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29 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Chris Sparks. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Chris Sparks, often where they are interviewed.

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29 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Chris Sparks. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Chris Sparks, often where they are interviewed.

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Chris Sparks of The Forcing Function

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Today, I’m talking with , the Founder and CEO of , where he and his team help founders, investors, and executives install the habits, systems, and processes necessary to reach the next level in their business. Chris is also one of the world’s top online poker players and uses the same frameworks that propelled him to the top of the game to help others achieve world-class performance in their own fields. In our chat, we dig into what those frameworks are and how you can apply them in your business. Chris is one of the most thoughtful and deliberate people I’ve met and the lessons he shares today are ones you don’t want to miss.
Sep 23 2020 · 57mins
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#1 Chris Sparks: The Commonalities of Peak Performance

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“If you can improve fast enough in the right areas, then the score will take care of itself.” — Chris Sparks

On the premiere episode of Outliers, Daniel Scrivner talks with Chris about all things productivity. He shares favorite tools to help him stay focused — surprisingly, there aren’t any apps on this list. Instead, he favors a simple cube timer — to block off high productivity time slots — and a yellow notepad, where he jots down his random thoughts throughout the day.

Chris also shares his stance on taking supplements (spoiler: he’s not a huge fan of them), using productivity tools and apps (another spoiler: he thinks many of them are unnecessary), and he reveals his daily caffeine routine, which doesn’t include coffee.

Full show notes with selected links, quotes, and the big ideas in this episode:


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Aug 28 2020 · 57mins

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Experimenting Without Limits with Chris Sparks

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Chris Sparks joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Chris is the founder of The Forcing Function which is a company empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs by transforming the way they think about work. Chris was once ranked in the top 20 in online poker and we’ll talk about his experience playing online and in-person. Now he trains executives on some of the tactics he used to develop a competitive edge so they can reach their highest limits. Chris is a journeyman who has experienced the world, but he is also grounded having done a lot of work on himself. Chris is currently hosting workshops and retreats around NYC and he is helping clients consistently perform at their peak, accelerate business growth, and build lives with greater freedom and purpose.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (4:30), his hobbies (9:10), the values his parents passed down to him (12:30), when he became interested in marketing (14:20), when he thought he could play poker full time (15:40), how people reacted when he said he was going to play poker full time (19:20), why he was always trying to be more (22:10), how he handled becoming with being present (28:30), his habits (31:20), his nightly routine (35:40), the differences in online vs. in-person poker (37:00), how his game changes online (39:30), his thoughts on Rounders (43:30), his mindset when preparing vs. performing (45:50), his decision to shift out of poker (47:10), what he was like when he stopped playing poker (51:40), how his life has changed in his new career (57:20), and the power of being in service to others (1:02:30)

Thank you to Chris for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his website https://www.theforcingfunction.com/ where you can get the “Experimenting Without Limits” workbook and take his performance assessment. You can find him on all social media channels @SparksRemarks. If something resonated with you, please feel free to reach out to Chris directly.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.


May 13 2020 · 1hr 6mins
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Ep. 133: Chris Sparks - Poker, Mental Training and Performance

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Today we talk about decision-making, resilience, mental training and more with our guest, Chris Sparks. Chris is a professional poker player who was ranked among the Top 20 of the world’s best online players. It is this experience making an exponential number of decisions and performing at an elite level that has given Chris a number of insights and practices that he has further developed. He helps people apply these to both their work and their personal growth.If you listen to a couple of our previous episodes with Annie Duke and Alec Torelli you will know that poker mimics life because it is a game that involves decision-making under uncertainty and incomplete information. This makes Chris’ expertise and experience highly transferable. He is the founder and CEO of The Forcing Function, a company that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of entrepreneurship.

In this episode, Chris shares a wealth of very useful techniques to improve performance and deal with uncertainty and that are incredibly useful, particularly now. We cover:

  • Decision-making techniques;
  • What to do when things go wrong;
  • Why we are all “mental athletes” and the importance of mental training;
  • The importance (and limitations) of story;
  • What Chris learned at Davos
  • Much more!

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The Forcing Function

Chris on Twitter

The Forcing Function’s Expected Value Calculator

The Fermi problem


Narrative bias

Article – Manage Your Energy Not Your Time

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Apr 23 2020 · 1hr 13mins

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#239 Chris Sparks - How to Manage Risk with One of the Top Poker Players in the World

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Chris Sparks is one of the top online poker players in the world and the Founder of The Forcing Function, a company which is empowering the next generation of entrepreneurship by transforming the way we think about work. In this conversation, Anthony and Chris discuss game theory, decision making frameworks, how to control emotions during times of stress, what it takes to walk away from imbalance risk-reward scenarios, how poker lessons relate to business and investing, and why routines are almost as important as plans.

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Mar 12 2020 · 1hr 27mins
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#39 - Productivity for the Next Generation of Entrepreneurship with Chris Sparks, Founder of The Forcing Function

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While Chris Sparks was unsure of what exactly he wanted to do, he knew that he wanted to become an entrepreneur in order to make an impact on the world. He didn’t feel he had the skills to do so, but realized that if he taught these skills to others, he would pick them up himself. Three years ago, Chris founded The Forcing Function, a company whose mission is to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs by offering them resources to develop and grow themselves.

In this episode, Chris focuses on the personal improvement feedback loop. He discusses his discovery of these major paradigm shifts, his process to make daily progress, some strategies to assist anyone who feels stuck, and the most important lesson he has learned from studying entrepreneurship.

Sep 10 2019 · 45mins
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#099 - Chris Sparks - Productivity Without Limits

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Chris Sparks is a productivity coach, founder of The Forcing Function and a Former Top 20 Worldwide Online Poker Player.

What happens when a world famous productivity coach compiles the most effective tasks he's discovered for developing personal productivity into an E-Book? Well today we're going to go through the best of what he's uncovered.

Expect to learn how to set more effective goals and stick to them, how to build better habits, maximise time, attention & energy, avoid procrastination and accelerate your learning. Get your notepad out.

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Sep 02 2019 · 1hr 10mins
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Lushkills Ep. 20 - Chris Sparks

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Chris Sparks is the founder of The Forcing Function, a company which is empowering the next generation of entrepreneurship by transforming the way we think about work.

Chris was once ranked in the top 20 online poker players in the world. Now he trains a select number of startup executives to deploy the same techniques he used to gain a competitive edge so that they too can reach the highest limits. His clients consistently perform at their peak, accelerate their business growth, and build lives with greater freedom and purpose.

Aug 30 2019 · 46mins
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How Can we be Catholic with Chris Sparks

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ARK Watson sits down with Chris Sparks to talk about maintaining faith in a world that is increasingly anti-Catholic. How do we respond when people bring the many moral issues in the Church today?

Aug 25 2019 · 46mins
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World poker champ Chris Sparks’ secrets to high performance in business | #471

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Chris Sparks made his mark, in his tracky dacks, on his couch, by becoming a world online poker champion. These days, he’s improved his fashion-sense, and started a successful New-York based business called The Forcing Function. It’ll all become clear in this high-stakes episode 471 of The (award-winning) Small Business Big Marketing Show.

A little bit more about online poker champion and now The Forcing Function’s founder Chris Sparks ...

New Yorker Chris Sparks is one of the top online poker players in the world and is now a highly sought-after performance coach for entrepreneurs.

In order to become one of online poker’s most feared competitors, Chris developed a system for acquiring the mindset and habits necessary to become elite in any field.  

So, guess what he does in this chat?

He deconstructs what it takes to become a top performer, and demonstrates how to implement these lessons in your life and business.

These strategies will allow you to uncover your bottlenecks, get clear on your mission, and manage your time and attention more effectively.

And who doesn’t want a bit more than that?!

“Be helpful to others in your industry. The biggest winner does not compete. All my knowledge is open source.” - Chris Sparks, The Forcing Function

Here’s what caught my attention from my chat with online poker champion Chris Sparks:

  1. I love Chris’s idea about obsessing over your market fit, niching down as much as necessary. Stop trying to be everything to everyone!
  2. I love his idea that the biggest winner does not compete. That being exceptionally helpful to others in your industry can only repay you in spades (excuse the Poker pun!).
  3. And I love the idea of finding time to identify your personal bottlenecks and doing everything you can to remove them. Remove a bottleneck, and everything else moves smoothly through your business.

“Obsess about marketing fit, niching down as many times as necessary. It makes it easy to be the best.” - Chris Sparks, The Forcing Function

Chris Sparks Interview Transcription
Chris Sparks welcome to the small business big marketing show.
Honoured to be here Tim thanks.
Chris how does a fellow like you get into online poker?
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Jul 25 2019 · 43mins