How to be interesting in conversations and drop mad random knowledge

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m really really into podcasts. Like, seriously into them.

NYC public transportation provides hours of opportunities for podcast listening, and you can learn so so much. It’s a way to multitask, stay on top of current events, reads and people. I attribute any sort of sounding smart in conversations because of the things I learn in podcasts.

Have you ever been in a conversation and someone just says one thing that's intelligent and then you leave believing their super intelligent because of a random bit of knowledge they've dropped on you? 

I used to have a friend in college that was so good at Jeopardy that I was like convinced she was a genius. Sort of like that.  LOL.  

But honestly, podcasts make you interesting in any conversation. The ability to absorb random knowledge from so many different places, in such a short time, is so money. How else can you know so much about some of the best entrepreneurs, investors, world class performers, vegan athletes, life coaches... 

 It's also the best way of avoiding talking to strangers hehe.

I wanted to share 3 that I'm into for very different reasons - all amazing none the less. 

The Champs:

Rated number one podcast, on iTunes (when they were producing them on the reg), this podcast is hilarious. Comedians Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher host, and invite on rappers, actors, musicians, public figures…people like Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, and Danny Brown to talk about random hot topics and social issues. This podcast helps me stay up on hip-hop, music and interesting events, and makes me laugh really hard. A word of warning, they get pretty gritty, so if you get uncomfortable with all of the talk of girls, drugs, etc. I would pass. #ghettokristalife

  • Episode with Danny Brown
  • Episode with Hannibal Buress (Hannibal Returns)
  • Episode with Jordan Peele from Key & Peele

The Tim Ferriss Show:

This is the podcast that actually makes me a better person. More intelligent, in the know, curious, appreciative and aware of what is really going on. Tim Ferriss, Author of the 4 hour workweek, and the 4 hour body, is so fucking smart it hurts. He’s very analytical, and will ask super interesting questions to his super smart, business saavy, entrepreneur guests.  Each episode, Tim "deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics and tricks we the listeners can use." Some of my favorites are:

  • Episode number 50 with Dr. Peter Attia on Ultra Endurance, Drinking Jet Fuel, Human Foie Gras and More 
  • Episode number 41 with Rolf Potts on Travel Tactics, Creating Time Wealth, and Lateral Thinking
  • Episode number 30 with Noah Kagan, #30 Employee at Facebook
  • Episode with Rich Rubin, The Seclusive Zen Master

James Altucher:

The James Altucher show is much like Tim Ferriss,  but James interrupts people more and asks questions that sometimes make you cringe they’re so brutally honest. I swear every podcast, he goes "were you depressed?" LOL. Hard hitta!

James has really good guests, and I like that his podcasts are shorter than others, around 45 minutes (Tim's can be 2 hours sometimes for real). If you don't know where to start, some of my favorite from him are:

  • Episode number 90 with Jack Canfield: Success in the Face of Obstacles
  • Episode number 86 with Seth Godin: It's Your Turn, Now What?
  • Episode number 82 with Amanda F'ing Palmer: Lead with the Truth

When I’m needing my vegan encouragement, or want to become more knowledgeable about eating, health, wellness, or fitness in general I’ll turn on the Rich Roll podcast.

Other honorable mentions include:

So on a random/personal note, I'm also planning our trip to Newport, Rhode Island this weekend, which I'm excited about. We'll leave on Friday and get back Monday, only to start full on packing for our move  - *nervous gulp*. Shit is real.

Check out where we are staying on Airbnb in Newport (a farm for real lol). I am planning to do a post on the things we'll be doing there too. Any ideas? Let me know if you've been! I heard about The Breakers, and the beach, but would love to know what you think.

Have a good week, that's all for today my people! Love, Krista