Imagine you're on the phone with a kidnapper. Your goal is to get them to release their hostage as soon as possible. It's a life or death situation. If you say one wrong thing, it could quickly escalate and you'll have a disaster on your hands. My guest for this episode is Chris Voss. As an FBI Hostage Negotiator for over 24 years, he's been in that exact situation dozens of times. You don't operate in that kind of high-pressure environment without coming away with powerful insights on human nature and human psychology. When Chris decided to share his wisdom in a book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, it was bound to be a hit. He is also the CEO of The Black Swan Group, a company that provides negotiation training for businesses, individuals and even law enforcement. The negotiation strategies that Chris has developed don't just work in hostage situations, they're applicable to business deals, sales and even internal communications. His methodology focuses on uncovering black swans or small pieces of information that can be used to achieve the desired outcome. In addition to this episode, I encourage you to listen to my wife, Orion’s episode with Chris Voss on the Stellar Life podcast, episode number 137.
It takes work to be your best self and reach your full potential in life. It's tempting to make excuses when things get tough. Sometimes you might even think about giving up. Then you meet someone who has achieved greatness despite incredible odds and all your little excuses pale into insignificance. Dr. Sean Stephenson is one of those people. Sean was born with a rare bone disorder that stunted his growth. The doctors did not expect him to survive at birth. By the time he was eighteen, he had fractured his bones over 200 times. Despite this, Sean overcame the challenges to become an incredible speaker, inspiring millions, appearing on Oprah and sharing the stage with US Presidents and the Dalai Lama. Sean is not just a motivational speaker. He is one of those rare people who has become a guiding light for what's possible. Join us as we talk about everything from the benefits of having entrepreneurial parents to self-care and attracting wealth. Sean will also reveal how a three-foot tall man can teach you a thing or two about walking tall.
Take a moment to guess what the #1 recreational drug in the world is. Marijuana? Cocaine? Opiates or opioids? Perhaps surprisingly, it’s sugar. That may sound harsh, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Many of us are addicted to it and if you don’t think you are, try going cold turkey for a while!. It’s also much more harmful than many of us realize. For example, if your blood sugar is regularly just 10 points over where it should be, you have five times the risk of developing dementia. In this episode, you’ll learn more about this problematic addiction to sugar (as well as what you can do about it) with celebrity nutrition expert JJ Virgin. JJ is the person who people go to when they’re ready to finally lose weight and transform their health and lives. She’s a prominent TV and media personality, an experienced speaker, and a four-time New York Times bestselling author. Tune in to learn how to drop sugar, change your life, and feel better than you ever imagined! I can personally attest to how much difference it makes when you (mostly) quit sugar, so I can’t recommend this episode highly enough.
For this episode I had the honor of speaking with award-winning author, serial entrepreneur, growth strategist, and podcaster Jonathan Fields. He is regularly featured in the media on outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, and many more. While he’s impressive in everything he does, I particularly admire his success in podcasting; his top-rated podcast, The Good Life Project, gets millions of listens in more than 150 countries. His newest book, How to Live a Good Life, explores his concept of “good life buckets,” which we discuss in this podcast. It also includes 30 days of inspiring, actionable explorations to get you started on a path to possibility.
This week, we talk to John Gray - the author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. This book is John’s most famous by far, and has been translated into 45 languages in over 100 countries. In this episode, he offers a lot of detailed information and advice (particularly for men) about how to best address relationship dynamics, hormone levels, and health.