Let’s Practice First: Why We’re Starting a Podcast

Think about some of the people who inspire you. Athletes and musicians. Doctors and artists. Chefs and comedians. They didn’t magically become savants. They spent hours, days, years, and careers mastering their craft. They put in the reps and get results. But this idea of practice isn’t one we’ve taken to heart in the business world. And we want to change that.

That’s why we created Practice First. We want you to become the Jordans, Yo-Yo Mas, and Picassos of your workplace, so we’re learning the secrets of world-class “practicers” and applying them to work—so that our teams can grow, win, and do better work.

So come along with us for our deep dive into the lives of “practicers” from every nook and cranny of the working world! Find out more at lessonly.com/podcast, or search your favorite podcast platform for “Practice First” and subscribe to listen along. Catch the trailer today—episodes 1 and 2 drop next week!



Ben Battaglia: This is Practice First. The podcast where we talk to some of the world’s greatest practicers so that we can learn lessons about building a phenomenal team. I’m Ben.

Conner Burt: I’m Conner. In our work at Lessonly, we’ve helped millions of people learn and practice at work. And what we’ve realized over the years is that most of us grossly underestimate the value of practicing.

So come along as we meet extraordinary people from Olympians and circus performers to sommeliers and chefs, as they teach us about practice and how we might apply it to our daily lives.

Ben Battaglia: Join us for another episode of Practice First.

Conner Burt: Hey, Ben, tell me about a time you’ve practiced something.

Ben Battaglia: Okay. Well, I can tell you about a time. I didn’t practice something. I was a senior in high school and. I had a big solo at the choir concert. I was very excited about it, but I was a little bit confident and I did not do the practice that the other soloists did for it.

And when I got on stage, I failed. I breathed wrong. I forgot all the words. I couldn’t sing in tune. And forever and ever since then, after one of my most embarrassing moments in high school, I distinctly remember, man, I should have practiced more. Maybe on the other side of the coin, Conner, can you tell us about a time that practice paid out for you?

Conner Burt: Well, then what, what comes to mind actually started as a failure. I was thinking about this. I was on a fly fishing trip in New Zealand. And New Zealand trout are world-renowned for being super smart and hard to catch. Which ultimately means as a fly fisherman, you have to have very accurate casting .And I’ve fly fished for over a decade, mostly learned it through just going out there and, and trying it myself, and trying to catch fish. And ultimately what New Zealand taught me is: I’m not as good of a caster as I thought it was. So when I came home, uh, I bought a practice fly rod, which is a replica of the real thing, but allows you to sit in your living room or on your Zoom call and practice casting. And what I realized is in a week, with the practice casting rod, I think I’m twice as good of a fly caster. And I wasted seven years of my life just stumbling through the actual act of fly fishing.and didn’t take the time to stop and practice and Holy cow, it’s, it’s made a difference.

Ben Battaglia: I love that. So if you’re listening along, you may be thinking, why are these two guys talking about practice? Because we’re starting the world’s first podcast, exclusively devoted to learning about practice. My name is Ben Battaglia

Conner Burt: I‘m Conner Burt. About seven years ago, we started a business called Lessonly where we’ve helped millions of people learn and practice at work. And after working with thousands of teams over the years, what we’ve realized is that learning is the easy part. It’s easy to know something, it’s easy to absorb information, but if you ever want to change a behavior, if you ever want to actually get results, practice is what does it.

And what we’ve realized, I think Ben, is that most of us grossly under invest in practice, both at work and in our daily lives.

Ben Battaglia: Yeah. When you think about some of the greatest practices on earth, very rarely do you think of businesses or people who go to work 9 to 5 in a corporate setting. When you think of great practice, you think about sports teams. You think about musicians, bands, orchestras. You think about doctors and artists and chefs and comedians, these people spend their whole lives practicing and honing their craft. And we want to learn from people like that.

Conner Burt: Yeah, that’s right. And I think the idea of practice fades, the older we get. As a kid and growing up, everybody can think of the thing they spent hours practicing, whether it was riding a bike, learning a new sport. And over the years, for some reason, practice kind of fades into the background. It doesn’t need to be that way because whether you’re young or old, practicing seems to have a ton of benefits.

Ben Battaglia: So we’re going to spend the entirety of season one of this podcast, talking to some great practices, Olympians and circus performers, sommeliers and chefs. We really hope you’ll join us. Please subscribe on one of your favorite podcast platforms. And if you like what you’re hearing, leave us a review or rating or share with a friend we’d love to help others find and enjoy the show too.

Conner Burt: You can learn more about the podcast at lessonly.com/podcast. Now let’s go practice something.

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