Books Collide Podcast

Books Collide Podcast

Every episode I explore the wisdom I find in an amazing book, compare it to another, and see what happens in the collision! There's a literary landscape of wisdom that we get to explore in the Books Collide Podcast. Join me as we embark on new soul-searching adventures through the world of impactful books. Never. Stop. Reading!

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September 12, 2021 47 min

This is part two of my conversation with Andrew Schwab of Project 86.

In part one we discussed the literary inspirations behind one of my favourite albums, Truthless Heroes.

In this episode we got back together to discuss the three most recent Project 86 albums: Wait for the Siren, Knives to the Future, and Sheep Among Wolves.

We get into the themes of Andrew's lyrics, as well as some of the books that inspired them.

Andrew also ex...

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Andrew Schwab of Project 86 talks books, Truthless Heroes and more.

Project 86 has been my favourite band for nearly 20 years. I can trace much of my love of music, writing, and even reading back to the day I first heard their music. So I'm honoured now to have singer Andrew Schwab on the Books Collide Podcast.

In this episode (part one) we discuss the origins of Andrews love of fiction, the books that inspired him during the wri...

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January 4, 2021 20 min

In this episode I'm counting down my Top 10 favourite reads of 2020.

SPOILER ALERT - Here they are with each episode that the book was featured in:

10: The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Episode 13 (Collision)

9: Good to Great by Jim Collins - Episode 6

8: Atomic Habits by James Clear - Episode 1

7: Onward by Howard Schultz - Episode 3

6: The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb - Episode 7

5: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull - Episode 8

4: The $100 Star...

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Mental health expert Dr. Bill Howatt explains how to go from living in fear to flourishing.

This is the full interview with  Bill where we talk about the concepts behind his book Stop Hiding and Start Living.

Visit Bill's website here:
Bill Howatt

Stop Hiding and Start Living was provided by Page Two Books. See more of the great books they're releasing here:
Page Two

Find me on Instagram here:
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November 16, 2020 26 min

If you feel trapped in fear, there is a way out!

In this episode, we're exploring Stop Hiding and Start Living by Dr. Bill Howatt.

Sometimes we experience so much stress, anxiety and fear, that we get caught in what Bill calls the Fear Trap.

Bill created the FIT model that he uses to help people get their mental health back in shape. The FIT model covers five Fs that we explore in this episode:

• Fear
• Failure
• Focus
• Finishing
• Fl...

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September 13, 2020 22 min

If you want to be an influencer, you need a healthy mindset.

In this episode, we're exploring From Individual to Empire by Laura Bull.

This is a book about building a brand.  The part that I cover in the episode is called The 5 P's of Successful Influencers:

• Passion
• Perseverance
• Purpose
• Positivity
• Power

The collision book for this episode is The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, which might be familiar from episode 9!

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August 16, 2020 20 min

Do you want to turn your passion into a business?

In this episode we're exploring Crush It and Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk!

I have to admit that Gary Vee has been influential to me for a number of years now.  His content has helped me make sense of my path in life.  So it's been great to catch up on his books.

Gary's strategy for "living your passion" comes down to creating content, building an audience, and mon...

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If nature became music, what would it sound like?

In this episode, I took a story from Jeff Beyl's A Conversation with the Earth, and brought it to life with sounds and music.  Try to listen to this one on headphones for the full effect!

Click here to check out A Conversation with the Earth by Jeff Beyl:
A Conversation with the Earth

Find me on Instagram for more reviews and takeaways from this book and many others:
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Jeremy Miller, president of Sticky Branding, helps me shape the brand of my new production company, and guides me through the process of picking a brand new name.

In this epic episode, Jeremy and I discuss his two books - Sticky Branding and Brand New Name.  The best part is that he coaches me through the process of developing my brand and coming up with a new name for my next company.  This is like listening in on a personal coachi...

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June 28, 2020 22 min

Can you get customers excited to buy from your brand?  This episode covers Sticky Branding by Jeremy Miller.

I was fortunate to have Jeremy from Sticky Branding join me for a fantastic interview - that episode will be coming up next.  You'll hear snippets from Jeremy throughout this episode.

In his book, Jeremy explains 12.5 principles for creating a sticky brand that stands out and attracts customers.  This episode covers my fav...

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June 13, 2020 25 min

This episode is about Game Changers, and how to be one.

We're exploring It's Not Rocket Science by Mary Spio.

Mary Spio grew up poor in Ghana, but turned her story around to become a deep space engineer and internet entrepreneur.

Her book covers seven vital traits of Game Changers, and these are the three that I explore:

• Radical Passion
• Obsessive Focus
• Active Compassion

**Please note that I misspoke at just past the 10:00 ma...

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World-class leadership speaker Chris Widener explains what it means to BE a person of influence.

In this episode I talk with Chris Widener about his book The Art of Influence.  He explains the Four Golden Rules of Influence that are laid out in his book.

Some incredible stories popped up as well!

  • What is it like to be friends with Jeff Bezos's pilot?
  • How does the president of the Seattle Mariners treat employees?
  • Were Michael Jordan...
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    May 30, 2020 26 min

    What does it mean to BE a person of influence?

    In this episode, we're exploring The Art of Influence by Chris Widener.  Chris joined me for an interview to discuss the book.  You'll hear snippets of that interview here, and the full interview is available as a separate episode.

    The Art of Influence is a story about a young man graduated from business school who gets to spend a weekend with his dream mentor - one of the most s...

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    May 21, 2020 36 min

    Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon, and Sun Tzu would have had a lot to say about it!

    2500 years ago, the Greek historian and soldier Xenophon wrote what is now called Cyrus the Great.  In this episode, we're exploring the wisdom and virtue of Cyrus, as I take you through my favourite highlights of the story.  Even the music is arranged with Persian instruments!

    In the Collisions segment, I compare Cyrus the Great to The Art of Wa...

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    If you feel you want to step into a greater leadership role, but you are unsure of your own leadership style and capabilities, then take a look at this episode's book.

    In this episode, I go over my takeaways from Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra.

    - Many leadership courses ask us to think carefully about the kind of leader we want to be.  Ibarra asks us to instead take action, experiment, and reflect on th...

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    April 24, 2020 22 min

    Why do so many of us feel stress in the workplace?  Is there something management and leadership can do to make work environments healthier?  This episode covers Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.

    Simon Sinek makes the case that a more inclusive and cooperative work environment leads to less stress and more productivity.

    There are a couple takeaways discussed in this episode:

    - A concept called the Circle of Safety describes the right a...

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    April 10, 2020 25 min

    What is UnMarketing? Being authentic and selfless in the promotion of your brand. This episode covers UnMarketing by Scott Stratten.

    Customer service, social media tips, and insights into viral content are all delved into on episode 10!

    When it comes to social media and marketing, there's no better book I can compare this to than Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk.

    Let me know your thoughts by finding me on Instagram!
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    April 3, 2020 23 min

    Why do we have a difficult time being truly happy? This episode covers The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha.

    Neil's book outlines nine secrets to being happy. These are explained through the phrase, "Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything."  Using this phrase as an outline, I go over my three favourite takeaways:

    • How to use gratitude to overcome our prehistoric negativity.

    • Why we need to appreciate bot...

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    March 27, 2020 25 min

    What's more important, good ideas or good people?  Ed Catmull, founder of Pixar, gives us his answer in his book Creativity, Inc. 

    In this episode, I discuss Ed Catmull's point of view that because ideas come from people, creative companies need to know how to develop the right creative culture.

    Three insights I go over in this episode are:

    • How Pixar made use of candor to develop their films.

    • Why creative companies need to ...

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    Winston Churchill had the makings of a great leader even as a young man during the Anglo-Boer War in 1899. But was Churchill born to be great?

    This mini-episode was a project I did as an experiment, so I thought I would share it with all of you.  It was also a chance to assemble some new music which was fun.  Let me know your thoughts by finding me on Instagram!
    @kail.letkemann

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