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The Human Performance Podcast

The Human Performance Podcast

By Virti
Helping your people learn, train and perform.
From technology to leadership, to culture, sales and sports, we discuss how organisations can maximise the performance of their teams. With a new guest from the world of leadership, training and technology each week, we talk about the latest trends and how to optimise training and human performance in your organisation through technology.

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How to Supercharge Your L&D with Immersive Learning ⚡️ Human Performance Bites
The advent of the #metaverse has brought Immersive Learning and VR #training to the forefront of the L&D space in the past year.   But what exactly is immersive learning?  How does it work? And what evidence is there to support this #technology's increasingly widespread use in #business training?   Sign Up to Our Newsletter for More Insights:
May 26, 2022
How the MetaVerse could help your company redefine workplace culture in 2022 🌎 Human Performance Bites
As companies adapt to the rapidly changing face of the workplace, the phenomenon of ‘workplace culture’ is undergoing its own seismic shift. With the advent of the #metaverse bringing Virtual and Augmented reality tech to the office, how can organisations harness the power of XR technology to redefine their culture?   Sign Up to Our Newsletter for More Insights:
May 19, 2022
Fear of Risk = Fear of Growth 🚀 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Paul Schempp
On the podcast this week is Paul Schempp. Paul Schempp is the Director of the Sports Instruction Research Lab at the University of Georgia. Before this, he was a Performance Coach for the Swedish Golf Federation. He's spent the last 25 years bringing this experience and research to the corporate world, focussing on increasing individual performance in businesses around the world. We talk about: The differences between how winners and losers think. Preparing for success. Maximizing experience. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
May 12, 2022
Leadership vs Being a Leader 🗣 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Neil Crofts
On the podcast this week is Neil Crofts: Neil is Co-founder and CEO of Holos - an entirely virtual leadership and culture consultancy working with global clients. Neil was head of strategy for Razorfish during the dot com boom, has written 4 books on authentic leadership and co founded Holos in 2014. He lives in Surrey UK with his family and is a keen cyclist. We talk about: The Post Conventional Context  Authentic Leadership  Emotional regulation and triggering If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
May 05, 2022
Humility and Learning in a Leader's Journey 👑 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Deb Calvert
On the podcast this week is Deb Calvert. Deb has 25 years of experience in leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and management training. She was an HR Director with a Fortune 500 company prior to founding People First Productivity Solutions in 2005.  Deb is an ICF-certified executive coach, licensed practitioner in numerous assessment tools, and a Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge®. She is a published author, and her research and methodologies have been published globally in academic journals. We talk about: Entelechy Ennoblement Engagement + What this means, and what it means for you! If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
April 28, 2022
Being an Inclusive Leader Starts at Home 👫 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Mita Mallick
On the Podcast this week is Mita Mallick:  Mita Mallick is a corporate change-maker with a track record of transforming businesses. She gives innovative ideas a voice and serves customers and communities with purpose. She is currently the Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact at Carta. She was formerly the Head of Inclusion and Cross Cultural Marketing at Unilever.  She has had an extensive career as a marketer in the beauty and consumer product goods space. Mallick is a LinkedIn Top Voice, a contributor for Entrepreneur and Harvard Business Review, and her writing has been published in Adweek, Fast Company and Business Insider. She is also the cohost of the recently launched The Brown Table Talk Podcast, where she and Dee Marshall share stories and tips on how to help Women of Color win at work, and advice for allies on how they can show up. Mita and Alex talk: It's not the Great Resignation, It's the Great Awakening  It's all of our jobs to get women back into the workforce  Being an Inclusive Leader Starts at Home If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
April 21, 2022
Envisioning Your Future ⚽ The Human Performance Podcast feat. Paul McVeigh
On the podcast this week is Paul McVeigh. Paul McVeigh was a professional footballer for nearly 20 years playing for clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley and Norwich Vity, whilst gaining 40 caps internationally for Northern Ireland. He made over 300 appearances and was a key member of 2 championship winning teams and rose to the pinnacle of English football. He is also a published author of the ironically entitled book ‘The Stupid Footballer is Dead’. Paul has recently finished his studies which means he is the first person in history to play in the Premier League and qualify with a Masters in Sport Psychology.  He is with us today to share what you can learn from the most ruthless and competitive industry on the planet! We talk Elite Performance, Leadership and Teamwork. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
April 14, 2022
How to Hire The Best, with EQ in Mind 💼 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Ginny Clarke
On the podcast this week is Ginny Clarke. Ginny is currently the Founder and CEO of Ginny Clarke, LLC, her own talent and leadership consulting business. She is also an active keynote speaker, and podcast host of Fifth Dimensional Leadership, a forum for leaders, thinkers and future-makers dedicated to creating the conscious workplace of tomorrow. Ginny was most recently Director, Executive Recruiting at Google from August 2016 until November 2020. In this role, she led the Diversity, Non-tech Recruiting, and the Leadership Internal Mobility teams. Her team of North American recruiters found and hired senior leaders (Directors +) for finance, sales, marketing and other G&A functions across Google.  We talk about: Competencies VS Pedigree in the Hiring Process Helping employees master their competencies and be able to articulate them to create and optimize career options. All things hiring, HR and leadership in your company. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter?   When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
April 07, 2022
Getting Your People to Go Above and Beyond ✨ The Human Performance Podcast feat. Alan Hosking
On the podcast this week is Alan Hosking. Alan Hosking is the CEO of Osgard and the Publisher of HR Future magazine. He was named in 2018 by US web site as one of the "Top 25 Future of Work Influencers to Follow on Twitter". In 2020, peopleHum in India named Alan as one of the “Top 200 Global Power Thought Leaders to watch in 2021”. Alan has been helping companies and their leaders prepare for the future of work since 2001, long before anyone else was thinking about the future! He conducts leadership training for executives as well as next gen leaders, and is an Age Management Coach for senior executives to help them use their age as an asset instead of allow it to become a liability. He is the author of a book for first-time dads called "What Nobody Tells a New Father" We talk about: How leadership has been changing over the years  Unlearning and Relearning to become a better leader How leaders can get their people to willingly go above and beyond what's expected of them. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter?   When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
March 31, 2022
The Power of Storytelling 📖 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Scott McArthur
Today on the podcast is Scott McArthur with three stories his backpack mixing and matching them to be relevant to his corporate audience. Professional keynote speaker and storyteller Scott McArthur was forced by the pandemic to tie his hands to refocus as the archeologist of his own life. Switching to broadcasting and music, Scott now continues to focus on the most important number in life 28,000, which is the average number of days someone live. Scott uses only this one measure in his life, as what is not worth doing is not time well spent.  On today's podcast, we dive into the importance of storytelling, how to set up everything for Zoom calls and for speaking to people at scale in a digital world. We also dive into some of the most important things around attention to detail and preparing before you do anything.  If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter?  When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
March 24, 2022
"I Thrive On Feedback" ⛵ The Human Performance Podcast feat. Dee Caffari MBE
On the podcast this week is Dee Caffari. One of the sport’s most accomplished offshore sailors, Dee Caffari boasts a remarkable career that includes six laps of the planet, three of them solo. Dee has challenged diversity and inclusion in the sport of sailing with the projects she has undertaken. Now having seen first hand the decay of our oceans, Dee acts as an advocate for Ocean Health helping industry facilitate change for a better future. We talk about empowering your team to succeed, owning outcomes in order to grow and being open to honest feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter?  When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
March 17, 2022
"Leadership is easy to understand, but difficult to put into play..." 👑 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Richard Rierson
In today's episode, we speak to Richard Rierson. Richard Rierson has over 30 years of real-world, practical leadership experience as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer, professional aviator, & corporate executive at the Vice President & Director level.  He’s maniacally passionate about leadership & believes that it’s central to every aspect of our lives. Central to his philosophy is that all of our leadership challenges should be met with the lifelong dedication & pursuit of becoming composed, confident, consistent, courageous, & compassionate.  In addition to being a sought after Speaker, Coach, & Consultant, he is the host of the highly acclaimed Dose of Leadership Podcast. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter?  When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
March 10, 2022
"Get Clear on What You're Pushing Away From" 🏃‍♀️ The Human Performance Podcast feat. Jeffrey Shaw
On the podcast this week is Jeffrey Shaw.  How many people can say they’ve never worked for anyone else? Selling eggs door-to-door at 14 years old began a lifetime of self-employment. As a speaker and small business consultant, Jeffrey Shaw helps self-employed and small business owners gain control of their business in what seems like otherwise uncontrollable circumstances. Drawing on his experience as a renowned portrait photographer, Jeffrey shows business owners how to see business through a different lens and strategies to compose the often-chaotic pieces of life and business into sustainable success.  Jeffrey’s TEDxLincolnSquare talk is featured on and he’s the host of the top-rated podcast, The Self-Employed Life, author of The Self-Employed Life: Business and Personal Development Strategies That Create Sustainable Success and LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter?  When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
March 03, 2022
"Ask them HUMAN Check-In Questions" 😌 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Jason Lauritsen
On the podcast today is Jason Lauritsen. Jason is transforming management as a keynote speaker, trainer and author. He liberates managers from outdated and inhumane practices so that they can cultivate human potential at work and improve people's lives. Jason's advice and teachings are informed by decades of experience as an entrepreneur, corporate executive and employee engagement researcher. His insights have been described as a secret weapon by leaders who strive to create a more engaging and human experience for their people. We talk about the current state of management training, why cultivating relationships is so important and the future of work. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter?  When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
February 24, 2022
"Set small goals that are ACHIEVABLE!" 🎯 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Allistair McCaw
On the podcast this week is Allistair McCaw is recognized as one of the world’s leading figures in High Performance, Team Culture and Leadership. For over 25 years, he has worked with numerous World Champion Athletes, multiple Olympians and no less than 14 Grand Slam Tennis Champions. He also consults to various Colleges and Professional Sports Teams around the world. An author of 5 best-selling books and a much sought-after keynote speaker, Allistair resides in South Florida. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter?  When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
February 17, 2022
Successful Days Start With Productive Mornings ⏰ Human Performance Bites
My mantra is: your #morning routine should be #SIMPLE. If you have to waste your whole morning getting your #coffee at the EXACT right time, then you're gonna feel stressed every morning. That's why, in today’s HPP Bite I run you through how I wake up every day, and give you a few strategies for getting the best out of your morning and making that #routine work for you. See the Full Video at If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
February 10, 2022
"My Life Is More Valuable Than This" 💪 The Human Performance Podcast feat. John Register
On the podcast this week is John Register. John Register failed to clear a hurdle as he trained for the Olympic Games—a move that led to a tragic accident and altered his life forever. He shifted his focus and embraced a “new normal mindset.” The decorated Persian Gulf War combat U.S. Army veteran world champion became a two-time Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, professional speaker, and global influencer. Register “amputated his fears” and founded the U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sports Program. He authored 10 Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success in Spring 2020 and works with business leaders to hurdle adversity, amputate fear, and embrace a new normal mindset to win life's medals. The artificial leg he used to win the silver medal is displayed in the Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
February 03, 2022
Journaling is The Secret to Growth 📖 Human Performance Bites
Picking up Journaling is a quick and easy way to structure your days and be more #productive. Whether you're a student in #exam season needing a way to break down your work, or a YouTuber needing to keep track of their production routine, #journaling is a great way to steal back your productivity and tackle the day, week or month head-on! Learn more at If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
January 27, 2022
How Cognitive Learning Theory Can Revolutionise Your L&D 🧠 Human Performance Bites
Think back to the last time you learned something. Was there a concept or subject that just clicked for you? You understood it clearly, and it made sense. Now, think about a time at #school when you couldn’t understand a concept or subject no matter how hard you tried. Well in today's video I dive into some learning theory to help you to understand how we #process information and how different ways of teaching and learning can impact how quickly and effectively you #learn. Learn more at
January 20, 2022
"Action Management: How do you store, organise and prioritise?" 🗄️ The Human Performance Podcast feat. Maura Thomas
On the podcast this week is Maura Thomas. Maura Nevel Thomas is an award-winning international speaker, trainer, and author on individual and corporate productivity and work-life balance, and the most widely-cited authority on attention management. We talk about managing stress, keeping an efficient workflow and avoiding burnout. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
January 13, 2022
"Get these systems in place, and the company starts running itself!" 🚀 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Marie Leslie
My guest on the podcast this week is Marie Leslie. Marie is a business consultant, a messaging strategist who specializes in helping small businesses become more productive, more focused and more successful. She's a lifelong entrepreneur who started her first business at age 13, and on today's podcast, we talk about productivity, simplifying processes and how you can get the best out of your day. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
January 06, 2022
Scaling Culture in an Age of Remote Working 👥 Human Performance Bites
In this weeks bite, I discuss how Virti scaled their culture while working remotely. Culture is the most important part of keeping your business afloat, and gives every single employee a reason to get up in the morning and give you their all. It's vital that you keep your team happy and engaged in the culture of your company. Check out the full dive on my YouTube channel at:
December 30, 2021
"The Human Side is Everything" 🤗 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Frank Wander
My guest on the podcast this week is Frank Wander. Frank is a former Turnaround CIO, author and founder of People Productive, a next generation human capital management company. Frank helps H.R. organizations and their business partners tap vast pools of dormant talent potential so the people side of that businesses can move faster than the rapidly changing business environment itself. By increasing the velocity of work, his clients unlock stronger business results. Frank helps focus themes around productivity and get the best out of people through productive culture. In today's podcast, we talk around everything to do with productivity in business and how you can get the best out of your people through positive culture across any department. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
December 23, 2021
"Don't Judge a Fish by its Ability to Climb a Tree" 🐟 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Pandit Dasa
My guest on the podcast this week is Pandit Dasa. Pandit is a mindful leadership expert who's spoken on mindful leadership and conducted workshops at Google, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, State Farm, Bank of America, Novartis and multiple other Fortune 500 companies. Pandit also presented the World Government Summit in Dubai, and at these workshops he presents research on mindfulness and explains the importance of leading by example, appreciation, communicating mindfully and managing one's emotions. In today's podcast, we discuss everything to do with the mind, how to manage yourself and how to get the best out of your emotions in a work environment. If you enjoyed this episode, why not sign up to our Newsletter? When you sign up, you'll receive a copy of our weekly 'Level Up' newsletter straight to your inbox every Thursday, with the latest Virti product and feature announcements, as well as tips, tricks and news about all things human performance.
December 16, 2021
"This is the Age of Learning" 📚 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Nigel Paine
My guest on the podcast this week is Nigel Paine. Nigel is a change focus leader with a worldwide reputation and a unique grasp of media learning and development in the public, private and academic sectors. He's written three books in the learning technology space and and while at the BBC headed up their learning development operation, developing leaders and a brand new onboarding experience to ramp up all of their staff. He speaks regularly at conferences around the world and teaches in a doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania. We discuss onboarding systems, his unique insight into learning development, how it's progressed over the last 20 years, and we also look at how new technology is emerging to empower the workforce and how you can implement change at your organization right now.
December 09, 2021
"If you want people to be more innovative... what are you asking them?" 🤝 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Karin Hurt
In todays episode, we talk to Karin Hurt, CEO of Let's Grow Leaders, and an experienced executive, speaker and writer. Karin was named of one the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trusted Business Behavior by Trust Across America and Multiplier of the Year by the Wiseman Group. We talk about getting the most out of your new hires, nurturing an innovative company culture and allowing every single employee to have a voice.
December 03, 2021
How Does Our Memory Work? 🧠 Human Performance Bites
Ever wondered how memory experts can instantly remember long digits of numbers but you are still struggling to learn everything you need for an exam? Well in today's Human Performance Bite I'm going to cover how we can hack how we learn and remember things for longer by understanding how our memory works! Check out the deep dive on my YouTube Channel at
November 25, 2021
"Keep Finding Ways to Be Wrong" 🏉 The Human Performance Podcast feat. James Parkes
On the Podcast this week is former premiership rugby player and coach James Parkes. Following his time in rugby, James has gone on to found Evexia Health International Limited, an employee wellness and wellbeing app. In terms of human performance, James is extremely well versed in getting the best out of his team and people, and has some great tips on how to constantly be your best and stay motivated.
November 18, 2021
"Your Vision Is Their Vision" 🚀 The Human Performance Podcast feat. Joan Koerber-Walker
On the Podcast this week is the legendary author, speaker and entrepreneur Joan Koerber-Walker. Joan is President and CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association and founder of CorePurpose, Inc. and in this weeks podcast discusses how to grow your company, the most important aspects of company culture and how to get the most out of yourself and your people as your business scales.
November 11, 2021
8 Top Tips for Reading More Books 📚 Human Performance Bites
Want to be a better reader? Bill Gates the former CEO of Microsoft and one of the richest men in the world said that he reads about 50 #books a year. Here are eight productivity #tips that I find helpful for #reading more effectively and consistently.   For me reading has been a super power. I've been able to learn from mentors who I've never met by reading autobiographies, taught myself how to scale every element of a business and grown as a person by applying what I've learned from books. I routinely read 2-3 books each week and did so during my time working as a surgeon and now as the CEO of a tech business.
November 04, 2021
Get More Done by Delegating Like A CEO 👉 Human Performance Bites
Whether you are a YouTube creator, startup CEO or a doctor, being able to delegate effectively is one of the most important skills to free up your time and scale your work. However lots of people struggle with delegating things as they lack a repeatable process and sometimes find that relaying information to others is more time consuming than actually doing a task themselves.  FREE DELEGATION TOOL
October 27, 2021
The Best Technique to Simplify Your Pitches and Focus Your Teaching 🧐 Human Performance Bites
How well do you actually know what you're teaching? In this bite I look at how to explain better using the The Feynman Technique which is a teaching and communication tool designed to convey information using concise thoughts and simple language. If you want to pitch your company better, make your explanations clearer and make your teaching more focused, the Feynman Technique, which is named after Nobel-Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, is a great way to do it. See the Full Video here:
October 20, 2021
A Complete Guide to OKRs: How To Set Your Goals Like Google 🎯 Human Performance Bites
When scaling businesses I've used lots of frameworks to help align people and  track goals and in this bite I'm going to look at one specific framework made popular by Google called Objectives and Key Results or OKRs I'll give a brief overview of what OKRs are and how they work and then some practical advice on how you can use them to grow your business and improve productivity. Check out our OKR tracking template right here. Make sure to subscribe to Alex's YouTube channel at!
October 14, 2021
The Virti Journey: The Road to Series A 🚀 Human Performance Bites
In todays episode, I discuss the Virti Journey, from our company's roots, to our growth to our Series A funding round of $10 Million Dollars.  We announced a Series A round of $10m for Virti led by IQ Capital with participation from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Fundraising is considered by some founders to be the hardest part of scaling a technology company. For me, this round was the opportunity to accelerate our mission to improve human performance by fundamentally changing how people learn, train and perform.
October 07, 2021
Spaced Repetition: How Studying Less Can Help You Learn More ♻️ Human Performance Bites
Despite having graduated from medical school in 2009 I can still remember a ton of medical facts and anatomical knowledge in a huge amount of detail because I learned it over a long period of time. Whether you're studying for an exam or learning a new language you want to ensure that you are maximising your time and learning as efficiently as possible to get the maximum benefit from your learning.
September 30, 2021
Hit All Your Goals with this Productivity Process 🎯 Human Performance Bites
Being productive is all about having a process that predictably achieves your goals. Whether studying for an exam, launching a product or building muscle you need to have a process that reliably and efficiently helps you to succeed. Having a reliable process that predictably helps me to complete tasks quickly is the cornerstone of my productivity. I've used this process for scaling companies, generating passive income, staying fit and developing pretty much everything that I do and I honed it down over time. The 5 phases: planning, research, prototype, implementation and reflection can be applied to literally anything and I'm going to break each down for you below.
September 27, 2021
#53 🥋 The Challenges of MMA Fighting and How Coaching Can Boost Your Game feat. Nad Narimani
My guest on the podcast this week is Nad Narimani. Nad is an English mixed martial artist and UFC star, who started his professional MMA career in 2011. Nad won the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship Featherweight Championship against Paddy Pimblett in April 2017. With a record of 10 to 2, he competes in the featherweight division of the UFC. Nad is a lifelong learner and coaches both children and athletes in mixed martial arts to help them get the very best out of themselves. We talk MMA training, what it's like to fight in front of a crowd and how learning and coaching can change your life.
September 23, 2021
Game Design for Learning? 🕹️ Human Performance Bites
Hey folks, welcome to Human Performance Bites! As you know, I'm a huge gamer and also a learning nerd, so in this week's episode I dive into one of my favourite topics: How to Make Learning Fun Using Game Design. Human Performance Bites are short bursts of wisdom from the Virti Team, hosted by Dr. Alexander F. Young. In this series, Alex covers a broad range of topics from business tips, to learning strategies, to human performance and productivity. Learn more over on Alex's YouTube Channel, at
September 20, 2021
#52 😵 Can Hypnosis Make You Perform Better? feat. Wendi Friesen
My guest on the podcast this week is Wendi Friesen. Wendi is a worldwide leader in creating rapid change for life's difficult problems. Since 1994 her site at has influenced the lives of millions worldwide and brought insight, wisdom and spiritual growth to people in need. As a flat broke single mother of two, with no resources, money, help or partners, Wendi created a transformation business for devoted followers who seek real change. Her work caught the attention of the media and she quickly became an authority on how to make rapid and massive change in people's mind, body and spiritual life. grew to experience millions in sales in a short time, reaching the hearts and minds of people who understood how her sincerity and passion could transform their lives. We discuss creating courage and focus to be more creative, breaking through your limitations and greatly improving your skills with powerful mental hypnotic practice and how does hypnosis affect your wealth and success and can anyone do it?
September 16, 2021
Active Recall 🧠 Human Performance Bites
Hey folks, welcome to Human Performance Bites! On this week's episode, we jump into Active Recall and why it's one of the best learning strategies and give some research into what makes it so effective for learners. Human Performance Bites are short bursts of wisdom from the Virti Team, hosted by Dr. Alexander F. Young. In this series, Alex covers a broad range of topics from business tips, to learning strategies, to human performance and productivity. Learn more over on Alex's YouTube Channel, at
September 13, 2021
#51 🎉 Boosting Your Energy to Win the Day feat. Liz Lewinson
My guest on the podcast this week Liz Lewinson. Liz is the award-winning author of “American Buddhist Rebel,” “Women, Meditation, and Power,” and “The Power of the Loving Man.” A long-time practitioner and teacher of meditation and mindfulness, she enjoys up-ending traditional, repressive views of power, women, and men. Her executive career spans public relations, Wall Street technology, and non-profit management. A constant learner, she enjoys being taken on long walks by her two terriers. We discuss how to practice meditation to boost you over pandemic, how raising your internal energy gives you a new approach to your daily performance and Liz provides some practical tips for gaining energy.
September 09, 2021
#50 💐 Grief and Trauma Support feat. Alison Pena
My guest on the podcast this week is Alison Pena aka Bad Widow. Alison supports clients to tap into their innate resilience and take back their lives after loss with stories, insights and strategies. After losing her husband to pancreatic cancer in 2016, Alison designed new ways to re-engage, reinvent, and rebuild back to life, work and even love. We discuss how to deal with grief, how companies can support employees through difficult times and how people can reclaim their lives and identities after major trauma.
September 02, 2021
#49 🧘 Meditation and Energy feat. Lisa Erickson
My guest on the podcast this week is Lisa Erickson. Lisa is an energy worker specializing in women's energetics, sexual trauma healing, chakra manifestation, and kundalini awakening. She is the author of Chakra Empowerment for Women and The Art and Science of Meditation both published by Llewellyn Worldwide. She aids individuals through major life transits and trauma healing, with a particular focus on women’s sexual trauma. Lisa is certified in mindfulness meditation instruction and trauma sensitivity, and has trained in a variety of kundalini and energy healing modalities. We discuss the impact of meditation on human performance and how to get started with energy work to improve your own performance.
August 26, 2021
#48 ⚡ The Power of Routine feat. Randy Gage
My guest on the podcast this week is Randy Gage. Randy is a thought-provoking critical thinker who will make you approach your business — and your life — in a whole new way. Randy is the author of 14 books translated into 25 languages, including his recent worldwide best seller, Radical Rebirth. He has spoken to more than 2 million people across more than 50 countries and is a member of both the Speakers Hall of Fame and the Direct Selling Hall of Fame. When he is not prowling the podium or locked in his lonely writer’s garret, you’ll probably find him playing 3rd base for a softball team somewhere. We discuss the role of health in performance, the power of routines and the mental side of performance in reaching peak state
August 19, 2021
#47 ⛰️ Mindset & Mt. Kilimanjaro feat. Simone Knego
On the podcast this week is Simone Knego. Simone is the best-selling author of The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You, she is also a speaker, entrepreneur, and mother to six multicultural children. Sharing her journey of adopting three of her six children in foreign countries, her climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise cancer awareness, and all of the funny, scary, and inspiring stories that came along the way, Simone instills in her audience the powerful lesson that what you do matters. And it’s the little things we do each day that make the most difference. We discuss Being a mom of six and the importance of self-care, Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mindset and the importance of believing in ourselves.
August 12, 2021
#46 🦸 Beating Adversity feat. Susan De Lorenzo
On the podcast this week is Susan De Lorenzo. Susan is a life coach who focuses on helping people who are emerging from life-altering adversities and guides them to evaluate the insights and wisdom that such times hold. She believes our “dark nights of the soul” contain amazing gems which we can use to construct an elevated platform that supports a joy-filled and authentic life and honours the journey and great being within. As a survivor of invasive breast cancer whose marriage dissolved as treatment ended, Susan draws upon her personal journey as well as her training as a life coach to give clients, readers and listeners the mindsets and tools to rebuild their lives in alignment with their deepest desires. We discuss overcoming adversity, staying positive and what is essential in order to transform an adversity into a win.
August 05, 2021
#45 🥗 Nutrition and Fitness for Busy Humans feat. Nate Palmer
On the podcast this week is Nate Palmer. Nate is a fitness and nutrition expert, coach, speaker, and writer who believes that being in incredible shape gives a massive advantage in business, focus, and relationships. He also happens to be a dad, husband, and the #1 bestselling author of The Million Dollar Body Method and Passport Fitness. Nate helps business owners and entrepreneurs improve their physique, finances, and family time using fitness and nutrition as force multipliers. We discuss nutrition, fitness, mindset and setting habits and goals when improving human performance.
July 29, 2021
#44 👀 Visualizing Success & Shaping Our Thoughts feat. David Richards
On the podcast this week is David Richards. David is an international best-selling author, life strategist, and yoga instructor. He spent his early childhood living in various parts of the United States and three years living on the island of Okinawa, Japan. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in English, he was commissioned as an officer in the Marines. He earned two Masters degrees while on active duty and was part of the initial landing force in Somalia in support of Operation RESTORE HOPE. David and I discuss Visualizing success, the power of meditation, and shaping our thoughts.
July 22, 2021
#43 💪 Redefining 'Badass' - Embracing Vulnerability feat. Mike Cameron
My guest on the podcast this week is Mike Cameron. Mike is a Canadian author, speaker, performance coach and advocate against Gender Based Violence. As a sales and leadership authority Mike has studied the impact that emotion has on human behaviour for over 2 decades. He has designed programs to assist individuals to tap into their emotions in a real and authentic way in order to become exceptional leaders and businessmen. His 2017 Tedx “The way men think of strong is wrong”, urges society to help redefine what it means to be a badass.  Mike coaches men to use his S.O.A.R framework to reconnect with their passions and purpose in life. His 2018 CBC Op-Ed “Dear Men” has been shared over 125,000 times and his keynotes addressing the importance of emotional intelligence have been heard all across North America. We discuss Mike's life-changing backstory, dealing with traumatic events and the impact emotion has on human behaviour.
July 15, 2021
#42 💡 Balancing Technology and Humanity in Medicine
In this episode, Rafael Grossman discusses the ever-fusing worlds of technology and medicine, and how we can use XR to drive great change in healthcare. Rafael is a Surgeon, Educator, Speaker, Patient Advocate, Healthcare Futurist, and Immigrant - originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Throughout his career, he has focused on tapping the paradoxical power of technology to coexist with better, more humane medical care.
July 15, 2021
#41 🃏 How High Stakes Poker Stopped Me Overthinking
On the podcast this week, Emil Ekvardt talks about how high stakes poker changed his life, and how the lessons he learned from 12 hour-long sessions with no breaks and big economic swings helped him develop his mindset and increase his performance. Emil picked up poker at age 16, and by 25 he was a poker millionaire. These incredible economic swings and extreme conditions made him obsessed with performing the best at what he does. Now, he's moved away from poker focusing on improving human performance and personal development, helping people to stop overthinking and find their passion.
June 24, 2021
#40 ⛳ Mental Training For A Competitive Edge
On the podcast this week is Dr. Patrick J. Cohn. Patrick teaches mental skills and sports psychology strategies to athletes, teams, and corporate professionals to help improve performance. In addition to working with athletes and teams, Dr. Cohn teaches parents, coaches and athletic trainers how to help athletes achieve peak performance through mental game skills training. He is also the founder of the MGCP certification program for coaches and therapists. In addition to his work with athletes, Dr. Cohn has also worked with major corporations such as IBM, Canada and USA Today. Furthermore, he’s been a sports commentator on the Golf Channel and has been featured in trade publications such as Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. He also participated in USA Today’s “Soul of a Champion” series and developed the “Soul of a Champion Test.” He was also featured as the mental game expert on Versus network. We talk about improving mental performance and why in sports and business mental training is so important.
December 16, 2020
#39 💤 How to Sleep Better and Eliminate Burnout
On the podcast this week is Karese Laguere. Karese is the author of Accomplished: How to Sleep Better, Eliminate Burnout and Execute Goals and a registered dental hygienist with a focus on orofacial myology.  Karese, like many parents, suffered in silence while her children struggled with the symptoms of undiagnosed sleep and breathing issues. One visit to a pediatric dentist changed the trajectory of their lives. Already a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Karese, trained with Sandra Holtzman, Lois Laynee and Sarah Hornsby to establish her orofacial myology knowledge. With this initial training and numerous others, in a few short years she had not only resolved all her children's issues, but helped hundreds of patients, children and adults alike, discover how great life can be functioning on full. Her private practice, The Myo Spot is now a leader in the quest for myofunctional therapy awareness and public education. Karese's mission is to transform and positively impact as many households as possible through dynamic breath, brain and body work. We discuss the science behind poor sleep, why sleep hygiene is vital to being productive and helping you accomplish goals and the latest technology to help you improve how you sleep.
December 08, 2020
# 38 📻 Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis
On the podcast this week is Kim "Kidd" Curry.  Kim worked in radio for nearly 33 years growing Miami's largest talk-time radio show until Multiple Sclerosis forced him to change his path in life aged 50.  What came next was a battery of doctor appointments, tests, therapies, expensive pharmaceutical drugs, hospital stays and adaptive equipment to live a quality of life worth living. Since his diagnosis, Curry has written “Come Get Me Mother, I’m Finished” and “The Death of Fairness” Kim discuss his diagnosis, how it changed his life, Kim’s book and his experiences working and growing a major broadcast radio station. Website:
December 02, 2020
#37 💕 Force Multiplying Workplace Relationships
On the podcast this week is Tony Chatman. Tony is a subject matter expert and recognized thought leader in the area of workplace relationships and has devoted his adult life to understanding what makes people tick, how to bring out the best in people (including ourselves), and how to pass this information on in simple, yet practical terms. He helps leaders, team members, and people from every background and diversity adopt empowering mindsets and strategies that allow them to adapt, reinvent, and transform the results they produce both personally and professionally. Tony has worked with hundreds of corporations and government agencies including the U.S. Secret Service, The Department of Homeland Security, Chase Bank, Estée Lauder, and N.A.S.A., to them reach new heights of effectiveness by understanding themselves and others better. Tony recently completed his first book: The Force Multiplier: How to Lead Teams Where Everyone Wins and in 2018 he delivered his first TEDx talk – How to Stop Settling for Less. Links:
November 26, 2020
#36 📚Self-Leadership and the Importance of Reading
On the podcast this week is Dominique "Dom" Brightmon, DTM, a certified self-leadership expert with the John Maxwell Team from Baltimore, MD that empowers and equips others to share their stories. As an active member of Toastmasters International, he was the youngest Area Director in Region 7 at the age of 23. An avid reader himself, Dom published his book titled "Going North: Tips & Techniques to Advance Yourself", the follow-up bestselling book titled "Stay the Course: The Elite Performer's 7 Secret Keys to Sustainable Success" and contributing author for, “Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy”. As the host of the Going North podcast, he interviews authors around the world to help listeners become inspired to one day publish books of their own and keep overcoming the daily obstacles we all have to face. We discuss the importance of reading, self-leadership and more.
November 18, 2020
#35 🥁 Guided Visualisation and Finding Your Life's Mission
On the podcast this week is Jim Rajan. Jim is a former award-nominated producer and director at MTV-UK Networks and other TV production companies in London, Jim has now been running a successful Healing Practice for over 17 years. He is trained in Shamanic Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reiki, and Sound healing, and has been a diligent practitioner of Nicherin Buddhism for over 13 years, with a city-wide leadership responsibility.  Jim has a dedicated global following of 6000 people on the meditation app InsightTimer for his guided visualisations and music for meditative practice. A self-taught musician, composer and producer, Jim has produced work for artists in London UK, Canada and North America as well as three of his own albums (The Cloud Forest, Nrty Hiran and Talisman). His work is currently available on Spotify, iTunes, etc. and of course InsightTimer. Jim’s work, courses and workshops are fundamentally based on the relationship between consciousness and sound.  As an experienced Distance Healer Jim has an ever expanding client base across the globe. He's developed a way of connecting to a persons base frequency, in an empowering and enriching experience called The Healing Ceremony. This work is helping people transform their lives in all aspects from health and self-esteem, to fulfilment and living with true purpose.  We discuss employee well-being, coping with lockdown and the benefits of visualisation and mindfulness. To connect with Jim find him on Instagram at @jimrajan or at
November 11, 2020
#34 🏈 The Winning Edge and Overcoming Adversity
My guest on the podcast this week is Shawn Harper. Shawn is a former NFL offensive tackle who has played for the Rams, the Houston Oilers, the Indianapolis Colts and for three years in NFL Europe. Shawn is also a coach, motivational speaker, investor and now helps to transform corporate environments, build leadership, train teams and impact youth development in schools with high energy keynote speeches that activate winners. We talk about over coming adversity, the Habits Of Elite Level Athletes and how to develop a winning edge and be a winner in anything you do.
November 04, 2020
#33 📟 Surgical Innovation and Training
On the podcast this week is Dr Jonathan Sackier, MB, ChB, FRCS, FACS who is an internationally renowned surgeon, technology innovator and entrepreneur.  Trained in Britain as a surgeon and recruited to the USA in 1989 he helped lead the laparoscopic surgery revolution. As a Professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC, he founded, and funded the Washington Institute of Surgical Endoscopy, a center for education, research & innovation. He is a Visiting Professor of Medicine & Surgery at the University of Virginia and his activities in basic and clinical research funded by multiple grants have led to many publications, chapters and books. He has served multiple journals as editor or reviewer, has been involved in medical societies at the highest level and has been honored for his work in many countries. Jonathan’s collaborations with the pharmaceutical and medical device industry have resulted in technologies that have been brought to market with partners like Valleylab, Pfizer, Karl Storz, Applied Medical and Pall. In 1984 his team at Genethics discovered and patented a line of amniotic stem cells and then licensed the rights to a publicly traded British drug discovery company. He helped develop and bring to market the AESOP robot with Computer Motion, who had a successful IPO in 1997 and has also started a medical products contract sales organization, a locum medical agency and a communications company. He has consulted to many companies including Aventis, Cook, Integra Neurosciences, Bayer, Cryocath, Novartis and ConvaTec and has worked with the financial community on enterprise financing, mergers & acquisitions and due diligence. A frequent commentator in the media, Jonathan has been a guest on radio and television many times to discuss various healthcare issues. In the mid-1990’s he hosted a television health magazine program “Health and Wellness” aimed at a senior audience for the Goodlife Cable TV network and served the communications company Spotlight Health with their celebrity featured outreach including the hugely successful Carnie Wilson web-cast which drove increased attention to bariatric surgery as an option for the management of morbid obesity. Jonathan has served the National Committee of the Steppenwolf Foundation, is a Trustee of the First Star Foundation, the Virginia Hillel Board and previously chaired the Board of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation. He has sat on the Associate Board of AdvaMed (the medical device industry trade association) and on several corporate and scientific advisory boards.
October 28, 2020
#32 🎖️Overcoming Adversity and Second Chances
Ed Kressy is probably the only person ever to have once been arrested by the FBI, then gone on to receive a community service award from the director of the FBI!  Ed threw away many opportunities: Career with Fortune Magazine's aBest Company in America to Work For, a home ownership in San Francis­co, many loving relationships. He spent years in psychosis and destitu­tion, months in jail, nights in homeless shelters. Yet today Ed achieved a lifelong dream by publishing a book, My Addiction & Recovery: Just Because You' re Done with Drugs, Doesn't Mean Drugs Are Done with You (Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press) as well as articles in The Washington Post. He appeared on stage for The Moth and delivered talks for MIT, Cisco, Google, and Linkedln.  Ed volunteers inside maximum-security prisons and jails, helping incar­cerated persons develop skills for employment, entrepreneurism, and self-advocacy. He volunteers for law enforcement, helping them better serve communities affected by incarceration and addiction.  Alex and Ed discuss mental health, overcoming adversity and more.
October 21, 2020
#31 🧠 The Power of Applied Psychology to Help Businesses
On the podcast this week is Jonathan Pritchard who is a highly sought after consultant and speaker specializing in the area of applied psychology in life and business. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies like BP, State Farm, United Airlines, and more. He is the founder of the international consulting company "The Hellstrom Group" which has trained teams to improve their sales, negotiation, and presentation skills on six of the seven continents. His expertise comes from his background traveling the world as a Mentalist, a unique type of entertainer specializing in mind reading tricks. The applied psychology he uses on stage in Vegas, on TV, and online gives him an edge off stage as well. He is the author of several books focused on psychology, motivation, self improvement, and more. He currently lives in Chicago where you can find him practicing Wing Chun Kung Fu every morning. Alex and Jonathan discuss how psychology can help businesses and individuals, how to improve communication and how to communicate remotely via VOIP effectively.
October 14, 2020
#30 💡 Innovation and Technology For Healthcare and Corporates
On the podcast this week is Dr James Somauroo. James is the founder of somX: the healthtech communication agency which supports the best healthtech companies in the world. He covers healthtech for Forbes as a contributor and also hosts The Health-Tech Podcast, which has listeners in >100 countries. He is an anaesthetics and ICU doctor by training, has held roles in leadership, management and innovation at NHS England, Health Education England and the British Medical Journal and previously directed two healthtech accelerators; DigitalHealth.London, which provided startups with market access to the NHS, saving £48M for the UK health service and HS., which built, scaled and invested in deep technology companies. He has degrees in medicine, biomedical sciences and education and is a guest lecturer on healthtech innovation and entrepreneurship at academic institutions around the world. Alex and James discuss the role of innovation for corporates, emerging technology in healthcare and the importance of education in workforce development.
September 30, 2020
#29 🔨 Patient Outcomes and Education In Orthopaedics and Remote Training in Ethiopia
Joining us on the podcast this week is Dr Alex Aquilina. Alex is a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon who played for England Rugby at Under 18 level. Alex is also a clinical research fellow with multiple academic publications in trauma and orthopaedic surgery and a PhD student at the University of Oxford where he is investigating patient reported outcomes as part of the NDORMS Musculoskeletal Research Unit. In addition Alex is a Health Education England simulation fellow and has undertaken research into remote training in rural Ethiopia using immersive technology. Alex discusses patient outcomes and communication in healthcare together with deploying remote training in resource limited environments.
September 23, 2020
#28 😇 How Honesty Improves Human Performance
On the podcast this week is Peter Kozodoy. Peter is the award-winning author of Honest to Greatness, an Inc. 5000 serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and business coach who works with organizations and their leaders to help them overcome self-limiting bullsh*t and use honesty to achieve greatness. His articles on leadership and entrepreneurship have appeared in Forbes, Inc., HuffPost, PR Daily, and more. He holds a BA in economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, and lives in Fairfield. Alex and Peter talk about how honesty can improve the performance of individuals, teams and organisations and how to embed honesty in your organisational or team culture. 
September 16, 2020
#27 🥊 Boxing Performance, Life-Long Learning and Empathy in Leadership
This week's guest is Ian Gatt who is Head of Performance Services & Lead Physiotherapist for Great Britain Boxing 🥊🥊🇬🇧 and is part of Team Anthony Joshua 🥊🥊.  Ian has been a sport physiotherapist for over 15 years, with a considerable period spent managing the medical services for the Great Britain Boxing Program. He has attended all major competitions with boxing supporting elite athletes on their path to success through the London and Rio cycles, and current Tokyo 2020 cycle. Apart from his expertise in boxing injuries in these specific areas, Ian is a consultant with the prestigious English Institute of Sport (EIS) providing an advisory role to both Olympic and Paralympic sports on injury management in these areas. Ian is also a visiting lecture at University College London (UCL) and is currently undergoing a PhD in wrist Biomechanics at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Further he provides regular national and international educational workshops/conferences/webinars specifically on areas linked to the Hand, Wrist and Elbow. Alex and Ian discuss human performance in boxing, staying humble and always learning and the power of empathy in leadership.
September 09, 2020
#26 Strength and Conditioning Coaching
This week's guest is Chris Baird Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Loughborough. Chris holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning. He is also UKSCA accredited and has over seven years of experience in the field. Providing strength and conditioning help to athletes from many sports, including football, rugby, swimming and weightlifting, Chris has also worked with Castleford Tigers and Peterborough United Academy. Alex and Chris discuss the use of technology in sports and performance and how technique and multi-disciplinary coaching can lead to improvements in performance.  Oro is the personalised health and fitness app created by the coaches behind Olympic athletes. They have created a fitness and nutrition programme that adapts to you, week-by-week.
September 02, 2020
#25 Virtual Reality Nursing Training
This week's guest is Brad Chesham. Brad is a nurse educator and VR evangelist and founder of Bundle of Rays an Australian Education company. Brad has worked in acute specialties with a focus on intensive care.  This has been consolidated through a variety of international projects involving the British Army in Afghanistan, Australian Federal Police in Papua New Guinea and a multitude Oil & Gas projects across Mexico, Guinea and Norway for companies such as Exxon and CGG veritas and Commissioning new and revised services at two hospitals in South-East Queensland. His mission is to provide innovative education to health professionals, using the latest immersive technology. Alex and Brad discuss healthcare education, technology in learning and returning to the new normal.
August 26, 2020
#24 How To Achieve The Impossible With Prof Greg Whyte OBE
On this week's episode Alex is joined by Professor Greg Whyte OBE. Greg received his OBE for his services to Sport, Sport Science & Charity, and was voted as one of the Top 10 Science Communicators in the UK by the British Science Council. Greg is an Olympian in modern pentathlon, and is a European and World Championship medalist. He is an expert in the field of sports and exercise science. Graduating from Brunel University, he furthered his studies with an MSc in human performance in the USA and completed his PhD at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London. Greg is currently a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moore’s University and Director of Performance at the Centre for Health and Human Performance at 76 Harley Street, London. Greg's former roles include Director of Research for the British Olympic Association and Director of Science & Research for the English Institute of Sport. Greg is the preeminent authority on Exercise Physiology and Sports and Exercise Performance in the UK. An internationally recognised expert in the field, Greg has extensive professional experience assessing, treating and improving the performance of patients, sporting enthusiasts and athletes ranging from cancer sufferers to celebrities attempting their first mountain summit to Gold medal seeking Olympians. Greg is well-known for his involvement in Comic Relief, since 2006 Greg has applied his sports science work to assist various celebrities in completing some of the toughest challenges.  As a result of his work, Greg has helped raise over £45million for charity. Greg and Alex discuss human performance, achieving impossible challenges and lots more
August 19, 2020
#23 Performance and Learning For Sales and Marketing
This week Alex is joined by Paul Fifield who is the founder and CEO of Sales Impact Academy a live learning platform for sales and marketing. Paul is a ‘been around the block’ entrepreneur with 18 years’ experience in founding and scaling global companies. Over the last 7 years he has grown two international technology businesses from zero to $70M in combined sales as CRO and $100s of millions in value. Paul has also raised over $100M of investment across all stages from seed to growth, VC and debt. Paul and Alex discuss why sales is part of everyone's daily life, why lifelong experiential learning is so important and hoe to learn and grow when thrown into extreme environments.
August 12, 2020
#22 Simulation Training in Healthcare, Performing Under Pressure and Data in Training
This week Alex is joined by Russell D. Metcalfe-Smith, FHEA, MSc, NRP, CHSE-A, CHSOS, who is the director of the Women's Guild Simulation Center For Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA. Russell leverages his years of innovative healthcare leadership within some of the world's largest hospital systems to help healthcare systems make bold strategic decisions, reduce costs and improve patient care. As a senior leader, he has developed and put into practice transformative services in the international healthcare sector. From his early days as a registered paramedic and a head of resuscitation services in the United Kingdom, he learned how to maximize outcomes with few resources and little time. This fueled extensive research into more effective solutions, processes and procedures. He gained experience within-hospital acute care, mental health, primary care and emergency care in Europe—and more recently in the U.S. He then delivered innovative training programs to international healthcare officials and clinicians, developing a world view of healthcare. Such exposure broadens perspectives, offering innovative approaches to change. At Cedars-Sinai, he provides the strategic, operational and program leadership for the Women's Guild Simulation Center, which brings experiential learning experiences to 25,000 physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals annually. He was involved with the simulation center from its early stages. From day-to-day operational leadership and education, to fundraising events where he educates senators and business leaders on the center's efficacy, Metcalfe-Smith is devoted to making the simulation center transform patient care and discover new best practices and evidence-based research opportunities. He is one of the few people internationally to hold the CHSE-A certification demonstrating leadership in simulation. He holds multiple positionson international committees and boards. Alex and Russell discuss the importance of simulation in healthcare, the need to collect unique data on learner performance and how organisation reacted to COVID-19.
August 05, 2020
#21 F-22 Stealth Fighter Training, Biomedical Engineering and Innovation with Dr Lance Black
This week Alex is joined by Dr Lance Black, MD, MBID who is the Associate Director of the Texas Medical Center’s TMC Innovation program. Dr. Black served previously as Medical Device Innovation Lead, and draws on his extensive military, medical, and engineering expertise to support the resident companies of TMCx in developing innovative healthcare technologies. After earning his B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University and his M.D. from LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Air Force and deployed overseas twice: first as Chief of Medical Staff for Manas Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan, and then as a Squadron Flight Surgeon in Okinawa, Japan. During his time in the armed forces, Dr. Black helped to create modular medical facilities for civilian use, and designed and implemented safety protocols for F-22 stealth fighter pilots and their crews. Inspired from his work with Wounded Warrior amputees, Dr. Black utilized his background in Biological Engineering to focus on the design and development of medical devices. Following his exit from service, Dr. Black received his Masters of Biomedical Innovation & Development from Georgia Tech, including a year in their Masters of Industrial Design program.
July 29, 2020
#20 NASA Astronaut Training, Space Walks and Exploration and Innovation Under Extreme Pressure with Dr Scott Parazynski
For the 20th episode of the human performance podcast Alex is joined by Dr. Scott Parazynski who is a highly decorated physician, athlete, astronaut, and tech CEO and US Astronaut Hall of Famer. He is a widely sought after keynote speaker on innovation, risk management, mentorship and leadership under extreme adversity. Scott has lived and traveled all over the world, spending many of his grade school years in places such as Senegal, Lebanon, Iran and Greece. A graduate of Stanford University and Medical School, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. In 1992 he was selected to join NASA’s Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 Space Shuttle missions and conducted 7 spacewalks. Mission highlights include a global ozone mapping flight; leading the first joint US-Russian spacewalk while docked to the Russian space station Mir; serving as Senator John Glenn’s crewmate and “personal physician”; and assembly of the Canadian-built space station robotic arm. In October 2007, Scott led the spacewalking team on STS-120, during which he performed 4 EVAs. The final EVA is regarded by many as one of the most challenging and dangerous ever performed. The tremendous coordinated effort in orbit and on the ground by Mission Control has been likened to the Space Shuttle and Space Station era’s “Apollo 13 moment.” In addition to being a diver and accomplished mountaineer, Scott is also a commercial, instrument, multiengine and seaplane-rated pilot. On May 20, 2009, he became the first astronaut to stand on top of the world, the summit of Mount Everest. As a life-long explorer, he and a colleague recently set the first bootprints adjacent the world’s youngest lava lake, inside the crater of Massaya Volcano in Nicaragua. He is a prolific inventor/product developer, and serves on the Boards of several companies. He is Founder and CEO of Fluidity Technologies, focused on the development of revolutionary input devices powered by machine learning to intuitively move through physical and virtual space. Alex and Scott discuss motivating yourself as an individual, dealing with extreme pressure, training for Olympic Luge, Astronaut training, Astronaut training, Shuttle Launches, Space Walks, Climbing Everest and more
July 22, 2020
#19 Digital Research, Training and Improving Patient Outcomes Using Virtual Reality
This week's guest is Dr Brandon Birckhead, MD, who is a project scientist working on VR clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai.  He is currently running the Digital Pain Reduction Kit study which is assessing the use of virtual reality therapy in those with musculoskeletal injury. This will be one of the largest randomized control trials within VR pain reduction research. He is also the co-director of the Virtual Medicine Conference along with Dr. Brennan Spiegel the founder of the event. One of the largest immersive technology conferences focused specifically on its use in healthcare. In VR education, Brandon has collaborated with radiation oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center to assess its use in medical education. While at the Medical College of Wisconsin he designed a VR breast cancer education program to help patients understand radiation treatment and why it is of use for their cancer. He then designed a pilot study which has garnered 40K of funding from the NCI. Alex and Brandon discuss how technology can be used to improve patient performance and outcomes in healthcare, how remote tools including immersive technology are essential post-COVID and the importance of remote training and education. Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
July 15, 2020
#18 Simulation and Leadership in Defence Healthcare Training
This week's guest is Brigadier Toby Rowland, who is an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps and who is currently Head of Defence Healthcare Education and Training at the Ministry of Defence. Toby has worked in roles ranging from operational planning to training delivery, interagency and international engagement to resource and risk management. On his journey Toby has developed a passion for transformative action as well as how to champion new projects and enhance existing systems. Toby's approach holds in focus the strategic perspective whilst taking time to understand organisational culture and, through engagement and consultation, the people that comprise it. Alex and Toby discuss the importance of innovation and adaptability in delivering training, the role of simulation technology and the importance of building multi-disciplinary teams with strong leaders. To see how the Defence Medical Services use high fidelity simulation in the development of healthcare teams and systems, the following clip shows emergency response training provided by 2nd Medical Brigade to NHS teams from York and Scarborough Hospital Trusts: To learn more about the work of the sociologist Jack Mezirow: The application of Mezirow's theory of Transformative Learning to the development of the individual within their workplace is published in: Corrie, I. and Lawson, R., 2017. Transformative executive coaching: Considerations for an expanding field of research. Journal of Transformative Learning (JoTL), 4(1), pp.50-59 and is available at: For any questions, comments or feedback, Toby can be contacted via LinkedIn: Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
July 08, 2020
#17 Helicopter Pilots in The Royal Air Force and A Beginner's Mind
This week our guest is Sarah Furness who has spent 20 years in the military as a helicopter pilot for the Royal Air Force and who also is an air safety and human factors trainer. Sarah is now transitioning her coaching skills which have worked for  helicopter  pilots  in  combat  operations to high performing organisations and executives to empower highly pressured, high functioning people. Sarah is a qualified Mindfulness Coach, Health and Wellbeing Coach, Human Factors and Error Management  Facilitator and a Trauma Risk Manager. We discuss the ROI and importance of mindfulness for employees and the workforce as well as the necessity for transparency and growth mindset when learning from errors. We also discuss what it means to have a Beginner's Mind and why this is important for organisations and their people. Sarah also gives her top tips for maintaining focus during lockdown and why multi-tasking could actually lead to less productivity. Contact Sarah: Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
July 01, 2020
#16 Fencing, NHS Training and Recruiting Leaders
This week Alex is joined by Danny Ryan who is a former member of the Great Britain Fencing team. Danny currently works as a consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leadership advisory and search firm. Danny has particular expertise at the intersection of healthcare, education and technology, and is a trusted advisor to senior management as they navigate a rapidly changing industry landscape. Danny is also a former Specialist Registrar in trauma and orthopedic surgery in the National Health Service, and previously worked in primary care, trauma centers and clinics across the UK.  Danny holds a BA in experimental psychology and an MB B Chir in clinical medicine, both from the University of Cambridge, as well as a postgraduate certificate in medical education from Cardiff University. He is the President Elect of the Federation of Orthopaedic Trainees in Europe and a Young Subcommittee Member of the European School for Trauma and Orthopaedics, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons.  Danny and Alex discuss training and performance in fencing, scaling training and education in healthcare and the characteristics that fine a strong leader. Tweet Danny: @DannyJohnRyan Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
June 25, 2020
#15 The Marathon des Sables & Retrieval Medicine
On today's episode Alex is joined by Dr Tom Judd who completed the six-day, 251 km ultramarathon the Marathon de Sable while training as an NHS anaesthetist. Along with his medical degree Tom also holds a certificate in medical education and has conducted research into the impact of technology on team performance in medical students. Alex and Tom discuss training and completing the toughest foot race on Earth together with retrieval medicine, the importance of communication in high performance teams and lots more. Tweet Tom: @drtomjudd Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
June 18, 2020
#14 Towards Remote Medical Simulation With Dr Tim Mason
In episode 14 of the Virti XR Training Podcast, Nick gets to catch up with Dr Tim Mason, a Paediatric Registrar and Medical Simulation Trainer/Enthusiast to talk about how simulation is adopting approaches and technologies in the current COVID-19 climate to teach medical staff remotely.  Tim discusses his journey of using immersive media and 360-degree video for simulated training and shares his thoughts on how medical simulation will look like after the pandemic.  You can find out more from Tim at his twitter: @drtimmason Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
May 20, 2020
#13 Behaviours for learning and progression with technology with Hamish Mackenzie
In episode 13 of the Virti XR Training Podcast Nick is joined by Hamish Mackenzie, Digital Learning Specialist and Founder of Digital Resilience UK, an agency preparing students for digital lives.   In this conversation, we talk about the impact that COVID-19 has had on institutional adoption of digital solutions and behaviours for learning and educational progression with technology.  We discuss the behavioural considerations behind digital transformation and how to move things beyond ' we have always done it this way' towards 'business, as usual, is no longer an option' and how to facilitate this change management in different organisations More About Hamish:  Hamish is a Lead Practitioner teacher and senior leader specialising in digital learning. He has experience in state, independent and special education and is currently Director of Digital Strategy at The Royal Hospital School. Hamish is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Educator, BETT Speaker and member of EdTech 50 2019. He consults on areas of technology integration and works as a trainer and assessor supporting institutions to improve their online safety. Digital Resilience Uk is focused on;  • Improving learning experiences for young people • Building holistic approaches to online safety • Increasing school efficiency and reducing teacher workload • Keeping teaching pedagogy central in technology decisions Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
May 13, 2020
#12 The role and potential of VR for autistic people and in education with Dr Nigel Newbutt
In episode 12 of the Virti Podcast, Nick is joined by Dr Nigel Newbutt, Senior Researcher  & Lecturer at UWE Bristol to talk about his insightful and fascinating research examining the role and potential of virtual reality technologies for autistic people. In the conversation, we also discuss the importance of conducting safe research, the opportunities of VR within schools & the role that virtual environments can play to develop communication and social skill opportunities for young people with autism.  Nigel is also Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Enabling Technologies, a Journal that seeks to "provide a strong, insightful, international, and multi-disciplinary evidence-base in health, social care, and education". You can find out more about Nigel here.  Twitter: Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
May 07, 2020
#11 An NHS Trusts journey into immersive technology - With Dr Jordan Tsigarides
In episode 11 of the Virti XR Training Podcast, Nick gets the opportunity to speak and hear insights from Dr Jordan Tsigarides, an NHS Academic Clinical Fellow who has been developing and researching the use of VR in medical education for the past three years.  In our conversation, we cover use cases of the technology for medical training, the unique work Jordan is engaged in and also outline helpful tips for any healthcare teams starting out in the immersive technologies space.  About the Guest:  Twitter: @VRMedicsNorwich Dr. Jordan Tsigarides is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Rheumatology based in Norwich, UK. He is the VR lead for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust and has been responsible for the development of multiple educational programmes utilising immersive technologies. A passionate advocate for technology-enhanced learning, Jordan has spoken internationally on the use of immersive technologies for the delivery of medical education. With a Masters in Clinical Education, he has conducted primary educational research on the efficacy of 360-degree video augmented simulation training & is involved with therapeutic VR, having founded the MSK Therapeutic VR Lab at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and is actively co-developing VR interventions alongside industry partners. Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
April 29, 2020
#10 Making it Real: enterprise VR learnings with Sam Watts
In this our 10th episode of the Virti XR training podcast, Nick is joined by Sam Watts,  Immersive Partnerships Director at Make Real.  In the conversation, we discuss the use of VR in enterprise applications and how VR can be implemented as part of a blended learning approach. We also talk about the importance of metrics, collaborative implementation and defining learning outcomes as  Sam shares his experiences, examples and thoughts of the rapidly developing industry.  External links for more information about Sam: Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
April 22, 2020
#9 Teaching a new generation of VR storytellers with Verity McIntosh
In this episode of The Virti XR Training Podcast, Nick speaks to Verity McIntosh about teaching and encouraging new talent in the field of Virtual and Extended Reality.  We also talk about the affordances of VR for remote connectivity, virtual conferences and the importance of exploration and interdisciplinary working.   Verity is a Senior Lecturer for Virtual and Extended Realities & Programme Lead for MA Virtual Reality at UWE Bristol, which is an industry-led practice-based master’s programme (looking at VR, AR, MR and 360) with a focus on critical interrogation in this emerging field.  Verity was previously Managing Producer at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, a pioneering multidisciplinary research space and also has an established reputation as a creative producer. Verity advocates interdisciplinary storytelling that bridges physical and virtual worlds and argues for a more considered and inclusive approach to audience care in VR experiences. More about the MA Course: Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
April 15, 2020
#8 The Current Landscape of VR with Jeremy Dalton
In this episode of the Virti podcast, Nick has the opportunity to talk to Jeremy Dalton, Head of VR/AR at PwC UK about the current landscape of the technology, its appeal, it's ongoing challenges and it's projected potential.  We also speak about current digital solutions and VR at a time where COVID-19 means many are working from home and looking to stay connected. Jeremy leads PwC's VR/AR team, helping clients understand, quantify, and implement the benefits of virtual reality and augmented reality technology (sometimes collectively referred to as XR, immersive technologies or spatial computing). He has worked with organisations across multiple industries and is a regular contributor of thought leadership in the space.  Twitter: @jeremycdalton Linkedin: Seeing is Believing PwC report: Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
April 08, 2020
#7 VR in healthcare, for social interactions and the new way to conference With Sarah Ticho
In this episode of the Virti Podcast, Nick is joined remotely by Sarah Ticho, Founder of Hatsumi VR and Healthcare Lead for Immerse UK.  We discuss the use of VR in healthcare, Sarah's experiences and work utilising the technology in mental health and wellbeing and the opportunities that VR is presenting for social interactions and conferencing during a time of social limitations with COVID-19.  Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
March 26, 2020
#6 Simulation preparation for Pandemic COVID-19 with Dr Tod Guest
In this episode, Nick is joined by Dr Tod Guest, an Intensive Care consultant in the NHS who is using medical simulation to prepare teams and processes for COVID-19.  We also talk about experiences of using VR for both medical education and patient intervention as well as the value and purpose of medical-based debriefing.   Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
March 14, 2020
#5 From e-learning to VR with Nick Moseley
On this episode we get the opportunity to speak to Nick Moseley, e-learning consultant and VR developer at the General Medical Council on his experiences and influences in building content for primary care education.  Nick's latest immersive experience "A Patient Journey to  GP practice"  aims to reach the growing number of international doctors joining the UK register and encourages them to apply GMC guidance to a range of ethical scenarios. The 360-degree interactive video, which can be seen here follows a patient through their interactions with the multidisciplinary team; from the moment they make a first appointment with their GP surgery, through to end of life care. Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
March 12, 2020
#4 The Value of Creativity and Co-Design for Social Impact with Rosie Collins
In this episode Nick has the opportunity to speak to Rosie Collins, Creative Director of the Fred Company, to discuss the importance of creativity in healthcare and society, and indeed the impact her work has had through utilising VR for good causes .  Rosie and her team have been at the forefront of exploring creative applications of immersive technologies in supporting wellbeing, with partners such as the NHS and The Children's Society, and has worked with the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing team to offer VR based engagement and relaxation sessions that have had a powerful response.  Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
March 06, 2020
#3 Immersive Stories and Engaging Audiences with Dr Sarah Jones
In this episode, Nick speaks with Dr Sarah Jones about exploring and building immersive content and the concept of 'story living'.  As well as talking about engaging audiences in this new medium, we discuss the importance of inclusivity, collaboration and experimentation in VR.   Sarah is Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media at De Montfort University. Her practice and research sits within emerging technologies and the development of immersive experiential films. Sarah has a PhD in this area and has recently advised the UK Government on immersive technologies. Previously, Sarah was Head of the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University where she established the HuffPost Centre for Journalism .  Sarah's research is "focused on immersive realities (VR/AR), experiential film within 360 immersive storytelling. I look to building experiences that allow for immersion, using whatever technology I can get my hands on. I am working to define a form of film practice around immersive experiential film and play with ideas of multi sensory VR to enhance presence in an environment. I have worked with Google on a Digital News Initiative project, in collaboration with the Coventry Telegraph, building a VR game around the Blitz. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator which puts me among a group of global leading educators experimenting and utilising technology in the classrooms. My approach is based on mobile global collaborative learning."  Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
February 25, 2020
#2 Bob Stone - Human Factors and Life Lessons in Immersive Technologies
Nick catches up with Prof. Bob Stone at the Medifest Plymouth Conference to talk about the importance of Human Factors considerations in designing and implementing immersive technology environments.   Bob is a technology 'veteran' and has been working in VR since 1990 and more recently collaborating with Nick in VR R&D within the NHS.  In this episode, Bob shares a wealth of experience and lessons for best practises on the front line of development,  as well as offering an honest opinion on the progress of the industry.  More on Bob:  Robert (Bob) Stone holds a Chair in Interactive Multimedia Systems within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team. He graduated from University College London in 1979 with a BSc in Psychology, and in 1981 with an MSc in Ergonomics.  One of the first Europeans to experience the NASA VIEW Virtual Reality (VR) system in 1987, and having established the first industrial VR team at the UK’s National Advanced Robotics Centre, following an appearance on the BBC’s 9 O’Clock News in January, 1993, he brought together (initially) 12 companies to fund the world’s first industrial collaborative project addressing the commercial applications of VR. In May 1996, Bob was elected to become an Academician of the Russian International Higher Education Academy of Sciences in Moscow and was, in 2000, accredited by General Klimuk, Director of Russia’s Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre as responsible for “introducing VR into the cosmonaut space programme”. Bob’s work has received numerous national and international awards for his Virtual Reality and Telepresence efforts, including, uniquely, three from the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and, in 2011, the MoD Chief Scientific Advisor’s Commendation for his contribution to Defence Science and Technology. Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
February 20, 2020
#1 The Power of Conversation in Mental Health Training, With Tom Chapman
In this our first episode, Nick talks to Tom Chapman, an internationally recognised barber, ambassador, educator and founder of The Lions Barber Collective charity which is dedicated to raising awareness for suicide prevention. The idea for the charity, driven through the assistance of trained Barbers came after one of Tom's friend, Alex, took his own life. Unable to properly cope with the death of his friend by finding the correct charity he could form a part of, he decided to create his own.  Through the charity, Tom now trains people across the globe in supporting conversations and signposting around mental health and suicide prevention. In this episode we talk about this founders story, the importance of training and the art of conversation.  Tweet Virti: @virtimed Contact Virti:
February 10, 2020