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The Podcast where you get your confidence fix from someone who’s found, lost, found and built her inner confidence (from scratch!) The “Next Normal” requires you to be on camera, on video and as good as TV pro as part of your job! How can you pluck up the courage to show up and be fabulous every day? From behind the scenes at the BBC to helping leaders and professional women speak up and get their voices heard in this VIRTUAL WORLD! This is where you’ll hear Esther’s tales of woe, wonder, fa ...
 
Good News, Good Guests, No Grief!In 2019 I started reviewing the newspapers on a more regular basis for Talk Radio and BBC Radio London. Whilst presenting a variety of news topics, I had the knack for finding positive elements in even the most depressing of news stories and shining a light on the feel-good stories, which generally get buried amongst negative headlines. The idea for Happy Talk was born. However, the start of 2020 brought a global pandemic and life's priorities needed my atten ...
 
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Penny Haslam is one of the UK's best (& most vivacious) motivational keynote speakers of all time! She's an award-winning motivational speaker who inspires audiences with her keynote talks about communication and confidence. Her impressive background in broadcasting means she brings relevant, useful, inspiring content, AND she's completely amazing …
 
Melinda Messenger, a popular TV personality turned therapist, and Esther Stanhope, an international speaker and award-winning author have teamed up to create this fab podcast. Melinda became famous as a model and television personality in 1997, appearing on This Morning, Loose Women, Dancing on Ice and many more high-profile shows. Now she's a prac…
 
Kim Arnold, author of "Email Attraction: Get what you want every time you hit send" is seen regularly in media outlets including; Professional Marketing Magazine, HR Zone, Coaching Perspectives, and Business Bunker Radio. Kim is a sought after speaker on marketing, comms and writing. She's also a Panel Tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute…
 
Gill Whitty-Collins spent 26 years with Procter & Gamble (P&G), latterly as Senior Vice President, running leading global brands such as Olay, Always and Pantene. She now works to drive gender equality and diversity as a key lever to build stronger businesses and stronger societies. Her story and vision will inspire you to join the force to make in…
 
Emma Kenny is a psychologist, TV presenter, writer, and expert media commentator. She is best known for her role as a resident psychologist on ITV’s This Morning. Her Youtube True Crime series is becoming one of the most-watched on the platform. Her serial killer next door tour is coming in 2021 across the whole of the UK. She is the founder of App…
 
The Presenter Coach, Graham Davies is the UK's top public speaking consultant. Senior executives, professionals, and politicians who need to communicate effectively under pressure in front of millions of television viewers turn to him for advice. His book, The Presentation Coach, is one of the most popular books on the subject in the UK. This has m…
 
How do you make it to the top? How do you ask for money? And what did it feel like getting an OBE at Buckingham Palace? These are all on Esther’s agenda with her fantastic guest (who wrote the foreword to Esther’s book ‘Goodbye Glossophobia – Banish Your Fear of Public SpeakingEsther’s guest is Vanessa Vallely OBE is the CEO and founder of WeAreThe…
 
Funny, enlightening, and highly entertaining from three leaders who’ve learnt how to fake it ‘til you make it. Pamela Jones is a London city veteran, having worked for Investment Banks and Brokerage houses globally for the last 25 years. She is a coach and mentor to senior women in leadership roles within the financial services sector. Pamela is pa…
 
Liu (pronounced Lee-you) Batchelor is a presenter, creative producer, and TEDx curator. She is passionate about exploring new ideas and the psychology of innovation. She was recruited by Nike to front a year-long women’s sports campaign, before launching a fundraising challenge for Sports Relief to do 100 (different) Sports in 100 (consecutive) Day…
 
Recorded 28th November 2020 Everyone meets new people on New Year eve, but only some turn into friends of over 3 decades! It was 1989 and 2 friends who were fresh from their hometown of Coventry to the big smoke...Wallington, LOL!! Decided to hit Richmonds liveliest pub The Bull & Bush. That's where we met Adam and his friends. Back then, Adam was …
 
Recorded 20th November 2020. A few years ago a special lady came to my attention, big on personality, huge on voice, and OMG that laugh! Then I got to meet her and what a treat :-) Linda JohnPierre and I finally met whilst we volunteered at Riverside Radio as presenters and roving reporters, and just missed out on working together at the shopping c…
 
Recorded 8th December 2020. The saying; 'If you want to get ahead, get a hat' springs to mind when I think of this week's guest. Phil Dave, the fedora-wearing raconteur, and I have been friends for a decade, and it bit. And in that time we've worked together on all manner of broadcasting projects whilst have a bloody good laugh! On our chat we'll b…
 
You know how it is when you've known someone for ages; You've always got lots to talk about, you've got tons in common and each time you hook up it's like no time has passed! Well, it's like that with this week's guest, Marverine Cole award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and beer expert!! The funny thing is neither of us remembers how and when we…
 
Recording date 16th November 2020. Who knows where the next new friend will pop up?! In this case, it was on a trip to a production studio 3 years ago. I thought it will be the usual functional and prescriptive recording session, where time is money and you are literally against the clock. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was there I met my prod…
 
Recorded 7th November 2020 Around 13 years ago a child-minder friend of mine asked me to step in and look after the children of a family she regularly worked for. Who knew it would be the start of my journey to becoming a motivational speaker and stepmum; Today's guest was one of those children! The then 10-year-old Chiara Zucchelli and I got on im…
 
Shola Kaye is a communication consultant, author of two books and an award-winning speaker. Her keynote and masterclass topics include communication for diversity and inclusion, workplace communication, in particular for teams that deal with complex information, and workplace empathy. She also speaks about how to create a more inclusive environment…
 
Russell Wardrop is co founder and chief executive of Kissing With Confidence. His vision and drive are central to the development of the business. For 19 years he has delivered training at the highest levels and he is now a leading business speaker. He believes that delivering a keynote for three hours to 250 delegates at a conference, with a flipc…
 
Recording date 19th November 2020. Well, when I invited this week's guest for a chat, I knew we'd have a laugh, but I had no idea the memories he would share about me, would render me speechless! Anyone who has been in the presence of DJ Mikey Dee will agree that he certainly knows how to lift your spirits; whether that's through the tracks he spin…
 
Recording date 9th November 2020. What this week's guest doesn't know about public speaking, finding your voice, or making an impact, could be written on the back of a postage stamp. Luckily she's written a book, Goodbye Glossophobia, so your troubles are over! I had the good fortune to be introduced to Esther Stanhope just after she had left a 20-…
 
Recording date 24th November 2020. A lot of people claim to be passionate about what they do. Some say they live for their art. Others eat, sleep, breathe their ambitions. On meeting this week's guests just over 10 years ago, I quickly discovered he was not just passionate but addicted! Adebamji Alade, The Addictive Sketcher, and I met as motivatio…
 
In May of 1995 I was introduced to the two B's that were going to change my life forever; Brixton & Buddhism! I was just getting over the flu, yeah I know, in summer?? and friends dragged me out to a party at The Lido in Brixton; the place was jumping and exactly what I needed, much better than Lemsip! There was dancing in and around the pool and i…
 
On this week's Happy Talk there's a whole day between my guest and me. Nikki Thomas is the lil sister I never had and it's been a blast watching her navigate her way through jobs, flatmates, and most recently an engagement and change of hemisphere! In return, Nikki has been there for the big changes in my life too and her growing success as the CEO…
 
You just know when you've met a kindred spirit, and that was how it was when I met Professor Elena Rodríguez Falcón at The Big Bang Fair in March 2019. Open, friendly, and passionate about making a difference in society, Elena also had a very exciting project up her sleeve! From Mexico to Sheffield and on to Hereford for the a join Eleanor as we ta…
 
When you're a global business connector and super maths expert, adding up how many people you don't know is a piece of cake as there are hardly any! I had the great pleasure of being introduced to Philip Chan many years ago by our mutual friend Sabrina Ben Salmi. His enthusiasm for linking people together is amazing and I've lost count of the conne…
 
And you thought I liked to talk!! My guest this week is the queen of conversation, she literally collects hundreds of them, Welcome Sam Bunch! Thinking back, I heard Sam before I met her. A couple of years ago I was driving into Riverside Radio studios to broadcast my children's show and I heard Sam being interviewed by Chloe Desave on her show She…
 
Welcome back! When I think about this week's guest, the word OK, gratitude springs to mind. Oris and I met around 10 years ago in our Buddhist centre in Brixton where our contribution to activities supports the day-to-day running of the building enabling members and guests to enjoy a space of spirituality and friendship. Oris and I have learned a l…
 
November 18th, 2020 is launch day for Happy Talk, and I'm launching not 1 but 2 podcasts today!! When I think of fun and mischievous fun, Debi Saunders is at the top of my list! I can't put a date on when we met;(We Buddhists would say many Kalpas ago!) So I'll go for the early 2000s. We'd meet on Buddhist courses and bonded through mutual friends.…
 
November 18th, 2020 is launch day for Happy Talk and I'm launching not 1 but 2 podcasts today!! I'm beginning with my comrade in journalism and hilarity, the award-winning broadcaster and the king of improv, Mr. Dolan. We met by chance in September 2019 at Talk Radio when Mark stepped in for a poorly James Max on a morning I was booked to review th…
 
Kitty Tait makes amazing bread. However this wasn't always the case... Kitty dropped out of school due to severe depression, her parents tried lots of different things to help her but it was watching her Dad make a loaf of bread that sparked her interest in baking and gave her a reason to get up in the morning. Kitty, who was just 15 when we record…
 
Shailina Parti has worked in the fashion industry for more than 30 years, working at top British brands such as Jaeger and Jigsaw. She's also a mum of twins. Here she talks about balancing her career with bringing up her children, what life is like now they've left home for university and how she has been (successfully!) dealing with the menopause.…
 
The Eve Appeal needs your help this May to spread awareness about gynae health and raise much needed cash to support its brilliant nurse service Ask Eve. Athena and Karen explain the difficulties of running a charity during the coronavirus outbreak. They would love you to join their Get Lippy campaign by buying a product from one of their commercia…
 
Verity Geere was so sick of the dating scene she gave it up for a month and took stock of her life. She was 39 and while the majority of her friends had settled down and started their families, she was still on the look out for Mr Right. In an attempt to make sense of it all she started blogging about her dating life, from first boyfriends to navig…
 
How long is your to do list? Have you done that thing you’ve been meaning to do all day, or maybe you haven’t got round to it for weeks? Whether it’s finding a plumber, booking the dentist or getting your car fixed. All these never-ending tasks can suck the joy out of life. Academic and Mum, Elizabeth Emens became so fascinated with the subject she…
 
When journalist Hero Brown left London for life in the countryside as a new Mum she found herself missing all the fun stuff she used to enjoy. So she made it her mission to find out what was going on around her and started blogging about it. Now her website Muddy Stilettos: The Urban Guide to the Countryside covers 21 counties and has reviews of al…
 
We all have the same number of hours in the day. So how come some people seem to get so much more done without rushing? Author Catherine Blyth has been examining this for her book "Enjoy Time: How to stop rushing and get more done. It seems the constant interruption from texts and email isn't helping with everybody's new addiction to busyness. We w…
 
When Sarah Brown moved into 10 Downing Street when her husband Gordon became Prime Minister she didn’t think her life would change that much. Afterall, she’d already been living next door at number 11 for the previous ten years. But her life did change in ways she didn’t expect. Sarah talks about what living behind the big black door, was like both…
 
When Nancy Zeffman and Eileen Willett hit their fifties they weren’t prepared to put up with the hot flushes and sweats that accompany the menopause. So they set to work creating Cucumber Clothing, a range of stylish womenswear which cleverly wicks the sweat away, to leave you feeling comfortable and cool. (It’s also ideal if you’ve just had a baby…
 
When Sarah Brown was in her twenties she began suffering from chronic outbreaks of hives, or to give it its proper name 'urticaria'. When she couldn’t find any skin creams to soothe her inflamed and irritated skin she decided to have a go at making one herself and her success led to the launch of Pai: an organic skincare range aimed at people with …
 
30% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer go on to develop secondary breast cancer. Fiona Leslie is one of them. Sadly there is no cure, but with a positive outlook and by taking the life-extending drug Kadcyla, Fiona is living her life to the full. Since her diagnosis, the former journalist and now PR professional used her skills to succes…
 
What’s it like to find out you have a very high risk of cancer? This is Lindsay King’s honest account of what happened seven years ago when she found out she had the faulty BRCA 2 gene and the decisions she has made about her body since then. Lindsay is married to Tom, has three children and runs her own business as a beautician. Here she speaks op…
 
Join me and The Eve Appeal trekkers as we walk across the beautiful Derbyshire Hills raising funds and promoting awareness of the five gynaecological cancers: cervical, ovarian, vaginal, vulval and womb. Tackling taboos, whilst straddling stiles and dodging cowpats! Donate: eveappeal.org.uk Follow Team Eve: instagram.com/eveappeal twitter.com/eveap…
 
This one’s about work. Whether you’re a working mum or dad looking for the right work-life balance, a mum returning to the workplace after maternity leave or you’re someone who wants to move up the career ladder but isn’t quite sure how. Zena Everett has the answers. Zena used to be a recruiter so she knows how companies think. She also knows how t…
 
Jane Milton loves food. So much so she’s made a career out of it. She is a renowned food industry expert who works with Deborah Meaden behind the scenes on Dragons Den. Jane is equally passionate about feeding those who can’t afford to eat properly by encouraging the food industry to support food banks….she even ate from one for a week to see what …
 
Vasiliki Petrou has got it sussed. She’s 50 but she feels like a millennial, and all without invasive beauty treatments. She reckons we should all stop worrying about our age. Vasiliki is responsible for some beauty brands you may have heard of...Dermalogica, REN and Kate Somerville, plus some others that you may have not…Living Proof, Hourglass an…
 
From Formula One to the fashion pages, Rae Feather’s career has been anything but traditional! She began by cooking for racing drivers, this lead to working with F1 brands and on to one of the most famous hotels in the world. Now her creativity has led her to produce a hit in the fashion world: the Rae Feather basket. The distinctive monogrammed de…
 
Chanelle McCoy is well known as the wife of the now retired champion jockey Sir AP McCoy but until recently many people were unaware of her own success in the business world. It was only when she appeared on Dragon's Den on Irish television that people realised she actually had a job! Chanelle talks about her career, what it was like watching her h…
 
This is the inspirational story of a woman who started life with very little but got to the top through pure hard graft. Tracey Woodward had a difficult childhood and hardly ever went to school. At 14 she couldn't read or write but that never held her back. At 18 an amazing opportunity came along which was the start of an exciting career in the bea…
 
What’s it like getting up well before the crack of dawn every day to present on breakfast TV and then go home and do all the mad rushing around that’s part of being a mum? Jacquie Beltrao knows this routine very well. The former Olympic gymnast has been working for Sky News for the last 25 years and for the last 20, she’s been a mum of three. It ha…
 
"It's bad enough going for your own smear test, let alone someone else's!" said a friend of mine when I told her I'd been invited to record a smear test for this podcast. But going for your smear is never a bad thing as Athena Lamnisos explains in this episode after she'd kindly invited me along to hers. Athena is CEO of The Eve Appeal, the UK's Gy…
 
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