Three Podcasts To Listen To This Week

Three Podcasts To Listen To This Week

Lifestyle | Posted by - May 11, 2018 at 12:30 am

New podcasts are published every day, so it's easy to be overwhelmed by choice. That's why the YouInc team has compiled some of our favourite podcasts-new and old-to enjoy on a break at work or over the weekend. The guests of these shows, entrepreneurs and a professor, show us how to learn: how to make ourselves heard at work, how to shift our mindsets, and how to keep going when we get rejected: 

NPR, How I Built This: Sara Blakely, Spanx 

We all start somewhere on the entrepreneurial journey, and Spanx Founder Sara Blakely's story is a good example. In this 25-minute podcast, Blakely makes one foundation of being an entrepreneur apparent: the correlation between believing in your product and never giving up. 

Blakely takes us back to her days as a 27-year-old driving around and trying to sell fax machines. At the time the clothes she wore didn't look flattering because you could see the lines of her undergarments. It was this realization that prompted Blakely to build a prototype for Spanx, hosiery that makes your clothes fit better-today her company has a networth of $1B. Neiman Marcus was one of her first sales opportunities, but that didn't mean she had instant success; her journey was only beginning. She says there was never a moment when she thought she wouldn't make it, and that's because she lived and breathed the product. 

HBR, Women At Work, Make Yourself Heard

Women At Work is a new podcast from Harvard Business Review hosted by their workplace editors. The first episode raises the question, "what, if anything, has changed about how women are speaking and being heard in the workplace?" The conversation covers: how and why women's speech patterns differ from men's, how women can be more assertive in meetings, and how women can deal with people interrupting them. 

How many times have you said "sorry" when you didn't need to? Or used words like "just" or "actually" that diluted your contribution to a meeting? We like this podcast because the editors discuss real situations we face and empower women to walk into the next meeting with confidence. 

Learning How to Learn, Barbara Oakley via Farnam Street 

Barbara Oakley, creator of Learning to Learn, an online course with more than one-million enrolled students, shares strategies to learn more quickly and get better at the things we want to learn. She believes that academic study can do us harm sometimes, because we become experts in a very niche area, which then blocks out an ability to learn new information. As entrepreneurs, we need to constantly challenge our thinking to see new perspectives and opportunities, which is why Oakley's perspectives are so insightful. She explains why backing off can sometimes be the best thing you can do when learning something new and how to "chunk" your learning so new knowledge is integrated with old knowledge. 

What are you listening to right now? Share with us in the comments below.

Tags: business, business advice, entrepreneur, leadership, podcast

Kristen Marano

Kristen Marano covers women and their work for publications around the world. She has interviewed some of the most influential business leaders in Canada and the most passionate change makers in towns and cities as isolated as Perth, Western Australia. Most recently she interviewed Canadian businesswoman Zita Cobb about reinvigorating the economy in Newfoundland through the arts. Kristen's work encourages women to share honest and open perspectives about the emotional challenges of their journeys.

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