Discover the principles of mastering complex projects, the differences between fiction and non-fiction for promoting behaviour change and the importance of dealing with practical concerns when pursuing your dreams.
Discover the characteristics of the best founders, how the tone of the conversation in the Valley has changed since the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal and the differences between the tech ecosystems in Europe and the US.
Learn how technology has affected journalism and changed the rules of the game, the key to asking good questions in an interview and the current state of the global tech ecosystem.
Discover the conditions needed to generate insight from conversation, lessons about the creative process from years of writing on two of the internet's most popular blogs and why dialectic is the driving force of any good relationship and a healthy society.
Discover the potential impact of AI on the labour market and how to position yourself for the changes to come, business lessons from a successful entrepreneur and investor and how technology changes our understanding of the world and how we act in it.
Discover how to use memory palaces to improve your learning and manage your knowledge, the skills that are essential to thrive in the 21st century, including the art of personal reinvention and the difference between the learning environments in the military and schools.
Discover the mechanics of an alternative educational institution focused on digital skills, whether there is a tradeoff between training skills and teaching people to think and how to choose projects when you have a lot of interests and trouble focusing.
Discover how to learn systems thinking and teach it to others, the secrets behind Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius, as well as the common thread between all our global problems from climate change to financial security.
Learn about tthe power of education for development and the dangers of exam factories in South Korea, the potential of personalised learning and the dangers of over optimisation in Silicon Valley and the human centred model of education and celebration of teachers embodied in the Finnish educational system.
Discover the challenges of becoming a thought leader without selling out from one of the world's leading online educators and the process behind teaching children to learn effectively.
Dicover the core principles behind cryptocurrencies, how Bitcoin and Ethereum can coexist in the same ecosystem and the implications of the technology for the future of the global economy.
I’ve definitely learned a lot over the last few years and while I’ve developed expertise in the field of accelerated learning, I think some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned have been career related. So in this episode I’m going to share 5 lessons I’ve learned in the last 5 years that will help you level up your career and get you closer to where you want to be.
Discover the career lessons of a seasoned entrepreneur and investor, including why he invests in cult leaders, the challenges of corporate innovation and why corporates should be competing with VCs given their assets and the importance of multidisciplinary thinking for innovation.
Learn about the race between technology and education and its implications for your career, discover the knowledge, skills and character traits needed to thrive in the 21st century and understand the challenge of measuring soft skills and metalearning.
Discover the transferability of research as a skill and the multidisciplinary nature of innovation, the core ideas behind the cutting edge research on human aging and how to successfully spread your message to attract interest to your work.
This episode is a special one on Albert Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity. Discover Einstein’s backstory and how it influenced his work, the mechanics of the equation in a way that you can understand and the implications of the equation for our view of the Universe.
Discover how to create a consistent style and tone when presenting, how to manage your energy levels to come across well and how to optimise your body language for maximum impact.
Discover how to stay on top of the rapid pace of change in modern society, how to innovate in the 21st century disruption economy and how to market effectively in a noisy world, while staying true to your values.
Discover the lessons I learned from producing my online course, Make Me A MetaLearner, including how to brainstorm ideas effectively, how to manage the process of a prolonged piece of writing and how to build a system that makes your educational content easy to understand.
Discover how to improve your learning process through insights from cognitive science, the trade-off between trying new things (exploration) and doing what works (exploitation) and the key to teaching effectively.
Finding great teachers is a big part of learning anything but getting access to them is difficult. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interview world-leading experts through the MetaLearn Podcast and the process of learning from these people has taught me more than I could ever have imagined. This episode will help you do the same, should you choose to do so.
Discover what we know about the future of the brain and the difference between human and computer intelligence, how to learn from the smartest people in the world, including Elon Musk and what human super-intelligence means for you.
This episode is a special one on Isaac Newton’s Universal Law of Gravity. Discover Newton’s backstory and how it influenced his work, the mechanics of the equation in a way that you can understand and the implications of the equation for our view of the Universe.
Discover the fundamental pillars of a great note taking system, how design thinking can be used to improve your productivity and life and the actions you can take to prepare yourself for the future of work.
This episode is my review of 2017, so in it I’ll discuss 5 key lessons I’ve learned in the year gone by including the 3 qualities of all exceptional learners I’ve discovered from my interviews, how to identify great teachers, and how to set up systems that create it.
Discover how to teach yourself anything with the sandbox method, how to run and manage self-experimentation projects and career lessons from building a thriving blog, two podcasts and a successful business.
Discover how to use algorithms to think smarter and make better decisions, how to sidestep logical fallacies and improve your critical thinking skills in a world full of noise and how to make sense of the data deluge we’re experiencing in the 21st century.
Choosing what to learn is no easy task if you’re doing it right, but doing a bit of work up front can save you a lot of trouble in the end. Discover the major differences between passion and professional projects, a simple framework for identifying the skill you should learn next and the three skills everyone should be developing in the 21st century.
Discover the universal principles behind mastering any skill or field of knowledge, the 4 Forces shaping the 21st Century and what to do about them and the mental models and habits needed to think like a futurist.
Discover how Minerva, an innovative new university, applies the science of learning to its curriculum and pedagogy, the major misconceptions about the project and its key innovations and the importance of community and the human factor in any learning program.
Discover the major insights behind a successful online education program, lessons about creativity including quitting projects and getting feedback and the secrets to selling with integrity and marketing effectively.
Discover how to turn contacts into connections and build relationships that last, strategies for effective communication and the best time management techniques for juggling multiple projects.
Discover the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century and learn more effectively online, how to access the flow state that produces optimal performance and the value of learning from other cultures while travelling.
Discover the most common mistakes people make when trying to process and remember information, the value of nootropics and cognitive enhancers in learning and how to experiment with them and what makes great online education.
Discover how to use beginner's mind to accelerate your learning, business lessons from building an 8-Figure Founder and the key to effective marketing that will make people listen in a world full of noise.
Discover the importance of finding meaning in learning and how to do it, the lessons we can learn from the great psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, and what we can take from the Greeks to live a more meaningful life.
Discover the qualities aspiring entrepreneurs should be looking to cultivate, the environmental characteristics that produce startup hubs and what the world's leading company builder has learned from creating over 100 startups in the tech space.
Discover the most common brain myths dispelled including the common 10% myth, the 3 biggest insights from neuroscience about the brain discovered in the last 20 years and the MetaLearning strategies that build on these insights which you can apply to your learning.
Discover why I made my first course, Make Me A MetaLearner, and how it differs from other accelerated learning courses. Plus learn about the challenges I've faced on my learning journey and how they're solved in the MMAM course as well as how I designed the course to work for every kind of skill.
Discover the best advice on learning to code, a podcaster's lessons from 300+ episodes of a popular show for developers and how to get a pilot’s license and fly planes.
Dsicover how to develop core business skills including finding product market fit, raising money and hiring, how to leverage technology to disrupt established markets and how the media influences our view of entrepreneurship.
Discover how to find a balance between work and play in your learning, how effective gamification is in improving the learning process and how to reframe whatever you’re doing to make it more enjoyable.
Discover the current state of the corporate L&D market, the trends that the world's top learning experts from the likes of IDEO, Google and Airbnb are predicting and the process of building learning organisations and helping people learn better at work.
Discover the solutions to some of the most common learning problems. Whether you're looking to get over the first hurdle of getting started, want to break through a wall you’ve hit or just want to find a way to comfortably integrate a new skill you’ve learned into your life, this episode has you covered.
Discover the three pillars needed to become fluent in a language, the process for maintaining the languages you speak and how learning languages can help you gain a better understanding of yourself.
Discover the current state of VR in learning and where it’s likely to go in the coming years, the disadvantages of VR that we need to guard against and the potential benefits of using VR to learn motor skills.
Discover the most important skills that people need to develop in the 21st century, the current state of the school system and the tradeoff between social impact and the bottom line in business.
Discover how to manage the tradeoff between quantity and quality of practice, how to reflect on your progress to calibrate accurately and how to build learning habits so that the process of practicing becomes automatic, allowing you to focus on improving fast.
Discover the process of using micromastery to learn new skills quickly and enjoyably, the difference between the Eastern and Western philosophies of learning and how to learn about yourself and the world through travel and adventure.
Discover the different types of expert and how to choose the right one for you, how to get objective feedback so that you can make faster progress and how to balance your needs for self direction and guidance to accelerate your learning.
Discover how to become more aware of your own thinking, develop your reasoning and critical thinking skills and make better decisions in the different areas of life.
Discover the benefits of collaboration in learning and how to use it effectively, the difference between dialogue and discussion and how to use them and how to find a balance between competition and effective teamwork within groups.
Discover the key principles of learning science, how to metalearn physical skills like basketball, and the mechanics of acquiring expertise in any skill.
Discover the benefits of competition in learning and how to use it constructively, how competition can harm learning if it’s not kept in check and how to compete with yourself to make progress in the long run.
Discover the systems driving the attention economy and how to live and learn in a world full of distractions, the structural problems that drive fake news and how to spot and deal with this online. Plus learn the fundamentals of AI and Machine Learning, explained in a clear and simple way that a 5 year old could understand.
Discover why perfectionism hurts learning and the rare exception where it helps, the difference between having high general expectations and low specific expectations and simple strategies to overcome perfectionism and keep making progress.
Discover the technological forces shaping the future of learning and education, including AR, VR and AI, as well as the best ways to build the learning superpowers needed to thrive in the 21st century. Plus you'll find out the insights that one of the world's leading technologists has gained from a lifetime of learning.
In Western society, many of us have now accepted the belief that productivity and efficiency are the foundations for success, but this can greatly harm our creativity. Discover the tools and techniques needed to find a balance between productivity and creativity, and avoid getting stuck in fixed routines that prevent you from fulfilling your creative potential.
Learn the tools and techniques needed to memorise huge quantities of information from names and faces to decks of cards, as well as the importance of regular mental training for sustained mental health. Plus we also discuss the physical and mental skills needed to climb some of the world's biggest mountains.
"What's the point of school?" is a question that’s been asked for hundreds of years. Discover what some of history’s greatest thinkers have contributed to the debate along with the effects that the educational system has on us.
Learn how to go from novice to getting paid for new skills like videography and writing, the importance of cultivating transferable MetaSkills and the lessons we can learn from autodidacts like Eminem and Frank Zappa.
Technology is changing the way we learn. Despite its many benefits, I think we all need to think more critically about how we interact with digital technology on a daily basis, because the secret to learning well with it is not related to which devices we use, but to how we use them.
Discover the statistical principles we should all be aware of in our increasingly data driven world, whether understanding musical concepts makes you a better musician and how to learn difficult skills from experts in different fields.
Anyone can learn another language - regardless of age, career, or previous experience, but the thing that holds most people back is a series of limiting beliefs. Discover the myths that are holding you back from learning a language and the practical strategies needed to overcome them.
Discover the pitfalls of positive thinking, the problems with the way most people normally set goals and the practical tools needed to become healthier, improve our personal relationships and perform better at work.
Discover the strategies you can use to balance your multiple interests and make progress in your learning projects, as well as the lessons we can learn from history's greatest polymaths, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Johann Goethe.
Discover the nature of mindfulness, the learning myths that we're vulnerable to at school and the practical strategies needed to apply mindfulness to your learning and life.
Discover the core computing principles we should all understand, the mechanics of building a programming language and how computer science is being taught in schools.
Discover the main trends driving the increased demand for lifelong learning, what makes good educational content and how the shift towards mobile will affect the future of learning.
Learn about the core skills needed for the 21st century and how to develop them, the challenges of reinventing education and the effective use of technology in classrooms.
Discover the tools we can use to learn from our everyday experience, how practical wisdom can be applied to improve the educational system and how to make better choices in a world of infinite possibilities.
Find out how learning in VR accelerates the development of soft skills, its potential to revolutionise education and how VR differs to other storytelling mediums like film.
Learn how to get better at math, the secrets behind great explanations of tricky concepts and the universal principles needed to learned a range of different skills from coding to snowboarding and weight training.
Discover the skills needed to become an entrepreneur, how to apply what you read and the process of creating a learning organisation that allows employees to grow and develop.
Listen to my reflections on learning and education after fifty episodes of the MetaLearn podcast. Plus discover the lessons I’ve learned from working as a lecturer and teacher this year, my views on the future of learning and the current state of the educational system and the importance of play in learning.
They're two words that get thrown around a lot but what exactly is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Here's my take on the difference between knowledge and wisdom, broken down into four main areas, along with actionable insights using some of my favourite stories and my own personal experience.
Learn the core principles needed to move better and pick up new physical skills, the parallels between parenting and teaching and the crucial and neglected role of movement in education.
Discover the current state of the teacher’s role in society and how it’s changed throughout history. Plus I give my take on the qualities and characteristics that I think make great teachers based on my own personal experience as a student and teacher.
Discover how to retrain your brain for math and science, the insights we can gain from the learning processes in the US military and the secrets behind producing great online education.
For thousands of years, all kinds of authorities – from religious leaders to academics – have been repeating the idea that humans are the most intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom. Learn about the pitfalls of this age-old assumption and discover the five insights we can take from our furry friends to think smarter and live better.
Discover the insights we can draw from mythology to think smarter and live better. At first glance, mythology appears to be a collection of tales and legends, a series of imaginary stories that amuse and entertain us. But if we look beyond the surface, myths are far more than just literary entertainment - they’re the core of ancient wisdom and point to what it means to live a good human life.
Learn about the importance of community for learning anything, the impact of the educational system on collaborative learning and the qualities needed to become a self directed learner.
We become so used to learning things we don't really want to at school that we stop asking questions. But the good news is that every one of us can rediscover that boundless curiosity by learning from the creative geniuses all around us. Learn the five principles children embody that you can learn from to bring more creativity and joy into your learning, life and work.
Learn about the differences between the brain's right and left hemispheres, the impact our left brain dominated world has on the educational system and how to apply what cognitive science tells us about learning.
Learn how to from beginner to intermediate as enjoyably and effectively as possible in the skill you want to learn. Discover my method for filtering learning projects and the three pillars you’ll need to consider in order to learn what you want in a way that works for you - mindset, habits and environment.
Learn about the controversial theme of learning styles and discover the simple tools and techniques you can apply to gain a deeper insight into how you learn. Some of the areas explored include understanding the different activities of learning that suit you best, finding your optimal times for learning and identifying your favoured mode of learning.
Here's what I learned in 2016, including my successes and failures in everything from the process of starting a podcast, to holding discussion groups as a university lecturer and pursuing my own language learning projects. Some of the themes discussed include the power of community for learning anything and knowing when to give up on a learning project.
Discover what it actually means to know a language, the best foreign language tools and resources and the most effective methods for maintaining multiple languages. Plus, get Ellen's insights on overcoming common language learning sticking points.
Discover the processes needed to make better decisions, what we can learn from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger and the importance of multidisciplinary thinking and learning in a complex and interdependent world.
Learn about the extent to which personality is innate or constructed and how acting affects this, the best strategies for accent development and the insights gained from screenwriting and acting in films and plays.
Discover the creative process of a top musician, the most important learning habits for someone looking to master a musical instrument and the ways technology is affecting the evolution of different genres.
Discover the weird and wonderful world of the human brain, and learn how you can apply some of the major insights from neuroscience and cognitive psychology to improve your learning and life. Plus I answer questions on everything from the difference between the left and right hemispheres of the brain to the role that genetics play in determining our intelligence.
Learn about the importance of having a clear definition of fluency, the best methods for learning languages and the process of overcoming the common obstacles people face on their language learning journeys.
Discover some of the most common myths about language learning and the importance of community for becoming multilingual. Plus I answer your questions on the practices of the world’s best language learners, whether you can learn more than one language at the same time and how to maintain foreign languages that you already speak.
Discover the solutions to the most common body language mistakes, how to understand the mind-body connection and how to master the art of public speaking.
Learn how you can use sound to positively influence your learning and life, the 5 simple tools that you can apply right now to listen better and the secrets of history's greatest speakers that you can use to improve your own communication skills.
Learn about the cognitive biases and mental models that influence our thinking and decision making as well as the difference between Eastern and Western thought and the extent to which intelligence is determined by genetics or our environment.
Discover the main issues surrounding the future of learning including the impact of technology, the state of the educational system and the need for lifelong self-directed learning. Plus I answer your questions on how to develop transferable skills, the difference between digital and in-person education and how to integrate learning into your life.
Gain insight into the fundamental skills that a good programmer needs to develop, the combination of theory and practice that’s best for learning the art of entrepreneurship and an insider's account of the BBC's hit show 'The Apprentice'.
Discover the practical applications of memory techniques, how much we actually know about the mind and the increasingly important role of technology in learning. Plus, get the inside scoop on competitive memory sports from a former champion.