How I Work

Amantha Imber

Have you ever wondered if the worlds’ leading entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and business people construct their day differently to you? How I Work delves into the working days of some of the world’s most successful innovators. We discuss tactics, rituals and tricks they use to achieve so much more than the average person, despite having the same number of hours in the day.

  • 7 minutes 36 seconds
    The Top 3 Cyber Threats Facing Small Businesses (and How to Prevent Them)

    Today's episode is sponsored by Cyber Wardens.

    43% of cyber attacks target small businesses, with an average cost of $46,000 per incident. Yet many owners think they're too small to be at risk. In this episode, discover:

    • The top 3 cyber crimes reported by small businesses
    • Why a "it won't happen to me" mentality leaves you vulnerable
    • 5 critical steps to protect your business

    Cyber security is like insurance - you hope you never need it, but you're glad you have it. Listen now to safeguard your business before it's too late.

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials: Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:

    Host: Amantha Imber

    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

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    14 July 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 6 minutes 4 seconds
    Quick Win: How to dumb down your phone with Ryan Shelton

    When Ryan Shelton traded in his iPhone for a flip-phone with no internet connectivity, he took to calling it his SmugPhone, because he felt so smug watching the rest of us stare down at our little pocket computers all day every day. 

    He was smug for other reasons, too: the new level of silence allowed for more clarity of thinking, and he quickly noticed he was having more creative ideas more often. He also began to appreciate his in-person interactions more now that he wasn’t entertained by podcasts, music, movies and social media at every moment of the day. 

    So why did the comedian and podcast host go back to the iPhone in the end? 

    Ryan shares why he’s no longer using his flip-phone, and explains how he modified his iPhone to give him the same benefits without the drawbacks. 

    Connect with Ryan on Instagram or listen to The Imperfects podcast

    You can find the full interview here: https://amantha.com/podcasts/what-comedian-and-podcast-host-ryan-shelton-learned-after-ditching-his-smartphone/

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. Order your copy here

    Connect with me on LinkedIn and Instagram.

    For more life-improving tips, sign up for my weekly newsletter at https://amantha.substack.com/.

    Questions or feedback? Email me at [email protected].

    Credits:
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

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    10 July 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 33 minutes
    Why hybrid work is broken - and how to fix it (navigating the Future of Work - Part 2)

    Are you ready to revolutionise the way you work? In this second part of our special series on the future of work, I sit down with Inventium's Head of Growth and fellow organisational psychologist, Charlotte Rush. Charlotte shares her groundbreaking insights and practical tips that can transform your work life and boost team connection.

    Tune in to discover:

    • 🌟 The Future of Hybrid Work: Charlotte’s visionary perspective on where hybrid work is heading and how you can stay ahead.
    • 💬 Building Connection in Hybrid Teams: Proven strategies to enhance communication and collaboration in a dispersed workforce.
    • 🏢 Optimising Hybrid Workplaces: Practical tips for designing workspaces that support productivity and well-being.
    • 🚀 Overcoming Hybrid Work Challenges: Solutions to common pitfalls and how to maintain a cohesive work culture.
    • 💰 Maximising ROI: How to ensure your hybrid work model delivers the best return on investment.

    Whether you're a leader, manager, or simply navigating the new world of hybrid work, this episode is packed with actionable advice and expert knowledge. Don't miss out on Charlotte Rush’s game-changing strategies that can elevate your work experience to new heights.

    Join us and unlock the secrets to mastering hybrid work.For further insights and detailed research, check out the white paper.

    Connect with Charlotte on Linkedin.

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    Episode Producer: Rowena Murray

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    3 July 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 32 minutes 25 seconds
    The biggest mistakes leaders make with their teams (navigating the Future of Work - Part 1)

    Keen to know what the future of work looks like?

    Inventium's Head of Growth and fellow organisational psychologist, Charlotte Rush, has the answers.

    We dive deep into the dramatically changing landscape of employee expectations and reveal the secrets to creating a workplace that truly meets the needs of your team. As the future of work continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, leaders who fail to adapt risk losing their best talent to more progressive organisations.

    In this episode, you'll discover:

    • 🌍 The Evolution of Workplaces Post-COVID: Discover how the pandemic has reshaped office dynamics and employee expectations.
    • 🏡 Hybrid Work and Its Challenges: Get insights into the benefits and hurdles of hybrid work models.
    • 💼 Employee Expectations and Satisfaction: Learn what modern employees want and how to meet their needs to boost morale and productivity.
    • 🌟 Leadership in the New Normal: Find out what it takes to lead teams successfully through unprecedented changes.
    • 🏢 Flexible Work Environments: Explore strategies for creating a work culture that embraces flexibility and innovation.
    • 🔮 Future Trends in Work Culture: Hear Charlotte's predictions for the future of work and how you can stay ahead.

    Don't miss this episode filled with practical advice and forward-thinking strategies to help you navigate the evolving landscape of work. For further insights and detailed research, check out the Future of Work white paper.

    Stay tuned for Part Two, where we dive even deeper into Charlotte's groundbreaking ideas and actionable tips for the future of work.

    Connect with Charlotte on Linkedin.

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/


    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    Episode Producer: Rowena Murray

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    26 June 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 7 minutes 40 seconds
    Five Simple Habits to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks

    Today's episode of How I Work is sponsored by Cyber Wardens

    As a small business owner, it's easy to think cyber security isn't a priority. But 80% of small businesses have habits that make them vulnerable to cyber crime. In this episode, learn 5 easy things you can do today to keep your business safe.

    Don't wait until it's too late - a few simple changes can protect your business from costly attacks. Tune in for actionable tips you can implement today.

     

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials: Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:

    Host: Amantha Imber

    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    23 June 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 45 minutes
    BEST OF: Mamamia Out Loud co-hosts Mia, Holly and Jessie on prep routines, reading lists and respectful disagreement

    If a mystical wizard with very specific powers and a very strange agenda cast a spell on me, dictating that I could only listen to one podcast for the rest of my life - that podcast would be Mamamia Out Loud. And based on the Apple Podcast homepage charts, I wouldn’t be alone.

    Mamamia Out Loud is one of Australia’s most popular podcasts, and it’s just one of many incredible woman-led shows in the Mamamia stable, which is the largest female-led podcast network on the planet.

    Out Loud’s three co-hosts, Mia Freedman, Holly Wainwright and Jessie Stephens also have their hands full with an array of high-level jobs at Mamamia, so getting this show out three times a week (and even more frequently for subscribers) is a feat beyond comprehension.

    Mia’s the co-founder of the Mamamia Women’s Media Company and also the host of No Filter.

    Holly’s the Head of Content for Mamamia and a bestselling novelist.

    Jessie is Mamamia’s Executive Editor, as well as the host of the podcast, Cancelled. Alongside her twin sister, she writes about reality television, pop culture and current affairs.

    The Mamamia Out Loud hosts break down how they manage their overlapping schedules, where they go to find their news and fresh takes, and why modeling respectful disagreement is so important to them.

    Use Instagram to connect with Mia, Holly and Jessie, or find their work at the Mamamia website

    You can find my appearance on Mamamia Out Loud here

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)


    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.
    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan

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    19 June 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 38 minutes 2 seconds
    BEST OF: Eric Barker on his Five-Hour Rule and deliberate work-life imbalance

    It’s the greatest productivity debate of our time: how do we achieve work-life balance? Or maybe the real debate should be: is work-life balance even possible?

    Eric Barker, the author of Barking Up the Wrong Tree and now Plays Well With Others, doesn’t think work-life balance is truly achievable. At least, not if you want the best possible results in a given field. The problem, he says, is that most of live an unbalanced life by accident.

    Because of the internet and the rapidly increasing pace of everything from the news cycle to the way we socialise, we’re all doing too much of something, and not enough of something else. It’s overwhelming, and we’re constantly playing catchup.

    Eric’s solution is to abandon balance, but to do it on purpose. Decide what you want to be really, really good at it, and accept that you won’t be world-class in your other pursuits.

    Eric also shares why he sets a five-hour timer at the start of every work day, how he deals with contradictions in his own writing, and how he developed his sense of humour.

    Connect with Eric on Twitter or Linkedin

    Pick up a copy of Plays Well With Others

    ***

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/


    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:
    Host: Amantha Imber
    ound Engineer: Martin Imber
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    12 June 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 38 minutes 5 seconds
    BEST OF: Embracing Regret: Dan Pink on Learning from Mistakes

    There’s a moment in the 2013 comedy movie We’re the Millers that points to how pervasive - and misguided - the “no regrets” life motto has become. A character proudly displays a tattoo that reads, “no rAgrets”, and even more proudly proclaims that he really doesn’t have any regrets. Not even one letter.

    Bestselling author Dan Pink highlights this scene as a great metaphor for society’s almost comical underappreciation of regret. Dan is an advocate for the transformative power of looking back on your past actions, processes and routines in order to learn from them, and do better next time.

    He discusses what’s changed about his working habits since his last appearance on the show, why he was drawn to the concept of regret in the first place, and how compassion changed his whole approach to learning from past mistakes.

    Connect with Dan on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn

    Find The Power of Regret book here

    ***

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/


    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    Episode Producer: Liam Riordan

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    5 June 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 28 minutes 48 seconds
    Insider Secrets to Writing and Marketing Hit Books with Scott Young

    Want to write a non-fiction book that not only tops the charts but stands the test of time? In this episode, bestselling author Scott Young pulls back the curtain on his writing and publishing process, sharing hard-won insights from his books Ultralearning and Get Better at Anything. Packed with actionable strategies and behind-the-scenes stories, this is a must-listen for any aspiring author.

    Discover:

    💡 How to determine if your idea is truly book-worthy

    🔬 The power of research, testing, and community feedback to refine your concepts

    📝 Crafting a compelling book proposal that gets publishers' attention 🖥️ Cutting-edge tactics to optimise your book for the online world

    🤖 Leveraging AI tools to streamline your ideation and research process 🚀 Proven launch and promotion strategies to maximise sales

    🏆 The secrets to cultivating a perennial bestseller that sells for years to come

    Whether you're a first-time writer or a seasoned author, this episode will give you a competitive edge in the world of publishing. Tune in now to learn from one of the best in the business and take your book to the next level.

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin

    Instagram

    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/


    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.


    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    Episode Producer: Rowena Murray

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    29 May 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 27 minutes 6 seconds
    Ramp it up or shut it down: How ConvertKit’s Founder and CEO made his most important business decision

    How does an entrepreneur go from being told to shut down their business to building a software company worth over $200 million and serving over 50,000 creators? In this episode of How I Work, Nathan Barry, founder and CEO of ConvertKit, shares his incredible journey and the counterintuitive strategies that propelled his success.
    In this episode, we discuss:

    • 🤔 Nathan's annual life review ritual: We delve into how he not only assesses business opportunities but also tracks his adventures, home life updates, fitness endeavours, and personal goals.
    • 🛑 The turning point: Just 18 months into launching ConvertKit, a friend advised him to shut it down. Discover the pivotal questions Nathan asked himself and the framework he used to make that crucial decision.
    • 💬 Nathan shares his transformative experience of writing 1000 words a day for 600 consecutive days and how this habit has evolved over time.
    • 🌀 What on earth are flywheels? We unravel this concept and discuss how Nathan applied it to the sales process at ConvertKit.
    • 👥 The importance of team building and its ripple effects on business success.

    Tune in to discover more about Nathan's incredible journey, or catch his documentary (which he reluctantly filmed!) on YouTube. Don't forget to visit his website: nathanbarry.com, where you can sign up for his weekly newsletter or tune in to his podcast, "Billion Dollar Creator." 🚀

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. You can order a copy here: https://www.amantha.com/the-health-habit/

    Connect with me on the socials:

    Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber)

    Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amanthai)


    If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work and live, I write a weekly newsletter where I share practical and simple to apply tips to improve your life. You can sign up for that at https://amantha.substack.com/

    Visit https://www.amantha.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.

    Get in touch at [email protected]

    Credits:
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber
    Episode Producer: Rowena Murray

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    22 May 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 9 minutes 1 second
    Quick Win: The power of a daily ritual with Susan Carland

    How well do you know yourself? Pretty well, you’d think, given you spend all day everyday together! But… how much of that time is quality time, and how much of it is swallowed up by distraction? 

    As a practising Muslim, Susan Carland’s been praying five times a day, every day, for decades now. Aside from its religious component, Susan’s fallen in love with the ritualistic element of her daily prayer. As an incredibly busy academic, mother and media personality, her prayer times are often the only peaceful, reflective moments of her day.

    And that dedicated time for reflection is something she treasures: it’s her most effective means of strengthening her relationship with herself. 

    You can find the full interview here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/14pcuDAluoEL0PP869dVKF?si=ayEtmoxtSyqDqcUoVNyDCg

    My new book The Health Habit is out now. Order your copy here

    Connect with me on LinkedIn and Instagram.

    For more life-improving tips, sign up for my weekly newsletter at https://amantha.substack.com/.

    Questions or feedback? Email me at [email protected].

    Credits:
    Host: Amantha Imber
    Sound Engineer: Martin Imber 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    15 May 2024, 7:00 pm
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