7 Skills for the Future

The Podcast

Presented by Emma Sue Prince.

In Series 2 I look at the 7 skills in context of other areas of our lives – we kick off with rethinking how we are interacting with and using social media, in other episodes I discuss the positive impact of a great morning routine, how you can use improv tips for developing the 7 skills, how my dog taught me all about empathy and whether or not integrity means telling the truth always. We also take a sneak peek behind the scenes of one of our Advantage 7 Skills for the Future workshop at University College Birmingham and I interview the delightful Thomas Kochs, Managing Director of Corinthia London, Chris Dudley, one of the UK’s top life coaches and Stuart Goldsmith, a stand-up comedian. In this series we are also featuring questions from you, the listener, at the end of each episode. Enjoy Series 2!”

Season 2, Episode 5:

How a Dog Taught Me About Empathy


I used to have a deep fear of dogs. I avoided them all my life because as a child I was bitten by one. 3 years ago we acquired a Golden Retriever puppy named Oscar and I became a dog owner. Oscar has taught me so much about empathy. In this podcast I’ll be talking about how we can learn empathy skills in most life situations, why we absolutely must do this and how using empathy can transform our personal and professional relationships.


Series 1

“I’m delighted to be broadcasting the first series of our brand new podcast – 7 Skills for the Future. In the first series I introduce each of the 7 skills – why we need that skill and how we can easily develop it. I also be interview the incredible Viv Groskop – journalist, comedian and author of How to Own the Room, the inspiring Nathan Martin – Director of Global Thought Leadership at Pearson and Sarah Mercier, a wonderful academic and advocate of wellbeing.”

Episode 11: Resilience

How to bounce back from setbacks and rejection.

Do you rise or do you fall in the face of adversity? Resilience is a HUGE topic right now – really high on government and education agendas. It’s an interesting skill – linked strongly with optimism and being proactive. Resilience is the ability to respond well to pressure, deal with set-backs effectively, respond well to change and challenges and, basically, bounce back. In this podcast I’ll be talking about why resilience isn’t a fixed character trait but an ability and a capacity, which means it can be developed. Research suggests that people who are more psychologically resilient have higher levels of emotional stability, gratitude, purpose in life and altruism. Resilience and happiness definitely seem connected.



Get the latest chat, behind-the-scenes insights and sneaky-peeks at upcoming guests.

  • Adaptability... more than you think! So useful to unpack the subtleties, we think we know what it is and we are on it but a more mindful approach to how we react is key. I am starting tonight by ordering something different from the menu! Looking forward to catching up on the next podcasts, so positive and inspiring, thank you. An essential listen for yourself and as a parent/professional to support young people.

  • Very informative and up to date podcast, clearly detailing the skills needed to navigate our careers and lives in general in this rapidly changing world. I’m a career adviser and a parent and would recommend people listen to this from a personal or professional perspective. Can’t wait to hear the next one. Well done - great work. Great, easy to action advice.

  • Recently started listening to these podcasts. A very digestible mix of why these skills are essential, and easy to action ideas to develop them. I’ve already seen some benefits trying new things, so looking forward to listening to more of the series.

  • Really great for anyone who wants to be fully prepared for life.

  • Essential listening. Fresh, enthusiastic, optimistic. Emma Sue clearly knows her stuff and I look forward to understanding how to develop these skills in me!

  • A great sound bite into essential life skills, happiness is key and these are the steps required... I found myself nodding a lot! Thank you Emma Sue, I am looking forward to hearing your next podcast.

  • I love the podcasts you have come up with! They are excellent as always! Do keep up with these podcasts, they really are great! Well done again!

  • I started listening to the Adaptability episode in search for a classroom activity (I am an English teacher) and then realised there is much, much more in it: about professional and personal aspects of our lives and about making a life quality higher. I recommend it to those looking for an inspiring piece of advice (small things you can do to observe greater results). Will certainly come back for more and will search for the book!

  • I really enjoyed listening to these podcasts, over breakfast and at the gym. Emma Sue is an engaging speaker and her advice is sound and practical with lots of great insights. I was particularly interested in the easy ways to expand my comfort zone - something I could put into practice straight away.

  • I have just started listening to this new series of podcasts - it's great, sound advice, clear and concise and easy to digest on your commute. Great to get an overview of the series and background of the 7 skills we need to help equip ourselves for work and life. Very interesting to hear the key drivers of change and the impact of these on both a personal and community level.

  • The '7 skills for the future' book is fantastic, and this podcast takes it to the next level. Emma-Sue Prince has a great conversational style that makes you feel like she's speaking directly to you. The guests are great, and Emma-Sue allows us to see the variety of ways in which different people implement the skills in their personal and professional life. I am confident guests will be fighting to take part. This podcast has a real opportunity to lead the way we think about soft skills in the UK, and I think this should be mandatory listening for anyone wanting to enhance their skills, working in the field of training or coaching, or seeking to enhance their employees' development. I can't wait to hear more.

  • This easily digestible podcast is essential listening for anyone needing a hand navigating life in our modern world. Emma-Sue sheds new light on soft skills and gives expert advice on how to utilise these in a rapidly changing world to improve personal and professional relationships, gain better career opportunities and much more! I’m very much looking forward to hearing future episodes and reading more in her book, ‘7 Skills For The Future’.