Podcasts to Inspire your Career

I love listening to podcasts - they’re how I’ve been getting news, politics and entertainment information for years. Following their explosion a few years ago, navigating the volume and quality has been a bit more hit and miss, and so I’ve really valued getting recommendations.

Here are my four current four favourites - what they have in common is consistently great interviews / mostly open guests / and really worthwhile information, around the individual podcast themes.

Don’t Stop us Now - hosted by Claire Hatton and Greta Thomas, this Australian duo have access to outstanding business and community leaders globally who make themselves available to share valuable insights and career advice. In addition, they present the occasional ‘how to’ episode where Claire and Greta draw on their own valuable experience to virtually mentor the listener through some common, sticky issues. I’ve enjoyed every program, but in particular was inspired by what Dr Fiona Wood had to say about the imposter syndrome. I think it was the most realistic and practical observation I’ve heard on the subject.

How to Fail - hosted by Elizabeth day. The British author interviews a range of well known authors, musicians, radio and tv personalities with the premise that they have done well in spite of (and often because of) three significant failures they’ve experienced. I like it because the interviewees are so grounded, mostly vulnerable and Elizabeth is a fabulous interviewer. In particular, loved hearing from author Tara Westover (and bought her book).

How I Work - hosted by Amantha Imber focuses on productivity and getting the best out of your time. Amantha interviews a fantastic range of local and international guests, as well as doing some shorter podcasts where she shares productivity tips, backed by science. Her interview with Janine Allis was encouraging, where Janine has got to a point in her business where she can set clear boundaries in her work, communication and family time. (‘Be more Janine’, though she’s really earned her boundaries).

Hurry Slowly is my final recommendation. Jocelyn K. Glei is a creative and writing influencing powerhouse. She was instrumental in 99u’s early days and has written and co-authored a number of books. Glei’s style won’t be for everyone … but she is brilliant at slowing things down and getting some deep stories from her guests. My favourite was her first interview with Jason Fried, whose co-created a refreshing and successful work and project culture at Basecamp.

That’s it, but would love to hear from you if you have any recommendations to add to my collection.

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