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Think of all the things you wouldn’t expect a Managing Director to say. This podcast is all about sharing those thoughts. Katy Leeson is the Managing Director of Social Chain, one of the fastest growing social media marketing agencies in the world. This podcast is an honest and frank dive into working life, but also highlights the importance of life outside of work. With an array of guests that are exceptionally open about their experiences and a feature from a fantastic therapist to help un ...
 
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In this week’s episode, I talk to the wonderful Elizabeth Ogabi about the realities of creating your own side hustle, the significance of long-term vision in setting work/life boundaries and her fantastic new book ‘Side Hustle in Progress: A Practical Guide to Kickstarting Your Business.’ It was really interesting to get the other side of the debat…
 
In this week’s episode, I dive into the realities of leadership. I talk about the difficulties that come with leading a team through a pandemic, the silent struggle of perfection and the pressure I personally feel to deliver for my team. There is a false sense of expertise surrounding leadership roles and it is a huge contributing factor to the pro…
 
In this week’s episode, I speak to the brilliant Rachel Carrell, founder of Koru Kids. We have a really candid conversation about the realities of living with chronic pain and the desire people have to hide their struggles. We also dive into Rachel’s fantastic business, looking at childcare as a people issue, not just a women’s issue, in addition t…
 
In this week’s episode, I dive into the positive side of social platforms. There are some obvious issues that need to be addressed across them all. Namely issues of trolling and abuse, which need to be dealt with quickly and with severity. But I’m not sure that it’s productive to let these issues dominate the conversation. I explore the idea that t…
 
In this week’s episode, I speak to the fantastic Jamie Crummie; co-founder and director of the amazing Too Good To Go. We talk about everything from the value in detaching yourself from your ego when building a business and team, to the role of education in changing the culture of food waste in the UK and being proactive in your passions and the is…
 
In this week’s episode, I take a look at the way our brains change as we move into adulthood, and the impact this has on our creativity. I talk about my own experience of this and the way this change is mirrored as we move up in our careers. I also raise some big questions, like can you move forward in your career without becoming a manager? Do we …
 
In this week’s episode, I speak to the fabulous Emma Heal; Managing Director of alcohol free brand, Lucky Saint. We talk about her incredible career history, the importance of fitting your own life jacket first and how Emma perceives the role of Managing Director. We also take a look at why “I’m not drinking tonight” is becoming a more accepted sta…
 
In this episode, I talk candidly about my experience with situational depression and the journey I’ve been on with anti-depressants. I discuss how it felt first being prescribed them, right through to how it feels now that I’m coming off them, as well as the importance of doing so effectively. The past two years have been hard, but I’m coming out t…
 
Cate Sevilla is my spirit animal. In this episode we talk about Cate’s journey through huge companies, including Google, and how she came to write her incredible book, ‘How to Work Without Losing Your Mind’. We touch on the role that companies play in supporting us, and why it might not be what you think, alongside the right way to raise issues wit…
 
In this episode I talk to High Performance Expert & Psychiatrist, Dr T. We start this amazing conversation with WHY - why we’re both invested in preventing burnout and helping deal with crisis’. We also talk about how we both deal with being people pleasers but the positives this has brought to both our lives. Finally, we look at how restriction, c…
 
In this episode I speak to the wonderful Tessa Clarke from OLIO - an app that exists to prevent food waste by connecting people. We have a very honest conversation about what it was like raising millions in investment for the business as a woman, we explore how important having a diverse business is and what it’s really like being a startup founder…
 
The office vs WFH debate continues. In this episode, I talk about which companies are in which camp when it comes to where and how they want to work. I also talk about what model we’re looking to implement at Social Chain but why, in reality, everyone’s working model should be different. We’re joined again by our podcast therapist, Karen, and we di…
 
If you're looking for some guidance on your own personal development, this is the episode for you. This week's podcast is with the amazing @Alice ter Haar and Alice shares an amazing realisation - what she thought she wanted wasn't ACTUALLY what she wanted, and how she built her business, Badass Unicorn, because of it. We unpack her career journey …
 
There are over 100 million #goodvibes posts on Instagram alone. But how much positivity is too much? We’re often met with ‘everything will be fine’ and ‘it could be worse’ when we express feelings of sadness, but sometimes this has the opposite of a positive effect. Joined by our podcast therapist, Karen, we dive into the impact that toxic positivi…
 
I’m rubbish at setting boundaries outside of work. Inside work, I find myself setting boundaries all the time. In this episode, I talk about why boundaries are so important in BOTH settings. I unpack the role that boundaries play in protecting our mental health and share my experiences and mishaps with setting boundaries for myself. Karen, our podc…
 
Self-promotion. It’s not an easy thing to do. We all struggle with it. But how do we overcome that fear of putting ourselves out there? That’s exactly what we discuss in this episode. Stefanie has an impressive and interesting history and shares with us why she’s done with tiptoeing around talking about success. We cover everything from the reason …
 
This is an episode of self-reflection. I look back over the past year since the first lockdown began and talk about the whirlwind that’s happened since then. Everything from coping with living on my own, to hugging my mum for the first time. From lockdown relationships, to navigating a business through this absolute whirlwind of a year. I also spea…
 
This is an episode that you don’t want to miss. I am joined by one of the most interesting guests, Hector Hughes. Hector is co-founder of Unplugged, a business that’s focused entirely around digital detoxes at cabins in the countryside, allowing you to fall completely off the grid. No phones, no screens, no social media…In this episode, we talk all…
 
Those in leadership positions take on the responsibility of running a business and turning into a success, but often a large portion of hidden responsibility comes with it. One of the most prevalent topics at the moment is being an empathetic leader BUT who is there to help the ones who help others? I’ll be talking about my own experiences with thi…
 
On this week’s episode, I’m joined by Harriet O’Regan - the Category Director at Arla Foods, the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia. We talk about everything from Harriet’s feelings towards working within the organic industry, to what it was like as the first working mom on the team at Arla and how she’s coped with homeschooling duri…
 
This week’s podcast episode is all about comparison - something I’m sure many of us have struggled with at some point in our lives. In this episode, I really wanted to uncover exactly why we do it and also how to stop it. I also talk about my own experience with comparison and about how it caused one of the most difficult periods of my life. Our ow…
 
This week we sit down with Laura from the UK’s leading independent store for kids, The Modern Nursery. We talk about everything from how Laura started the company when she fell pregnant after a successful career in high fashion, how important influencers have been to the success of the business, to navigating working from home whilst homeschooling …
 
Compassion. Something we’ve all heard over and over again in the past few months. On this week’s episode, I wanted to explore compassion a little further. What actually is it? What are the benefits of doing it? How do we get better at it? What’s the importance of self-compassion? These are all questions we dig into this week. I’m also joined by a v…
 
On this week's very special episode of I Shouldn't Say This But, I am joined by 2 great friends Kiera and Aimie from the amazing Feel Good Club. Feel Good Club is a wonderful mental-health and wellbeing community that has recently opened a cafe based in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. I’ll be talking to them both about how they’ve gotten to whe…
 
We’re back with our first podcast of the year and we’re talking all things New Year’s resolutions; why we make them, why we break them but most importantly…how to keep them. We dive into some of the behavioural science behind how to turn our resolutions into habits, to make them stick. If you’re looking to make a real change this year, then this ep…
 
In the final podcast of 2020, we look back over Christmas ads from The Gravy Song, to Tesco’s No Naughty List and we see which brands have got it right and which have definitely got it wrong. After rating my favourite ads, we discuss the fact that Christmas is not easy for everyone. I talk about how I’m approaching this year and some of the ways we…
 
Ariana Grande. Mumford and Sons. Disclosure. Hozier. Dermot Kennedy. These are just some of the incredible artists that this week's guest has worked with to build their careers and best-selling music. Guillermo Ramos is the VP of Marketing at Island Records, one of the world's most famous labels. He tells me all about his amazing career, the import…
 
I am a chronic procrastinator. I put things off. I avoid certain tasks. I distract myself on purpose. I struggle to complete work. And I know that I'm not alone. 1 in 5 people procrastinate at least once, every single day. So, on this week's episode of the podcast, I dive deep into all things procrastination. I look into what causes it, the impact …
 
This week, I am joined by fantastic Pippa Murray, Founder of Pip & Nut, the award-winning, fastest growing nut butter brand in the UK. Pip followed a career path that was far from traditional, going from anthropology, to theatre, to entrepreneurship - founding a business that started as an idea while preparing for a marathon. We discuss Pip & Nut’s…
 
Earlier this month, I shared a post on overworking and burnout, and it went viral. It exploded. So many people resonated with it. Equally, there were people that disagreed. It made me realise that clearly, this is a topic that needs to be discussed more. So, on this week's episode of the podcast I deep dive into all things burnout. I reveal the thr…
 
This week, I am joined by the fantastic Yoann Pavy, VP of Marketing at Laced, the startup sneaker reselling platform taking Europe by storm. He’s had an enviable career, working for some of the world’s best-known brands, such as Depop and Deliveroo, both of which he joined at their very early stages. We chat about his switch from an engineering car…
 
We could all do with a little happiness right now. So, if you're finding the second lockdown tough, this episode is for you. This week, I dive deep into 4 super interesting happiness hacks, each vastly different from the other. From a Japanese concept for finding purpose, to setting happiness goals, to a scientific approach to feel-good brain chemi…
 
This week’s guest is the fantastic Rikke Rosenlund, Founder and CEO of BorrowMyDoggy - the canine Tinder taking the UK by storm, in a dog sitting market worth $1 billion. I have a real personal connection to this brand. The first lockdown was an incredibly lonely period for me. I was struggling to find the motivation to leave the house, until I met…
 
BONUS BITESIZE EPISODE ALERT! October has been an eventful month, to say the least. So I've recorded an extra special episode, rounding up the good, the bad and the ugly of marketing campaigns this month. I also share my thoughts on October's major social updates, including the infamous launch of LinkedIn Stories, a change in the landscape that has…
 
This week, I am joined by Ollie Ratcliffe, Digital Communications Specialist at Bettys & Taylors, parent brand to the iconic Yorkshire Tea. Yorkshire Tea is one of my all-time favourite brands, so I was very excited to speak to Ollie about what it’s like working for Britain’s best brew (if you don’t agree, you’re wrong). We discuss Yorkshire Tea’s …
 
This week's episode is inspired by Paris Hilton. I bet you never expected me to say that. Something she said in her recent documentary really resonated with me, and we need to talk about it. Social media is making it almost impossible for young people to live a happy life, and as the very first "influencer", nobody knows the system quite like Paris…
 
This week I am joined by Thomas Hal Robson-Kanu, athlete, professional footballer and founder of The Turmeric Co., one of the UK’s fastest growing health brands. We discuss his deeply personal connection to turmeric, how this spurred him on to start the business, how he’s since managed to grow and pivot in light of the pandemic, and how he (very su…
 
Recently I've been feeling sh*t. I've been struggling with motivation, I'm feeling anxious about the prospect of another lockdown over winter, and the subsequent isolation. I'm confused, on-edge and exhausted, and I know that I'm not alone. But, I'm here to tell you, there's a reason we all feel sh*t right now. In fact, there are three, and in this…
 
This week, I am joined by the brilliant Gemma Schmid, Head of Brand and Communications at Purplebricks, the most reviewed estate agent ever, disrupting how we buy and sell our homes. With the rising cost of UK properties, and lockdown's Stamp Duty holiday, we had A LOT to talk about. We discussed how Purplebricks weathered the storm of Summer, the …
 
This year, half of the UK workforce had no choice but to transition into remote working. Some of us loved it. Some of us hated it. Some businesses realised they could allow for more flexibility as to when and where their staff work. Some remained stubborn that an office-based 9 to 5 is the only way for them. In this episode, I dive deep into the ho…
 
My first, very special guest on Season 3 of the podcast is the wonderful Marisa Thomas, Head of Brand at Bloom & Wild, the “UK’s Most Loved Online Florist” and one of the fastest-growing British startups (with a growth rate of 13,816%). For a handful of lucky brands, business has been booming over the past few months, with demand skyrocketing and s…
 
The podcast is back, with a brand new season! 2020 has been the strangest year of my 36 years on the planet. I’ve encountered such a great deal of unexpected, uncontrollable change, and I know I’m not alone. For my first episode back, I discuss the changes I’ve faced over the past few months (one particular change I’m sure you’re all aware of), and…
 
In this week's podcast, I take part in a live Q&A for Manchester Young Professionals, who are an inclusive and accessible network for progressive like-minded young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s. We talk about Company Culture, Communication, Personal Branding & Career Progression. I also explain how Social Chain has adapted during the pandemi…
 
In this episode, I discuss how Social Chain is going to do more to help defeat racial inequality, the conversation we have had around race. I also talk about how I have felt and am feeling about the horrific issues that have been highlighted but felt the need to take a step back to educate myself before I spoke publicly. I also share some listening…
 
I'm back! After a little break to focus on the Social Chain team and business, this week I sat down to record (and edit!) my first episode from lockdown. In this catch-up episode, I discuss how things have changed for me, for the market and for Social Chain. I discuss my biggest lesson to date about the importance of connections for your personal a…
 
The habits you form now will decide the kind of person you’ll be in a few month's time when this is all over. In the previous episode entitled 'Productivity Life Hacks' we discussed how to get over that 3pm slump, what breakfast is best and how to unlock that productive energy with the right diet. That episode has been one of the most successful we…
 
In this week's podcast, I am joined by thought leader, speaker, author, and award-winning entrepreneur and an absolute force of nature; Alison Edgar. Alison, who is also known as 'The Entrepreneur's Godmother' talks about the intrapreneurship methodology, confidence, top tips on how to negotiate and sell businesses and lots more. This podcast is fu…
 
In this week's podcast, I am joined by the incredible Emily Spaven from LinkedIn to pick her brains on what content the platform rewards. Just some of the things we covered in this episode - What does LinkedIn reward? What content works best? How to trend on linked in? Personal Branding growth hacks Do emojis matter? What is the vision for LinkedIn…
 
In this week's podcast I sit down with the self-proclaimed sassy, classy and a little bit brassy drag queen; Divina De Campo in front of a live audience at VidCon London. Divina and I talk about how not to f*ck up LGBTQ+ representation in the market, how some companies are dishonest about diversity in the workplace, and how the depoliticisation of …
 
In this week's podcast I'm sitting down with Gemma Oaten and before I even begin to tell you about the episode I need you to know this is a highly emotional one and without a doubt the most inspiring episode I've recorded so far. Gemma has faced numerous seemingly impossible challenges in her life that includes being placed in a psychiatric ward at…
 
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