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Podcast 300: To Celebrate Our 300th Episode, Ask Us Anything!


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Listener Questions: Ask Us Anything!

With every 100th episode, we celebrate by doing an "Ask Us Anything" episode.

We discuss listeners' questions about:

  • whether we ever feel guilty about reading -- and we mention trying the Strategy of Scheduling
  • how our parents raised us to have such a close sisterly relationship as adults
  • why Elizabeth loves the last scene of Mad Men so much -- if you want to watch Coca-Cola's iconic "Hilltop" ad from 1971, it's here
  • how I organize my research and writing
  • how we prepare for each episode. We mention two podcast resources: Nick Quah has an excellent newsletter Hot Pod, which covers industry news, and Kristen Meinzer, one of our former producers, has a terrific book So You Want to Start a Podcast, Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community that Will Listen. Elizabeth mentions "Beware of banter" from our Podcast Manifesto.
  • how Obligers can quit an activity when it feels like others expect them to stay; Elizabeth mentions executive coach Michael Melcher's excellent podcast Career Stewardship
  • how an Upholder can be a "loser"
  • how Obligers can find more ways to hold themselves accountable -- the listener mentions The Happiness Project Experience online course
  • don't know if you're an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? Take the free, quick quiz here (more than 3.2 million people have taken it).
  • why Elizabeth loves the Real Housewives so much
  • yes, if you see me in the Metropolitan Museum or Central Park, please say hello!
  • how I organize my photos -- I mention Shutterfly and Framebridge
  • why Elizabeth also goes by "Liz" -- she mentions her other podcast, Happier in Hollywood
  • whether I've ever considered laser eye surgery
  • whether Elizabeth gets worried about living in Los Angeles
  • whether we're ever made unhappy by our constant quest for ways to boost our happiness

Listeners, please answer our questions!


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