I love nothing more than starting my day, walking the dog and listening to a good podcast. It’s the 1st hour of my day once I’ve dropped the kids off and it sets me up nicely. There are so many different ones out there, as well as entertaining, they can be educational and totally inspiring. I’m constantly recommending them to my friends and family, so I thought I would share some of my favourites with you too. I love reading but don’t often find the time to sit down with a book so podcasts are perfect to have on in the background, they make all the boring tasks much more enjoyable too! My kids are at an age where they have music on constantly so Podcasts are also a great way of switching off from that. I am obsessed with the ability to learn while I am driving, cooking or doing chores like ironing and cleaning, you’ll always find me listening to a podcast. My favourites are ones that are full of inspiration, business advice and personal development. Working for yourself can be pretty lonely sometimes and you don’t always have someone around to bounce ideas off or get advice from. It’s also great to hear advice and tips from people on a similar journey or how entrepreneurs started their business and took it to where it is today.
1. The High Low
This is my absolute favourite at the moment, it’s the one that I recommend to friends and they always love it! The High Low is a weekly pop culture/news podcast by journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. It is the perfect mix of current affairs, gossip, interviews and fun chat! Dolly and Pandora are hugely relatable and I always feel a little bit more knowledgable after each episode!
Favourite episode…. I love them all! Start with the most recent and work your way backwards!
2. Goal Digger
The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher has been a constant guidance for me since starting my own business. Jenna is a girl boss but keeps it real and feels so relatable, her mission is to help others to achieve their goals. She talks about things from how to write a better bio, the importance of growing your email list and exactly how to do it, through to social media tips and the top apps that she can’t live without. She also interviews some amazing guests who are experts and share their knowledge. I would highly recommend if you have your own business or if you’re thinking about it in the near future.
Favourite episode…. It’s impossible to choose one so here are my top 3.
1.How to Rock Pinterest for your Biz. 2. Goal setting for people who hate goal setting. 3. 5 Ways to reset when you’re in a funk.
3. Desert Island Discs
The Radio 4 classic where the fabulous Kirsty Young chats to well known individuals like celebrities, sportspeople, musicians etc.. to find out which 8 tracks, book and luxury item they would take with them to a desert island.
Favourite episode…. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. A very emotional but truly inspiring episode, where Sheryl discusses, family, leadership and coping with grief….get the tissues ready.
4. Happy Place
The beautiful Fearne Cotton sits down for a chat with a different guest each episode to find out what brings them happiness and what makes them tick. Fearne is super lovely and genuine and you can’t help but come away feeling happy. Some of her guests so far are Gok Wan, Emma Willis and Paloma Faith.
Favourite episode…. Alexandra Shulman, ex editor of Vogue talks above once you decide to walk away from the job you love.
5. Ctrl Alt Delete
I love Ctrl Alt Delete for a quick boost of inspiration, motivation and creativity. Emma Gannon chats to inspiring, influential women in the digital and creative worlds about subjects that really matter to me such as careers, social media, mental health and feminism. She has interviewed some pretty amazing women such as Tanya Burr, Dolly Alderton, Zoella and many more.
Favourite episode …. Lucy Sheridan, how to stop comparing and despairing online.
6. How I built this
If you’re thinking about starting your own business or just in need of a huge dose of inspiration then this is a must. Host Guy Raz unravels stories behind some of the most successful entrepreneurs all of whom had to start somewhere. Guests include, Richard Branson, Kate Spade, Steve Madden, James Dyson and Starbucks owner Howard Schultz.
Favourite episode…… Spanx: Sara Blakely. A truly inspiring story about how Sara struggled to get anyone to take her idea seriously through to her fascinating journey from launching a start up to becoming the youngest self-made female billionaire in history.
So there you have it, my top 6 Podcasts that I love listening to. Do you like listening to Podcasts? Which do you recommend?