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Episode. 39: Preparing for Leadership with Ron Carucci
The next generation of leaders are rising to power!
In #39, Hala yaps with Ron Carucci, founder and managing partner of consulting firm, Navalen. Ron has an impressive thirty years of experience helping executives tackle challenges relating to strategy, organization, and leadership. He has worked with start-ups to fortune 10 companies in over 30 countries. He’s also the author of “Rising to Power,” and his work has been featured in HBR, Business week, Fortune among other publications.
In this episode, you’ll get a guidance on how to navigate a new leadership role by learning ways to avoid failure, how to improve self-perception to better manage weaknesses and why we should avoid binary decision making at all costs.
Episode. 38: The Persuasion Playbook with Scott Adams
Learn practical techniques to harness the power of persuasion with Scott Adams.
Scott Adams is the creator of the successful American comic strip, Dilbert. In recent times, Scott has become somewhat of a controversial figure as he made headlines during the 2016 election for being “Trump’s translator,” a nickname bestowed on him for helping the American public make sense of Trump’s seemingly bizarre behavior during the campaign. In addition to being a cartoonist, Scott is also a trained hypnotist and master persuader. He believes that Trump is one of the best persuaders of our time.
In #38, Hala and Scott discuss the persuasion tactics found in Scott’s book, “Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter,” which dissects how Trump won the presidential election with his persuasive power. Tune in to hear how the biases we have can impact our decision-making, learn oral persuasion tactics like the “linguistic kill shot,” and uncover why visual persuasion is a powerful approach toward getting what you want.
Episode. 37: Go Gig or Go Home with Diane Mulcahy
In this episode, Hala Taha and our guest, Diane Mulcahy, discuss the pros and cons of working in the gig economy and share tips on what it takes to be successful in this new way of work.
Episode. 36: Just Do It With Jordan Paris
Condition yourself to make decisions without hesitation! Because sometimes you need to stop overthinking and planning, and JUST DO IT.
This week on YAP, Hala chats with Jordan Paris, a 21-year-old author, Linkedin influencer and podcast host of the popular show, Growth Mindset University.
Tune in to discover how Jordan overcame depression and social awkwardness as a teenager, and how he’s accomplished so much in his young life by “just doing it.”
In addition, learn the ins and outs of his podcast production process and marketing strategy. And uncover why Jordan and Hala collaborate instead of compete, and their biggest pet peeves as up-and-coming podcasters.
Episode. 35: Leading With Love with Claude Silver
Lead with your heart, not just your head!
This week on YAP, Hala speaks with Claude Silver, the world’s first “Chief Heart Officer” and Gary Vaynerchuk’s right-hand woman at VaynerMedia. Claude owns the onboarding, recruitment, retention, and graduation of all the employees at the digital media agency. She is known for leading with her heart and emotional optimism.
In this episode, we’ll dive into how Claude is able to touch every heartbeat at Vaynermedia, and how her past experiences have shaped her leadership style. We’ll also uncover HR topics like how she sets employees up for success with a unique onboarding program and her method for letting employees go.
Episode. 34: How To Be Indistractable With Nir Eyal
Master your habits and become indistractable!
This week, Hala interviews Nir Eyal, a leading export in behavioral design and popular author of “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” and “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.”
Tune in to learn about Nir’s 4-step hook model to build habit-forming products and strategies to become indistractable to lead more productive and happier lives.
Episode. 33: Shoot your loonshot with Safi Bahcall
Reinvent yourself !
In #33, Hala yaps with Safi Bahcall, a trained physicist who has transformed his career every 5 years or so. He’s done everything from business consulting to co-founding a pharmaceutical company to now becoming a best-selling author.
In this episode we’ll find out how Safi is able to reinvent himself so often and his tips for getting into a new field. In addition, we’ll cover his super fascinating concept and book, “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform,” which has been noted as one of the top business books for 2019.
Episode. 32: Flow into the future with Steven Kotler
Want to become 500x more productive?
In episode #32, Hala interviews Steven Kotler, a New York Times bestselling author and leading expert on peak performance and flow.
They discuss what flow is, how it impacts our brain and body, and triggers that can hack you into a flow state. Additionally, they cover Steven’s new book “Last Tango in CyberSpace, which imagines the future we may be living just 5 years from now and radical concepts like “Empathy for All.”
Episode. 31: Get Off Your A** (GOYA) with David Meltzer
Ready. Set. GOYA!!!
Learn how action and attraction brings abundance in this inspiring episode with David Meltzer.
David Meltzer is the CEO of Sports 1, a sport marketing firm which he co-founded with hall of fame quarterback, Warren Moon. Additionally, David is an award-winning humanitarian, international keynote speaker and best-selling author. His life’s mission is to “make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun.”
In episode #31, Hala speaks with David about lessons learned from mistakes he made early in his career, the importance of minimizing ego and his secrets for attracting unlimited success and abundance.
Episode. 30: Rise Against All Odds with JT McCormick
Started from the bottom, now he’s here! JT McCormick had an insanely tough upbringing. He grew up dirt poor, raised by a single mother and was the son of a black pimp. He started out becoming a product of his environment, barely finishing high school and landing in juvie multiple times.
But after high school JT turned things around. Through relentless hard work JT beat the odds and applied his knowledge and hustling mentality from the streets to become a millionaire and super effective CEO. He currently runs the publishing company, Scribe Media, which is routinely voted as one of the best places to work in Texas.
Episode. 29: The Dirty Secret of Happiness with Gretchen Rubin
Declutter your way to happiness! This week on YAP we speak with happiness expert and 4x best-selling author, Gretchen Rubin. Her latest book, “Outer Order, Inner Calmer,” uncovers how decluttering and organizing your life can make more room for happiness.
Tune into this episode to find out Gretchen’s secrets to a happy life including decluttering to positively impact your thoughts and emotions, and understanding the way you react to expectations.
Episode. 28: Master Visual Storytelling with Quentin "Q" Allums
Did you know that video is the best performing content type on most mainstream social media platforms right now? Video is super compelling and connects you to others in a way that words or images can’t— so if you’re trying to build a following or grow your personal brand, it’s in your best interest to master visual storytelling!
Joining us this week is Quentin “Q” Allums, one of the first video creators on LinkedIn and prominent influencer on the platform. Aside from being one of the best visual storytellers of our time, Q also runs a video marketing company as well as an events company under his conglomerate, Urban Misfit Ventures. When Q isn’t working on his start up, he’s interviewing great minds on his podcast “Strange on Purpose,” and traveling the world for speaking engagements on notable stages from TedX to VidCon.
Tune in to learn the elements of a visual story, tips to make your video go viral, how to use video marketing for your personal brand and more! We also touch on Q’s inspiring rags-to-riches story, and his advice on becoming a better public speaker.
Episode. 27: Cultivate a Disruptive Mindset with Jay Samit
Dare to disrupt yourself! This week, Hala yaps with Jay Samit, best-selling author of “Disrupt Yourself!” and serial entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of global trends for decades and recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation. Jay has helped build billion dollar startups, transformed entire industries, and has held executive roles at Deloitte, Sony, Universal Studios and more.
Tune in to learn how Jay achieved his massive success, and how you can take the same strategies that have shaped the world’s most innovative companies and apply them to disrupt yourself and grow your career.
Episode. 26: The Laws of Selling with Richard Moore
Get ready to amp up your sales skills! In this episode of YAP, Hala uncovers the laws of selling with Richard Moore, a sales guru and consultant with over 16 years of experience in online, in-person and phone-based selling.
Tune in to learn his #RichTips on selling— like how to create a winning pitch, when to switch from relationship building to selling, how to turn engagement on social into leads, the difference between solution selling and product selling, the definition of a sales funnel and more!
Episode. 25: Biohacking Your Brain and Body with Peter Jansen
Ready to get superhuman? In this episode Hala yaps with Peter Jansen, a radio personality and leadership coach who is an expert in biohacking the mind and body. Stay tuned to learn how biohacking trends like nootropics, nutrigenetics and re-wilding can help to optimize your life.
Episode. 24: Fearlessly Authentic Leadership with Dov Baron
Be fearlessly authentic! This week we’re yappin’ with Dov Baron, world renowned leadership speaker and host of the popular podcast “Leadership and Loyalty.” In this episode, Hala chats with Dov on a handful of topics related to authentic leadership including vulnerability, emotional intelligence, the stages of individuation, the science behind building a tribe, purpose-driven leadership and more!
Episode. 23: Negotiate Like A Boss with Christopher Voss
This week on YAP, we’re talking to Christopher Voss, a former leading FBI international hostage and kidnapping negotiator. Now Chris spends his time as an author, professor and coach teaching others how to apply his learnings from international crisis and high-stakes negotiations to the business world.
Chris is regarded as one of the most influential negotiators of our time. He wrote the massive best-selling hit, “Never Split the Difference,” which lays out actionable negotiation strategies which we’ll uncover in this episode.
Tune in to hear Chris’ negotiation secrets and tactics like labeling, mirroring, unlocking that’s right breakthroughs, diffusing negativity with empathy and more!
Episode. 22: Becoming Astronomically Ambitious with Naveen Jain
Shoot for the moon! In this episode we’re yappin’ with billionaire Naveen Jain about moonshots or astronomically ambitious projects that address a huge problem, propose a radical solution and use breakthrough technology to achieve the goal. Moonshots like Google’s self-driving car or SpaceX’s goal of humans becoming an multi-planetary species live in the gray area between audacious projects and pure science fiction; instead of mere 10 percent gains— they aim for 10x improvements.
Naveen Jain is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist who driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through his moonshot projects. He is the former CEO of Infospace, one of the largest internet companies before the dot com bubble. Now he spends his time on Moon Express, a company determined to harvest energy and resources from the moon. And another company, Viome, a gut microbiome testing service which applies artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide personalized nutritional recommendations to reduce diseases like cancer and diabetes and increase human lifespans.
Tune in to this episode to learn why we need to shift from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance, how to become more imaginative and open to possibilities, and hear Naveen’s amazing vision for the future of energy, health, AI and more!
Episode. 21: Getting More Sh*t Done with David Allen
The GOAT of productivity returns! This week Hala interviews famed author David Allen for the second time. You may remember him from episode #5, where he covered the five steps of The Getting Things Done (GTD) system in great detail. If you want a refresher or never listened to that episode yet, feel free to go back and check it out.
This time around Hala is yappin’ with David about his general productivity principles, and learning more about how he became the GOAT or Greatest Of All Time when it comes to productivity.
Take a listen to learn how martial arts and new age thinking inspired his productivity approach, understand the importance of having a clear head and discover why there are no problems, only projects.
Episode. 20: Supercharge Your Storytelling with Dr. AJ Minai
Sell it with a story! We ‘ve told stories for as long as we’ve been human, since ancient times people have used stories to communicate, learn, and connect with one other. Today, storytelling has become a prominent trend in the business as organizations look to enhance brand awareness and loyalty by telling compelling stories about their products and services.
Helping us uncover the value of storytelling is Dr. AJ Minai, a professional storyteller from Malaysia who has made his rounds as the chief marketing, innovation, and executive officer at several companies Now AJ is taking everything he knows about storytelling and sharing his knowledge at various conferences, as a TED speaker, and now here on YAP.
Tune into the episode to understand why storytelling has become so popular in business, learn how to tell more effective stories, and hear real examples of businesses who do it right.
Episode. 19: Get Demotivated with Mike Winnet
Let’s get demotivated! Taking a turn from the usual this week, we’re yappin’ with comedian Mike Winnet, who describes himself as the UK’s #1 Demotivational Speaker.
Mike is a successful entrepreneur who sold his last business for multiple millions. He now spends his free time on a parody LinkedIn account making people laugh through his hard-hitting advice and unconventional wisdom.
Tune in to hear Mike’s perspective on what it takes to become an entrepreneur, and uncover how he plans to confront get-rich scammers or ‘contreprenuers’ who prey on those with low self esteem.
Episode. 18: EQ Is The New IQ with Lousin Mehrabi
Ever noticed how the best students in school don’t always succeed later on in life?
Let’s face it. IQ is important, but it doesn’t always guarantee success. The ability to understand and express emotions also plays a pivotal role in whether we make it or break it. In fact, EQ has been cited as the most important factor when it comes to job performance, and a top quality that hiring managers look for.
Tune into #18 to boost your EQ with Lousin Mehrabi, an executive life coach and Certified Professional Negotiator who helps C-Suite executives grow in the areas of complex negotiations, emotional intelligence & leadership.
Episode. 17: Spilling The Tea on Entrepreneurship with Steve O'Dell
In 2019, coffee has some major competition —> enter matcha, a green tea that offers caffeine without the crash. Not to be mistaken as just another trendy drink sipped by instagram models, the green tea is jam-packed with vitamins, anti-oxidants and good-for-you-stuff that can prevent cancer, improve focus, make your skin glow, promote relaxation and more! No wonder people love matcha so matcha.
In our latest YAP episode, we chat with Steve O’Dell, the Founder & CEO of Tenzo Tea, an up-and-coming matcha tea startup. Tune in to hear him spill the tea on launching his company—— from getting seed funding to building a brand—— and uncover all the health and energy benefits that Matcha tea has to offer!
Episode. 16: Ranking #1 In Life & On Google with Deepak Shukla
Do you even SEO? Still playing by rules you heard 5 years ago? Well, ya better step it up because all the #youngandprofiters are doing it!
In this episode we chat with Deepak Shukla, career coach and founder of the award-winning SEO agency Pearl Lemon. Deepak has lived a lot of life in his short 33-years. He was an up-and-coming rapper, started several businesses, trained as a British soldier, backpacked through over 50 countries and the list of his extraordinary experiences go and on!
Tune in to find out why randomness is your best strength and hear Deepak’s best personal lessons and SEO tips to rank number one in life and on Google, Youtube and more!
Episode. 15: Leadership Has No Rules with Kevin Kruse
Everything you know about leadership is wrong! Well, not everything, but there are many popular leadership practices that science has proven is not the best approach.
Tune into this episode to become a better leader with Kevin Kruse, the Founder & CEO of LEADx.org, a AI-powered leadership development platform with a mission to spark 100 million leaders over the next 10 years. Kevin is serial entrepreneur, an accomplished author, and also hosts a popular podcast called the LeadX Leadership Show.
Kevin has seen time and again that the leadership practices that actually work are the opposite of what is commonly taught and implemented. Hear him debunk popular leadership principles, get a better understanding of self-leadership and learn why having a no-rule culture in your organization can boost productivity.
Episode. 14: Anchor Your Success with Caspar Craven
Ahoy, Young and Profiters! In this episode we’re yappin’ with Caspar Craven, a man who is famous for sailing around the world with his wife and 3 small children. Caspar is a British entrepreneur, adventurer and motivational speaker who has built several million dollar companies from scratch. He currently spends his time speaking with businesses and leaders from around the world, and helps them become more successful through better collaboration and teamwork.
Episode. 13: Growth Hacking Secrets with Josh Fechter
A growth hacker is a creative rule breaker. They must continually think of new and innovative ways to drive growth. They are masters in things like social media, blogging, A/B testing, copy wiring, UI/UX, automation, email marketing, SEO and more. While this might sound similar to a digital marketer, the main difference is that digital marketing is focused on brand and positioning, while growth hacking is all about testing and perfecting different tactics and strategies to achieve one thing and one thing only—GROWTH! In this episode, Hala interviews Josh Fechter, CEO and founder of BAMF (Badass Marketers & Founders), a growth marketing agency and exclusive Facebook community with over 30,000 members. Josh is the former head of growth for several venture-backed companies who rose to fame this year on LinkedIn by starting a viral storytelling trend that broke the professional social media network’s algorithm. Growth hacking is not just a 2018 buzz phrase. Tune in to learn how Josh overcame early career failures, unlocked growth hacking secrets, and became one of the top growth marketing influencers in the world
Episode. 12: Unlocking the Power of Sleep with Daniel Gartenberg
Millennials are known to be the “always tired” generation. Everyone under the age of 40 seems to be exhausted. And for good reason— we’re working longer hours, taking on second jobs and side hustles, dealing with more competitive environments, glued to screens and phones that zap our mental energy, caring for small children and the list of stressful triggers goes on and on. In fact, we millennials wear our lack of sleep as a badge of honor. Needless to say, it’s time we millenials unlocked the power of sleep. To do this, we’ve invited Dr. Daniel Gartenberg on the show, a leading sleep scientist who has dedicated the past 10 years helping people get a better night’s rest through his sleep coaching consultancy and innovative sleep apps. Tune in to learn the function of each sleep stage, how much and how often we should sleep, tips to get better sleep, the best ways to nap, and gain insight on what the future of sleep.
Episode. 11: Elevate Your Personal Brand with Dr. Natalia Wiechowski
What does your personal brand say about you? In today’s digital world, unless you have no social footprint at all, you have a personal brand— whether you like it or not. With 264 million people on social media, it might seem like an impossible task to stand out from the crowd. However, we can take control of our image by being intentional about everything we do online, and by creating content that represents who we are or the expertise we bring to the table.
In this episode, Hala sits with Dr. Natalia Wiechowski, personal branding strategist, LinkedIn unicorn and leading edutainer, to help us take our personal brands to the next level. Learn how to become an influencer online, why being authentic is the new perfect and the importance of storytelling as a content creator.
Episode. 10: The Art of Side Hustles with Nick Loper
In this episode, Hala explores the art of side hustles with Nick Loper, founder of the popular blog and podcast, Side Hustle Nation. Nick currently makes his living off 15 different income streams, and so he’s the perfect guy to give us practical advice on how to make some extra cash on top of our 9-to-5s. Stay tuned for tips on how to launch a side hustle, the most lucrative side hustles to start now and how to turn a side hustle into your main hustle.
Episode. 9: Getting in the Right Mindset to Attract Money With Bola Sokunbi
Do you have the right mindset to attract wealth? Many of us are not reaching our full financial potential because we are sending out all the wrong vibes. Whether its feelings of jealousy or anxiety, taking control of our emotions and setting intent are the first key steps to achieve our financial goals. In this episode, Hala chats with Bola Sokunbi, a money expert and CEO of Clever Girl Finance on why “knowing your why” is so important, the need for gratitude, and practical ways to take action with saving, budgeting and investing.
Bonus Episode: Hala's Come Up Story
By popular demand, this bonus episode is dedicated to getting to know our host! The tables turn and Hala sits down with Dayne Kamela to get interviewed herself. Learn about Hala’s failures and successes, including her early career at Hot97, leading a group of 50 female bloggers, and almost snagging her own show on MTV. She also talks about why she started YAP, and gives some hard hitting advice to everyone out there looking to start a side hustle. Enjoy!
Episode 8: Hacking Human Behavior to Gain Influence with Chase Hughes
In this episode, Hala speaks with Chase Hughes, a leading military and intelligence behavior expert, and author of “The Ellipsis Manual,” which is known to be the most comprehensive mind control guide out there. Tune in to gain a 101 understanding of behavior science, specifically non-verbal analysis, behavior profiling and the qualities of authority— which you’ll come to find out is a very important thing. You’ll leave the episode with easy to implement tactics you can use to increase influence in everyday life.
Episode 7: Willpower Sucks, Just Change Your Environment with Benjamin Hardy
We think willpower sucks. It’s just not enough to make good decisions and keep healthy habits in today’s super distracting world. In Episode 7, Hala interviews Benjamin Hardy, organizational psychologist and author, on growing up and key topics from his impactful book “Willpower Doesn’t Work.” Ben explains how using willpower to force ourselves to behave in a certain way is a flawed strategy. He suggests the path to success is to create an enriched environment that promotes the behavior we want to take, and proactively remove destructive elements from our lives.
Episode 6: Becoming a Millionaire before 30 with Dandan Zhu
What would you sacrifice to reach your financial goals? Would you limit the luxuries in your life, take on more risks or switch careers? In this episode, Hala interviews Dandan Zhu, a self-made millionaire and entrepreneur, on how she gained financial freedom before hitting 30. Listen to the show to hear Dandan’s tips on saving habits, real estate investments, career choices and more.
Episode 5: Getting Sh*t Done
Hear best practices from the GOAT of productivity, David Allen, best-selling author and inventor of the famed Getting Things Done system. David’s framework helps you keep track of tasks, ideas and projects, and focuses on getting this type of information out of your head and into an external system. In this episode, Hala uncovers how to feel less bogged down by the never-ending list of things you have to do—allowing yourself to be engaged and super productive in the moment. Now, go get sh*t done!
Episode 4: Level Up Your Time Management Skills
Level up your time management skills so you can do more of what you love! Have you ever wondered why some people manage to do it all, while others claim they are too busy to do XXX (fill in the blank with any excuse). The fact is, time is a great equalizer. We all have the same 24 hours a day and 168 hours a week. So, why do some people feel like they have less time than anyone else? In this episode, Hala interviews Laura Vanderkam, best-selling time management author and media personality, on being mindful of our time and how we can work towards spending our time better on the things that matter most to us. Enjoy!
Episode 3: The Internet of Value: The Crypto Landscape (Part 2)
Part two of the “Internet of Value” provides a broader understanding of the cryptocurrency and blockchain landscape beyond just bitcoin. Did you know there are more than 1600 virtual currencies or alt coins that investors can choose from? And over two dozen of which hold a market cap that’s over $1B! After you listen to this episode, you’ll understand how companies and people use crypto, why it’s valuable and key considerations to take when participating in the market. If you haven’t checked out the first part of the episode, go back now and take a listen, especially if you’re new to cryptocurrency―everything will make a lot more sense!
Episode 2: The Internet of Value (Part 1)
Part 1 of Episode 2 explores one of the most era defining discoveries of the past century—cryptocurrency. This new way of storing value has entered mainstream adoption and so we’ve got to understand it to make the right decisions for our future. Hear from crypto subject matter experts and influencers to uncover the history of digital currency and Bitcoin, the basics of blockchain technology and the key fundamentals of cryptocurrency. After listening to this episode, you’ll be more knowledgeable than 99% of people out there.
Episode 1: First Impressions
Being good at first impressions, and in general being a more likeable person, can help you profit in life, because you’ll always benefit from having people on your side. This episode features Dr. Jack Schafer, former FBI agent & author of “The Like Switch,” as well as Dorie Clark, author of “Stand Out,” and Duke University professor.