The Wire: Autumn 2019 – Too busy to read

Too busy to read

Having recently relocated back to our London offices, I have found myself reworking my daily routine. It’s not been easy trying to squeeze in everything that I was doing before, plus my new daily commute to work, which is significantly longer than the 10-minute drive I had to our Surrey offices. 

I’m sure this is something that many of you will all be able to relate to. Life has a way of putting new challenges in our way that disrupt our norms that we have settled into. 

I am pleased to say that this challenge has been for the better. There has been, as a result, some rather substantial positive changes to my day to day routine. Although I have been really struggling to find time to read. 

While my initial thought was great, three hours a day commuting will give me plenty of time to catch up on my ever-growing pile of books and saved blog articles – unfortunately, I just don’t find the train a conducive environment for reading effectively. 

So, it got me thinking, what about audiobooks and podcasts. These allow you to consume the same content as reading, but are far more flexible. You can listen to them: 

  • In the car, 
  • While you are cooking, 
  • While you are out for a bike ride or in the gym, or 
  • My favourite, while commuting with your eyes shut!

The world of podcasts has been quite an exciting exploration – who knew there were so many! It seems that if you can think of a topic, or if you have a specific interest, there is a podcast out there for you. 

With such a wide variety of podcasts and hosts to choose from, it can be quite hard finding the right one. As such, I have pulled together some recommendations from friends and colleagues that, whether you are a seasoned podcaster or a virgin listener, you may find of interest. 

So, without further ado, here are a few podcasts that are worth trying at least once:

  1. The Tim Ferriss Show 

One of the top-ranked business podcasts in the world, The Tim Ferriss Show has surpassed 400 million downloads and has been selected as ‘Best Of’ Apple podcasts for three years running. 

Each episode, Tim speaks to world-class leaders in a wide variety of fields, including sports, business, investing and art. His focus is on extracting the tactics, tools and routines that you can use in your everyday life, from exercise habits to time management tricks. 

Past guests have included Malcolm Gladwell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Norton, Maria Sharapova and Jamie Foxx. 

Listen: The Tim Ferriss Show

  1. Safe for Work 

Many of us spend more time in the office than we do in our own homes. So, it’s essential to cultivate a happy and positive workplace so that we actually look forward to heading into work every day. 

The Safe for Work podcast aims to help you to create this environment. Each week, hosts Liz Dolan, former head of marketing at Nike, and Rico Gagliano, a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, offer advice on every issue you could think of with the help of guests who are experts in the fields they’re discussing. 

It’s an essential listen for anyone trying to create a productive and positive workplace, and topics have included everything from handling office gossip to how to eat healthily at your desk. 

Listen: Safe For Work

  1. London Real 

In 2011, Brian Rose had an epiphany. After 16 years of working in investment banking, he realised he hated his work, his life, and himself. So, he resigned and created London Real. 

Recorded in Shoreditch, London Real introduces you to the most fascinating people in the world. Available as a podcast and TV show, it sets out to offer a fresh, unscripted and unedited look into the world of real people. From activists to scientists, authors to fighters, politicians to drug smugglers – the show presents their real stories, uncensored and uncut. 

Over the last eight years, London Real has broadcasted conversations with over 500 top influencers and become an internationally recognised brand known for the power of honesty, vulnerability, empowerment, and transformation. 

Listen: London Real

  1. Akimbo 

Marketing expert Seth Godin’s podcast looks at various aspects of culture in a totally new way. Each episode challenges a different idea and examines it afresh. 

The ancient word ‘akimbo’ has become a symbol of strength, and the idea that when we stand tall, arms bent, looking at something, we can make a difference. 

The podcast looks at our culture and how we can change it. Seth says it is ‘about seeing what’s happening and choosing to do something’. 

Listen: Akimbo

  1. The Financial Wellbeing Podcast 

Chris Budd, the author of The Financial Wellbeing Book, is the host of this informative podcast where he and guests share expert insights, tips and advice on how you can create financial peace of mind. 

Recent episodes focus on applying wellbeing to retirement and how to maximise happiness when you no longer need to work for money, how to spend your money meaningfully, and the different ways to deal with money after a cancer diagnosis. 

Listen: The Financial Wellbeing Podcast

  1. The Week Unwrapped 

If you want to see what important stories are happening beyond the main headlines, this is the podcast for you. 

Every Friday, co-host Olly Mann and writers from The Week discuss three major news stories that have significant implications for our lives, even if they haven’t made the main headlines. No subjects are off-limits, and so you can expect to hear stories about culture, science and politics. 

The Week Unwrapped is perfect if you want to have a look behind the big stories and sink your teeth into something more substantial. 

Listen: The Week Unwrapped

  1. Eat Sleep Work Repeat 

Every Monday, Bruce Daisley, Twitter’s European Vice President, hosts this podcast which explores how you and your business can improve workplace culture. 

Each episode, Daisley interviews a different guest to get their

insight on various aspects of life at work. Guests have included Sue Unerman on gender inequality in the workplace, Rob Briner on evidence-based management and Cal Newport on digital minimalism. 

Listen: Eat Sleep Work Repeat

  1. How I Built This 

The How I Built This podcast tells the story of successful companies in the words of their creators. Host Guy Raz interviews a different entrepreneur every week and finds out how they built their business. 

The podcast’s success has been partly due to the high calibre of guests that Raz has been able to attract. Past episodes have featured the brains behind prominent start- ups including Instagram and Airbnb, but also more mainstream business leaders such as the executive chairman of Starbucks and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s. 

Listen: How I Built This

  1. Wittertainment 

If you have an interest in what’s big on the big screen, then Wittertainment is the podcast for you. Although, host Simon Mayo and film critic Mark Kermode are as likely to witter (hence the show’s title) about obscure 70s music as they are to discuss the latest releases. 

Each episode of this hugely popular BBC podcast features an in-depth interview with an actor, writer or director, as well as reviews of all the latest film releases, recommendations for DVDs and films on TV, and a run- down of the UK’s box office top 10. 

Listen: Wittertainment

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