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081 – Hungry public gobbles up MSG tale

Is MSG bad for you? Listen to hear how a letter to the editor drastically changed our perception of MSG in Chinese food.

Oct 27, 2020

080 – Crummy early adoption for first bread slicer

We all know the saying, ‘the best thing since sliced bread,’ but who invented the bread-slicing machine? Listen to hear Otto Rohwedder’s surprising journey in selling his first bread slicer.

Oct 20, 2020

079 – Halen down on Eddie’s rogue m&m

Listen to hear how you should never make assumptions, even about Van Halen’s obsession over brown m&m’s.

Oct 13, 2020

078 – Tetanus icky not so sticky

Sometimes when you want people to take action it can be harder expected. Listen to hear how a Yale University experiment exposed why details are important.

Oct 6, 2020

077 – Benjamin’s book borrowing turns rival to friend

Sometimes asking for a favour is a good way to build rapport. Listen to hear how Benjamin Franklin turned a rival to a friend.

Sep 29, 2020

076 – Dome making not an egg-xact science

Can you balance an egg on its pointy end? Listen to hear how Brunelleschi revolutionised how we think about innovation with one small egg demonstration.

Sep 22, 2020

075 – Conflict is essential to collaboration

Do you need an effective example of data storytelling? Listen to hear how Dr Alice Stewart found the correlation between x-raying pregnant women and childhood cancer.

Sep 15, 2020

074 – It’s not how good you say you are

What happens when you highlight a colleague’s expertise to a prospect? Listen to hear how a simple tweak in conversation can dramatically change the sale.

Sep 8, 2020

073 – Stradi various settings impact value

When you are focused on one task, do you miss valuable moments happening around you? Listen to hear how a world-class musician went unnoticed in a Washington train station.

Sep 1, 2020

072 – All about the strategy story

Does your company have a strategy, but no one knows it? Listen to hear Shawn and Mark’s experience crafting companies’ strategy stories with one simple structure.

Aug 25, 2020

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