7 Skills for the future: The Podcast

Welcome to Season 8 – EMERGING

With this I really wanted to focus on artists, performers, dancers, singers, musicians and song writers. These professions have been so badly hit by the pandemic that I just know that people within this industry really do have so much to teach us about how to thrive and adapt.

I was interested in featuring their stories, of how they’ve adapted to the unfolding crisis and in particular, if and how their craft has changed in response to the pandemic- ie if they’ve ended up composing differently or creating different kinds of art or performance or music to express the situation.

We know that it’s the artists, the musicians, the poets, the singers, the performers who have often been best at expressing the most turbulent moments in our history and I’m so excited, humbled and honoured to be able to introduce you to some absolutely amazing people.

In between these interviews I’ll be highlighting some of the main skills and qualities our wonderful interviewees have developed or strengthened during these times and how you can do the same in your own life, regardless of your background or what you do.

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Season 7

Season 7 – Rising up! This series focuses on thriving during crisis and difficult times. It’s all about moving forward with confidence even whilst living with constant change and uncertainty. Filled with great advice and support from me for how to build resilience, embracing change and uncertainty and build a strong mental health toolkit and featuring some fabulous interviews with experts on resilience, ageing well and building strong physical health as well as an inspirational interview with a general manager from a leading 5star luxury hotel on how to encourage and nurture teams during a massive hit and blow to the hospitality industry.

Season 6

Season 6 – This series is all about how to live and work within a world of extreme uncertainty. When you’re faced with these kinds of extremes, the very best thing we can do is to dig deep and focus on the 7 core skills. I zero in on each skill talking about their huge importance during the pandemic and how do we nurture and develop them DURING the time we are experiencing crisis. Every day has become high stakes so I was interested in exploring how we can tap into all these skills and really use them even if we feel a long way from feeling like we can. Also some great interviews with leading coaches and business leaders in Colorado and California.

Season 5

Season 5 – all about  fabulous interviews with amazing people like Dr Max McKeown, Dr Jack Lewis and Alex Soojung-Kim Pang teaching us all about how to maximise our amazing brains, how to be truly adaptable and ways in which many individuals and companies are working less and as a result are so much happier! The series also features short episodes where James and I talk about topics connected with the 7 skills – and some of my favourite are the conversations we had about the important of joy, spending time alone and how to boost vitality and balance. Everyone I interview in this series are also referenced in my book – I was so thrilled to meet them all!

Season 4

Season 4 – I was delighted to interview some pretty incredible people: airline captain Martin Bromiley who overcame great tragedy to create a wonderful organisation to help others, gospel choir director Karen Gibson on finding fame overnight, how to listen deeply with Oscar Trimboli plus so many more. These are all wonderful people who, for me, embody the 7 skills and were so gracious to give me their time, wisdom and insights. Find them all by scrolling through the episodes above or on your fave podcast platform.

Season 3

In Season 3 James and I discuss just why you need to start failing every day, how to think more creatively and fluidly – a key skill for the future, and how to deal with procrastination. I talk to the fabulous Louise Chester, CEO of Mindfulness at Work and Julia Hobsbawm, author of Fully Connected and in demand around the world among several great interviews. Plus how to make even the most boring meeting simply magnificent and the power of fluid thinking.

Season 2

Season 2 – I look at the 7 skills showing up in our everyday lives and actions– 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. I also get to 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.

Season 1

Our very first season of our brand new podcast – 7 Skills for the Future. In this first series I introduce each of the 7 skills – why we need that skill and how we can easily develop it – loads of tips! I also 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 in education.

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