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A Life Well Designed Podcast- Lifestyle design for career, relationships, and business

A Life Well Designed Podcast is where people come to learn lifestyle design, networking, career success, improving relationships, personal coaching, how to take control of their life in general, and start the process of living with intention & integrity. Your life is the most important project you'll ever work on, so learn how to do it right! Come with us to explore design on every level. Your host, Jonathan Pritchard, has made a living of using applied psychology to convince an audience full of people he can read minds, and now uses his powers for good; not just evil. Come with him on his journey to create a life of success and learn from a host of teachers along the way. Topics range from motivation, object design, technology, networking, confidence building, dating, public speaking, and a lot more. Find out more at http://www.alifewelldesigned.com
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Apr 17, 2016

ABOUT THE SHOW

Last week host Jonathan Pritchard shared the story of getting booed by 2,000 people in the 45 minute cringe-worthy story of his biggest professional failure. This week, he shares the story of his biggest professional success; nailing his performance on his first national TV appearance for 2 Million viewers.

PS: This just happened last week! He's still under contractual obligation to not discuss some details, but he does what he can to share the lessons he learned from working with true professionals, and a fantastic team behind him.

If you work with a team, wonder how tv shows get made, or what it means that it takes 10 years to make an overnight success, then this is one you'll want to listen to.

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Apr 9, 2016

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Why is failure a gift? Find out in this week’s episode of the show where Jonathan shares his favorite showbiz story that involves getting booed in front of 2,000 people (and his idol). Since then, he’s gone on to entertain the troops, be on America’s Got Talent, and more, but this story will always stay with him. There’s a lot to learn from failure, and the fear of failing shouldn’t keep you from reaching for success.

Don't let a single event define who you are. Learn from the experience and do better next time (even if it's a complete and utter flop).

If you like a little bit of schadenfreude in your life, you’re going to love this one.

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Apr 4, 2016

In This Episode

We cover the two types of freedom (positive & negative), what they mean, how they apply to your life, and the 4 stages of developing into a truly free individual. If you're not feeling in control, this is the episode that might change your life.

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Mar 26, 2016

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Negotiation is a powerful skill that remains intimidating to most people. After this episode, that won't be you! In a half hour you'll get insights on the right way to think about negotiating, tips & tricks from professionals, and one secret that you can put into practice TODAY that is responsible for one executive taking a company from $600 Million dollars to $4.4 BILLION.

Plus, you'll get to find out how I was able to get a repossessed car back (which is basically a miracle!) when I was at rock bottom in my life several years ago. Since then, I used a process to get my life back on track, and that's what this whole project is all about: sharing that with you!

This is a huge topic with a lot more to it than we can cover in a half hour, but the tips we touch on are massively powerful. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.

NOTE: I misspoke on a couple links in the episode. The proper addresses are included below. Don't listen to the addresses I say; they're wrong. These links are right!

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CJ Johnson
More Shows More Money
David Hira
www.salary.com
www.glassdoor.com
www.bls.gov/ooh

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Mar 19, 2016

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jill Pollack ‚Äčis the Chief Story Wrangler at StoryStudio Chicago, and she oversees writing training for more than 1,200 students each year. She is a presenter on the power of stories in our personal and professional lives and was again included in the Newcity Lit Top 50 list of literary leaders in Chicago.

Since founding the studio in 2003, Jill has focused her attention on developing new approaches to teaching storytelling, and providing a wide variety of experiences in writing and publishing for StoryStudio writers. In 2009 she created the Words for Work business writing program.

Connect with her on the website or on Twitter.

ABOUT THE SHOW

We chat about the power of personal narrative, the power of chaos, being your own boss, corporate speak, books play with your assumptions of how to read books, and a lot more. It's a great conversation for anyone interested in telling a better story (to themselves & others).

MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

House of Blue Leaves
The Rabbi's Cat
The Corrections
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler

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Mar 6, 2016

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Mitch Matthews is a high-octane speaker, success coach, and author of “Ignite.” He has worked with organizations like NASA, Disney, Principle Financial Group, and he speaks at college across the country. He has his own podcast “DREAM. THINK. DO.” so go check that out, too!

Learn more about Mitch on his website.

ABOUT THE SHOW
In this episode we chat about making big things happen, the importance of learning from others, the intellectual immune system (and how it derails success), signs & portents, complementary dreams, and how to get your dream job. Lots of great stuff.

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We’ll be giving away a physical copy of Mitch’s book “Ignite” on our Facebook page, so like us there to find out how you can win!

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Visit ALifeWellDesigned.com to get the best information on building successful relationships & businesses, and awesome life in general. Sign up for our email list to get great content delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss a thing. (We promise we won’t spam you; only good stuff!)

Feb 28, 2016

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Jimmy Hickey is the creator and co-owner of Findlay Hats. He's a former professional paintballer, current photographer, and all-around awesome dude. He works out of his garage, which doesn't prevent him from hitting the big time.

ABOUT THE EPISODE

While on vacation Jimmy sees one of his hats on a guy walking down the street in Rome. He gets a picture with the guy, and then lightning strikes: his post about the encounter hits the front page of Reddit (a community of millions of people).

What follows is the busiest week he's ever seen, so in our conversation he walks us through what that's like, how he got started, the power of community, and a lot more.

If you're thinking of starting your own business, or wondering how the power of social media can make or break your project, give this a listen.

Plus, Jimmy surprised A Life Well Designed with a discount code just for our listeners (that's you!) so stick around to the end for a code worth 15% off your order!

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FindlayHats.com
NickHammondDesign.com
The Original Reddit Post
@findlayhats

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Feb 28, 2016

ABOUT OUR GUEST
Liz Powell is a psychologist, (licensed in Arizona and California), who likes to take a caring yet upfront approach to therapy and coaching. Her passion lies with treating underserved populations and works, in particular, with the LGBTQ, Kink/BDSM, and Polyamory/Open Relationship/Swinger population.

http://sexpositivepsych.com/

ABOUT THE SHOW

We talk about sex, relationships, polyamory, communication skills, and a whole lot more. If you're uncomfortable with adult themes and language please don't listen to this episode (though, you might get the most out of it).

MENTIONED IN THE SHOW

More than Two
The Guide to Getting It On
Sex At Dawn 
What Do Women Want
Mating in Captivity

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Feb 20, 2016

ABOUT OUR GUEST

 Ricky Hirsch is a Chicago-based entrepreneur who knows the value of hustle. As founder and CEO of Think Jerky, he launched the most successful food-based Kickstarter of all time, collaborates with some of the top chefs in the world (Gale Gand, Laurent Gras, & Matt Troost) to create jerky that looks nothing like your dad's truck stop snack, and is willing to talk to anyone.

Think Jerky has been profiled on numerous outlets, and for good reason; Ricky is driven to be the best, and it shows. Connect with him Facebook, Instagram, and see what all the buzz is about at ThinkJerky.com (and use promo code "Think" to save 10%!)

ABOUT THE SHOW

Ricky gives us a behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to be the best at what you do, how to get connected to the top players in your field, and some of the potential drawbacks people might face as they consider moving into an entrepreneur role.

The connection was a little spotty at times, but it's worth sticking through it to see how his mind works; it's great.

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Feb 14, 2016

ABOUT THE EPISODE

This one was prompted by a question from one of my coaching clients who asked how to create space in her life for the things she knows is important, instead of always putting other people first. Figured this might be helpful for lots of other people, too!

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Feb 7, 2016

About the Episode

So you didn’t win the genetic lottery. Welcome to the club.

This episode shares some simple techniques you can use to appear to be more attractive than you might believe possible.

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36 questions to ask to fall in love

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Jan 31, 2016

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Keith Perske has spoken at TEDx, SXSW, Harvard University, and I’m honored to have him on the show. You’ll hear for yourself how passionate and smart he is about his work.

ABOUT THE SHOW

We talk about workplace design & employee experience management: what it is, why it’s more than architecture and office furniture, the biggest challenges to improving employee experience, and what to look for in a company to know whether or not management is keen on making the workplace somewhere that will be a positive experience. . . or not.

If you, or someone you know, works in a space with other people, this is the episode for you.

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Jan 17, 2016

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Rebecca is the co-founder of workwithsoul.com and is dedicated to helping women transition into being authentically who they are. She's a certified life coach, yoga & meditation teacher, retired dancer, writer, and connection catalyst.

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ABOUT THE EPISODE

We talk about authenticity, how your inner reality dictates your outer reality, the importance of a physical practice, how to make connections, and a lot more.

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Jan 10, 2016

About Our Guest

Heather a solo female traveler on an adventure around the world. She wasn't always living life on the move, and in this half hour chat, she explains the ins and outs of international travel, how to make it possible to go alone, and what it's all meant to her.

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Jan 3, 2016

You know the drill: it's January 1st and you resolve to be a better you. January 7th rolls around, and you've already failed miserably.

In this episode we examine why you fail, and how you can fail forward when it comes to making new year's resolutions that stick!

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Dec 24, 2015

One year ago ALifeWellDesigned.com was registered, and since then it has expanded faster than originally planned. It's all because of you guys, the listeners, so THANK YOU for making it such a joy to work on! Here's looking to another amazing year of making connections with incredible people.

In this episode we cover where we started, where we are, and where we're going in the near future. Want to have some say in how that happens? Let us know! Email us, tweet at us, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram to get involved.

In conclusion, Happy Holidays to YOU, and Happy Birthday to US!

Dec 5, 2015

Welcome to the nerdiest episode of the show, yet! We over here at the show are mighty stoked about the upcoming Star Wars movies, so I figured I'd share some life lessons you can learn from the Jedi.

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Nov 25, 2015

In this episode

We talk about how to preserve your sanity while you're home for the holidays. Definitely worth a listen!

Full transcript here.

 

Nov 22, 2015

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Phil Ferguson is a certified fiduciary at Polaris Financial Planning, which means he's legally obligated to have your best financial well-being front & center. He hosts his own podcast, The Phil Ferguson Show where he talks 1 part money and 2 parts atheism. While not out on the lecture and conference circuit, he lives in Champaign IL. 

IN THIS EPISODE

Warning: Amazing advice & strong language

Phil doesn't pull any punches when it comes to finances, and doesn't mince any words either. He explains "How to Money" for us and a whole lot more.

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Nov 8, 2015

Introduction

There's one metric that accounts for more than 50% of your chances of success. In this episode, we talk about what it is, and what it means for you.

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Monkey Sphere
Dunbar's Number
Network Brokerage

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Nov 1, 2015

8 Techniques for getting more done

Technology is supposed to help us get more done, but it seems like there's less and less time to get more and more done.

In this episode I discuss how I'm able to maintain a website, podcast, a speaking/consulting career, a performing career, and a 9-5 design job with 8 techniques I've used over the years to manage my time effectively.

They're simple, yet very effective tools that you can use in your life to ensure you're getting the stuff done that you absolutely must do.

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Oct 25, 2015

There's no shortage of people in the world trying to tell you how to be happy. Most of them are simply telling you what they did, but it's physically impossible to live the same life they lived so what's a better option?

Science!

Here are 4 things you can do to immediately improve your happiness, as proven through scientific research.

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Oct 18, 2015

Seems like fewer and fewer people are living a life of integrity. In this episode we explore why this is, what you can do about it, and how to live a life free from negative cycles.

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Sep 27, 2015

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Chris Fedruk Long is a former self-help devotee who spent years trying to figure out why people do what they do. Over the last 20 years as an analyst, an independent consultant, and now a manager of analysts, she has learned to focus less on the "why" and more on the "how" to get better results from her team (and herself). She works as an implementation & delivery director at a global research, technology, and consulting company in Chicago, Illinois.

 

IN THIS EPISODE

We discuss a behavioral framework that is incredibly effective in improving communication skills, which are essential whether you’re a manager, leader, or entrepreneur. This simple tool will help you pay better attention, and respond more effectively to others based on your observations. (It also works great for non-work relationships!)

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Sep 21, 2015

ABOUT OUR GUEST

He’s the creator of Shawnimals, NinjaTown, ReSketch and a whole lot more. His work has been covered by NY Times, Entertainment Weekly, Spin Magazine, Elle Girl Korea, MTV.com and more. He’s based in Chicago.

IN THIS EPISODE

It’s a long episode because we talk about a LOT!

During the interview we cover designer toys, working a niche, perils of over saturation, scaleability, working with major distributors like ThinkGeek.com, Quality, the importance of community, the starving artist mythology, and a whole lot more.

Full show notes here.

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