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Top experts and fascinating advice in a fun and entertaining podcast.

Top experts and fascinating advice in a fun and entertaining podcast.
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Southport, CT

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Top experts and fascinating advice in a fun and entertaining podcast.

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@mike_sysk

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English

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Strand Media 2651 Catherine Rd. Altadena, CA 91001 (626) 460 - 8261


Episodes

How to Respond When People Say NO! & Why You Need More Friends & How to Find Them

11/12/2018
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What’s the secret to a happy life? Probably the best people to ask are people who say they are happy. So we begin this episode by revealing what happy people say is what makes them so happy. John Izzo, author of The 5 Secrets You Must Know Before You Die (https://amzn.to/2DdJDLA) Probably the one word you hear more than any other throughout your life is –NO! For some people no means no but for others it means something else entirely. BJ Gallagher, author of the book Yes Lives in the Land of...

Duration:00:47:06

What Really Influences How You Think & Something Fascinating Google, Amazon and Facebook Have in Common

11/8/2018
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Do you really need to get a physical exam every year? We begin this episode by exploring who should and maybe who should not get an annual check-up and why. http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/theres-no-evidence-you-need-annual-physical-exam-say-doctors Your unconscious mind affects your thoughts and behaviors in ways you can’t imagine. That is the message from John Bargh, Yale professor of psychology and author of the book Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We...

Duration:00:46:01

How Human Nature Screws Up Your Life (and How to Fix It) & The Trouble with Recycling

11/5/2018
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In most places around the world, Siri comes with a female voice by default. Of course you can change it but most people don’t. This is true for most other voiced-based computer programs. Why? We begin this episode with the fascinating reasons why most people prefer their devices sound female. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/apps/a18018/why-is-siri-a-female-voice/ Human nature – it is a collection of things we humans tend to do by default. Robert Greene, author of the bestseller...

Duration:00:49:26

What to STOP Doing if You Want to Succeed & How to Crush the Urge to Overeat

11/1/2018
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This episode is released a few days before most people in the U.S. change their clocks back to standard time. And each time we change the clocks, people complain about all the bad things that result from that. Well, there are some good things as well. So I begin with some of those and the reasons behind daylight savings time that you may not know or understand. http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a18011/in-defense-of-daylight-saving-time/ When you get a bad grade on your...

Duration:00:46:09

The Science of Personality: Why You Are Who You Are & How to Make Changes That Stick

10/29/2018
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The weather can affect your buying decisions without you realizing it. That can be a big factor when you buy a big ticket item like a house or a car. This episode begins with an explanation of why and how the weather impacts such important decisions and why you are more likely to buy a convertible on a sunny day even though it may be a terrible idea. https://www.businessinsider.com/the-effect-of-weather-on-purchasing-decisions-2012-11 You have a personality – right? Well actually, more than...

Duration:00:46:54

How Electronic Communication Gets You in Trouble & The History of Your Favorite Halloween Candy

10/25/2018
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We all have those times when we are stressed and need to chill out. So I begin this episode with some proven simple and easy ways to reduce anxiety and stress instantly – and one way is so easy all you have to do is listen a hit song from 1972. https://us.ditchthelabel.org/101-ultimate-ways-chill-reduce-stress/ Most of your communication is probably virtual – email, text, telephone, etc. And as you and probably everyone else has learned, virtual communication can lead to misinterpretation...

Duration:00:51:23

Body Language Secrets the FBI Uses & The Lost Art of Corporate Slogans and Why They Matter

10/22/2018
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If you don’t play a musical instrument – maybe you should. This is especially true if you are outgoing and an extrovert. It seems that your personality can predict with great accuracy, how much musical skill and talent you have. We begin this episode by exploring that. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/uoc-hyg101315.php While you are probably aware of how some body language clues work, you are about to get a much better and deeper understanding of it and how you can use it to...

Duration:00:47:09

The Real Dangers of Too Much Pleasure & Why You Should Celebrate Every Failure

10/18/2018
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So you get ready to make a salad and you rinse the lettuce and carrots and tomatoes under the faucet for a few seconds. Does that really get rid of the pesticides and bacteria? We explore that very important question and you really need to hear the answer. http://www.menshealth.com/how-to-wash-produce Do you understand the difference between pleasure and happiness? It’s an important distinction because the more pleasure you seek, the less happy you become. That’s the contention of Dr Robert...

Duration:00:49:10

What You MUST Know if You Fly Commercial Airlines & The Amazing Benefits of Taking Time for Yourself

10/15/2018
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Spending time with annoying and irritating people can be hazardous to your mental health! That’s according to some research from my alma mater, the University of Southern California. I begin this episode with that and how to bulletproof yourself from the negative effects of those most irritating people. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Annoying-people-can-slow-down-your-brain-Study/articleshow/16765621.cms When you fly on a commercial airplane, I know you have questions...

Duration:00:45:32

Why Some Things & People Become Popular & How to Use Logic Effectively

10/11/2018
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Anyone who has ever cooked pasta has thought about using HOT tap water instead of cold to speed up the process. After all, hot tap water takes less time to boil. But is it really a good idea to cook with hot tap water? We begin this episode with a discussion on why it is such a bad idea. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/health/29real.html It may seem as if it's luck or chance that causes some things catch on and become popular or go viral. But it isn’t luck really. If you’ve ever wondered...

Duration:00:52:41

Why You Have Trouble Sleeping and How to Fix It & How to Succeed When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong

10/8/2018
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Even the best drivers get in serious accidents – usually because of bad drivers. So we start this episode with a look at why good drivers get into accidents and how to steer clear of them http://www.smartmotorist.com/traffic-and-safety-guideline/how-good-drivers-get-killed.html A lot of us don’t’ sleep very well. Often the problem is so chronic that we convince ourselves that it is normal but it is not according to Dr. Barry Krakow. Dr. Krakow is a board certified internist and sleep...

Duration:00:45:57

Why You Are Drawn to Distractions and How to Stop It & Why You Need More Fun at Work

10/4/2018
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Is it illegal to kill a praying mantis? Not that you would want to – but could you actually be fined or go to jail if you got caught? We begin this episode of the podcast with a look at what the law really says and why you would never want to kill one anyway. https://www.thoughtco.com/is-it-illegal-to-kill-praying-mantis-1968526 Funny thing about distractions… it seems that more you need to stay focused on your work, the more irresistible those distractions become. So how do you make those...

Duration:00:42:20

The Amazing Reason You Get Disgusted & Inventions that Could’ve Happened Much Sooner

10/1/2018
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Not long ago I went to the supermarket only to find everything had been moved around. Nothing was where it used to be. Why? I’ll explain why they do that and other little tricks supermarkets play on you. http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Supermarket-Psychology-Tricks-18344600?stream_view=1#photo- Ever wonder why certain things disgust you? The things you find disgusting may be perfectly acceptable – even pleasing to someone else. Disgust turns out to be a fascinating human emotion. No...

Duration:00:42:09

Where Conspiracy Theories Come From & Which Do Humans Prefer – Strict or Loose Rules?

9/27/2018
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You probably just assume food grown organically is healthier – and maybe it is. But you also probably think that organic food tastes better. You may not think you think that – but you do. We start this episode with an explanation as to why. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2302835/Organic-food-labels-trick-thinking-food-healthier-tastier.html Conspiracy theories abound! I’m sure you’ve heard that some people believe the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks or the Holocaust...

Duration:00:44:55

Fascinating Mysteries that Baffle Science & The Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight

9/24/2018
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You tip the waiter at the end of a meal for a job well done. But when it comes to tipping the maid and other people at a hotel, it is actually better to tip them at the beginning of your stay so you get better service in the days to come. That’s just one of the very savvy travel tips with which we begin this episode of the podcast. http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/travel-mistakes-to-avoid-20131217/packing-for-the-long-haul Do we really have free will? Does the placebo effect...

Duration:00:45:05

How to Have a Good Day (Almost) Everyday & Extremely Fascinating Facts You Never Knew

9/20/2018
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I’ve lived with dogs most of my life (and one pretty cool cat) so I am fascinated by doggy behavior. And did you know that even though dogs will eat almost anything – they actually prefer two distinct flavors. We begin this episode of the podcast with that and some other interesting facts about what your dog is really thinking. (Paulette Cooper author of 27 Secrets Your Dog Wants You To Know) https://amzn.to/2xoCi83 You have good days and you have bad days. So what if you could control that...

Duration:00:43:50

Fascinating Ways Your Brain Works & Amazing Advice for People Who Are “Too Sensitive”

9/17/2018
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You may not have ever noticed this but hotels rarely offer milkshakes on their room service menu. And yet, if a hotel has a kitchen there is a good chance they have ice cream milk and a blender. But if you try to order a milkshake you probably won’t get it. Why not? The answer is simple, ridiculous and points out a big problem in American business today. (Steve Little author of The Milkshake Moment) Why does time seem to go by faster as we get older? Why do people love kitten videos? How...

Duration:00:42:15

The Sneaky Fees Businesses Charge and What to Do About It & The Fascinating History of Slang

9/13/2018
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What could be simpler than washing your hands? You’ve done it a zillion times. And yet you are probably not doing it correctly. With cold and flu season nearly here, it’s important to get this right so we begin this episode with some expert hand washing advice. http://www.rd.com/slideshows/hand-washing-mistakes/#slideshow=slide5 I am sick of paying fees, Are you? There are fees for everything and the result is that nothing really costs what the price tag says – it’s the price PLUS all the...

Duration:00:43:35

How to Actually Think Better & The Secret of Eating What You Enjoy Without Guilt

9/10/2018
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Many people wish they were taller. Unfortunately there is no simple fix for that. But there are ways to LOOK taller and we start this episode with some effective techniques. http://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a37254/7-style-tips-that-will-make-you-look-taller/ No one likely taught you how to think. So when you have a problem to solve or need to come up with a solution - you just think the way you think. But what if you could think better? Tim Hurson author of the book Think Better...

Duration:00:46:09

Discover How to Be Luckier in Everyday Life & A Proven Way to Make Better Decisions

9/6/2018
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People who travel a lot have to come up with their own travel hacks and secrets in order to stay sane! Several of the people who work for CNN and travel as part of their job, put together a bunch of really great tips and tricks they have learned from years and years of traveling – often by learning things the hard way. We begin this episode by sharing these great travel secrets so you can put them to use on your next trip. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/20-biggest-travel-mistakes Can...

Duration:00:46:19