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The Sweet Spot with Buster Benson

This Could Work

We’ve been writing 3 pages every morning for the past week and we want to check in! For one thing, writing has been tough and surprising. Especially when you get a couple pages in, ie. the sweet spot. On this episode we were lucky enough to discuss that with an expert. Buster Benson is a writer and founder of 750words.com, which is a service that has helped half a million people develop a private journaling practice. A morning pages master himself, Buster has been journaling for over a decade. Mary and Mallika talked to Buster about how to get the most out of your writing and have him sign off on the only acceptable situation in which you can talk about yourself in the third person.


31 May 2022

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Following your Curiosity with Buster Benson

The Knowledge with David Elikwu

David speaks with Buster Benson, CEO of 750words.com, author of "Why Are We Yelling? The Art of Productive Disagreement".Buster's had a well storied career across Silicon valley, having worked at Amazon Twitter, Slack and Patreon. But he's also an entrepreneur. He's built and co-founded several incredible businesses like 43things.com, Healthmonth.com, and currently is the CEO of 750words.com.Connect with Buster:Twitter: @busterBook: Why Are We YellingWebsite: 750words.comShow notes:Buster as an introvert [4:19]Why he’s willing to be authentic on the internet [5:38]Buster's early experiences on the internet [6:30]Being able to write online and having that creative streak [9:11]What was it like coming into Amazon [13:13]His text ad service for blogs [16:28]What was the motivation? [21:29]The infinite possibility of the internet [27:26]What inspired Buster to write why are we yelling? [30:27]Productive Arguing is a Secret Skill [36:33]How to learn from people you disagree with [40:02]Important considerations for the Metaverse [44:27]The origin of 750 words, and why Buster built it [55:06]Mentioned in the show:NaNoWriMo43things.comWhy Are We Yelling?Thinking is hardCognitive bias cheat sheetThe Artist’s WayFull transcript:https://theknowledge.io/busterAbout David Elikwu:David Elikwu FRSA is a serial entrepreneur, strategist and writer. David is the founder of The Knowledge, a platform helping people learn more and live better.Twitter: @Delikwu / @itstheknowledgeNewsletter: https://theknowledge.ioWebsite: https://www.davidelikwu.com,Podcast: http://plnk.to/theknowledgeThe Knowledge:As a writer and serial entrepreneur, David Elikwu speaks with elite performers from a variety of backgrounds, unpacking everything there is to know about navigating the world around us.This podcast is a catalogue of excellent data points. Join us each week for actionable insights to make sense of what matters most.The Knowledge is an online publication designed to save you from information overload. It’s where you go to figure things out. A curated digest of the world's best ideas, drawing on insights from psychology, philosophy, business and culture. We explore tools, frameworks and stories that will help you navigate with clarity and cut through the noise.Website: theknowledge.ioPodcast: plnk.to/theknowledgeSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-knowledge-with-david-elikwu/donations

1hr 6mins

21 Apr 2022

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Buster Benson — The Art of Productive Disagreement | Ideamarket Podcast Ep 6

Ideamarket Podcast

After leadership roles at Twitter, Slack, and Patreon, Buster Benson wrote Why Are We Yelling? The Art of Productive Disagreement. In this interview, he shares his strategies for having difficult, truth-seeking conversations within both families and companies, and predicts how society might evolve past unproductive contentiousness. Toward the end, we venture into the bittersweet rewards of contemplating death. We really enjoyed this conversation, and thank Buster for going deep with us.In this episode:(00:00) — Episode starts(00:36) — Buster's background(01:50) — A Buster Benson bootcamp(05:20) — "Disagreement is rarely about facts"(07:16) — "Being uncomfortable is a good identity to have"(10:08) — "What's the moose in the room?"(13:01) — "Truth-seeking is pain-seeking"(20:17) — How to have hard conversations about the COVID vaccine(28:09) — Disagreement is not about persuasion(34:00) — "Fiction has to change"(50:08) — "Social media is ruining us"(56:29) — The problem of community(1:02:06) — The captive narrative of capitalism(1:13:09) — "University is going away"(1:30:24) — The pros and cons of social media(1:35:53) — Meditations on deathEPISODE LINKS:Buster on TwitterBuster's website750wordsIDEAMARKET LINKS:IdeamarketTwitterApple PodcastsSpotifyDiscord—The Ideamarket Podcast is where venture philosophers share the ideas, trends, and concepts they're most bullish on.—About Ideamarket:Ideamarket is the credibility layer of the internet. Ideamarket allows the public to mainstream the world's best information using market signals.Get started now.

1hr 44mins

7 Sep 2021

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E17: Buster Benson - The Art of Productive Disagreement

Unleashed - Elevate Your Leadership Impact

Buster Benson shares a new framework that frees you from the trap of unproductive conflict so you can foster healthier, more productive relationships. He argues that when properly channeled, conflict can be the most valuable tool we have at our disposal for deepening relationships, solving problems, and coming up with new ideas.


8 Oct 2020

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#174: Buster Benson – Why Are We Yelling

Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson

Conflict is becoming an ever more present reality in our lives, yet most of us try desperately to avoid it. The widening gap between the world in which we live and our lack of ability to navigate conflict, is showing up in our personal and professional spaces. Given our discomfort and conflict avoidance bend, how do we address this? Is there a way back? Can we face conflict head on, hash it out and be stronger for it? Our guest this week, Buster Benson, believes navigating conflict is an achievable “meta-skill” that allows us to integrate the differences we encounter in the world. In his book, Why Are We Yelling?, Buster reveals that conflict can serve as a valuable tool, that when channeled properly can be leveraged to deepen our relationships, strengthen our problem-solving skills and stimulate our creativity. As the mastermind behind highly successful teams at Amazon, Twitter, and Slack, Buster Benson spent decades leaning into and facilitating difficult conversations in high stress environments. Buster exposes the psychological underpinnings of awkward, unproductive conflict and the critical habits anyone can learn to avoid it. Buster Benson is an entrepreneur and a former product leader at Amazon, Twitter, Slack, and Patreon. This is his first book. For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit https://whitneyjohnson.com/buster-benson.


28 Jul 2020

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57 - Buster Benson - The Value of Arguing

Two for Tea with Iona Italia and Helen Pluckrose

You can find Buster’s book Why Are We Yelling: The Art of Productive Disagreement here: https://www.amazon.com/Why-Are-We-Yelling-hardcover/dp/0525540105.For my Letter exchange with Buster (one of my two favourite conversations I’ve ever had on the site) see:https://letter.wiki/conversation/225.Buster’s Letter exchange with B. J. Campbell on guns see:https://letter.wiki/conversation/129.Belief tracking: https://busterbenson.com/beliefs/Write to Buster at Letter:https://letter.wiki/BusterBenson/conversationsWrite to me at Letter: https://letter.wiki/IonaItalia/conversations Further ReferencesJames Lindsay and Peter Boghossian Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide (2019)My review of Impossible Conversations for Areo magazine:https://areomagazine.com/2019/09/03/impossible-conversations/Oliver Traldi’s review of Impossible Conversations for Arc Digital:https://arcdigital.media/the-political-pick-up-artists-6bcece72bb92Timestamps2:49 Persuasion vs. changing your own mind5:02 The value of honest, open conflict9:11 The voice of power, the voice of avoidance, the voice of truth13:12 How to make disagreements feel less threatening and more exploratory17:42 Techniques for helping a group to have more productive disagreements25:12 Conflicts of head, heart and hands35:06 Disagreements with people you’re close to 44:22 Opinion tracking51:40 Tribalism52:45 Iterated prisoner’s dilemma games55:10 Lessons in cooperation from Covid-191:01:46 How to improve good will.

1hr 14mins

8 Jun 2020

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Bootstrapping a B2C Startup to +$20k/Month with Buster Benson

The Failory Podcast

Buster Benson (@buster) is the founder of 750 Words, a $5/mo journaling tool. He kept it alive for more than a decade while working at Twitter, Slack, Patreon and running and shutting down Health Month, a startup leveraging social gamification to get its users healthy. Learn about his impressive entrepreneurial journey, how he went from liberal arts to tech, and the downsides of raising VC on this episode of the Failory Podcast.


12 Apr 2020

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Author and product leader Buster Benson on the art of productive disagreement

Inside Intercom

Buster Benson joins Intercom's Director of Product Management, Brian Donohue, to discuss his recent book "Why Are We Yelling: The Art of Productive Disagreement". He shares his insights for teams looking to practically apply this in the workplace.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


20 Feb 2020

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Buster Benson on the Art of Productive Disagreement

Big Ideas

Buster Benson (@buster) joins Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg) to discuss the idea of productive disagreements, Buster's thoughts on nonviolent communication, and conflict theory.


9 Feb 2020

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Buster Benson: Mastering The Art Of Productive Disagreement

Lead From the Heart

Can you recall the last time you tried to talk to someone about a personal, political or work issue and quickly discovered their view of the situation was entirely different than yours? How’d that work out for you? If words like “strained,” “painful,” “awful” or “never again,” come to mind – you have company. Acknowledging […] The post Buster Benson: Mastering The Art Of Productive Disagreement appeared first on Mark C. Crowley.


7 Feb 2020