Hands up if you need some motivation?
Did anyone else feel like their alarm was trolling them on Tuesday morning? The reality of single-digit temperatures and constant thermals is starting to set in but I’m hoping that a sound roster of podcasts will help keep me sane this month.
Since my initial post last year, I’ve pretty much tripled my podcast subscriptions and moved the app next to my on-off BFF Instagram. Depending on your tastes, it can be like having a super-knowledgeable person in the room and great motivation, especially if you work from home.
I’ve narrowed down my latest finds to a mixture of the inspiring, informative and incredibly entertaining, just in case you need a bit of help getting through the colder months.
Meet my latest obsession. If you like an insight into the tech-related aspects of the fashion industry, then the Glossy podcast should be right up your street. It’s a handy way to consume the content on their website and there’s plenty of transferable knowledge that can help you whether you’re a blogger or just want to be a savvy consumer.
A particular stand-out episode features an interview with Nadia Boujarwah, founder of plus-size styling service Dia&Co. I could relate a lot of what she mentioned about comprehensive representation taking time (so for example Vogue using Ashley Graham as a cover model is just a drop in the ocean) and that acknowledging that someone exists is not enough. The product has to be good. There’s also an interesting look at influencer marketing (brands take note) plus I really want to visit Glossier and see that dreamy shade of pink for myself.
My Taught You
I probably could have done with the advice from the latest My Taught You podcast when I was going through a tricky freelance issue a little while ago. Never mind. Founder Myleik Teele knows her stuff and has learnt the hard way, by missing interviews, wasting money on site designs and hiring the wrong people. Her drive and resilience has paid off though and she’s pivoted from working in PR (with clients such as Calvin Klein and American Idol) to starting Curlbox, a subscription service specialising in natural hair.
Her personal brand is also pretty strong, with the podcast, a TED talk and products designed to help you achieve your goals. She’ll tell it to you straight with direct, honest career advice and will occasionally act as an agony aunt by dedicating entire episodes to listener questions. Definitely listen to ‘A Letter for Late Bloomers & Comparison’ if you’re having one of those days. I think I’ll catch up whilst sorting my tax receipts…
After all of that enlightenment, you’re going to need a bit of a break and although Pandolly deals with plenty of topical stuff, there’s always just enough humour to get your day off to a good start. It’s the sole British podcast on this list and hosted by multi-disciplinary journalists (fancy word alert) Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. If you read Pandora’s blog then there’s plenty of parallels, with discussions centered around the many faces of feminism, our obsession with clothing sizes and nepotism. There’s also plenty of silly moments (I couldn’t stop laughing at the breakfast/Brexit references, if only we could swap them) and the pace is great if you prefer a little more structure.
Behind The Brilliance
Here’s another podcast that will leave you feeling incredibly inspired (prepare to take lots of notes). If you like indulging in ‘How I Made It’ style interviews, then Behind The Brilliance delivers it in spades, with host Lisa Nicole Bell’s eclectic mix of entrepreneurs sharing the full story, warts and all.
There is an overwhelming amount of episodes to start with, so I’d recommend delving into the solo ones first and picking guests that catch your eye. How To Get Out Of A Funk had me nodding furiously throughout and the idea is to preempt the times where you’ll feel demotivated and have a bit of an action plan. Her voice is a reassuring, non-judgemental one and it’s perfect listening if you’re prone to the comparison curse.
OK so this is probably stating the obvious, but the Making Oprah podcast is a good ‘un. It’s been a while since I pinched a copy of O magazine from my Mum or watched any of the shows her network produces, so it’s nice to be taken on a trip down memory lane. This in-depth podcast reminds you of the impact the show had back in 1986 and the secret to it’s success, Oprah’s vulnerability and honesty.
There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes info, with the logistics behind that whole ‘You Get A Car!’ phenomenon plus a few controversial episodes that got out of control. The underlying messages echo much of what I’ve been listening to, ignore the competition, run your own race and have a bit of tunnel vision. It’s still entertaining and will leave you feeling uplifted, even if you’re doing something as mundane as cleaning the bathroom.
Again, it’s important to remember that binge-listening will have you spouting motivational quotes to anyone who will listen, though I see it as better than screenshotting memes all day (note to self, cut this down in 2017). A special mention also has to go to Invisibilia, I’m in need of some more episodes!