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Fed up with ‘dusty’ ‘old’ ‘boring’ self development podcasts? Then you need SHARP! We help you sharpen your saw so you can get better at the stuff you have to do, freeing up more time to spend on the things you want to do. We do it with humour, quality, great resource and NEVER taking ourselves too seriously. Getting better doesn’t have to be boring!
 
Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."
 
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Episode 73 – In this episode, we chat with Suzy from the Casual Birder podcast. We cover so much stuff and get into a really rich conversation about how Suzy has found herself ‘stuck’ with her productivity, and look at some solutions. It’s a great chat! Look at all this stuff we covered in this full episode: Peach socks! Learning is about a journey…
 
Quick update – Not an episode, just an explanation! Yes, we’ve been gone TOO long. Have a listen to find out more. As always, we’re really grateful for your help in supporting this podcast. To do this you can: Buy me a coffee (I’d be ever so grateful) Rate or subscribe on apple podcasts by going here – apple podcasts Contact us on Twitter – we are …
 
IT'S SUMMERTIME, BABYYYY! We're coming at you with the hottest facts about some beachin' North American shorebirds, as well as ways you can help keep the shores safe for birds. Cool down with this tall glass of bird banter! We also share some of our favorite answers to our recent Instagram question: what bird would you want for your neighbor? Tune …
 
We hope you're ready for some tea. The National Audubon Society is front and center of a lot of important conversations regarding race, inclusivity, and equality—both in the workplace and the great outdoors. In the past few months, the majority of Audubon’s employees have declared that they want to form a union to protect employee’s rights and have…
 
Episode 72 – We chat with Casanova Brooks. Casanova has driven himself from poverty and difficulty to significant success. We find out about his inspiration, his world, and how his frame of mind has helped him achieve that success. We get a different perspective here to many of the areas we’ve looked at before. Inspiring stuff! Look at all this stu…
 
We're back! After welcoming our own little baby birds into the world, we wanted to share our favorite bird moms for our first episode of 2021. Yes, this episode is coming out after Mother's Day, but we were able to record it on Mother's Day so it feels relevant still. Some of these bird moms are admirable mentors and others make...questionable pare…
 
Episode 71 – This is the audio from my recent YouTube video all about the benefits of meditation. It was recorded on location, so the audio is different to the regular episodes. Look at all this stuff we covered in this short episode: The YouTube video this came from Modern meditation doesn’t need candles or the lotus position (unless you want them…
 
Episode 70 – We investigate the idea of work-life balance. What is it? Is it really a thing? How do we get it? Look at all this stuff we covered: What really IS work-life balance? Why much of the advice seems to be unhelpful It means different thing to different people Three different perspectives from the ‘TED’ stage It is important and urgent for…
 
Episode 69 – We look ahead at what’s coming this year, and what our thoughts are for making the podcast EVEN BETTER than it is now. Tell us what you think, we’re gonna do a Q&A episode in the future. So ask us your questions in the comments on the website, on social media or by e-mail sharpthepodcast@gmail.com Look at all this stuff we covered: Mov…
 
Episode 68 – We have a look back at 2020. An awful year for many. So we decided to focus on what’s happened with the podcast. There are 3 sections: we look at what changed for ‘sharppodcast’ in 2020, we quickly revisit each episode with a tiny sample, and then end with Steve and Lisa at the table. Look at all this stuff we covered: What’s new for s…
 
Episode 67 – We’ve collated the best of the resource we’ve shared on social media in the past few weeks. We’re aiming to give you a selection of things to look at for yourself, and hopefully you’ll find something that works for you. Look at all this stuff we covered: Procrastination Time chunks Your ‘why’ and your ‘how’ Mindsets and self-sabotage D…
 
Episode 66 – If you struggle to get things from your to-do list actually done, then ALPEN is for you. We have a look at this great method… Look at all this stuff we covered: Why it’s different from other to-do list methods You don’t have to work long hours to be effective Professor Lothar J Seiwert – who is he? Why we don’t like the word ‘productiv…
 
Episode 65 – A different approach in this episode. We’ve collated the best of the resource we’ve shared on social media in the past few weeks. We’re aiming to give you a selection of things to look at for yourself, and hopefully you’ll find something that works for you. Look at all this stuff we covered: Brain hacks 3 daily habits Goals Today is un…
 
Every joke about "Corvid-19" has already been made, so let's skip to the good stuff: BIRDS! We'll share some fascinating, little-known facts about one of the bird world's smartest families (but let's be honest, ALL birds are smart). Corvids—aka the crow family—can be found all over the world. Even if you're new to birding, you've likely spotted a m…
 
Episode 64 - Your thinking isn't as rational or balanced as you think. Let us tell you why, and how you can be more aware of what's stuffing it up.Look at all this stuff we covered:What cognitive biases areHow they affect usWhy your brain is SO effective - and that's the problemHow not to make a cup of teaOur top 10 chart of biasesThe difference be…
 
It's one thing to admire birds in the wild, but it's rare to find people who dedicate their lives to helping injured birds return to the wild. Suzie Gilbert is one of these impassioned birders. Luckily for the world, she picked up a pen to start sharing her wildlife rehabilitation stories. In this episode, we sit down with Suzie to learn the behind…
 
Episode 63 - The final episode in our kind of 'trilogy' on using Todoist. We briefly explore how to use Todoist at an advanced level. We also share great disciplines for managing tasks regardless of whether you use paper, Todoist or something else.Look at all this stuff we covered:We meet Theresa - she's a 'Level 3' kind of personSharing files - so…
 
Spring is upon us and the birds are gettin' busy. And what does that mean? That's right: lots of little baby birds will soon be entering the world. Not all nests are created equal. Some birds lay eggs in giant piles of composting garbage that they continuously turn to keep the eggs at the perfect incubating temperature. Some birds nest in hanging w…
 
Episode 62 - This is a great episode! In our second look at todoist, we move up to Level 2. Our survey said most of you use paper to manage your tasks. Todoist Level '2' could really help YOU too!Look at all this stuff we covered:We meet 'Emma' who has different stuff going on in her life - work stuff, hobby stuff, home stuff - and she manages it a…
 
Episode 61 - Do you keep your tasks on a post-it note? Or are you happy using technology? We look at how "todoist" can help a range of people across a variety of situations. (Warning - episode features multiple references to Findus Crispy Pancakes.)Look at all this stuff we covered:Amir's story - the brains behind todoistHow a 'rootless' upbringing…
 
Bird Sh*t Podcast is officially one year old! Sarah and Mo have been talkin' birds, interviewing amazing birders, and sharing badass bird facts for 365 days. Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this adventure! To celebrate our "bird day," we're revisiting some of our favorite moments on the podcast from the last year. Plus, get behi…
 
Episode STP060 - With the whole corona-virus and lock-down thing going on, we wondered how we can help. It turns out there are three areas we know about that could be useful to you. How we do the 'home' thing, dealing with change, and learning new things.Look at all this stuff we covered: We chatted at the table and talked about Working from home -…
 
Stephanie Seymour has been a musician her whole life and an avid birder for the last 15 years. Her latest album, There Are Birds, brings together her love of birds and vast musical talents. Don't be fooled by the album's name: this is not an album of bird calls. It's an eclectic mix of pop and rock-and-roll, blended with lyrical birding stories fro…
 
Episode STP059 - We meet one of my favourite creative people - Laurie Jeffery. He describes himself as a photographer, a filmmaker and a story teller.Look at all this stuff we covered: Treating your commitment to people as important Why quality matters more than Stephen Spielberg How it's hard to find people who care Using great tools Working with …
 
When we first recorded this Spring Break episode, we didn't anticipate half the world being on COVID-19 lockdown. But now seems like as good of a time as any to take a mental vacation to the sunny regions of Mexico, Central America, and South America for some incredible birding! Learn about some of the coolest birds from the sunny south, including …
 
Corina Newsome grew up in Philadelphia and has always had a desire to participate in, and advocate for, the protection of wildlife and natural spaces, and encourage people of color in the U.S. to explore the great outdoors. These days, you’ll catch her in Georgia marshes doing important conservation research for the MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrow. …
 
While counting down the days until spring migration, we might as well go full-out WINTER. Embrace your cold side and learn about some awesome birds that call the Arctic their home (for at least part of the year). Learn about: a bird that sprays stomach oil onto the wings of its enemies; an eagle with the widest wing span; a hoarding bird that’s use…
 
As you can tell, this isn't an episode!But it's a request to you, our lovely listener, to share Sharp if you love it.There's all sorts of way you can share this audio:Copy and past the page this 'episode' is on from the website, into your social mediaShare the website 'subscribe' page https://www.sharppodcast.com/subscribe/If you use a podcatcher -…
 
Grassland bird populations are declining more than any other bird group in North America. Rather than spaz out—our normal reaction to bad bird news—we had a conversation with Alyssa DeRubeis and felt a lot better about the work being done for grassland birds. Spoiler: there’s still hope for restored habitats. Alyssa grew up in Minnesota and started…
 
Episode 58 - If you have to remember things, plan things or share things - mind maps can help with that and loads more. We'll tell you how.Look at all this stuff we covered: What mind maps are Where they came from How they work What YOU can use them for Tony Buzan invented mind maps - he was a character 1970's BBC tv That idiot Steve In The Field m…
 
Ever wonder what bird species your favorite characters from the hit TV series "The Office" would be? Wonder no more. In this episode, we correlate characteristics of different bird species to some of the rowdy bunch of characters from "The Office." Tune in to find out if we let Dwight be the Bald Eagle he thinks he is, why Stanley is the quintessen…
 
Before we dive too deep into 2020, let's reflect on 2019. Some big things happened in the bird world last year. Scientists identified the remains of a 15-pound, 3-foot-tall parrot named Squawkzilla. US cities adopted bird-friendly laws. We've lost 1 in 4 birds since the 1970s (hey, we didn't say it was all good news). Plus, meet 5 bird species that…
 
Episode 57 - Because sometimes books are more than books. Don't let the battle of the printed word and the audiobook get you down - you decide. Here are 4 books we loved reading this year, now it's your turn to enjoy them.Look at all this stuff we covered: Being in the woods near THAT picnic table in the rotten weather 4 Seconds by Peter Bregman Ch…
 
Some people think it's weird that many gifts in the "12 Days of Christmas" carol are birds. We're not those people...because BIRDS. Impress your friends and family this holiday season by spittin' some fun facts about the birds mentioned in this song—plus, a special Hannukah bird! You'll also get the lowdown on Audubon's 2019 Christmas Bird Count an…
 
We always hear how climate change impacts birds, but what does it feel like to *be* a bird living through this unfathomable change? Producer, songwriter, and filmmaker Ryan Moritz set out to answer this question. He’s spent the last five years filming, recording, and editing a work of art to help humans see today’s world through the eyes of birds. …
 
You know how everyone is always talking about the cool rare birds they've seen? Time to shut up the haters with these amazing facts about common birds. We believe that all birds should be appreciated every day...so why not learn more about the birds we see every day? This episode covers lesser-known facts about common songbirds found in both urban …
 
Ever wonder who the people are that named the birds named after people? Well, we wondered about it and decided to do some research. This isn't a collection of hum-drum stories about old white dudes. That's not how we roll. We uncovered tantalizing ornithological tales for your podcasting enjoyment. What you can expect: meet Napoleon Boneapart's not…
 
Pack an extra pair of pants because we're playing scary bird calls for our Halloween episode! Play these creepy bird calls at your Halloween party or listen to them late at night when you can't sleep. (Don't worry, it's totally normal.) In addition to learning scary bird calls, you'll hear real-life horror stories about zombies and blood-sucking va…
 
Introducing the next evolution: Storybound, a new radio theater program designed for the podcast age. Hosted by Jude Brewer and with original music composed for each episode, the podcast features the voices of today’s top literary icons reading their essays, poems, and fiction. In each episode of Storybound, listeners will be treated to their favor…
 
You asked, "how can I help birds?" We said, "HELL YES LET'S HELP SOME BIRDS." Turns out, there are some very, very simple things you can do to help birds everywhere have a better chance of surviving. From your daily cup of coffee to just appreciating the birds near you, we cover eight easy things you can do every day for your feathered friends. Wan…
 
Andrés Jiménez, a biologist and conservation advocate, has found a snowy owl in downtown Toronto, searched for snakes all across Costa Rica, and rediscovered a toad species that was missing for 30 years. His 9-5 job is leading urban birding programs for Bird Studies Canada, the largest Canadian non-profit dedicated to birds. You don't want to miss …
 
These birds are not like the others in their scientific families. Meet some fascinating birds defying their taxonomy or going through some kind of weird identity crisis. A parrot that lives in the mountains?! A songbird without a song?! Learn about these birds and others in this week's episode. Plus, a mixed bag of "good news, bad news" in Birds in…
 
Turns out that birds are just as pissed about the changes to the Endangered Species Act as we are. In this episode, we highlight birds who fight back and give humans a taste of their own medicine. GO BIRDS, GO!! Note: if we're being real, these birds don't seek out people to kill or thirst for human blood. But some people have been killed or injure…
 
We first reached out to birding expert Laura Erickson to talk about the birds of Harry Potter (check out episode 11!). This episode—the second half of our conversation with her—is filled with her inspirational perspective on life, relatable observations about birding as a hobby, and stories you really have to hear from her in order to believe them.…
 
Episode 56 - If you haven't yet discovered how great GTD is, we tell you why - regardless of your age - you should read GTD For Teens. It's an excellent way of getting to know how GTD can work for you.Look at all this stuff we covered: We first covered GTD back in June 2017 in Episode 15 Bruce Lee and David Allen have something in common (now you k…
 
Our series finale introduces author Traci Foust in the voices of a couple dozen other writers from both seasons of the podcast, featuring original musical composition and a song by Maiah Wynne. Click here to buy a copy of Traci's memoir, Nowhere Near Normal. Click here to check out more of Maiah's music. Thank you to the following storytellers for …
 
Time to talk munchies! In this episode, learn how to attract birds with FOOD (because who doesn't love food?). We get into the nitty-gritty so you can bring the kinds of birds to your yard that you want to see. Learn what kinds of feeders are best for certain types of birds, as well as the preferred foods for different birds. Plus, in this week's "…
 
This week, Stevan reads an excerpt from his novel, The Alehouse at the End of the World, with musical scoring and a performance by Shane Brown. Our hero, the fisherman, is on a quest to find his beloved, who has written to him from her deathbed, urging him to come find her on the Isle of the Dead. After a rather unusual sea voyage, we join him as h…
 
Written and narrated by Joanna Rose with a musical performance by Christopher Worth This week, Joanna pages through her own book while contemplating what to write next. Then Christopher performs a song! Read more on Joanna Rose here: joannarose.xyz Check out Christopher Worth here: weareworth.com Hear more episodes: sttspod.com Click here to rate u…
 
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