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Michael Bungay Stanier

Discover the best bits of the best books read by people you admire. Michael Bungay Stanier hosts the podcast where brilliant people... more

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195. Seeking the Story Behind the Story: Lauren Crux [reads] ‘The Book’

Who holds up a mirror to you? We're all on our journeys forward, trying to figure things out and understand... more

18 Jun 2024 · 43 minutes
194. From the Vault: The Light and the Dark of a Hungry Heart: W. David Ball [reads] ‘Ulysses’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant W. David Ball. Get book links and... more

04 Jun 2024 · 48 minutes
193. How to be Radically Generous: Vicki Saunders [reads] "Astonishing the Gods" by Ben Okri

Vicki is the “Founding Activator” of Coralus, a venture capital company with a unique approach to reimagining the world of... more

21 May 2024 · 39 minutes
192. Learn Faster, Learn Better: Scott Young, Author of “Get Better at Anything” [reads] "The Principles of Teaching Based on Psychology" by Edward Thorndike

Scott is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, a podcast host, computer programmer, and an avid reader. He’s also an... more

07 May 2024 · 47 minutes
191. Obsessed (in a good way): Kaya Thomas [reads] “Positive Obsession” by Octavia Butler

Kaya Thomas is an app builder and creator of the We Read Too app, a mobile directory of children and... more

23 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
190. How Empathy Calms Anxiety: Marc Brackett, author of “Permission to Feel,” [reads] “7 ½ Lessons about the Brain”

Mark Brackett is a psychologist and professor at Yale University, known for his groundbreaking work in emotional intelligence and the... more

09 Apr 2024 · 41 minutes
189. Beware Your Shadow Career: Jay Papasan, author of “The One Thing,” [reads] “Turning Pro”

Jay Papasan is the best-selling author of The One Thing, which has sold over 3 million copies and appeared on... more

26 Mar 2024 · 56 minutes
188. Frailty, Strength, and Leadership: Amy Elizabeth Fox, CEO of Mobius Executive Leadership, [reads] ‘Attuned’

Amy Elizabeth Fox is a transformative figure in the realm of leadership development and personal growth. As the co-founder and... more

12 Mar 2024 · 45 minutes
187. The Hardest & Best Creative Question: Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like An Artist [reads] ‘What It Is’

It's not just our tech-enabled world that runs by algorithm. We meat machines, we humans, we one and all have... more

27 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
186. New Year, New News, New Cow: MBS [reads] Purple Cow by Seth Godin

With the new year, we’re doing something new with 2 Pages with MBS. Twice a month, you can listen in... more

23 Jan 2024 · 9 minutes
185. The Power of Dreams and Authentic Leadership: Modupe Akinola [reads] Genesis, Chapter 37, of the Bible

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Do you have a posse of people with whom you create “good trouble?”... more

09 Jan 2024 · 45 minutes
184. Better Life Vault: Who do you serve?: Dave Stachowiak [reads] ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the... more

02 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
183. Better Life Vault: How to be *Really* Happy: Stephanie Harrison [reads] ‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant Stephanie Harrison. Recommend this show by sharing... more

26 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
182. Better Life Vault: Getting Better at Falling Apart: Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, author of ‘Calm Within the Storm’ [reads] ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe. Recommend this show by... more

19 Dec 2023 · 40 minutes
181. How to be An (Effective) Hedonist: Charlie Bresler [reads] ‘The Life You Can Save’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages One of my favorite songs is Hole In The Bucket by Spearhead, the... more

12 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
180. Realizing Your Potential: Jonathan Brill [reads] ‘The Medium Is the Massage’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I remember being in New Orleans some years ago where people were offering... more

05 Dec 2023 · 43 minutes
179. Influence + Failure = Originality: Geoff Dyer [reads] ‘The Country and the City’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Are you living for 70 years, or are you living the same year... more

28 Nov 2023 · 44 minutes
178. Imagine Winning: Rob Hopkins [reads] ‘We Do This ‘Til We Free Us’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages So how are politics going in your country? ... No, no, don't tell... more

21 Nov 2023 · 44 minutes
177. How to be a Bigger Person: Tiziana Casciaro [reads] ‘The Heart is Noble’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages ‘The map is not the territory.’ This is one of those obvious yet profound... more

14 Nov 2023 · 58 minutes
176. What Beckons to You? Olatunde Sobomehin [reads] ‘The Life We’re Looking For’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages What was your first dream that felt big? The first time you set... more

07 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
175. Strength in Fragile Times: Susan Collett [reads] ‘The Creative Habit’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I did a beginner’s class in ceramics earlier this year, and it was... more

31 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
174. The Art of Disruption: Stefan Bucher, author of ‘344 Questions,’ [reads] ‘The Salmon of Doubt’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I often get asked how I sold more than a million copies of... more

24 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
173. What Reconciliation Means: Bob Joseph, author of ‘21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act,’ [reads] ‘BE DiFFERENT or be dead’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages As I’m recording this, I’m currently in Australia where we’re about two weeks... more

17 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
172. How to Notice Magic: Miranda Keeling [reads] ‘Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages The very first hotel that I got quarantined into, I looked out over... more

10 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
171. How to Rewild the Future: Tom Fletcher, author of ‘The Ambassador,’ [reads] ‘The Ministry for the Future’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages What does it take to be an ambassador, to be a diplomat? …If... more

05 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
170. How to be a Light in the Darkness: Sarah Lewis, author of ‘The Rise,’ [reads] ‘The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages My great grandparents feel fictional to me. Sure, I’ve seen pictures and I... more

26 Sep 2023 · 46 minutes
169. How to Keep Going When It's Hard: Tony Stubblebine [reads] 'Once A Runner'

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages The idea at the heart of my book, How to Begin, is that... more

19 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
168. Hearing the Whisper of Your Emotions: Hilary Jacobs Hendel, Author of ‘It’s Not Always Depression,’ [reads] ‘The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages In today's fast-paced world, change is the only constant. Yet, how do we... more

12 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
167. How to Both 'Be' and 'Do': Suneel Gupta, Author of ‘Everyday Dharma’ [reads] ‘The Alchemy of Opposites’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Tolstoy famously started his novel Anna Karenina, “All happy families are alike; every... more

05 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
166. From the Vault: The Art of a Tender Conversation: Kathryn Mannix, author of ‘With the End in Mind,’ [reads] ‘Gratitude’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant Kathryn Mannix. Recommend this show by sharing... more

29 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
165. From the Vault: What’s at the heart of being human? Brian Christian [reads] ‘Godel, Escher, Bach’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant Brian Christian. Recommend this show by sharing... more

22 Aug 2023 · 50 minutes
164. From the Vault: The Doorway to Shared Meaning: Haesun Moon, author of ‘Coaching: A to Z,’ [reads] ‘On Dialogue’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant Haesun Moon. Recommend this show by sharing... more

15 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
163. From the Vault: How to be Alive: Madeleine Dore, Author of ‘I Didn’t Do the Thing Today’ [reads] ‘Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant Madeleine Dore.  Recommend this show by sharing... more

08 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
162. From the Vault: How to More Deeply Understand Your World: Caroline Webb, Author of ‘How to Have a Good Day,’ [reads] ‘How Emotions Are Made’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant Caroline Webb. Recommend this show by sharing... more

01 Aug 2023 · 39 minutes
161. Art’s Real Superpower: Stuart Semple [reads] ‘Just Kids’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages The previous guest on this podcast was W. Dave Ball, a fellow Rhodes... more

25 Jul 2023 · 39 minutes
160. The Light and the Dark of a Hungry Heart: W. David Ball [reads] ‘Ulysses’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Where do you find your people? I think I’m still looking for mine,... more

18 Jul 2023 · 48 minutes
159. How to Make a Fresh Start: Emily Balcetis, Author of ‘Clearer, Closer, Better’ [reads] ‘How to Change’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I remember reading that one of the ways to become luckier is to... more

11 Jul 2023 · 41 minutes
158. We Begin Again?: Michael Bungay Stanier [reads] ‘Reset as Needed’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages For the final episode, I chose a chapter that’s about resetting a relationship... more

04 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
157. Seeing Yourself Through Another’s Eyes: Michael Bungay Stanier [reads] ‘How to Amplify What’s Good’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages As it’s book launch day, I picked one of the deep-dive chapters titled... more

27 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
156. The Wisdom in The Wound: Michael Bungay Stanier [reads] ‘The ‘Bad Date’ Question’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages My new book is on the near, near horizon. It’s called How to... more

20 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
155. Safe, Vital, and Repairable: Michael Bungay Stanier [reads] ‘The Best Possible Relationship’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages My new book is on the near, near horizon. It’s called How to... more

13 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
154. A Hunger to Learn: Ryan Hawk, Author of ‘Welcome to Management’ and ‘The Pursuit of Excellence’ [reads] ‘The Wright Brothers’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages How do you navigate the big decisions in your life? There’s a maxim... more

06 Jun 2023 · 51 minutes
Brandi Stanley reading from Andreas Weber’s Matter and Desire, and discussing her journey of spirituality, self-discovery, acceptance, and aliveness.

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Once, long ago, I chatted with Brené Brown about the possibility of writing... more

30 May 2023 · 42 minutes
152. What If You Were Living a False Life?: Hal Gregersen, Author of ‘The Innovator’s DNA’ and ‘Questions Are the Answers’ [reads] ‘Let Your Life Speak’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I’m working on building community at the moment, and I’ve noticed I have... more

23 May 2023 · 47 minutes
151. How to Make Up the Rules: Ash Ambirge [reads] ‘Tell Them Who I Am’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages A little over 6 weeks are left until my new book, How To... more

16 May 2023 · 46 minutes
150. Exploring Illusion and Ambition: Vinh Giang [reads] ‘The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I’m the most amateur of magicians. I have about ten tricks, all of... more

09 May 2023 · 35 minutes
149. From the Vault: How to Surrender to Your Heart: Thibault Manekin, author of ‘Larger than Yourself’ [reads] ‘The Alchemist’

Today, we're pulling one of our best episodes from the vaults, featuring the brilliant Thibault Manekin. Recommend this show by sharing... more

02 May 2023 · 45 minutes
148. Know Your Neighbours, Know Yourself: Zita Cobb [reads] ‘The Third Pillar’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages For one of Marcella’s significant birthdays, we went to the Fogo Island Inn,... more

25 Apr 2023 · 47 minutes
147. The Power of Subtraction: Leidy Klotz, author of ‘Subtract’, [reads] ‘Soccer in Sun and Shadow’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Way, way back, when it was raining too hard to go out and... more

18 Apr 2023 · 38 minutes
146. How to Claim Your Genius: Ozan Varol, author of ‘Awaken Your Genius,’ [reads] ‘Big Magic’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages   The smell of wood smoke, particularly burning eucalyptus wood as I’m sitting around... more

11 Apr 2023 · 46 minutes
145. Winning Trophies vs Being Seen: Laura Gassner Otting, author of ‘Wonderhell,’ [reads] ‘Stones from the River’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Growing up, there were a couple of my dad’s high school track trophies... more

04 Apr 2023 · 58 minutes
144. Success, Failure & Design: Debbie Millman, author of ‘Why Design Matters,’ [reads] ‘Consider the Lobster’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages One of the most powerful lessons I learnt was from the author Peter... more

28 Mar 2023 · 47 minutes
143. How You Are You: Anil Seth, author of ‘Being You,’ [reads] ‘Consciousness Explained’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I read recently that there’s a drop in the number of people going... more

21 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
142. How Loss Can Lead to Love: Laurel Braitman, author of ‘What Looks Like Bravery,’ [reads] ‘When Breath Becomes Air’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I’ve been very lucky to work with some of the TED Fellows, a... more

14 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
141. How You Get Good at Something: McKinley Valentine [reads] ‘The Expectation Effect’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I had a lucky break when I started working. Having lingered in university... more

07 Mar 2023 · 45 minutes
140. How to Practice: Neil Heyde [reads] ‘The Craftsman’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages It’s 1985, I’m 17, in my final year of high school, and I’m... more

28 Feb 2023 · 43 minutes
139. How to Survive Disaster: Peter Brannen, author of ‘The Ends of the World,’ [reads] ‘Teaching a Stone to Talk’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Our inability to think long-term is encapsulated in a system we barely notice:... more

21 Feb 2023 · 33 minutes
138. How to Move from Pessimism to Optimism: Ayse Birsel, author or ‘Design the Long Life You Love,’ [reads] ‘The Creative Habit’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Who do you think of when I say, ‘designer’? My brain goes into... more

14 Feb 2023 · 39 minutes
137. When All Is Confusion: Eric Klein, author of ‘What’s In the Way?’ [reads] ‘The Bhagavad Gita’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Malcolm Gladwell famously made popular the idea of 10,000 hours of practice for... more

07 Feb 2023 · 42 minutes
136. How to More Deeply Understand Your World: Caroline Webb, Author of ‘How to Have a Good Day,’ [reads] ‘How Emotions Are Made’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages How are you labeled? How have you been labeled by others? And how... more

31 Jan 2023 · 38 minutes
135. How to Face Fear: JeVon McCormick, author of ‘Modern Leader’, [reads] ‘Think and Grow Rich’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages A question for you - who do you trust with your work? Whatever project... more

24 Jan 2023 · 52 minutes
134. How to Find Your Values: Whitney Johnson, author of ‘Disrupt Yourself’, and ‘Dare, Dream, Do’, [reads] ‘Dare, Dream, Do’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Two things I love about Whitney Johnson are her relentless drive for self-improvement,... more

17 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
133. Give > Take: Bobby Herrera, author of ‘The Gift of Struggle,’ [reads] ‘The Wisdom Pyramid’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages When I first published The Advice Trap back in 2022, it was accompanied... more

10 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
132. Happy Holidays from Michael

2 Pages with MBS is on holiday break until January 10th. I’m cheering you on for the rest of 2022 and... more

20 Dec 2022 · 1 minute
131. When Building is Being: Shariff Abdullah, author of ‘Practicing Wisdom,’ [reads] ‘The Timeless Way of Building’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I had two quite different experiences of a library when I was a... more

13 Dec 2022 · 48 minutes
130. The Art of a Tender Conversation: Kathryn Mannix, author of ‘With the End in Mind,’ [reads] ‘Gratitude’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages What makes you uncomfortable? And, how do you hold yourself when you’re in... more

06 Dec 2022 · 48 minutes
129. How to be an Artist: Chadney Everett [reads] ‘The Dehumanization of Art’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Actor Viggo Mortenson once said: ‘To be an artist, you don't have to... more

29 Nov 2022 · 41 minutes
128. Not Wasting Time: Andri Snær Magnason, author of ‘On Time and Water’, [reads] ‘Einstein's Dreams’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages My first job out of university was with a company that specialized in... more

22 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
127. The Ethical Revolution: Robert Chesnut, author of ‘Intentional Integrity,’ [reads] ‘Intentional Integrity’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I’ve done my fair share of work in organizational development, some of which... more

15 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
126. Where Empathy & Activism Meet: Loretta Ross, co-author of Reproductive Justice, [reads] ‘The War for Kindness’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Despite its good intentions, activism can be exhausting. Finding motivation to keep the... more

08 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
125. Whose Heart Did You Break?: Simon Alexander Ong, author of ‘Energize’ [reads] ‘The Mountain is You’

Simon Alexander One reading from Brianna Wiest’s book The Mountain is You, and discussing resilience, self-mastery, and expanding your comfort... more

01 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
124. A Woman’s Guide to Surviving Entrepreneurship: Nathalie Molina Niño, author of ‘Leapfrog’ [reads] ‘Leapfrog’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I am an accidental entrepreneur, and as exhilarating as it’s been, it’s also... more

25 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
123. Why We’re All Entrepreneurs: Asheesh Advani, author of ‘Business Loans’ and ‘Investors in Your Backyard,’ [reads] ‘Loonshots’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages What skills do you think an entrepreneur requires? I’ve been mulling it over... more

18 Oct 2022 · 35 minutes
122. The Doorway to Shared Meaning: Haesun Moon, author of ‘Coaching: A to Z,’ [reads] ‘On Dialogue’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I’m a bit of a geek about models, specifically the ones that reveal... more

11 Oct 2022 · 42 minutes
121. Wrestling with Your Monsters: Richard Winters, author of ‘You’re the Leader,’ [reads] ‘The Heart Aroused’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Atul Gawande is a top-notch surgeon, a champion for healthcare reform in the... more

04 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
120. How to be Alive: Madeleine Dore, Author of ‘I Didn’t Do the Thing Today’ [reads] ‘Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I still remember reading my first Nicholson Baker book, The Mezzanine. This extraordinary... more

27 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
119. Your Hero-Making Brain: Will Storr, author of ‘The Status Game’, [reads] ‘Incognito’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I’m working on a new book about how to strengthen working relationships, so... more

20 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
118. Explore or Expire: Tom Wiese [reads] ‘I’m Scarred’ from ‘End Malaria’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I am a charming man. It’s an optimistic view of who I am.... more

13 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
117. The Power of The Underdog: Bobby Herrera [reads] ‘The Gift of Struggle’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages Bobby Herrera, author of The Gift of Struggle, is the co-founder and CEO... more

06 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
116. A Beginner’s Guide to Ambiguity: Andrea Small, author of ‘Navigating Ambiguity,’ [reads] ‘The Book of Eels’

Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I’m writing a new book that’s due for release in the middle of... more

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Recommend this show by sharing the link: pod.link/2Pages I still remember reading my first Nicholson Baker book, The Mezzanine. This extraordinary book slows... more