Episode description

This week's guest is Anne Bogel. Anne is a podcaster, blogger, and author. She is also known as a tastemaker through her popular book lists and reading guides. Recently, Anne wrote a new book titled Reading People: How Seeing The World Through The Lens of Personality Changes Everything. We spoke about the power of reading, personality frameworks, and why it is important to be self-aware.

Here are some highlights of the show:

  • The different kinds of personality tests: Enneagram, Myers Briggs, DISC
  • The same activity can be healthy for some people and very stressful for other people
  • Knowing your motives so you can be really productive
  • Why many introverts can look like extroverts
  • Why circumstances can affect how introverted or extroverted we are in situations
  • Taking time to step back and reflect

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I had a great time chatting with Anne and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I do. Thanks for listening and your support!

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On this episode of the podcast Mike speaks with Brian Scudamore, the founder and CEO of O2E Brands. O2E Brands is the banner company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. Starting with …

Going One Year No Beer with Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns

August 8th, 2016

42:47

In this episode of the podcast, Mike not only talks with Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns of One Year No Beer but he also take on one of their challenges.

They dive into that challenge as well as why the founders of …

Order and Organization with Rashelle Isip

August 1st, 2016

31:16

On this episode of the podcast Mike is joined by Rashelle Isip of The Order Expert. Rashelle is a consultant, author, and founder of …

Being Unmistakable (Again) with Srinivas Rao

July 25th, 2016

29:25

On this episode of the podcast, Mike chats with his friend Srinivas Rao. Srini is the author of the book Unmistakable: Why Only is Better Than Best and the founder and CEO of Unmistakable Creative. They talk about his …

Getting Optimized with Stephan Spencer

July 18th, 2016

29:11

On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Stephan Spencer. Stephan is a man of many talents and projects, including hosting The Optimized Geek and writing the book The Art of SEO.

The focus of …

Learning to Commit with Avrum Nadigel

July 11th, 2016

21:52

On this episode of the podcast Mike chats with Avrum Nadigel. Avrum is an author and relationship therapist. He co-produces "It's the anxiety, stupid!” - a podcast about relationship angst, and draws a comic about …

The Big 100

July 4th, 2016

42:42

On this, the 100th episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike chats with producer John Poelstra about the evolution of the podcast since it started …

Being Truly Productive with Michael Dolan

June 27th, 2016

41:32

On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Michael Dolan. Michael is an executive coach who helps leaders get out of their own way by enabling …

Distractions & Disruptions with Dave Nevogt

June 20th, 2016

35:57

On the episode this week, Mike speaks with Dave Nevogt. Dave is the co-founder of Hubstaff and Mike and Dave chat about what it's like to pivot from one entrepreneurial venture to another and how Dave is especially …

Hacking Corporate with Nick Snapp

June 13th, 2016

30:06

On this episode Mike speaks with Nick Snapp, the host of The Make It Snappy Productivity Show and a productivity strategist who specializes on helping people "hack" Corporate.

Nick's story is rooted in finding creative …

Strategic Storytelling with Jordan Bower

June 6th, 2016

35:20

On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Jordan Bower. They talk about the power of story, his approach to storytelling, and much more (including a mention of one of Mike's favourite storytellers, Steven …

Good to Greatist with Derek Flanzraich

May 30th, 2016

42:31

In this episode Mike speaks with Derek Flanzraich, the founder/CEO of Greatist. They talk about the idea of planning, time chunking, and many other things that allow them to push our intentions forward (and allow Derek …

Priorities with Erik Fisher and Steve Dotto

May 23rd, 2016

52:46

Beating Burnout with Ben Fanning

May 16th, 2016

27:43

On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Ben Fanning. Ben is a "burnout specialist," the author of The Quit Alternative. Ben and Mike spend time discussing how to create to do lists that work and really dive …

Finding Your Signature Strengths with Scott Barlow

May 9th, 2016

37:14

On this episode of the podcast Mike speaks with the founder of Happen To Your Career, Scott Barlow.

They dive into how you can go about finding you strengths – specifically your "signature strengths" and how tapping …

The More of Less with Joshua Becker

May 2nd, 2016

37:04

This episode features Mike in conversation with Joshua Becker. Joshua is the man behind Becoming Minimalist and the author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own.

Mike chats with Joshua …

Productivity and Play with Kirsten Milliken

April 25th, 2016

34:50

On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with clinical psychologist and certified ADHD Coach, Dr. Kirsten Milliken. She's the author of PlayDHD, a …

Focusing on Memory with Brad Zupp

April 18th, 2016

35:28

In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Brad Zupp. Brad is an entertaining motivational speaker and memory improvement expert from New York. Brad shows people how to supercharge their memories …

Productivity for Dummies with Ciara Conlon

April 11th, 2016

34:22

In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with fellow productivity strategist Ciara Conlon. Ciara is the author of Chaos to …

Making Better Meetings with John Poelstra

April 4th, 2016

40:19

On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with podcast producer and meeting facilitation expert John Poelstra about how you can go about making better meetings.

They dive into the "MAP" you need to …

Getting Momentum with Jason and Jodi Womack

March 28th, 2016

34:33

On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Jodi and Jason Womack. They are the wife and husband team behind Get Momentum, a …

What Goes Into a Task App with Amir Salihefendic

March 21st, 2016

41:19

This week on the podcast Mike speaks with the founder and CEO of Doist (the makers of Todoist), Amir Salihefendic. They discuss what prompted Amir to create Todoist, what system he uses to complete his tasks, and dive …

The Year of Fear with Kendra Wright

March 14th, 2016

30:56

On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Kendra Wright. They talk about how they each treat fear, their to do lists, their …

Overnight Success with Aaron Mahnke

March 7th, 2016

43:53

This episode features a conversation between Mike and Aaron Mahnke, accomplished author and the man behind the award-winning podcast Lore. The road to Lore wasn't a straight one for Aaron, so they talk about the journey …

Getting Reading Done with Mike Dariano

February 29th, 2016

40:02

On this episode of the show, Mike is joined by Productivityist's resident book reviewer and fellow avid reader Mike Dariano. They talk about how they go about reading and what they do differently to keep their reading …

A Mindful Conversation with Patrick Rhone

February 22nd, 2016

35:16

On this episode of the podcast, Patrick Rhone returns for another great conversation with Mike. This time around they focus on reading more (and …

ADHD Productivity with Ryan McRae

February 15th, 2016

25:29

This week Mike speaks with Ryan McRae, better known as The ADHD Nerd. They talk about how ADHD has affected Ryan's productivity, what time management …

Think Productive with Graham Allcott

February 8th, 2016

33:33

On this edition of the podcast, Mike speaks with founder of Think Productive and productivity ninja Graham Allcott. They focus on the nine characteristics you need to have to become a true productivity ninja and dive …

Freakishly Productive with Annie Mueller

February 1st, 2016

29:46

In this episode Mike talks with Annie Mueller from Freakishly Productive about tactical time management tips. They discuss how Annie is able to be …

The Productivity Project with Chris Bailey

January 25th, 2016

26:45

In this episode of the podcast Mike chats with fellow Canadian and author of The Productivity Project, Chris Bailey.

They talk about Chris's new book, the process of writing the book, why quantitative and qualitative …

Better Email Habits with Andy Mitchell

January 18th, 2016

37:44

In this episode Mike speaks with the founder of ActiveInbox, Andy Mitchell. They talk about email and how you can (if you want) use it to manage your tasks. It's not something Mike does (or advocates) but for those of …

Level Up Your Life with Steve Kamb

January 11th, 2016

39:32

In this episode I speak with the founder of Nerd Fitness and the author of the book Level Up Your Life, Steve Kamb.

They talk about what it takes to take your life to the next level in a variety of ways and go over …

The Real Inbox Zero with Dmitri Leonov

January 4th, 2016

28:08

On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Dmitri Leonov, co-founder of SaneBox. They talk about why it isn't always a good idea to use every …

Deep Work with Cal Newport

January 1st, 2016

41:06

To ring in 2016, Mike speaks with his friend and the author of the forthcoming book "Deep Work", Cal Newport. They talk about the difference between deep and shallow work, why focusing on doing more deep work may not be …

Simplicity and Impact with Simon Tyler

December 25th, 2015

34:03

In this edition of The Productivityist Podcast Mike speaks with Simon Tyler, author of The Impact Code and The Simple Way. They talk about raising your impact level in business, simple ways to be more productive, and …

Relentless Sales Success with Chris Johnson

December 18th, 2015

33:04

In this installment of the podcast, I'm joined by my friend and principal owner of Simplifilm Chris Johnson. We dive into a lot of things but really focus on how to work on sales technique and how being relentless in …

The Art of the Side Hustle with Nick Loper

December 11th, 2015

31:03

On this episode of the podcast I speak with the founder of Side Hustle Nation, Nick Loper. We talk about some of the unconventional productivity tactics he uses and dive into some of the equally unconventional side …

Boosting The Brain with Dr. Andrew Hill

December 4th, 2015

54:20

Mike spends time with the Lead Neuroscientist of truBrain, Dr. Andrew Hill, on this episode of the podcast. They talk about a ton of "brain stuff", including the importance of getting things out of your head, how …

Military Time with Julie Sheranosher

November 27th, 2015

34:28

On this episode Mike chats with military veteran and fellow productivity professional Julie Sheranosher. They talk about the story behind her …

A Doer Who Likes To Be with Michael Townsend Williams

November 20th, 2015

29:05

This episode of the podcast features a conversation with Michael Townsend Williams, who is known as "A doer who likes to be." He's the founder of Breathe Sync™ and the author of the book Do Breathe...and he's a big …

SPECIAL EPISODE: Laura McClellan Returns!

November 16th, 2015

39:40

This week I've decided to make the first of our bonus episodes available to everyone - even those not currently patrons. This episode marks the return of Laura McClellan to discuss the idea of theming further - along …

Money and Minimalism with Cait Flanders

November 13th, 2015

38:02

In this episode Mike talks with the woman behind Blonde on a Budget, Cait Flanders. They talk about managing money wisely, why she imposed a one year …

Passionate About Productivity with Amber De La Garza

November 6th, 2015

40:31

This week on the show, Mike speaks with fellow productivity specialist Amber De La Garza. They talk about the reason you want to be productive, how …

Project Management for You with Cesar Abeid

October 29th, 2015

31:40

This week’s episode features a discussion between Mike and fellow Canadian and project management professional Cesar Abeid. Cesar is the author of the new book Project Management and You, and he talks about why he wrote …

15 Time Secrets with Kevin Kruse

October 22nd, 2015

37:24

Joining Mike this week on the podcast is the author of 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management. They talk about why Kevin wrote this …

The Power of Focus with Shawn Blanc

October 15th, 2015

54:45

Less Doing with Ari Meisel

October 8th, 2015

35:25

This week on the show Mike is joined by Ari Meisel of Less Doing. They talk about what task management app Ari uses (the answer will surprise you), the art of optimization, automation, and outsourcing, and more tips and …

The Habits of a Happy Brain with Loretta Breuning

October 1st, 2015

34:29

In this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike speaks with Dr. Loretta Breuning from the Inner Mammal Institute. They talk about how you can retrain your brain, including some tactics and tips so that you can …

Building Better Teams with Jared Brown

September 24th, 2015

31:31

This episode features a discussion between Mike and Jared Brown of Hubstaff. They talk about what you need to do in order to make bringing people on …

Crafting Coaches with Tony Stubblebine

September 17th, 2015

45:47

On this episode of the podcast, Mike talks with Tony Stubblebine of Coach.me. They talk about the power of coaching, what it takes to be a coach, and …

Getting Into Smartsheet with Brent Frei

September 10th, 2015

23:50

Smartsheet has been a player in the task management and project management space for a long time, and on this episode of the podcast Mike speaks with Brent Frei, the founder and VP of Marketing at Smartsheet. They talk …

The Productive Woman with Laura McClellan

September 3rd, 2015

39:13

This episode features a lengthy discussion between Mike and the host of The Productive Woman – and a productive woman in her own right – Laura McClellan. They chat about the possible differences that women and men …

Voice Lessons with Todd Henry

August 27th, 2015

27:04

In this week's episode of the podcast Mike talks with Todd Henry, author of the new book "Louder Than Words: Harness The Power of Your Authentic Voice". They discuss the importance of delivering your work and how your …

Making Teamwork Work with Sebastian Klein

August 20th, 2015

20:47

Being productive on your own can be a challenge with everything we face today, but being productive as a team can be even more daunting. On this episode of the podcast, Mike Vardy chats with Sebastian Klein of Blinkist …

Everything Evernote with Andrew Sinkov

August 13th, 2015

38:13

Mike has an in-depth conversation with Andrew Sinkov, Vice President of Marketing and Brand at Evernote. They talk about where Evernote has been, where it's headed, and they even dive into some of the decisions the …

The Productive People of Podcast Movement 2015

August 6th, 2015

49:56

In this episode of the podcast, producer John Poelstra and host Mike Vardy continue to talk to those attending Podcast Movement 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. They speak with Srinivas Rao (The Unmistakable Creative), Erik …

Podcast Movement 2015: Making Conferences Productive

August 4th, 2015

36:39

This bonus episode of the podcast features a discussion between myself and newly-minted producer John Poelstra as he asks me about what I do to make my time at conferences productive. Then I spend some time with Jaime …

Internationally Intentional with Jared Brock

July 28th, 2015

25:11

This week Mike chats with Jared Brock, a gentleman who has lives aa multi-faceted, intentional, and international life. Jared runs a charity to fight …

The World Domination Summit Experience

July 21st, 2015

1:09:48

In this episode, Mike and podcast editor John Poelstra chat with those who were gearing up for The World Domination Summit while at The Productivityist Enthusiasts' Meetup in Portland, Oregon. A bevy of guests pop by on …

Defending Against Distractions with Tim Metz

July 14th, 2015

29:24

On this episode Mike tackles distractions. He discusses what he believes is the difference between distractions, disruptions, and diversion (and how to defend yourself against them through awareness and measurable …

The Productive Pastor with Jonathan Pearson

July 7th, 2015

24:11

In this episode, Mike spends some time this episode chatting with Jonathan Pearson, who aptly describes himself as "a millennial determined to leave the world in better shape than he found it". They talk about different …

How to be a Productive Speaker with Grant Baldwin

June 30th, 2015

25:59

This episode features a discussion between Mike and Grant Baldwin. Grant is an accomplished speaker (so much so that he teaches others to become better speakers) and many of his weeks are more dynamic than what most …

The Productivity Habits with Ben Elijah

June 23rd, 2015

28:08

This episodes features an invigorating discussion between Mike and Ben Elijah. Ben is the author of "The Productivity Habits" and blogs over at Ink and Ben. They talk about how they look at productivity in general. But …

The End of Jobs with Taylor Pearson

June 16th, 2015

23:14

In this episode Mike talks with Taylor Pearson, the author of "The End of Jobs" (due out in late June 2015). They discuss the process Taylor used to …

Mind Hacking with Sir John Hargrave

June 9th, 2015

27:04

Sir John Hargrave and Mike Vardy have a lot in common. They both like to inject humour into their work and are both fascinated with how they can change the way they operate in order to improve productivity (and their …

The Art of Iteration with Omar Zenholm

June 2nd, 2015

36:58

Omar Zenhom is one half of the team that created The $100 MBA Show and Webinar Ninja. He's spent a lot of time defining and refining what he delivers, and recently rebooted what Webinar Ninja was and created a vastly …

An Introduction To The NOW Year Formula

May 22nd, 2015

28:51

This episode is being released earlier than usual because it's a special one. Why? Because Mike talks about his "big work" - the thing he's been actively working on for well over a year (and likely subconsciously for …

It’s All Fun and Games with Dave Caolo

May 19th, 2015

26:30

This week Mike talks with Dave Caolo of the podcast Home Work and the website Apple World Today about his newest hobby: tabletop gaming. They discuss …

Flying Solo: A Solo Parenting Productivity Adventure

May 12th, 2015

22:29

In this episode, Mike discusses how he dealt with a major workflow change over the past 10 days as a result of his wife going on holiday and him …

Beyond Productivity with Erik Fisher

May 5th, 2015

28:05

As the host of the Beyond The To Do List podcast, Erik Fisher has interviewed many of the top names in productivity, task, and time management and now Mike is putting him on the other side of the mic. They talk about …

Efficient Writing with Jim Woods

April 28th, 2015

27:04

On this episode of the podcast, Mike speaks with Jim Woods, author and creator of the "Write Publish Share" course. They talk about the writing process, habits, and the relationship between productivity and getting …

Closing Chapters with Michael Schechter

April 21st, 2015

39:45

Michael Schechter, Mike's good friend and former podcasting partner, drops by the show for the first time on his own. The two of them talk about old …

The Power of SCALE with Travis Collier

April 14th, 2015

22:08

On this edition of The Productivityist Podcast Mike and Travis Collier have a friendly - and short - conversation. Travis is the author of "SCALE: …

How to Deliver a "Do Over" with Jon Acuff

April 7th, 2015

17:12

Ever want a do over with your career? Well the guest on this episode can help you with that. Jon Acuff is a celebrated (and New York Times best-selling) author whose latest effort, Do Over, can help you figure out how …

Procrastinating on Purpose with Rory Vaden

March 31st, 2015

18:26

The guest on this episode is someone who looks at time management a lot like the podcast host, Mike Vardy does. Rory Vaden is the author of "Take The Stairs: 7 Steps To Achieving True Success" and "Procrastinate on …

Body Talk with James Hamblin

March 24th, 2015

20:23

Dr. James Hamblin, Senior Editor at The Atlantic and the host of "If Our Bodies Could Talk" joins Mike this week on the show as they talk about the …

Getting Things Done with David Allen

March 17th, 2015

29:31

In this episode Mike Vardy talks with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. They discuss the pull of email, how to wrap your head around …

Message Not Received with Phil Simon

March 10th, 2015

26:29

In this episode Mike Vardy sits down with Phil Simon, author of "Message Not Received." They talk about the problem with email, why clarity is often lost in communication, and what we can do to make sure we have a far …

A Look At Meetings

March 3rd, 2015

39:57

On this episode of the podcast, Mike Vardy and Lee Garrett take a look at one of the biggest productivity drains on the planet: meetings. They discuss why they don't usually work as currently designed and what you can …

Moods and Modes with Brett Terpstra

February 25th, 2015

32:07

Everything Is A To Do with Michael Schechter & Patrick Rhone

February 18th, 2015

40:40

Mike is joined once again by Patrick Rhone and reunites with his former podcasting partner-in-crime Michael Schechter on this episode. They discuss the idea of "have to" versus "need to," choices, chaos, caution, and …

Building a Better Podcast with Joel Boggess & Dr. Pei

February 11th, 2015

21:58

In this episode Mike chats with prolific podcasters Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei. They are the husband and wife team behind the creation, development, …

How To Read More (and Read Better)

February 4th, 2015

21:55

In this episode Mike flies solo, revealing his reading workflow. This workflow is how he's able to digest a ton of content every week as well as …

An Intentional Discussion with Patrick Rhone

January 28th, 2015

32:40

Patrick Rhone returns to the show for another free-form discussion with Mike. They talk about intentions, planning and allocating your time wisely, and eventually get around to talking about what saying 'no' can do for …

Built Unstoppable with Justin Levy

January 21st, 2015

25:42

This week on the podcast, Mike spends time with Justin Levy. The story that has unfolded for him in the past few months has been very inspiring, as …

Managing Time Demands with Francis Wade

January 14th, 2015

27:31

This episode features a conversation between Mike and Francis Wade, author of Perfect Time-Based Productivity. They have a lively discussion about the difference between time management and time demands, the importance …

A Look at Calendar Apps

January 7th, 2015

18:56

In this episode Mike explores several calendar apps, offering his thoughts on each of them along with some tips and tricks that he uses when dealing with his calendar. (Note: This won't be the last time he looks at …

Shaping a Great Year with David Delp

December 31st, 2014

34:46

In this conversation with David Delp of Pilot Fire, Mike and David discuss what it takes to make a great year, how understanding and acknowledging …

The Disconnection Discussion with Patrick Rhone

December 24th, 2014

29:31

This week Mike has another conversation with Patrick Rhone. They discuss letter and number grading systems in schools, when tech fails you, and more …

The Procrastination Conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl

December 17th, 2014

26:04

In this episode, Mike has a candid conversation with Dr. Tim Pychyl about procrastination, strategic delaying, and what can get in the way of our …

Let Go and Lean In with Daniel Gold

December 10th, 2014

27:38

Daniel Gold of DEG Consulting pops by to talk with Mike about letting go, leaning in, and the primary thing you need to keep in mind that will help …

Leveling Up with Jaime Tardy

December 2nd, 2014

20:23

This week Mike chats with Jaime Tardy, founder of Eventual Millionaire and author of the book The Eventual Millionaire. They talk about the growth of their respective businesses and the things they did to level up along …

The Contexts Conversation: Part Two

November 25th, 2014

28:15

After a lengthy thread on Twitter that debated what contexts were (and weren't), Mike invites some of the participants to discuss their thoughts on contexts in more detail in the second of two episodes on the subject. …

The Contexts Conversation: Part One

November 18th, 2014

29:49

After a lengthy thread on Twitter that debated what contexts were (and weren't), Mike invites some of the participants to discuss their thoughts on contexts in more detail. For this first part in the two-part series, …

Voices for Vets with Gary Miller Jr. and Daniel & Vanessa Hayes

November 11th, 2014

42:42

This special episode of the podcast features interviews that Mike conducted with veterans of the military service, Gary Miller Jr. of GaryMillerJr.com and Daniel & Vanessa Hayes of Simple Life Together as part of …

Paul Jarvis: Old Man Internet

November 4th, 2014

27:44

This episode features a great conversation with the incredibly creative and productive Paul Jarvis. The discussion revolves around future-proofing …

Free Time with Patrick Rhone

October 28th, 2014

24:07

Mike sits down with Patrick Rhone to talk about Rick Rubin, his Dash/Plus system, and a bunch of other cool stuff in the first of the regular "Free …

Being Unmistakable with Srinivas Rao

October 21st, 2014

13:35

Mike speaks with the "unmistakably creative" Srinivas Rao, author of The Art of Being Unmistakable and founder of The Unmistakable Creative. They dive into the art and craft of taking things to the next level, adjusting …

Productivity on the Road

October 14th, 2014

21:15

Mike just returned from a whirlwind travel schedule, and on this episode of The Productivityist Podcast he discusses how (and why) he went iOS only …

Living Productively with Chris Bailey

October 7th, 2014

25:42

This week Mike chats with fellow Canadian Chris Bailey of A Life of Productivity about experimenting with workflow and productivity, as well as looking deeper at time, task, reading habits, and living a more productive …

Simply Executing with Josh Long

September 30th, 2014

13:22

Mike is in conversation with Josh Long, and incredibly prolific and productive writer, builder, and designer. The thing about Josh is that he focuses …

The Best Kind of Paper Pushing

September 23rd, 2014

20:29

This week Mike talks about why he still loves and uses paper. He also talks about several paper-based approaches worth exploring, including Ryder …

Tasking, Tracking, and Tactics with David Sparks

September 16th, 2014

29:44

A Hard Habit App to Break

September 9th, 2014

23:45

Mike talks about the benefits of using habit tracking apps, as well as what can happen if you dive too deep into them. He also talks about his habit …

Talking TaskClone with Troy Christmas

September 2nd, 2014

29:37

On the first official episode of the podcast, Mike talks about Meeting Hero, Checkmark 2.1, and Dave Ursillo's new book. He also has a conversation …

Greetings and Salutations

August 27th, 2014

10:55

In this "unofficial" first episode, Mike discusses what to expect from his new solo podcast effort. He also brings up what ideas he has for the …

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