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The best podcasts for different approaches to podcasting - PR, speaking, confidence, leadership and all aspects of work

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Who am I?

I'm fascinated by the way we work and the opportunity we have to redesign work and rebuild systems to ensure people thrive and the work succeeds. I'm a hybrid/remote futurist who consults with organizations about hybrid/remote solutions that work now but also 5-10 years in the future. When my kids were small, I worked 2 hours away from home (that was the length of the one-way commute). I pitched work from home so I could work and see my kids more than one hour a day. I have 12 years of experience in working some version of hybrid/remote and it made all the difference in my parenting. I'm adept at spotting trends and planning future scenarios and I bring a futurist aspect to the planning of hybrid/remote strategy. I know for example that in 10 years from now, your motivation for wanting workplace flexibility will change. My kids were 6 and 4 when I started but now they are 18 and 16. I have more flexibility in my personal life. That doesn't mean I want to be in an office but it does mean I can choose that more often if I want. Or I could choose to work from an alternate location and travel with my kids more often. My work/life looks very different than it did 12 years ago. Mindset and worldview are the hardest things to change when talking about the future of work. My mission is to help everyone who listens to my podcast think differently about the future, starting with hybrid/remote.

My Show

What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

The Hybrid/Remote Centre of Excellence is a podcast where we talk about co-creating the future of work. How do we bring the best elements of corporate from the past into the future? How can we design a workplace that will allow employees to thrive and integrate their work into their lives? What will the corporation of the future look like more importantly, what will it feel like? Will the future be hybrid or will we be working remotely? How will the office be re-imagined. And how does that affect leadership process procedure? Employee engagement and retention. We'll talk about all aspects of life and work with interesting and creative people. The podcasts in this playlist represent skills and topics I'm researching for the future of work.

What is my podcast playlist about?

I've published over 50 episodes of my podcasts and I'm current considering how I want to adapt the format to make future episodes more interesting and engaging. I've been listening to a variety of podcasts to understand different approaches. What do I enjoy (music!) and what do I hate (loooong bios read by the host before the guest ever has a chance to speak). This is a sample of the podcasts I enjoy the most. I'd love to hear your feedback about what the best parts are for me to incorporate into Hybrid/Remote Centre of Excellence.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. What Works

Why this podcast?

Tara really goes deep into the way we work and live. This is not a podcast that includes guest interviews but rather they are audio essays. Essentially she writes in depth newsletters and then turns them into podcasts using audio clips and music. This approach is very engaging and makes you think.

What Works

What Works

Tara McMullin

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4.9

"Work" is broken. We're overcommitted, underutilized, and out of whack. But it doesn't have to be this way. What Works is a podcast about rethinking work, business, and leadership as we navigate the 21st-century economy. When you're an entrepreneur, independent worker, or employee who doesn't want to lose yourself to the whims of late-stage capitalism, this show is for you. Host Tara McMullin covers money, management, culture, media, philosophy, and more to figure out what's working (and what's not) today. Tara offers a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to deep-dive analysis of how we work and how work shapes us.

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12 Listeners

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2. How To Own The Room

Why this podcast?

Viv talks to people about confidence and public speaking as well as networking. She is always interviewing interesting people I've never heard of but each episode is so fascinating. Right at the moment, she's using the podcast to promote her new book Happy High Status but it's a temporary takeover. I love this marketing idea. This is one of the oldest podcasts i listen to regularly. I love the way she pauses the episode to insert her own analysis before continuing to play the conversation. It includes music well and is very engaging.

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5.0

Want to own the room? Comedian and radio and TV presenter Viv Groskop talks to inspirational women about the secrets of brilliant speaking. They share the tips and tricks that will get you the attention you deserve.

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3 Listeners

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3. Indestructible PR Podcast with Molly McPherson

Why this podcast?

I love Molly's honest and forthright approach to analyzing PR success and nightmares. She is always looking to educate and improve communication but she's funny, slightly sarcastic and insightful. I enjoy her on TikTok but the podcast offers more depth. She has a background in journalism and is extremely well connected - often I hear news from her before anyone else. She's really good at including audience questions into her process - even building out a new community centered on questions on a new platform called five.me to help her control the nightmare her DM inboxes must be. Proud to say I was the first to submit a question on this new platform:)

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5.0

Every week, nationally-recognized crisis management expert Molly McPherson, also known as the "PR Lady" on TikTok, mixes strategic public relations lessons with weekly reveals of behind-the-scenes PR moves from breaking news stories and trending popular culture. From the most popular celebrities and public figures, learn what went right and what went wrong from a strategic media and PR perspective.
A must-listen for any PR professional, aspiring communicator, or pop culture fan who wants to gain a better understanding of the media landscape and learn how to build an indestructible reputation.

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4. WorkLife with Adam Grant

Why this podcast?

This is the OG podcast I started with. Although he's branching out to interview celebrities based on his own high profile, I prefer the episodes where he's focusing on organizational psychology the most. Adam is all about the research but the guest stories help put a face on the research. This is now an approach that is often copied (looking at you lightening round!) but Adam was one of the first.

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You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.

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65 Listeners

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5. Signature Leadership

Why this podcast?

This is a new podcast that caught my attention because Jamie interviewed 2 people who had been on my podcast - Erica Ehm and Leslie Ehm. He analyzes handwriting and the conversations get very vulnerable and are illuminating for both the guests and the listeners. Because there is a visual aspect to this podcast, I sometimes listen to the episode on Goodpods and then find the video version later on YouTube if I want to see exactly what Jamie is seeing in the handwriting. Really cool concept for a podcast that spins the guest concept in a very different way.

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Signature Leadership

Jamie Mason Cohen

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It’s too often that leaders carve their path by learning to follow in the steps of their predecessors, turning to the outside to find ways to grow their skills. In order to unlock your true Signature Leadership, you must start by looking inward. Jamie Mason Cohen coaches leaders on how to communicate at a world class level and identify what type of leader they are through a handwriting analysis.

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