how to do great work

After 27 episodes, the first season of Unleashing Your Great Work is coming to a close. Amanda digs into what it has been like to learn podcasting. She shares what has surprised her about doing an interview-style podcast show. She also shares the lessons she’s learned in the second half of the season from her guests. Listen in for this special behind the scenes episode!

Join us as we discuss:

01:07 How Dr. Amanda launched her podcast by mistake.

04:17 Why it is essential to know your own skills and preferences.

05:42 Solo episodes versus interview episodes.

07:00 How Dr. Amanda was surprised to discover how much she learned about great work by talking to people who are doing it.

09:11 The top lessons that Dr. Amanda learned from the second half of the first season of Unleashing Your Great Work.

13:15 There are real skills to great work.

17:26 The most interesting thing about interviewing people on a podcast.

That’s a wrap! The last episode of the first season of Unleashing Your Great Work (UYGW) has aired and we are on summer hiatus!

In this, the last episode of Season 1, I’m sharing what happened behind the scene in season one as I :

  1. Launched my podcast by mistake
  2. Learned how to edit my own podcast and spent my ENTIRE LIFE DOING IT ALL MYSELF
  3. Let go of perfection and [finally] delegated editing and managing my podcast
  4. Learned a TON from my guests (see below!)

If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, and you are looking for some inspiration and some belly laughs, you should definitely check out a guest episode (or 10)! These people are the real deal and just plain delightful.

Listening to people who have followed their dreams and are doing their Great Work might just be the motivation you need to get your OWN Great Work Groove on!

Here are my key takeaways to inspire your UYGW binge session!

  • My very first guest was Dr. Alyssa Adams. She was also (secretly!) my podcast coach and I was SO. NERVOUS. to do my first interview. She brought all the professionalism and dropped some truth bombs about the absolute necessity of being your fullest and most unapologetic self if you are going to survive the rollercoaster of Great Work.
  • Trish Blain, the mastermind behind the Four Forces blew my mind with the reminder that our Great Work MUST come from what she calls our Original Desire. I was so inspired that we did an exploration of my original desire (mine is: Magical Ta Da!), and it was a game changer!
  • Linda Ugelow’s story of going from being terrified of public speaking to being a sought-after public speaking coach was so inspiring. She talks about how our experiences as children can set us on a path of fear that we don’t even know we can change. And Linda is the reason I will (someday!) be on TikTok.
  • Michelle Mazur is a woman after my own heart. She left a stable academic job to pursue her passion for messaging, despite ALL THE FEAR. At this point in my life, I am borrowing courage from her story!
  • My friend, Mike Ganino’s episode is a fan favorite. It’s one of my most popular episodes, and i think it’s because he’s so darn funny… and yet… equally deep. And he seems to like it, too. He said: “If I disappeared today, this is the interview I’d want people to listen to understand what I was trying to do in this world.”
  • D’Arcy Webb: The Speech Diva is one of the most delightful people I know, and her interview lives up to the hype. D’Arcy is the woman who helped me find the full range of my voice and she’s helped countless others do the same. And, like a lot of my guests, she’s a great coach because she had to overcome these challenges herself.
  • Gess LeBlanc, the Author of the AMAZING book, Who’s In My Classroom, brought down some truth bombs about what it means to be Great and how he’s dedicated his life to lifting up marginalized and suppressed voices. If you care about school and marginalized youth, take a listen.
  • This episode with Dyan DiNapoli (the Penguin Lady!) is the one that I think about the most from season one. It stopped me in my tracks, “Am I doing enough to pursue my Great Work?” Again and again, I’m called to greater courage by listening to her story. Even if you don’t care about Penguins, you need to take a listen!
  • In Don Khouri’s insightful interview, I got one of the biggest insights from the podcast: If we want to do Great Work, our default response to requests needs to be NO. As such, we need to have a rock-solid process to decide WHEN to say yes. Mind BLOWN.
  • AJ Haper. This woman is a genius. She’s the person I credit with helping me get from a book I wrote that I thought was ok but maybe needed more work… to a book I’m proud to have written. And she can help you, too. If you want to write a book, listen up.
  • This interview with the intrepid Amber Vilhauer helped to explain why she named her company “No Guts, No Glory (NGNG). Hers is one of the best book launch marketing firms, and her experience as an entrepreneur was enlightening, to say the least. Plus, you’ll love her candor and insight.
  • Lauren Hope Krass is FUN-NY, but you know what I love most about her and this interview? Her PASSION. This woman is on fire for her mission of body positivity and fat activism. And her revelation about how collaboration feels like magic? Goosebumps.
  • My friend Gail Robertson is THE BEST networker I know. And she’s got a lot to say about what it takes to change an industry… even one as mired in tradition and old-school ways as manufacturing.
  • The poet, HR consultant, and Broadway producer herself: Michelle Kaplan. Ask someone like that what her Great Work is, and you are in for a deep reflection. Listen in as she helps us understand how to become the hero of our own story.
  • Stephanie Willoughby is an AMAZING photographer... but the true wisdom came out when she spoke about how scary it is to ask someone you love to trust you that you can build a successful business… and then they DO trust you. Terrifying! This, the last guest episode of season one, goes out with a bang.

Take a listen and let me know what you think!

And then, get ready for Season 2 coming in September!

About the author

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist and business coach who helps accidental entrepreneurs get more clients and have a bigger impact. She is the author of Great Work, the host of the Unleashing Your Great Work podcast, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.