The One Percent Better Podcast



The One Percent Better Podcast presents conversations and tactics worth sharing. My guests and I will share actionable ways to help you get one percent better every day. This podcast lives at the intersection of creativity, communication, and problem solving. Welcome.


  • Ep. 195: The 1-Question Job Interview Experiment

    01/08/2021 Duração: 29min

    I am still learning about business.  This episode could be a 60-minute workshop that could help impact countless student-athletes, coaches, and leaders. Instead, I am sharing here for free.  Thankfully, I know what makes a valuable podcast.  I am really proud of what we were able to create here together.  Please share it with someone you know will find value in it. And I wasn't kidding; I love doing workshops that help you to have damn good conversations immediately.  If you are interested, head here to find out more: Links mentioned in today's episode:  The Tweet that Inspired this Episode The Entire List of Job Interview Questions Ep. 186 w/ Amber Selking Ep. 146 w/ Nick Winkelman Sandro on Twitter Read about Ferragosto As always thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 194: Kelly Gallagher 1% Better Reading & Writing

    25/07/2021 Duração: 01h01min

    Click Here to Be the 1st to Hear About My Course Today's guest is a bucket list guest for me in the world of education.  No literacy teacher listening has not heard of of Kelly Gallagher. If this is your first time meeting him, that's a beautiful thing too! He's invested his entire career helping teens all over the world become more literate citizens. He's motivated teachers and students in countless ways. He's traveled the world delivering workshops to thousands of us in the world of education.   Today's he's here, helping us all get 1% better. You'll love it.  Don't forget to head HERE to be the first to learn where you can get my upcoming course. Thank you so much for all the support along the way. Share this one with your favorite teacher. As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 193: 1460 Days Getting 1% Better

    18/07/2021 Duração: 10min

    Last week I received this LinkedIn message:  Former Student-Athlete: "This is some accomplishment. Make sure to stop for a second today and appreciate this." Me: "Wow! It never even crossed my mind. Is that bad??" Former Student-Athlete: "I don’t think it’s bad per se but I definitely think you need to take a second to appreciate and reflect on what you’ve been able to accomplish in 4 years on this project! Average podcast lasts what? 5 episodes?" He was talking about me producing the podcast for 4 years. I missed the anniversary.  I was working on the business, not just in the business.  I was enjoying the process of creating a podcast, not just the product. The can be cliches or they can be true. Or both.  What project are you willing to dive into for the next 1460 days? Tell me here. What project are you willing to work so hard on that you miss the anniversary? Tell me here. What project would you launch if only someone gave you permission? Ask me here. What project are you proud of? Brag in

  • Ep. 192: Brett Ledbetter 1% Better Questions

    11/07/2021 Duração: 36min

    My guest today has built a digital world of resources for those looking to do their very best work.  Head over to What Drives Winning to dive into all that he and his team have built.  Brett Ledbetter has been called one of the best question askers in the world. He has interviewed Mike Krzyzewski, Geno Auriema, Jay Wright, PJ Fleck, Mike Matheny, Sue Enquist, Brad Stevens, and many more of the world's best coaches. He has consulted with NBA and NCAA teams as well successful companies and the military.  He has asked thousands of questions, and has earned deep wisdom.  Today he passes some of that wisdom on to you. You can find my work over at if you are looking to be an even more effective communicator.  As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 191: The 22-Year Review

    27/06/2021 Duração: 18min

    The more I know, the less I know.  Can you relate to that? This year marks the end of my 22nd year as an English teacher. I feel like I am just now getting the hang of it. The more time I spend thinking about what's best for my students, the less certain I feel that I know what that is.   This week I invite you to think along with me. How do you feel about: Homework Dress code Whole-class novels Formal writing Deadlines When you think about what is best for learners, what are the best practices around each of these big ideas? Yes these are questions about schooling, but I hope you can see the bigger picture as it relates to personal growth, self-improvement, lifelong learning, and getting 1% better every day.  Email me [email protected] and let me know what you think. I want to hear from you. As always, thanks for listening! --Joe  PS: Head HERE if you need some damn good coaching. 

  • Ep. 190: Jeremy Sheetinger 1% Better Trust & Love

    20/06/2021 Duração: 01h02min

    This week I share my conversation with one of the positive leaders I have ever met. You could hate baseball and still find value in my conversation with Jeremy Sheetinger. He's positive, charismatic, and intentional, & today he's here to help you get 1% better. We discuss: His commitment to his organization's mental health His recent National Championship victory How four years away from the game transformed him  The value of putting people first  The unprecedented award he received this year  and much more. This is a damn good conversation. As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 189: How I Became a Food Critic and Why You Should Care

    11/06/2021 Duração: 15min

    This week I tell a true story and challenge you to answer two questions.  The story involves me getting paid to eat food and write about it. The two questions are those I asked myself right before I accomplished this dream. I am giddy about the benefits asking and answering these two questions could have in your life.  They work, and I can keep a secret so... Email me to brag at [email protected] I cannot wait to know what happens next.  As always, thanks for listening! --Joe PS: One of the three coaching slots I have open this summer was taken by a college student in Massachusetts looking to crush upcoming internship interviews. If you need to communicate who you are to strangers, COME SEE ME.   

  • Ep. 188: Rory Sutherland 1% Better Alchemy

    06/06/2021 Duração: 01h06min

    Today's conversation is with one of the most legendary advertising minds of all time.  Rory Sutherland looks at the world differently.  His book Alchemy is one of the most original collections of ideas I have ever read.  Today's conversation is wide-ranging.  From advertising to education. From fashion to technological wonders. From politics to innovation. I can't wait to hear what you think. Rory on Twitter If you are interested in learning more about one of the three remaining coaching opportunities I am offering this summer, head HERE. As always, thanks for listening! --Joe   

  • Ep. 187: Damn Good Listener Questions

    30/05/2021 Duração: 29min

    This week it's listener questions! If you have questions for a future episode head HERE. Here are the questions I answered today: (2:17) For recent college graduates feeling the effects of COVID on the job market how do you recommend staying motivated and finding that dream job? Or do you not reach for that dream job and settle for something less? (6:55) I found one of the hardest things to do as a coach was to figure out how much time needed to be spent with each player. And if I spent more time with a player because I knew it would benefit the team did the other players realize what I was doing?  Thoughts? (10:11) What’s the difference between episodes you prepare for versus those you’re purely present for (but maybe less prepared)?  (12:08) If there is one recipe your parents made while growing up that you absolutely loved, but you had to change it today to “upscale” it for a cooking show, what would that recipe be and how would you upscale it? (15:48) Tell me about the moment that made you fall in love w

  • Ep. 186: Dr. Amber Selking 1% Better Championship Mindset

    23/05/2021 Duração: 52min

    I begin today's episode with a confession.  Click play to hear what I admit. After that formality is out of the way, Amber gives us an inside look into what makes the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football program tick. She has spent years in the locker room, on the sidelines, and on the practice fields with one of the most successful programs in sports history.  We talk about: The Notre Dame process The evolution of Head Coach Brian Kelly What the New Orleans Saints got in quarterback Ian Book The thing Amber likes least about Notre Dame  and much more.  If you are craving more of her work, here are two great places to find her: Work with Amber Me on Amber's Podcast Email me if I can be of service [email protected] As always, thanks for listening! --Joe     

  • Ep. 185: The Conversation Distillery

    16/05/2021 Duração: 19min

    A distillery is place where legendary spirits are created.  That process can be messy, especially during the experimenting phase.  But making great whiskey can be systematized. With intentional choices and careful notes, the process can be repeated and taught to others.  That's what I do. I have studied the best conversationalists in the world and I want to share what they do to produce damn good conversations every time.  Today I highlight the work of three hosts and three guests.  Each play their part in creating compelling conversations.  It's craft, not fame that makes their work brilliant.  Today, I tease out and share what makes these conversations work.  These lessons can change the way you connect with others forever. Enjoy.  Check out the full conversations here: Jon Gold with Ben Freakley Charles Schultz with Jenny Rearick Mark J. Silverman with Jeff Hoffman Let me know what you think [email protected] As always, thanks for listening! --Joe   

  • Ep. 184: Mitch Joel Collecting Conversations

    09/05/2021 Duração: 53min

    My guest today has published 774 podcast episodes.  Mitch Joel is a prolific speaker, author, and creator of all things audio.  In his own words, Mitch has been "collecting conversations" for decades. His first professional interview was with Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and he has not looked back. He's been named to Dr. Marshall Goldsmith's "100 Coaches" list, and has received countless awards in the audio and video space.  Today we get into: The difference between an interview and a conversation Mitch's conversation preparation process  The tug of war between audio and video content Our mutual love of Montreal How we see crafting and asking questions differently and much more. Drop me a note [email protected] to let me know what you thought of this damn good conversation. As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 183: The Jimmy V Test

    02/05/2021 Duração: 12min

    Conversations don't have to suck. We have been brainwashed by the words and actions of those around us to believe that most conversations must be dull.  Bullsh*t. The mindset shift I share here could change your life forever.  Every time the late Jimmy Valvano took the stage, he inspired us.  Today I share one way that his words and life have helped to transform every conversation I have.  Take the challenge he left us with and inject it directly into your life.  Let me know how it works [email protected] Here are the damn good conversations I mentioned in today's episode if you want to take a spin down memory lane: The Full Convo with Tears The Full Convo with Laughs As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 182: Julie Lythcott-Haims 1% Better Adulting

    25/04/2021 Duração: 55min

    The late Jimmy Valvano once asked us to: laugh, cry, and think each day.  I have taken that advice to heart and have tried to apply it to conversations.  You'll hear all three in this damn good conversation. In addition to Julie and I enjoying the heck out of this conversation, we talk about heavy topics like: Race relations in the United States Life for young people in the pandemic What it means to be an adult Why Julie calls adulthood "delicious"  and much more.  If you enjoy this one, go back and listen to Episode 12 to hear Our 1st Conversation. In the meantime, reach out if I can be of help. As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 181: Communication-To Polish or not to Polish

    18/04/2021 Duração: 45min

    Today I share a damn good conversation recorded as part of an ongoing weekly series (Sat. 11am EST). Email me to join us live [email protected] This week's excerpt features:  Nick Winkelman , Craig Burgess & Bryan Eisenberg Three exemplary communicators with drastically different styles.  In general, Nick polishes, Craig ships with imperfections, & Bryan believes in being present.  Where do you sit? In the opening you'll me interviewing Nick, then I open up the mic for the perspective of Craig, Bryan and others.   Nick: Believes in asking questions not questioning. There's a big difference, he says. Shares a story about the time he asked an NFL prospect, "How does that feel?" after a drill. The athlete responded, "You're the coach, you tell me."

  • Ep. 180: Eric Jorgenson 1% Better Leverage

    11/04/2021 Duração: 01h09min

    This week's episode is a damn good conversation with Eric Jorgenson. We discuss: His one-of-a-kind book Our love of sandwiches What can be done to improve the education system The power of leverage What status games are What makes a great teacher  and more. You can find more on Eric's Website                        & Don't forget to let me know what you think about my brand new WEBSITE. As always, thanks for listening! --Joe           

  • Ep. 179: Evaluating a Damn Good Conversation (Recorded Live)

    04/04/2021 Duração: 34min

    Damn Good Conversations is LIVE. Have a look around our new digital home.  So excited to bring it to you! Hit me with feedback--> [email protected] Can't wait to connect. Jump in HERE so you don't miss the very best resources to help you have damn good conversations in your life and work. Today's episode is recording of a live conversation happening every Saturday at 11 am EST over on Clubhouse. Reach out if you want to join us.  Here's Charles' blog post on Becoming the Caddy of Conversations. Thank you so much for being on the journey. Can't wait to hear from you.  As always, thanks for listening! --Joe   

  • Ep. 178: Stew Fortier 1% Better Online Community Building

    28/03/2021 Duração: 50min

    Today's guest has an emoji in the top left-hand corner of his website. Why? You'll hear the full story in our conversation, but it has a lot to do with taste, trusting ourselves, and hitting publish.  These are major three components of Stew Fortier's creative identity, and in our talk he encourages us to think about each as we do our daily work.  I think you'll laugh and think along with Stew, and come out knowing this one was damn good. Here's the video we spoke about halfway through our conversation. Finally, if you want to be a part of the soft opening of Damn Good Conversations dot com, email me at [email protected] As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 177: Communication Superpowers

    21/03/2021 Duração: 27min

    This week's episode presents a section of the weekly live group I host every Saturday at 11 am EST. We broke down questions like: When do you hit record? How does pressure improve conversations? What value do canned answers provide? What can be learned from micro actions? What's the difference between having a guest on his toes versus his heels? Email me if you would like to join the group as a speaker or a listener [email protected] One question stood out: "Should we send our conversation partners questions in advance?" One answer that emerged from one member of the group was to think about having dinner with your guest. You wouldn't ever send them questions, but how could that conversation be enhanced if you gave them ideas in advance that you would like to discuss? All this and more from guests including:  Danny Miranda Jon Gold Charles Schultz Warren Modlin As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

  • Ep. 176: Aaron Kirman 1% Better Investing in Yourself

    14/03/2021 Duração: 48min

    Today's conversation is with one of the most successful real estate agents in the world.  Aaron Kirman sells properties to the some of the most famous people on Earth. Elton John, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, all are said to be his contacts.  Today he shares how he has come from the humble roots of being bullied for having a speech impediment to starring on a CNBC TV Show. It's a damn good conversation. Watch it on YouTube Email me if I can be of service [email protected] As always, thanks for listening! --Joe 

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