I’m obsessed with hearing people’s stories. Not how they met their husbands (although, if it’s weird and wonderful, I’m all ears), more how they found what they’re good at, their huge mistakes and big breaks. As I mentioned before, I’m a big podcast fiend and, while most of my choices are pop culture podcasts, I absolutely devour any conversation with a successful woman talking about how she carved her career path.
A buttoned-up, businessy podcast would bore me to tears but I absolutely can’t get enough of chats with crazily successful women about their trials, tribulations and lessons learnt. If you’re too hard on yourself (which I am definitely guilty of) it’s amazing to hear that talented, on-top-of-their-game women experience self-doubt too and that it’s not plain sailing for anyone (despite what you see on social media). As well as giving me this fix of reassurance, I pick up a lot of useful tips from these conversations, from how to ask for a raise to digital marketing hacks.
My list of favourite podcasts is always growing but these are my current favourite business and career-oriented podcasts for women:
The most recent addition to my podcast addiction, No Limits is produced by ABC News in the US and presented by news journalist Rebecca Jarvis. To date, Jarvis has sat down with some fascinating women to talk about their careers, best and worst advice they’ve received and how they landed their big breaks. Interviewees include Kate Hudson on founding Fabletics, Bobbi Brown on selling her namesake company, and my personal favourite, Laura Brown, Editor-in-Chief of InStyle, on moving to NYC and making it in fashion journalism.
From the brains behind Women Who and author of must-have business bible Little Black Book, In Good Company with Otegha Uwagba is unsurprisingly an essential listen if you want to get things done. Otegha interviews a successful woman in different industries for each episode and at the end answers a reader’s question on things like getting paid and setting boundaries when you’re self-employed. The episode with Emma Gannon on multi-hyphen careers in particular really struck a chord with me, especially the bit about not describing yourself as a freelancer and doing what you gotta do to pay the bills. I also loved Renni Eddo-Lodge talking about the realities of being a freelance writer in 2018, especially from a financial perspective which no one seems to really talk about. This podcast is so useful because it tackles real issues that crop up in the working world, from bossy colleagues to self-confidence. The downside? There’s only one episode per month and I wish there was more!
I first stumbled across this podcast when Stefanie Schoen of The Style Safari, one of my favourite bloggers, posted on Instagram about appearing on Boss Girl Creative. Always in search of a new useful podcast, I had to check it out and I wasn’t disappointed. Created and presented by Taylor Bradford, Boss Girl Creative is a really informative podcast specifically geared towards people who work in digital media or blog on the side. There’s a new episode every Wednesday, as well as profile interviews, and each episode covers an issue you’re no doubt dying to find out about, such as How to Make Money as a Blogger.
Ok so I’ve been out of college for (gulp) a while now but I stumbled across the College Fashionista podcast one day and really enjoyed the short and sweet conversations with fashion and media players about their careers. Like the College Fashionista site, Office Hours is geared toward college students and recent graduates but I still found value in the interviews with entrepreneurs like Rebecca Minkoff on setting up her company, Kristie Dash on interning and finding a mentor (Eva Chen, no less!), and Garance Dore on finding your passion.
Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso is a bit of a divisive figure but I still find her story compelling and think I’ve tuned in to every episode of her podcast at this point. The Girl Boss author interviews women from a diverse mix of careers, including Bethany Consentino of Best Coast, Nasty Gal collaborator Courtney Love and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, about their careers to date. Each episode starts with the ‘girl boss’ talking about her first job which is always interesting. My favourite interviews have been the non-celeb ones, Jessica Bennett of Feminist Fight Club, Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier, and the most recent episode with Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, are particularly great conversations.
A popular lifestyle blog from Lauryn Evarts, The Skinny Confidential is not strictly a business podcast so don’t be put off when you find episodes about vegan diets and fitness tips. On the podcast Lauryn is joined by Michael Bosstick and the duo are regularly joined by interesting guests such as Gary Vaynerchuk on influencer marketing. Very social media focused in theme, each episode gives insight and essential tips for digital marketing pros, bloggers or social media addicts about building your personal brand to gaining an audience on Youtube.
Presented by Emma Gannon, blogger, social media expert and author, this is one podcast that’s going from strength to strength. Just look at the impressive list of interviewees to date: Pandora Sykes, Amanda de Cadenet, Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, Gillian Anderson…the list goes on. If you’ve never tuned in before, in each episode Emma has a chat with super-successful women (although she did recently talk to super-successful men Seth Godin and Will Young, too) primarily about social media, freelancing and careers online but a host of other workplace issues crop up, from sexism to chasing payment. I can’t recommend the Sali Hughes interview about keeping your integrity enough. I mean, ‘don’t be a dick’ is priceless advice whatever career you work in, right?
Got a favourite podcast you think I’ll love? Tell me in the comments!