Learning Life with Jon Tota
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info_outline Episode 115 The 5% Methodology with Ebony Smith 01/19/2021
Episode 115 The 5% Methodology with Ebony Smith We are living in a time of extreme disruption, there's no denying it. Ebony Smith has centered her life around extremes. She specializes in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (V.U.C.A.) work environments. Smith worked for BP and Sunoco, before pivoting her career to leadership.
info_outline Episode 114: Vulnerable Leadership with Scott Miller 01/12/2021
Episode 114: Vulnerable Leadership with Scott Miller Scott Miller is Franklin Covey's executive VP of thought leadership and the best-selling author of "Management Mess to Leadership Success," which is the first book in the Mess to Success series. He's also the co-author of recent bestseller: Everyone Deserves a Great Manager. Scott is the host of the popular Franklin Covey On Leadership with Scott Miller podcast show. In this episode Scott talks with Jon about vulnerable leadership, finding your smallest viable market, and his drive to be a thought leader.
info_outline Episode 113: The Office After COVID with Anthony Vaughan 12/22/2020
Episode 113: The Office After COVID with Anthony Vaughan Anthony Vaughan is the host of the popular E1B2 podcast show, a strategic advisor to multiple companies, and he recently launched the E1B2 Collective, where his team is focused on helping startups, improve their employee experience and put their people first by launching people operations divisions. Vaughan discusses the post-COVID working world, the focus on a return to work, a new working normal, and how to make the employee experience even better than before.
info_outline Episode 112: Make Your Own Luck with Neal Taparia 12/15/2020
Episode 112: Make Your Own Luck with Neal Taparia Neal Taparia might have saved you in high school or college when you needed to quickly format the citations on your term paper. In 2001, Neal Taparia and his friend created EasyBib, a well-known citation formatter. After selling it to Chegg, he cofounded SOTA Partners, where they incubate, invest in, and advise new businesses.
info_outline Episode 109: Pivot with Ryan Mason 11/24/2020
Episode 109: Pivot with Ryan Mason Ryan Mason is a savvy entrepreneur and author who is making waves as one of Yahoo's top 12 entrepreneurs to watch in 2020. He founded Luxe Brand, a luxury shoelace provider featured on Good Morning America, the NFL, and with over 30 athletes and celebrities. Ryan also founded Bizbuzz Digital, an award-winning marketing automation software company. In his first book, The Digital Playbook, he shares proven processes to increase your visibility, grow awareness, and supercharge engagement and conversion.
info_outline Episode 107: Secure Your Personal Data with Erik Rind 11/10/2020
Episode 107: Secure Your Personal Data with Erik Rind Big Tech Companies are making money off of your personal data, why shouldn't you? Erik Rind is the founder of ImagineBC, a platform where blockchain secures your data and helps you profit. Think Youtube but with blockchain and more opportunities to profit from your personal data or creative content.
info_outline Episode 106: Embrace Mistakes with Adam Larson 11/03/2020
Episode 106: Embrace Mistakes with Adam Larson As a musician-turned-learning-designer, Adam Larson brings his critical eye for entertainment to eLearning and instructional design at IMA. Larson embraces chaos, learns from his mistakes, and keeps improving. You can catch Adam making moments for guests to tell their stories on the Count Me In Podcast and delivering just-in-time learning that is worth your time. He shares his keys to get people to webinars and the ideal length of a learning session.
info_outline Episode 105: Virtual Reality Will Transform eLearning 10/27/2020
Episode 105: Virtual Reality Will Transform eLearning John Blackmon created an LMS and authoring tool before the world even knew what those were. Founder of LMS Trivantis and authoring tools Lectora and Cenario VR, Blackmon has spent his entire career focused on one principle: you shouldn't have to be a technologist to use technology.
info_outline Episode 104: Prepare, Prove, Produce with Christa Peters 10/20/2020
Episode 104: Prepare, Prove, Produce with Christa Peters Christa Peters is a strategic learning and development director. She has worked with companies to scale their training programs and build a learning program and culture where one did not exist before.
info_outline Episode 103: From Startup to Scale Up with Bill Flynn 10/13/2020
Episode 103: From Startup to Scale Up with Bill Flynn Your startup has a 50/50 chance of getting to 5 years… and the odds only get worse the longer you stay in business. Bill Flynn takes the guesswork out of growth. With more than 30 years of experience working for and advising hundreds of companies, Bill Flynn has had 5 successful outcomes, two IPOs, and seven acquisitions (including a 2008 turnaround!). He is the guy you want on your team while building your business!
info_outline Episode 102: The Principles of Learning with Christian Weibell 10/06/2020
Episode 102: The Principles of Learning with Christian Weibell Dr. Christian Weibell is the creator of the Principles-Of-Learning Framework, laying out the seven principles on which all learning is based. Weibell sits down with Jon to talk Computer Science education before the dot com bubble, getting his PhD in Instructional Psychology, developing effective learning experiences, and creating good UX and UI for learning environments.
info_outline Episode 101: Redefine Impossible with James Lawrence 09/29/2020
Episode 101: Redefine Impossible with James Lawrence The Iron Cowboy is back! James Lawrence joins Jon Tota on the podcast to talk about the transition to remote work, bringing the same passion and energy to virtual conferences, and what determination and hard work look like. Since he's last been on the show, Lawrence has starred in TWO Amazon Prime Originals: Iron Cowboy | The Story of the 50-50-50 and World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji (adventure racing!).
info_outline Episode 100: The Futurist's View with Trond Undheim 09/24/2020
Episode 100: The Futurist's View with Trond Undheim What can you do with a passion for technology and a background in social science to make an impact on the world? Become a futurist!
info_outline Episode 99: Future State with Shay Lynch 09/15/2020
Episode 99: Future State with Shay Lynch Shay Lynch is the founder of Future State with a mission to help Business Owners, Directors, Department Managers, and their teams solve their biggest problems so they can focus on what is important to them: their customers.
info_outline Episode 98: Making Change Great with Kate DeGon 09/08/2020
Episode 98: Making Change Great with Kate DeGon Kate DeGon is in the business of change. She is the founder of ChangeSync - a software that helps organizations of all sizes implement and track organizational change. Change can be intimidating if you don't have the right tools in your kit. Her inspiration for ChangeSync came from her work at Phoenix University. Trying to keep up with the constant organizational change without a thorough tool was impossible, so Kate set out to fix it. Learn about executing successful organizational change from the expert!
info_outline Episode 97: Closing the Achievement Gap with John A. Dues 09/01/2020
Episode 97: Closing the Achievement Gap with John A. Dues John A. Dues is the director of the School Performance Institute, the learning and improvement arm of United Schools Network (USN), and the Chief Learning Officer of USN, a network of public charter schools in Columbus, Ohio.
info_outline Episode 96: Avoid Content Debt with Ray Kung 08/25/2020
Episode 96: Avoid Content Debt with Ray Kung Ray Kung is the founder of Tech Learning Pros; they help global technology companies build out world-class technical learning systems. In this episode, Kung speaks about his career journey, technical learning patterns, and how to accelerate learning programs with engineering teams and other tech groups.
info_outline Episode 95: Maximize Your Brain Power with Eileen Pease 08/11/2020
Episode 95: Maximize Your Brain Power with Eileen Pease Eileen Pease is the president of Dynamic Learning Inc and an expert on the 'brain at work.'
info_outline Episode 94: The Art of Authentic Influence with Owen Fitzpatrick 08/04/2020
Episode 94: The Art of Authentic Influence with Owen Fitzpatrick "Influence is the art of finding out what the other person wants, understanding what you want, and connecting the two."
info_outline Episode 93: Five Star Experiences with Tyler Small 07/28/2020
Episode 93: Five Star Experiences with Tyler Small From the early days of instruction designing to modern-day parenting, Tyler Small talks about it all with host Jon Tota on this week's episode of Learning Life.
info_outline Episode 92: The CEO of Your Life with Robert Barber 07/21/2020
Episode 92: The CEO of Your Life with Robert Barber Welcome to Season 6!
info_outline Episode 91: More Fearless and Focused with David Schnurman 06/09/2020
Episode 91: More Fearless and Focused with David Schnurman Lawline CEO and entrepreneurial speaker David Schnurman has a new book, ‘The Fast Forward Mindset: How to Be MoreFearless & Focused to Accelerate Your Success.’ Schnurman sits down with Jon to talk online learning and COVID-19, and the inspiration for The Fast Forward Mindset.
info_outline Episode 90: Think Better, Learn Better, Live Better 06/04/2020
Episode 90: Think Better, Learn Better, Live Better Founder and CEO of The Bowery Common and host of the Digital Irish Podcast, Patrick McAndrew comes on the show to talk growth mindset and change management. The Bowery Common is a professional development organization helping high-performing individuals to maximize their mental performance.
info_outline Episode 88: eLearning Design with Alexander Salas 05/28/2020
Episode 88: eLearning Design with Alexander Salas Alexander Salas is an award winning Learning Experience Designer, Chief Creative Officer at eLearningLaunch.com, and a US Navy Veteran. Alexander sits down with our host Jon Tota to talk about the basics of eLearning authoring, teaching the skills to create your own eLearning courses, and how allowing for failure can lead to better results. Alexander offers free video resources to learn from on Youtube on his channels StyleLearn and eLearning Launch!
info_outline Episode 87: Training Under Pressure with Matt Confer 05/21/2020
Episode 87: Training Under Pressure with Matt Confer Matt Confer is the VP of Strategy & Business Development at Abilitie. He specializes in team-based training simulations. Working with clients like Coca-Cola, Marriott, and Nokia, he is also the lead facilitator at Abilitie and a public speaker. Today, he sits down with host Jon Tota to talk about competition, both live and virtual, as a driver for team engagement and process improvement.
info_outline Episode 86: Master Your Memory with Chester Santos 05/19/2020
Episode 86: Master Your Memory with Chester Santos 2008 USA Memory Champion and International Man of Memory Chester Santos speaks on techniques to retain information for employees and entrepreneurs alike. Now an international speaker, Chester tells our host Jon Tota how memory can make you a master networker, remembering people and helping you build connections, and help you become a better worker with tasks and project plans.