The Better Show

The Better Show
The Better Show is a weekly podcast for people who want to get better at all aspects of life, made by people who love getting better.
Better Relationships Redux
Jan 14 • 108 min
We look back at one of our most popular episodes so far. How to deepen relationships with your partner, friends and family. We’ll explore why healthy relationships are so important and share tips & techniques to ensure your relationships are in tip top…
Building Better Habits
Jan 7 • 100 min
We discuss the secrets of building better habits, including the 4 laws of making or breaking habits, physical totems, the paperclip story, and habit competition apps. We share our 2019 habits we’re trying to create and break, and how we’re going to do it.
New Year’s Resolutions Redux 2019
Dec 31, 2018 • 88 min
What makes a good resolution and how can you make them stick? We’ll share why resolutions can be helpful, our personal experiences and tips you can try to make resolutions work for you.
Ian & March’s 5-Day Fasting Experiment
Dec 24, 2018 • 70 min
This week’s episode is a day by day diary of an experiment in extended fasting that Ian and March did in November of this year. Their plan was to fast for five days using a protocol created by Dr. Valter Longo, an expert on the positive health effects of…
Better Home Automation
Dec 17, 2018 • 80 min
What are the benefits of having a smart home and can you avoid the pitfalls? There has been a surge in new internet connected devices you can use to make your home smarter - everything from video doorbells & smart speakers to devices that measure your…
Better Remote Work
Dec 10, 2018 • 52 min
We ask the question, can you succeed while working remotely? There is a growing trend among employees, freelancers and entrepreneurs of working away from the office but suspicion and controversy still abound. Combining our own experience with experts in…
Better Holidays, Gift Giving & Relationships
Dec 3, 2018 • 76 min
It’s the gifting time of year and we’re here with advice on how to make the most of it. For the next episode we are pulling one of our most popular episode from the archives to help you choose thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. You’ll hear all about…
Better Language Learning
Nov 27, 2018 • 51 min
We discuss proven methods to make learning a new language easier and why it’s good for you.
Better Health Through Yoga
Nov 19, 2018 • 56 min
We discuss the history, varieties and benefits of yoga. Darren shares his experience of practicing yoga with Ian & March and surprises them with the unexpected benefits of the ancient tradition.
Better Confidence
Nov 12, 2018 • 77 min
We discuss how to improve your confidence and overcome self-doubt. We explore the difference between self-confidence and over-confidence, techniques for dealing with negative self-talk and ways to feel more comfortable in your skin.
Better Flu Fighting
Nov 5, 2018 • 57 min
We discuss what you need to know about the flu and how to fight it. We review the current flu science, why you and your family should get the vaccine and what other things you can do to avoid catching or transmitting the virus.
Better Health By Fasting
Oct 29, 2018 • 59 min
We discuss intermittent fasting - a research backed way to lose weight and improve your health. Fasting has shown to be an effective way to burn fat, reduce the risk of diabetes, improve brain function, and even reboot your immune system and fight cancer.
Better Sleep & Health with the Oura Ring
Oct 22, 2018 • 61 min
We discuss one of the most advanced fitness trackers on the market - the Oura Ring. We contrast the ring with other fitness trackers available, talk about it’s different sensors & reports, and Ian & March reflect on their experience with Gen 1 and Gen 2…
How Morning Routines Make the Day
Oct 15, 2018 • 60 min
We dive into how to design the perfect morning routine. We explore how mindfulness, healthy habits and a little bit of planning can set you up for the best day ever.
The Principles of Persuasion
Oct 8, 2018 • 56 min
We dive into the ways you can convince, inspire and influence others. Being able to persuade people is a key life skill whether you’re interview for a job, inspiring your co-workers to start a new project or fund raising for your favorite charity. We…
Better Look Back Vol. 7 - Vacation, Commutes, Going Green
Oct 1, 2018 • 69 min
We look back on how our experiments have gone in planning better vacations, improving our commutes and going green. We’ll discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what new tips & strategies we learned.
How to Build a Better Back
Sep 24, 2018 • 95 min
We dive into the ways you can protect, strengthen and heal your back. Back pain is the leading cause of chronic pain in the world and more than 80% of us will suffer from it at some point - but you can reduce your risk of getting back pain and speed up…
Better Bite - Mood Tracking with Daylio
Sep 17, 2018 • 29 min
We review the Daylio mood tracking app and discuss the benefits of tracking your emotional well being. We dive into building the habit of daily journaling, Darren’s experience with Daylio and the positive effects it can have.
Better Conversations with Celeste Headlee
Sep 10, 2018 • 57 min
We discuss how to have better conversations with award-winning journalist, host of “On Second Thought” and author of “We Need To Talk”, Celeste Headlee.
Better Bite - Time Management with Focus Matrix
Sep 3, 2018 • 25 min
We dive into the Focus Matrix app - a tool for prioritization and time management. We discuss the underlying philosophy behind the app and how Ian is using it to focus his time and energy on his most important tasks.
Channel Your Creativity
Aug 27, 2018 • 66 min
We dive into how to increase and apply your creativity. We’ll explore ways get into a creative mindset, strengthen your creative muscles and apply your imagination to problems worth solving.
Better Bite - Traveling with TripIt
Aug 13, 2018 • 32 min
We test out the TripIt app for planning & organizing travel. We discuss how it works for summarizing and sharing travel plans while staying on track during your next vacation or business trip.
Stay Safe Online Part 2
Aug 6, 2018 • 56 min
We wrap up our 2 parter on protecting your identity, your accounts & your devices. We dive into how to protect your home network, your devices & how not to get snooped on when using public Wi-Fi.
Stay Safe Online Part 1
Jul 31, 2018 • 59 min
We kick off a 2 part episode on protecting your identity, your accounts & your devices. We explore what makes a strong password, common mistakes people make around online security & how to protect yourself from data breaches.
Make Sense of Science Headlines
Jul 23, 2018 • 92 min
We explore how to interpret science headlines and see through the hype. We dive into understanding the strengths & weaknesses of science reporting and how to dig into the science behind the headlines.
Better Bite - Ian tries the Chilipad
Jul 16, 2018 • 33 min
Temperature has a huge impact on one’s quality of sleep. With summer heat in full effect, The Better Show gets ❄️cool ❄️ by testing out the ChiliPad- a mattress pad that promises to keep your bed cool & comfy. Ian was our guinea pig for this test. He…
Make the Most of Summer
Jul 9, 2018 • 68 min
We talk about how to make the most of your summer. We reflect on the power of using the seasons to mark time, the best activities to take up during the summer, and how to fully enjoy those long summer days.
Maximize Your Time with Better Priorities
Jul 2, 2018 • 78 min
We explore how to prioritize all the competing demands on your time to maximize your effectiveness and happiness.
Better Public Speaking with Chad Fowler
Jun 25, 2018 • 85 min
We explore how to engage an audience with public speaking veteran Chad Fowler. We talk the art of storytelling, how to surprise an audience and the pros & cons of scripted versus free style public speaking.
3 Documentary Picks to be Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
Jun 18, 2018 • 63 min
We discuss 3 documentaries that inspired and influenced us. We talk about the science behind a healthy diet, the true meaning of wealth, and how the universal appeal of a good meal draws us together.
3 Book Picks to be Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
Jun 11, 2018 • 46 min
We discuss 3 books that inspired and influenced us. We talk about how to have a healthy relationship with money, the mysterious & powerful role of sleep in our lives, and how the world is improving, even though we might not think it is.
Become a Better Leader
Jun 4, 2018 • 61 min
We discuss techniques & skills to become a better leader. We explore transformational leadership, leading for introverts & the importance of mentoring.
Better Bite - Secrets of Sleep
Jun 1, 2018 • 37 min
We share our favorite sleep secrets we’ve discovered and tested that will improve your rest & entire quality of life.
Better Look Back Vol. 6 - Media diet, screen time, life extension
May 28, 2018 • 86 min
We look back on how our experiments in having a healthy media diet, limiting screen time and life extension have gone. We’ll discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what new tips & strategies we learned.
Get Great at Groceries
May 21, 2018 • 74 min
We discuss valuable grocery shopping hacks. We explore how to make healthy choices, save money and make this weekly chore work for you.
Better Learning with Ryan Carson
May 14, 2018 • 56 min
We have our very first guest on the show! Ryan Carson is the founder and CEO of Treehouse - an online learning company. We talk to him about learning techniques, mentorship and the best way to learn a new skill.
Get Super Fit in 30 Days
May 7, 2018 • 102 min
We discuss the best ways to get fit fast. We explore the most effective training techniques, the importance of sleep & nutrition for fitness, and how to deal with feeling discouraged.
Maximize Your Memory
Apr 30, 2018 • 88 min
We discuss ways to strengthen your memory - everything from remembering names to learning more effectively.
Crafting a Better Commute
Apr 23, 2018 • 51 min
Ways to rethink your daily commute by transforming it into exercise, a time to learn, a time to socialize or removing it entirely!
Good Reasons to Go Green
Apr 16, 2018 • 69 min
Why going green is the best thing for you and the planet. We’ll explore how to reduce your carbon footprint, use less water and waste less food.
Emergency Preparedness — What You Need to Know
Apr 9, 2018 • 71 min
We discuss preparing for emergencies and why you’ll be glad you did. We’ll explore how to know what kind of emergencies are likely, the importance of making a plan, and what sort of equipment you’ll want to have on hand.
Better Bite - Ian buys a Tesla Model 3!
Apr 2, 2018 • 54 min
Darren & March interview Ian about his new Tesla Model 3. We discuss the merits of electric cars, their history, and what’s coming in the future.
Better Look Back Vol. 5 - Dreams & Resolutions
Mar 26, 2018 • 69 min
We look back on how our experiments in dreaming & New Year’s resolutions have gone. We’ll discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what new tips & strategies we learned.
How to create a healthy environment
Mar 19, 2018 • 83 min
We talk about the importance of tuning your environment for optimal health, focus, and creativity. We dive deep into sound, light, temperature, and air quality amongst other factors. We explore the idea that different environments are better for different…
Secrets to living a longer life
Mar 12, 2018 • 79 min
We talk about strategies for living the longest, healthiest life possible. We explore strategies for staying safe, avoiding disease, and keeping your body in great condition. We also compare the philosophies of being an ‘immortalist’ vs. a ‘healthspanner’.
Side gigs for fun & profit
Mar 5, 2018 • 64 min
We talk about the reasons & strategies for taking on work outside your day job, whether it’s for creative fulfillment or to earn extra cash. We explore the aspects to consider before you begin, while you’re getting going and once you’re rolling. We also…
Better Look Back Vol. 4 - Gifts & Relationships
Feb 26, 2018 • 58 min
On our fourth installment of the Better Look Back, we report back on our recent experiments to be better gift-givers and to improve our relationships. We tell you what worked, what failed and what new discoveries we’ve found to help you get better.
Lessons from the Olympics
Feb 19, 2018 • 85 min
We talk about what secrets we can learn from the Olympics to help us get better. We explore it’s origins, history & controversies. Then we dive into lessons inspired by Olympians that we can apply in our daily lives.
Unpacking the secrets of better vacations
Feb 12, 2018 • 86 min
Why vacations can improve your health, happiness and even your career. We’ll dive into tactics for making the most of your vacation time and creating memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Controlling screen time, so it doesn’t control you
Feb 5, 2018 • 87 min
How to take control of screen time so it doesn’t control you. We’ll dive into why limiting screen time can help improve your health, sleep, and relationships.
Nourish your mind with a better media diet
Jan 29, 2018 • 40 min
We discuss how unfiltered media can negatively affect us, how to spot biases in the news, and how to create curated media sources that works for you.
How to survive cold & flu season
Jan 22, 2018 • 78 min
We talk about strategies for staying healthy during cold and flu season. We’ll talk vaccines, hygiene, immune boosting and whether ‘man-flu’ is a real thing.
Get an Intro to Wine from The Better Show
Jan 15, 2018 • 72 min
On this episode of The Better Show we talk about this subtle, varied and much-loved product of the vine. We’ll learn how wine is made, how to pick it, and how to drink it.
Better Bite - Build a gratitude habit with The Five Minute Journal
Jan 8, 2018 • 36 min
We deep dive on The Five Minute Journal, a simple tool for increasing your happiness through daily gratitude and self-reflection. We’ll explore the power of gratitude, our personal experiences with the journal, and tips you can try yourself to help you…
New Year’s Resolutions Decoded
Jan 1, 2018 • 72 min
What makes a good resolution and how can you make them stick? We’ll share why resolutions can be helpful, our personal experiences and tips you can try to make resolutions work for you.
Dreaming for insights, lucid and more
Dec 30, 2017 • 88 min
In this episode, Ian, Darren, and March explore the nature of dreams and share our own experiences with dreaming and with lucid dreams.
Better Look Back Vol. 3 - Nutrition & Procrastination
Dec 18, 2017 • 74 min
On this third installment of the Better Look Back we report back on our recent experiments with nutrition and procrastination to tell you what worked, what failed and what new discoveries we’ve found to help you get better.
How to strengthen your relationships
Dec 11, 2017 • 99 min
How to deepen relationships with your partner, friends, and family. We’ll explore why healthy relationships are so important and share tips & techniques to ensure your relationships are in tip-top shape.
Better Holidays: Gifts & Relationships
Dec 4, 2017 • 75 min
The interconnecting theme of getting better at the holidays, whether that’s parties, gifts, or feasts is your relationship to your friends and family. Mindfully nourishing your most important relationships is important for your happiness & health as well…
Better Look Back Vol. 2 - Clutter & Meditation
Nov 27, 2017 • 88 min
Our second Better Look Back episode on clutter & meditation to tell you what worked, what failed and what new discoveries we’ve found to help you get better.
Better Bite - Productivity Planner
Nov 26, 2017 • 31 min
Why Ian initially avoided using the Productivity Planner, How Productivity Planner helped Darren be way more focused than every before and accomplish meaningful work, Darren’s “secret sauce” modifications he’s made to Productivity Planner to make it even…
Defeat procrastination and achieve your goals
Nov 20, 2017 • 84 min
Why you should actually address procrastination, why curious minds might be prone to accidental procrastination, can fear be a motivator for procrastination, the problem all creatives face, how to flip procrastination on itself and take stock of…
Eating to perform at your best
Nov 13, 2017 • 85 min
Why good nutrition matters for your performance, the negative effects of poor nutrition, strategies to improve your diet, the pros & cons of low carb & ketogenic diets and how to eat for mental focus.
Better Look Back Vol. 1 - Sleep & Stress
Nov 6, 2017 • 77 min
We look back on our experiments from the first two episodes on sleep and stress to tell you what worked, what failed and what new discoveries we’ve found to help you get better.
Meditation for focus & happiness
Oct 30, 2017 • 86 min
How meditation affects the brain & body, strategies for getting started with meditation, finding the techniques that work best for you, apps & tools to help with your meditation practice and strategies for building a daily meditation habit.
Cut out clutter and feel happier
Oct 13, 2017 • 89 min
Why one person’s cozy is another persons cluttered. The benefits of reducing clutter. Tips & tricks for dealing with clutter in your home. Strategies for reducing digital clutter. Dealing with clutter while living with other people.
Turn stress into a performance tool
Oct 12, 2017 • 65 min
In this episode Ian, Darren & March talk about how to deal with stress. We reflect on why stress matters, our own personal experiences with stress, tips & tricks you can use, and experiments we’re going to try and report back on.
Sleep for health and focus
Oct 12, 2017 • 81 min
Why do we sleep? What impacts can it have on your body, mind, and everything else in your life? How do we get better at sleep?
Welcome to The Better Show
Oct 12, 2017 • 11 min
A brief intro to the podcast. Who we are, why we started this, & how you can join us on our journey to getting better.