Tyranny of the Shoulds podcast

Have you ever done things just to be liked, or to fit in, or because you feel you should?  If you have too many “shoulds” in your life then this is the podcast for you.  

In this series I’ll be helping you uncover your Tyranny of the Shoulds. Each episode I’ll pick one “should”, something society tells us we must do, and I’ll ask guests to share how it impacted their lives, what they do to avoid these shoulds and advice they could offer you.

Episode 1: Chasing the Money. I explore with Pete and Claire why they took on “big” jobs, what long hours and stress did to their health and why they’ve pivoted to something quite different now. For background on the topics discussed click here.

Episode 2: Milestones that become Millstones. I chat with Lizzie in the UK and Yasmeen in Canada about why we go to college, get married, or buy a house…  sometimes just because we’re expected to. To read more about the topics discussed click here.

Episode 3: Lighting the Fire. W B Yeats once said that “education is not the filling of the pail (bucket) but the lighting of a fire.” I chat with Eli and Helen about their choices of education and why they are now on very different paths to the subjects they studied. For more on the topics discussed click here.

Episode 4: To have or not to have. I talk to Adeola, Sarah and Tim about children – deciding not to have kids, or when they did, the shoulds that go along with parenting. To read more about the background to the topics click here.

Episode 5: Ho, ho, ho, or no, no no! This is a truly international affair with Folake (from Nigeria), Kira (from Canada), Mal (New Zealand) and Adriana (Venezuela). We talk about all the shoulds that surround the holiday and have some fun with some Christmas jokes and a quiz. Find out more here.

Episode 6: International Women’s Day. I discuss with Anouchka from Zambia, Jacqui from Australia and Ro from the UK how women are expected to behave and look and what we can do about it. To read more about the topics, click here.

Feedback (you people are lovely)….

It felt cathartic to listen to – it’s not everyday that we intimately peek into the lives of others – especially when it comes to private matters such as money, sacrifice, and regret.”

This is such a fantastic first episode – easy to listen to, engaging, and natural. There was a wonderful flow and you unpacked so many interesting considerations and traps that we all fall into.”

“I’ve listened to all podcasts now.  They give a very insightful view into the human condition and resilience!”

Wow this is fab. I love the conversational tone. Move over Oprah and Prince Harry!

It comes across really well! You’re a brilliant host. Can’t wait to hear the others.

What I really like is how authentic it is. You’ve crafted a lovely, authentic and powerful first podcast, with great conversational style and chemistry. You’re a fantastic host and your series is going to be fab if you keep this up.

Well that was brilliant. Looking forward to the next one.”

Would you like to hire me to run your podcast? Or would you like to be a guest on the Tyranny of the Shoulds? Then why not get in touch.

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