We typically don‘t think much about how we structure a conversation. We just sort of wing it and hope for the best. But my guest today argues that all conversations even the small and mundane can impactour ability to lead, influence, and connect, and ought to be approached with thoughtfulness and intention. His name is  The post Podcast #634: How to Design Conversations That Matter appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Like the rest of the small crew here at AoM, I‘ve been working from home for most of my career, and have observed that without the presence of coworkers to chit-chat with, breakrooms, or a coffee shop in the lobby, it‘s easy to feel a bit stale. While lunch is a nice interlude in the  The post 4 Ways to Fight Staleness While Working From Home appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
When the famous war correspondent Ernest Pyle was four years old, he came across a bunch of roses growing wild on his family‘s farm and decided to give them to his mother. But as he bent down to pick the flowers, he spotted a snake in the surrounding grass, and took off running towards his  The post Sunday Firesides: Practice Patience With Inarticulate Utterances appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Have you found it harder andharder to sit with a good book for long periods of time without getting thatitch to check your phone? Well, you‘re not alone. My guest today makes the case that the internet has changed our brains in ways that make deep, focused thinking harder and harder. His name is Nicholas  The post Podcast #632: How the Internet Makes Our Minds Shallow appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Ever since I was a kid, I‘ve wanted to know how to give a commanding whistle with my fingers in my mouth. You know. The kind you see people give in old movies when they‘re hailing a taxi or trying to get the peanut guy‘s attention at the ballpark. It just seemed like a cool  The post How to Whistle With Your Fingers appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
During World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower would have his staff study certain problems and then present their conclusions to those who were specialists in that particular area. Sometimes, a member of the latter group would disagree with the recommended action. ‘But this was not acceptable to General Eisenhower,‘ one of the men close  The post Sunday Firesides: Never Criticize Without Offering an Alternative appeared first on
When we got married fifteen years ago, we both wanted to make the outdoors a part of our lives together. So we made a modest goal to go camping at least twice a year: once in the fall, and once in the spring. We even registered for a tent and sleeping bags as part of  The post Car Camping Is the Worst appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
The squat is one of the most basic human movements and calls upon the body‘s largest muscles, including your glutes, hamstrings, and quads. There are different variations of the squat, but in barbell training, two types are the most common: the high-bar squat and the low-bar squat. Which one you choose will depend on your  The post Troubleshooting the Low-Bar Squat appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
The pandemic supposedly got people back into their kitchens - baking bread and making comfort food casseroles. But around here, we‘ve actually found ourselves getting take-out a little more often. At first it was a way to support local restaurants, and then it became increasingly uncomfortable to linger in grocery stores hunting for rarely-used ingredients  The post The Best Ways to Reheat and Reuse Leftover French Fries appeared first on
There‘s nothing more American than a pair of blue jeans. They‘re such a style staple that you‘ve likely taken for granted a lot of their standard design features. Like, for example, the little pocket on the inside of your front right pocket. No matter the brand, jeans almost invariably sport that little pocket-inside-a-pocket. This mini-pocket  The post What‘s That Little Pocket on Your Jeans For? appeared first on The A
With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we‘ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in August 2015. It‘s happened to all of us. You have a come to Jesus‘ moment and decide you  The post Get 1% Better Every Day: The Kaizen Way to Self-Improvement appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
When he was nine years old in1872, Black Elk, a member of the Lakota tribe, had a near-death vision in which he was called to save not only his people but all of humanity. For the rest of his life, Black Elk‘s vision haunted and inspired him as he took part in many of the  The post Podcast #633: The World and Vision of Lakota Medicine Man Black Elk appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
An essential part ofbeing an awesomeuncleis having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that willamaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we‘ll be offering you current and future uncles out there a tutorial on some gags that‘llhave them thinking you‘re the coolest dude in the world.Check out all  The post Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Spin a Basketball on Your Finger appeared first on The Art of Manliness
I wouldn‘t call myself an all-in enthusiast for cast-iron cooking; I think the upkeep is tedious and not necessarily worth it. But, when it comes to baking desserts in a cast-iron skillet, I am 100% sold. Desserts done in this oven-safe vessel result in a crispy, delectable crust that can‘t be otherwise duplicated. Plus, it  The post 3 Crusty and Classic Cast-Iron Desserts appeared first on The Art of Manliness.