The Spaniard Show

Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman

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Whether you don’t want to read, don’t have the time to read, or are simply on the lookout for great books to read, you’re in the right spot. With the discipline of wrestling and professional fighting and the lesson planning of a former teacher, I study all kinds of books (including kids' books) and teach their lessons. I also interview guests from all walks of life.

A bit about me, the host...former Spanish teacher turned UFC fighter. Fight name: The Spaniard. Current mission is to embody and inspire lifelong learning through speaking, writing and podcasting.

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Talks 404 - My Favorite Thing in the World

I love to do several things in life, but this week's episode highlights my favorite, favorite thing. And it has to do with family and travel. You'll hear a little bit of personal history, some east coast beach comparisons and, ultimately, my favorite thing to do.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

12m
Aug 11
Books 1480 - Wild Company

It's a wild week here on the show, as we tune in to learn about the story of Banana Republic. I can't recommend this book enough. Tons of lessons on life and business. Easy reading, great pictures, great pace. It's one of those books that reinforces that (sometimes faint) voice of confidence in yourself and your ideas. For dreamers, doers and casual readers alike, this is a winner. ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: Wild Company Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

19m
Aug 08
Talks 403 - A Guide to Training as a Parent

If you're 40ish, have small kids and your fitness game has seen better days, this is for you. Overwhelm and exhaustion are common themes in adulting, but they don't have to be killers of your health and fitness. I'll never be OK with looking at young, fit and athletic Charlie as a thing of the past, rather, I see him as a step in the evolution of older, a bit more white-haired and still-fit-father-of-two Charlie. I'm having fun here, but you get the gist. Enjoy this simple guide to staying active as you get older.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get the book here: The Slight Edge, The Align Method Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

26m
Aug 04
Books 1479 - From Strength to Strength

Gifted to me by my brother, I'm grateful this book came across my path. It gives great perspective and stategy to something many of us deal with...finding meaning and purpose later in life. Perhaps it's growing old itself, perhaps it's a transition in professions. Maybe you're looking back at the last thiry years asking yourself if you're where you really want to be. Either way, you'll appreciate this take on growing old(er) and the opportunity it presents.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: From Strength to Strength Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

24m
Aug 01
Talks 402 - Social Media - Why do you post what you post?

I've recently been contemplating my social media usage, and I have a few ideas I thought I'd flesh out aloud. My brain feels tired, and I know my phone is at least one of the culprits. Let's dive in... ... To inquire about assemblies and speaking: Speaking Form Learn more about Spaniard School online membership: Spaniard School Get the books here: Digital Minimalism, Irresistible Connect on social media: Instagram: @charliespaniard YouTube: Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman Facebook: Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman Twitter: @charliespaniard

21m
Jul 28
Books 1478 - The Monster's Bones

This week's book is a fascinating tale from history, one that culminates in the discovery of the T. rex and the impact it had on our lives. From the people involved, to the animals that once roamed the earth, to the culture and time of its discovery (other dinosaurs as well), this book will drop your jaw, make you smile and touch that youthful wonder within each one of us.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: The Monster's Bones Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

24m
Jul 25
Talks 401 - Pro Tip - See the Person in the Person

This week's episode sheds some valuable insight on communication. The idea you will learn can help you communicate more effectively, and with less nerves, at a personal and professional level.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

23m
Jul 21
Books 1477 - Meditations

Ryan Holiday (last week's author) has made Stoic philosophy popular, and one of the works he cites most often is Marcus Aurelius's "Meditations." Never meant for the public, Meditations is comprised of Aurelius's journal entries and thoughts that seem (my words) to be his manifesting philosophy of living a good, meaningful life. This is a really relevant and powerful book that I found very relatable and helpful in my own pursuit of a good, meaningful life.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: Meditations Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

31m
Jul 18
Talks 400 - Solosode - Want More Consistency and Discipline in Your Life?

I want to help you instill more discipline and consistency in your life, and today's episode is that first step. Tune in to hear how this came about and how we'll get started. Your first act of discipline is simple: Listen to this episode.  ... Fill out the form here: Discipline and Consistency Zoom Meetup To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

17m
Jul 14
Books 1476 - The Obstacle is the Way

"No man ever steps in the same river twice" (Heraclitus) and that is why I'm re-doing this week's book on the podcast. A timeless message of turning adversity into advantage and growth, Obstacle provides an approach to living that is essentially unbeatable. It's a real life way to roll with the punches so that you're never totally down and out.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: The Obstacle is the Way Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

25m
Jul 11
Talks 399 - Swap-o-sode - Spaniard Interviewed by Mike Kinney

Today's episode flips the script. Former guest Cowboy Gator Magraw (Mike Kinney) interviews Spaniard for his new podcast "Wrestling with Tomorrow." The two share stories of chasing their dreams and everything in between. Mike is a former professional wrestler (the fake kind) who is continuing to fight for the life he desires.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

1h 15m
Jul 07
Books 1475 - The Rugged Life

If the last few years have taught us a few things, one of them is that things can go haywire in the blink of an eye. Being self-sufficient has become an asset, and this week's book is a jumpstart to becoming just that. The Rugged Life provides a well-rounded plan to becoming more self-reliant so that you have more control over the life you live. ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: The Rugged Life Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

23m
Jul 04
Talks 398 - Solosode - Our Trip to Acadia National Park, Part 2

This week's episode picks up where last week's left off. You'll hear all about the second half of the week, which included some amazing scenery and experiences in the home stretch of our trip to Acadia.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

25m
Jun 30
Books 1474 - Into the Magic Shop

This is a book about the connection between the brain and the heart. It is one man's story of finding his own path in life, learning about himself and letting go of his past. It's also about loss and being misguided, but, ultimately, it's about finding oneself and helping others. A tremendous book packed with life lessons that will help you in a hundred different ways.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: Into the Magic Shop Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

26m
Jun 27
Talks 397 - Solosode - Our Trip to Acadia National Park, Part 1

We recently spent a week in Maine visiting Acadia National Park. This week and next, I'll be sharing details of our trip. You can use our experiences to help plan your own trip to Acadia, and for those of you who don't plan to visit, I hope you enjoy learning about Acadia and all that it has to offer. Part 1 shares our planning, travel, lodging and Days 1 and 2 in the park.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

25m
Jun 23
Books 1473 - The War of Art

This week's book takes a look at creativity - where it comes from, what encourages it, what hinders it - so that you and I can create, and be, our realest, most authentic selves. It wasn't until later in life that I began to lean into creativity. It came as a byproduct of speaking, writing and podcasting. You may not currently think of yourself as a creator, nor feel the urge to create, but this book takes creativity and makes it much more doable and relatable.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: The War of Art Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

31m
Jun 20
Talks 396 - (Placeholder Episode) - Our Trip to Acadia National Park

So as to not rush these episodes, I decided to put in a placeholder episode. As I type this, it's 8:57 PM on Wednesday evening, and we're three days into our vacation to Acadia NP. It's been incredible. My plan is to create two episodes in the next two weeks (one replacing this placeholder episode) to share information about Acadia and our trip that can help you plan future trips to Acadia and other National Parks. I'm no pro (this is our second NP), but it's amazing what you can learn in such short time. Bed is calling. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is calling (wakeup time 3:15ish).

7m
Jun 16
Books 1472 - Turning Pro

The title says it all. This book is about living your life as a pro, leaving the amateur life behind you. It's a decision you make, or you don't make. This is a fast and powerful read meant for someone who's ready to up their game in life.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: Turning Pro Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website  

28m
Jun 13
Talks 395 - Return Visit - Ryan Michler, “Order of Man” Podcaster

Here’s where Spanny gets down to business with Ryan Michler, first heard on Episode #227. Meaning that they talk through the development and growth of Ryan's “Order of Man” podcast and related offerings. It led to his flexible family life in Maine. An illustration that he shares: Going to the lake on Tuesday at 3pm with his wife and home-schooled kids.   ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List https://www.charliespaniard.com/readinglist For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

55m
Jun 09
Books 1471 - Endure

This is as much a book about life as it is about archery hunting. Cameron Hanes has built a life and career around his passion of backcountry bowhunting, and while he shares his story, I see this as a book about his life philosophy. It's a philosophy of humility, hard work, discipline, challenge, adventure, family and more. If you're a person who looks at life with a mindset to challenge, push, grow and explore, and are at least mildly interested in the outdoors/hunting, I think you'll really enjoy this one.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: Endure Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

29m
Jun 06
Talks 394 - Dr. Arianne Missimer, Founder, The Movement Paradigm

Wherever you’re listening, prepare to find yourself considering a trip to Downingtown (near Philadelphia) so today’s guest can help identify keys to your health with insight, warmth and compassion. Listen to how easily and kindly she answers Spanny’s questions! Dr. Arianne Messner introduces herself on her personal website: “As a cancer survivor, mover, educator, and American Ninja Warrior competitor, I am dedicated to helping you heal your body, alleviate inflammation, move better, and live with vitality.” ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website  

1h 3m
Jun 02
Books 1470 - The Art of Making Memories

"How can I make more of my days memorable in the future?" If you're like me, you're trying to make the most out of each and every day, but it's not easy. This week's book lays out a plan to help you create happy memories today that will last well into the future.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: The Art of Making Memories Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

28m
May 30
Talks 393 - Fight Stories - Andy Main on MMA in Japan

Andy Main was on the show nearly 5 years ago (episode 95). This conversation touches on his competing on “The Ultimate Fighter,” but mainly concerns his time as an MMA pro in Japan. Even for a colleague such as Spanny, there are insights into variations in rules (the soccer kick era), training culture (no to tattoos), notoriety (Andy was all over the magazines) and fan conduct (why quietness often reigns during fights). ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website  

42m
May 26
Books 1469 - Outdoor Kids in an Inside World

"This book is for anyone who feels responsible for the well-being of a child." - Author Steve Rinella If that's you, you should listen. ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: Outdoor Kids in an Inside World Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

31m
May 23
Talks 392 - Dreadisode - Janet Eldred on Retiring After 10 Years of Dementia

Imagine retiring after 18 years at your final job and not rememberinbg most of that time. That is the case with Janet Eldred, the wife of Dread (behind-the-scenes phantom of Spanny’s podcast), due to her early-stage dementia. As Janet leaves her position as a public library director, Dread (under his seldom-used legal name, Keith Eldred) recently helped her mail a farewell letter that requested conversations such as this, to inform Janet of what has slipped away. There’s much overlap with Spanny and the library, where he has held multiple events. Good times (even if not recalled). ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List https://www.charliespaniard.com/readinglist For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

48m
May 19
Books 1468 - The Voice of Knowledge

If you've got a voice inside your head that talks and judges and even says mean things to you, this is a book for you. Based on Toltec wisdom, The Voice of Knowledge will help you quiet that voice and return to a place of peace and freedom.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: The Voice of Knowledge Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

28m
May 16
Talks 391 - Robbie Balenger, Ultrarunner Who Challenged A Tesla

Imagine saying this to a friend with a Tesla: “Drive at 65 mph until your battery dies. I’ll run that far in 72 hours.” That’s essentially what Robbie Balenger did in April of 2022, and his effort made global headlines, because the target distance was 242 miles. He tells Spanny how he’d built up the credibility and support for the attempt, with a record that included running across the U.S in 75 days (43 miles per day). And this was after only 8 years as a serious runner. Why does Robbie do this? Listen for his explanation of running as the inverse of drugs. ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

1h 5m
May 12
Books 1467 - Steal Like an Artist

Growing up a wrestler, I never thought about creativity in the artistist sense. I can't dance. I'm not very good at art. I can't remember lyrics. I'm a pretty analytical guy. But as I've grown older and life has transformed, I've begun to find my inner creative self (fancy way of saying I create more stuff). I've found joy in taking things I've learned or done in life and tranforming them into something others can enjoy/benefit from. I'm still a terrible dancer with very little artistic vision in the standard sense, but if I can learn to be creative, you can learn to be creative. Today's book shares ten principles that will help you discover your own artistic self. ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: Steal Like an Artist Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

29m
May 09
Talks 390 - Steve DeCaspers on Transforming His Health

For Steve DeCaspers, the sandwich is reframed. That’s one example in this discussion between Central Pennsylvania natives who go way back (okay, West-Central, as they discuss). A sandwich is choices about meat, cheese, veggies, bread, condiments—not to mention chips and drink on the side!—that Steve now makes differently, along with other eating decisions. Worrisome patterns in his life led him to a retreat (see rockspringsrc.com) where he quickly, healthily lost 38 pounds and gained a new mindset. Note: During the talk, Spanny mentions recent related episodes: 384 on Nutrition and 387 on Training. ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website  

1h 25m
May 05
Books 1466 - Shackleton's Way

I read and covered Endurance, the story of Ernest Shackleton's incredible story of Antarctic exploration and survival previously on the show (Books 1121-1125, Oct. 12-16, 2021). It was a fascinating read. In this week's book, we take another look at Shackleton's story, but through the lens of leadership. Grab a pen and paper, or bring up your Notes app. This episode, and book, is chock full of life and leadership lessons.  ... To support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below: Get this book here: Shackleton's Way Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

27m
May 02