2 Pages with MBS

Discover the best bits of the best books read by people you admire. Michael Bungay Stanier hosts the podcast where brilliant people read the best two pages of a favourite book. Listen as authors, leaders, activists, academics, celebrities, and entrepreneurs dig in with MBS to explore the insights and ideas within. Whether it’s books that inspire leadership, change, self-development and growth, power, strategy, ambition, productivity, or creativity and innovation - this is hand-curated wisdom from people who know. These are the books that change minds, shape lives, and inspire great work and worthy goals.

How to be a Light in the Darkness: Sarah Lewis,...
Sarah Lewis reading from James Baldwin’s The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity, and discussing things that last; traditions, teachings, and creations.
46 min
How to Keep Going When It's Hard: Tony Stubbleb...
Tony Stubblebine reading from John L. Parker, Jr.'s Once A Runner, and discussing strategies to motivate yourself to win without making excuses.
56 min
Hearing the Whisper of Your Emotions: Hilary Ja...
Reading from Diana Fosha’s The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change, and discussing strategies to better navigate the emotional tides of change.
45 min
How to Both 'Be' and 'Do': Suneel Gupta, Author...
Suneel Gupta reading from Rodolfo Scarfalloto’s The Alchemy of Opposites, and discussing why failure is a necessary step to success.
32 min
From the Vault: The Art of a Tender Conversatio...
Kathryn Mannix reading from Oliver Sacks’ Gratitude, and discussing the satisfaction of helping others.
48 min
From the Vault: What’s at the heart of being hu...
Brian Christian reading from Godel, Escher, Bach, and discussing the power and future of AI.
49 min
From the Vault: The Doorway to Shared Meaning: ...
Haesun Moon reading from David Bohm’s On Dialogue, and discussing the importance of open communication.
43 min
From the Vault: How to be Alive: Madeleine Dore...
Madeleine Dore reading from Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, and discussing unlearning the ‘rules’ of life.
35 min
From the Vault: How to More Deeply Understand Y...
Caroline Webb reading from Lisa Feldman Barrett’s How Emotions Are Made, and discussing how emotions work, and how experiments can help us explore our deeper rhythms and identify what feels good.
38 min
Art’s Real Superpower: Stuart Semple [reads] ‘J...
Stuart reading from Patti Smith’s Just Kids, and discussing the prizes & punishments of artistry.
39 min
The Light and the Dark of a Hungry Heart: W. Da...
W. David reading from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses, and discussing the anxiety of feeling like you peaked early in life and how to ensure that doesn’t become your reality.
48 min
How to Make a Fresh Start: Emily Balcetis, Auth...
Emily Balcetis reading from Katy Milkman’s How to Change, and discussing reframing your mind to allow yourself to hit reset and give it another go.
41 min
We Begin Again?: Michael Bungay Stanier [reads]...
Michael reading from How to Work with (Almost) Anyone, and discussing the quest for a BPR, even if it means beginning again, or ending things.
11 min
Seeing Yourself Through Another’s Eyes: Michael...
Michael reading from How to Work with (Almost) Anyone, and discussing finding the right words to express your technical, emotional, and relational strengths.
10 min
The Wisdom in The Wound: Michael Bungay Stanier...
Michael reading from How to Work with (Almost) Anyone, and discussing what you can learn from frustrating past relationships.
10 min
Safe, Vital, and Repairable: Michael Bungay Sta...
Michael reading from How to Work with (Almost) Anyone, and discussing the blueprint for building your BPR, as well as the investment required to keep it alive.
22 min
A Hunger to Learn: Ryan Hawk, Author of ‘Welcom...
Ryan Hawk reading from David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers, and discussing leaving people, places, and things better than you found them.
50 min
How to Be With Your Contradictions: Brandi Stan...
41 min
What If You Were Living a False Life?: Hal Greg...
Hal Gregersen reading from Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak, and discussing wrestling with the question, ‘Will I ever measure up and matter?’ throughout his life and the impact that Parker Palmer’s work had on him.
47 min
How to Make Up the Rules: Ash Ambirge [reads] ‘...
Ash Ambirge reading from Elliot Liebow’s Tell Them Who I Am, and discussing how exploring her freedom as a nomad has helped her discover where she belongs.
46 min
Exploring Illusion and Ambition: Vinh Giang [re...
Vinh Giang reading from Eric Jorgenson’s The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant, and discussing choosing the right path for growth, which begins with taking responsibility for your life.
35 min
From the Vault: How to Surrender to Your Heart:...
Thibault Manekin reading from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, and talking about discovering and living your purpose.
45 min
Know Your Neighbours, Know Yourself: Zita Cobb ...
Zita Cobb reading from Raghuram Rajan’s The Third Pillar, and discussing the responsibility of man to adopt an active and sustainable role in your community, because, after all, we need our neighbors.
46 min
The Power of Subtraction: Leidy Klotz, author o...
Leidy Klotz reading from Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Shadow and Sun, and discussing not only overcoming the intimidation of paring your creations, but recognizing when and where to trim the excess.
38 min
How to Claim Your Genius: Ozan Varol, author of...
Ozan Varol reading from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, and discussing reconnecting with your origin story, staying curious, and claiming your genius.
46 min