is on a mission to change that with Learnerbly by helping people learn better at work. 

Before Learnerbly, Rajeeb founded, a portal that connects students and graduates to work placements in startups and SMES. He’s also the Co-Founder of StartUp Britain and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- The current state of the corporate L&D market and what Learnerbly are doing to improve it
- What Raj and the team at Learnerbly picked up from interviewing over 100 learning experts from the likes of Google, IDEO and Airbnb
- The lessons Raj has learned about entrepreneurship from building and growing 3 successful business ventures

Whatever size business you work in this episode will give you some great insights into the current state of L&D and where it can be improved as well as the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century world of work.

Aug 20, 2017

The major problems people face when learning new skills can be broken down into different stages. And the chances are you’ve experienced one or more of them because I certainly have. 

Maybe you keep getting stuck right out of the starting blocks, or lose momentum after a few weeks. Maybe you burn out from doing too much too soon or struggle to fit the skill into your life after you’ve reached a target. 

While methods and techniques are important, a lot of these problems are emotional and psychological and we’ve all experienced them at one point or another. Most of the time, we know what to do, but we just don’t do it! 

After years of teaching hundreds of students as university lecturer and tutor, learning new skills myself and fielding your questions here at MetaLearn, I’ve broken these problems down into 5 stages and identified the solutions to them.

In this short episode, I'm joined by Will Reynolds - writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner. We discuss the 5 major problems including:

1) Not getting started
2) Not getting momentum
3) Burning out and giving up
4) Plateauing and losing interest
5) Integrating skills into your life

So whether you're looking to get over the first hurdle of getting started, want to break through a wall you’ve hit or just want to find a way to comfortably integrate a new skill you’ve learned into your life, this episode has you covered.

Aug 15, 2017

Gabriel Wyner is an author, ex opera singer and the founder of the Fluent Forever language learning method.

After reaching fluency in German and Italian through immersion experiences, Gabe tried to recreate those experiences for others by producing the Fluent Forever system that rapidly builds fluency in short, daily sessions.

After excellent feedback from his audience and the release of a successful book on the method in 2014, Gabe has been refining the system into an app that he’ll be funding on Kickstarter over the course of the next few weeks!

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- The three pillars of Gabe’s Fluent Forever language learning system
- The process Gabe uses to maintain the languages he speaks
- How learning languages can help you gain a better understanding of yourself

So whether you’re looking to pick up a new language, dive into an immersion experience or gain an insight into the process for building an app, this episode will give you all that and more.

Aug 11, 2017

Virtual reality has the potential to change learning and education immeasurably and so it’s important that we engage critically with the technology to maximise the benefits and minimise the costs.

From engaging with abstract ideas in a more visceral way to giving people immersive experiences that promote behaviour change and the development of soft skills, the potential of VR seems endless.

But while VR has the potential to revolutionise learning and education it’s important we don’t begin to see it as a magic pill that will solve all our problems and take our eye off the most important parts of learning.

In this short episode, I'm joined by Will Reynolds - writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner. We discuss a range of topics including:

- The current state of VR in learning and where it’s likely to go in the coming years
- The disadvantages of VR that we need to guard against
- The potential benefits of using VR to learn motor skills

So whether you're looking to understand more about the potential impact of this revolutionary technology on society or you're curious about how you might be able to apply it to your own learning in the future, this episode will give you all that and more.

Aug 10, 2017

Jo Cruse is the CEO of The Unreasonables, an organisation that delivers leadership programmes to the UK”s top schools. After a stint in communications and political campaigning, she taught Politics and Economics at one of the UK’s top schools, before embarking on a 9 month Macro adventure, interviewing social entrepreneurs from Alaska to Argentina.

When it comes to preparing students for the 21st century, schools and universities are behind the curve – not least because they provide a very structured environment, which leaves young people unprepared for a world that’s becoming more unstructured and chaotic by the day. 

Jo is on a mission to equip young people with the tools they need to thrive and take leadership of their own lives and careers, and she’s someone who practices what she preaches, having made a number big decisions in her career and personal life in recent years. 

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including: 

- The most important skills that young people need to develop in the 21st century
- The lessons Jo learned about entrepreneurship and herself on her travels
- The tradeoff between social impact and the bottom line in business 

So whether you’re looking to arm yourself for the constantly changing environment of the 21st century, searching for some inspiration to take a new direction in your life or want to build a business with a social impact, this episode will give you everything you need and more.

Aug 3, 2017

Deliberate practice is more than just doing something over and over again – it’s carefully structured and goal directed and consists of repeated striving to reach beyond current performance levels.

Research on neuroplasticity tells us that this type of deliberate practice changes the structure of the brain and allows us to perform at higher levels.

But practicing the right way at the right time is more complex than just doing the thing – because you need to eliminate barriers to practice, prioritise for fast feedback and maintain a balance between quantity and quality.

In this short episode, I'm joined by Will Reynolds - writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner. We discuss a range of topics including:

- How to manage the tradeoff between quantity and quality of practice
- How to reflect on your progress to calibrate accurately
- How to build learning habits so that the process of practicing becomes automatic, allowing you to focus on improving

So whether you're looking to play a new instrument, pick up a new sport or learn to code, this episode will give you the ideas you need to structure your learning and get those crucial hours of high quality work in so that you can make progress faster, more efficiently and more enjoyably.

Aug 1, 2017

Rob Twigger is a bestselling author and adventurer who has written several award winning books on everything from accelerated learning to studying martial arts in Japan to a biography of the River Nile.

The main reasons people consistently fail to learn new skills are never starting, giving up or getting distracted. And all of these suggest that our perception of how hard something is to learn is crucial to our progress.

Rob offers a compelling solution to this problem in his latest book Micromastery, which outlines the process of taking a small skill, doing it well, and using it to experiment and painlessly learn about a new area. So instead of learning to cook, learn how to make the perfect omelette.

By making the learning task small, self-contained and manageable, you can get the quick wins you need to build momentum and make progress. But micromastery is much more than just a learning technique – it’s a new way of looking at the world and learning about yourself, as you’ll discover.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- The process of using micromastery to learn new skills quickly and enjoyably

- The difference between the Eastern and Western philosophies of learning

- How to learn about yourself and the world through travel and adventure


We also discuss Rob’s experience learning martial arts with the Tokyo Riot police, his expedition across the Great Sand Sea of the Egyptian Sahara and the polymaths who have inspired him the most.

So whether you’re looking to rediscover your curiosity, pick up new skills and have fun along the way or learn how to make the most of your travel experiences, this episode will give you all that and more.