Podcast EP 35: Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness

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Steve Kamb is the founder of NerdFitness.com, a worldwide fitness community dedicated to helping nerds, desk jockeys, and self-aware robots level up their lives. He’s also the author of the upcoming book, Level Up Your Life, that gives people a blueprint for prioritizing adventure, growth, and happiness by turning a life into a giant video game. While running his company from a coconut laptop, Steve has adventured all over the world, explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, dived with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, and lived like James Bond in Monte Carlo. He has guest lectured at Google, Google Dublin, Facebook, TEDxEmory, and regularly speaks at Vanderbilt University.

 Join us as we talk about:
  • Turning your life into a big video game
  • How to get started with exercise, diet, or any other new habit
  • Steve’s own Epic Quest of Awesome
  • Steve’s new book Level Up Your Life
  • The value of community
  • How to harness momentum in 2016 and beyond
  • …and much more!

Links:

Steve’s book
Shortcut to the SUPER helpful resources page (START HERE!)

Podcast EP 32: Carrie Dieterle Insomniac Games Human Resources

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Carrie Dieterle is Chief People Officer at Insomniac Games, Inc. She is part of the senior leadership team, and is responsible for creating a comprehensive human resources vision, strategy and organization to support the achievement of the company’s mission, objective and short and long term goals through a culture focused on attracting, developing and retaining individuals to support continued growth and excellence. She is also the most fun Human Resources Professional I’ve ever spoken with.

Join us as we talk about:

  • What the employment experience is like at Insomniac
  • How to create a great experience for employees
  • Insomniac’s track record as a top employer with Forbes
  • Transparency & Trust in the workplace
  • CEO Ted Price’s AMA’s
  • How to nurture culture in an organization
  • Carrie’s best career advice
  • The value of Mentorship
  • …and more!

Podcast EP 31: Danny Peña of Gamertag Radio

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Danny Peña is the Founder and Host of Gamertag Radio. Gamertag Radio (GTR) is an independent online gaming website dedicated to the gaming community that was founded in 2005, and intended to help to unite all gamers. Every week GTR records and distributes new episodes recapping the news of the past week. GTR was recently announced as an addition to CBS Radio’s Play.it podcast network.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The value of podcasting
  • Creating successful community involvement
  • The intersection of gaming and hip hop music
  • Behind the scene of the video game industry
  • Growing a fan base and influence
  • How Gamertag Radio was started
  • Video games in the workplace
  • …and more!

Connect with Danny:
Gamertag Radio Podcast
Twitter: @Godfree

Also Mentioned:
Podcast Movement

5 Lessons I Learned From Florida Supercon 2015

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South Florida Supercon is Miami’s largest comic, video game, and general geek celebration. This year there were over 51,000 in attendance, and I had the pleasure of speaking to an awesome group of people at this event on Saturday June 27th. I want to start by thanking Mike Broder, Sarina, and the entire team of individuals taking this year’s event to the next level – Well done!

This was my 2nd year presenting at … Continue reading

Podcast EP 29: The Graduation Speech I Needed To Hear

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I remember my first graduation. I remember a graduation speech as well, but I can’t say I remember much else about it.

Just last week I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for the graduation of the 2015 class at the Gardens School of Technology Arts.

So I thought about the graduation speech I needed to hear when I was in the student’s place.

Yes, a talk that is chock full of wisdom, advice, and…video games.

Today’s episode is based on that speech.

Enjoy, and congratulations of the class of 2015!

Podcast EP 28: Interview with Greg Toppo Author of The Game Believes in You

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Interview with Greg Toppo

Greg Toppo is USA TODAY’s national K-12 education writer. He’s been with USA TODAY since 2002 and was a 2010 Spencer fellow in education reporting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, Toppo was a reporter for the Associated Press in Washington. Toppo has worked as both a high school English and writing teacher and as a fourth-grade teacher. He is the author of the book:Continue reading

Podcast EP 27: Patrick Scott Patterson Interview

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Patrick Scott Patterson (Scott to his friends) is a Multi-Media personality specializing in video gaming and pop culture. His work appears across a wide variety of media, including live speaking engagements, television, film, radio and more.

Patterson fell in love with video gaming when he first encountered a Pac-Man arcade machine as a child in September 1981. So enamored with video games, Patterson eventually found interest in not only the games themselves but the history of the industry and the culture surrounding it. In time, he became the go-to guy for media discussions about gaming topics ranging from the controversies over violent video games to a variety of historical topics and chats about current industry events..

Among the media outlets that have cited or featured Patterson are USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, G4tv, Guinness World Records, ESPN, NBC News, the Chicago Sun Times and a variety of regional newscasts, newspapers and radio stations across North America.

Patterson appears in documentary films such as World 1-1, Pixel Poetry and upcoming documentary Nintendo Quest.

In this episode, Patrick Scott Patterson and I talk about:

  • How he got involved with video game history
  • When he realized how his knowledge could be used to help others
  • Some of the narratives about gaming that still have not changed in the media
  • An important life lesson that video games teach us
  • What video games don’t teach us
  • The three video game characters Patrick Scott Patterson would carpool with

If you enjoy this episode, let me know, I would love to hear from you – I’m sure he would as well!

Check out his webpage: http://www.patrickscottpatterson.com/

Connect with Patrick Scott Patterson on:

Twitter

Facebook

Also, I appreciate anyone who leaves me a rating and review in iTunes – this will help others find the show!

I’m excited and honored to be speaking at this year’s Podcast Movement  THE event for podcasters!

Podcast EP 26: Do You Feel Lost Like Konami?

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Konami is going through some crazy things right now. The organization seems to have lost touch with its identity.

Maybe you have felt the same – I know I have.

This episode of the ClassicallyTrained Podcast explores a very practical exercise that you can do to find yourself again.

I also reflect on some of my favorite Konami games.

If you enjoy this episode, let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Also, I appreciate anyone who leaves me a rating and review in iTunes – this will help others find the show!

Mentioned in the Show:

Interview with David Hayter

Interview with Rika Muranaka

I’m excited and honored to be speaking at this year’s Podcast Movement  THE event for podcasters!

Podcast EP 25: Dr. James Rosser Interview

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James C. Rosser, Jr., MD, FACS is a surgeon, educator, scientist, inventor, author, futurist, social advocate, television personality, playwright, video gamer, comic book collector, lover of cinema, and self proclaimed terminal twelve year old.


Join us as we discuss:

  • How he got the nick name “The Nintendo Surgeon”
  • Confronting the erroneous methods of “research” that is often used to connect video games to negative traits
  • The moral imperative tied to video games
  • How video games transcend learning styles and empower knowledge transfer
  • What is Stealth Learning and how it can be used to accelerate learning
  • Dr. Rosser’s study on how playing video games like Super Monkey Ball can actually improve speed and reduce errors in laproscopic surgery
  • Why even serious games need to include fun
  • And more!

Dr Rosser’s Book: Playin’ to Win: A Surgeon, Scientist and Parent Examines the Upside of Video Games

Dr. Rosser’s Research Paper: The Impact of Video Games on Training Surgeons in the 21st Century 

Also available on Amazon :

Buy Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

Intro/Outtro: Playing With Power by Fantomenk, used with permission.

I hope you enjoyed this episode: Dr. James Rosser Interview

Podcast EP 24: Updates Galore

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All sorts of updates galore and exciting news!!

Links to stuff mentioned in this episode:

TEDxBocaRaton

TEDxBocaRaton Jonathan Harrison Video Games Success

Jane McGonigal‘s TED Talks

Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

best seller Amazon Mastering the Game

What I’ve Been Playing

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Nintendo 3DS

Super Mario Land 3D

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

What I’ve Been Reading

The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth

How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination

Parenting the QBQ Way, Expanded Edition: How to be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability