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Ctrl Alt Delete

This is not a traditional career podcast. It’s a podcast for people who’ve looked at their interests to shape the work they do. A top 10 Apple podcast about work, wellbeing & creativity — with 9 million downloads and counting. What does it mean to be a modern philosopher? How is Big Tech affecting us? Is 'manifesting' a load of BS? How do you combine activism with being the editor of a magazine? Award-winning author Emma Gannon has a gentle line of questioning that starts with work, and ends up wherever the conversations lead. Named Best Business podcast by Vuelio, Ctrl Alt Delete is a gateway into new ideas – with past guests including Alain de Botton, Ava DuVernay, Dame Steve Shirley and Mrs Hinch.

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#52 Estée Lalonde (YouTuber & Author) - Dealing With Stress & Practicing Self-Care

Estée is a blogger, author and founder of a very successful YouTube channel with over a million subscribers. I enjoy watching her channel for her series FemTalk where she discusses stuff from periods, to sex, to how to stand up for yourself but I also follow her for her beauty expertise. (I’m obsessed with face masks.) Estée has worked with a huge range of brands from Burberry to the Body Shop to Adidas. She recently won InStyle UK's Best Beauty Reviewer Award and was nominated last year for a Glamour Woman Of The Year Award. Earlier this year I interviewed Estée at Waterstones as part of the launch around her book called "Bloom — Navigating Life and Style," which was cool because we had so much to discuss and our books both share the same publisher which is Ebury. Bloom covers everything from moving to a new country, dealing with stress, #girlboss inspirations and learning how to be yourself on and offline.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 Dec 2016

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#217 Alain de Botton: Life As A Process

Today's guest is Alain de Botton, which is very exciting, I've been a huge fan of this work for years.He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. He started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love  was published when he was twenty-three and went on to sell millions of copies.He is also the co-founder of the brilliant The School of Life, a platform and in real life space in London dedicated to a new vision of education, emotional intelligence and self-knowledge. It shows us a path to the better lives we all want and deserve. I really recommend checking out the youtube channel, it's an incredible resource of inspiration and I always come away having learned something new. The School of Life's latest book, published on September 2019 is a collection of essays, titled The School of Life: An Emotional Education.I hope you enjoy this episode as I much as I enjoyed recording it - thanks for tuning in each week!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


15 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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#134 Esther Perel: On Being A Therapist and Modern Relationships

My guest today is Esther Perel, a psychotherapist of 35 years, and New York Times bestselling author.Esther Perel is recognised as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she has a therapy practice in New York City and is an consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity which became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages. Her newest book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins) is also a New York Times bestseller . Esther is also an exec producer and host of the popular podcast Where Should We Begin? It is an incredible podcast where you can listen into live therapy sessions. Learn more at EstherPerel.com or by following @EstherPerelOfficial on Instagram. Favourite quotes from the episode:​"Today you don't choose between 2 people in the village, or 6 people at school, you choose between ​1,000 at your fingertips. That swiping culture gives you a dizzying level of options.""How do I know I've found ~the one~? You're going to delete your dating apps.""The burdens of the self have never been heavier. Today all the big decisions are on us.""Friendship is one of the most beautiful relationships. You cannot be friends with someone that isn't friends with you. You can love someone who doesn't love you back, but friendship is a reciprocal relationship.""We can't only use longevity in relationships as a marker of success."On her podcast Where Do We Begin: "It's so raw and intimidate, it's almost scary."On giving advice to friends: "What works for me, might not be what works for you."See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


20 Jun 2018

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#35 Heather Havrilesky (Columnist "Ask Polly") - On Writing, Giving Advice & Not Being A “Guru”

She is the sweary big sister of the Internet who gives brilliant and thought-provoking weekly advice via her column “Ask Polly” for New York Magazines “The Cut”. She answers all sorts of questions from “How do I dump my crappy best friend?” to “I’m broke and I hate my job” to “My sister has cancer and I can’t go on.” It’s my favourite weekly column and every week I’m excited to read it. I always learn something important. She has a book that’s just come out called “How To Be a Person In The World” which has a whole load of #AskPolly columns in there, both new and old ones and has had amazing reviews including the New Yorker. She is also the author of the memoir DISASTER PREPAREDNESS (published by Riverhead, 2011) and she was Salon.com's TV critic for 7 years. We talk about writing, standing out from the crowd, writing a column, what advice we take and why being "guru" doesn't appeal.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


4 Sep 2016

Rank #4

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#107: Lucy Sheridan: How To Stop Comparing And Despairing Online

Lucy Sheridan is the World's first and only "Comparison Coach". She came on the podcast last year to talk about a book she co-authored with fellow lifecoach Jo Westwood. This time, we discuss the dreaded act on social media comparison in all it's ugliness.Lucy is a Hay House author and life coach who specialises in her helping her clients get over the compare and despair that can be heightened via social media. She uses the #comparisonfree hashtag online spreading awareness of how to find the tools to live a comparison free life. She coaches her clients with unique, specialist coaching experiences and events. The Times' calls Lucy "one of the UK's most successful coaches", she was also recently listed in the Sunday Times Style in an article called "Meet The New Wellbeing Coaches", and she’s been featured on Oprah's 'Life Class' series multiple times.I wanted to release this episode about comparison around Christmas time as I think it's a time when we have more time to play around online and maybe part of that means looking at what other people are doing, imagining their perfect lives and scrutinising ourselves. In this episode Lucy and I discuss what our own personal comparison triggers are, what to do when *you're* the trigger for someone else's comparison, online mental health, and setting your own personal and professional boundaries. I’m proud to be sharing this very honest episode on comparison, and I hope you enjoy it! You can find Lucy Sheridan here http://www.proofcoaching.com/ or on Instagram @lucysheridan.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


22 Dec 2017

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#4 Rowan Blanchard - Talking Social Media Etiquette & Finding Creative Hobbies

Rowan Blanchard is one cool 14-year-old. She plays Riley Matthews in the hit Disney Channel series Girl Meets World, is an outspoken feminist and activist and has written for the likes of Rookie Magazine. We chatted about escapism via acting, our favourite movies, the empowering music we listen to and how our creative hobbies can be like free therapy. We also discussed how it’s great thing to enjoy your own company & being happy with yourself. Rowan recently called out cat-calling in a recent issue of Interview magazine which we also chatted about - and how women should be asked more interesting questions at film junkets.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


17 Apr 2016

Rank #6

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#161 Pandora Sykes: On Choosing What To Share

Pandora Sykes is a journalist and co-host of The High Low podcast. Pandora is a former colleague of mine; we were part of the launch team of the now defunct website The Debrief back in 2014. She was the fashion editor, I was the social media editor. She then went on to hold the iconic position of Fashion Features Editor and Wardrobe Mistress columnist of The Sunday Times Style magazine.Now, Pandora is now doing many different things; she is a journalist, brand consultant, podcast co-host and speaker. She is a Contributing Editor at Man Repeller and ELLE, she has written for titles including The Guardian, Marie Claire, Vogue, Red magazine, i-D, The Cut, Vogue Australia, The Spectator and The Sunday Times.Pandora is the co-host of an iTunes No.1 weekly culture podcast, The High Low (one of my faves) which she created with author and journalist, Dolly Alderton which has a major cult following.We discuss sharing, multi-hyphenate careers, career evolution, writing, authenticity and sticking to what feels right for you. This is Pandora's Manrepeller piece about online sharing that we discuss: https://www.manrepeller.com/2018/09/maintaining-selective-privacy-online.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


19 Nov 2018

Rank #7

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#65 Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere

Today's episode is with Gilllian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel. Gillian is an actress, activist and writer, probably best known for her iconic roles in the X Files and The Fall. Jennifer is a qualified barrister who, after reporting for the BBC and Channel 4 News, became ITN’s Home Affairs Editor. She has also written a non-fiction book which was made into a channel 4 documentary and a novel called Pretty Thing. They’ve together written a book called WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere. Gillian and Jennifer are two good friends who for the last decade have stumbled along together, figuring stuff out, learning, failing, crying, laughing and trying – WE is a not a big heavy theoretical read but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose. It combines tools which are practical, psychological and spiritual, to find a more fulfilling way of living life. It’s a really wonderful book which lots of advice that I feel the authors are passing on to their selves.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Mar 2017

Rank #8

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#206 Elizabeth Gilbert: The Weather Forecast In Our Minds

My guest today is the incredible Elizabeth Gilbert, one of my biggest inspirations​ of all time​. I turn to her work whenever feeling a bit lost. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Big Magic and The Signature of All Things (plus many others). Big Magic is the book I recommen​d​ to anyone struggling with a creative project. It is really practical, fun and helps creatives understand how to work alongside fear.Elizabeth's NEW book is already a #1 bestseller and is called City Of Girls, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person. We discuss all sorts: the weather forecast in our minds; how being a relaxed women (not a strong women) is a radical move; why we should check in which people more often; how creativity changes everything (and us) and how to break the habit of negative self talk. Hope you enjoy this one :)See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


28 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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#68 with Lena Dunham: Dealing With Life Online & Offline

I met Lena Dunham in 2014 when I interviewed her for an online magazine about her book and since then we’ve kept in touch. She has been a huge supportive influence, also having generously given me a quote for my book. She needs no introduction really but here it is. It is safe to say she is one of the most successful women in the biz right now. Lena Dunham is a Golden Globe winner, best known for writing, directing, producing and acting in Girls HBO. Her first big break was in 2010, when her film Tiny Furniture and won the South by Southwest Film Festival's best narrative feature award. In 2014 she released her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned which went on to be a New York Times Bestseller (no surprises there.) In 2015 she founded the online feminist Lenny Letter with her creative partner Jenni Konner. They have an advertising partnership with Hearst and they now have their own imprint at Penguin Random House. Her podcast Women of the Hour is also one of my favourites which you should definitely go and listen to. She is an outspoken advocate for Planned Parenthood and speaks honestly and openly about her struggles with endometriosis. It was an absolute treat getting to hang out with Lena on a fun sunny Friday morning in London in her hotel room. Love this episode.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


20 Mar 2017

Rank #10

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#84 Chloe Brotheridge: Let's Talk About Anxiety

Chloe Brotheridge is a fully qualified hypnotherapist, nutritionist and the author of The Anxiety Solution, which was published by Penguin earlier this year. She likes to help people with anxiety, confidence, public speaking, stress and sleep issues, and her hypnotherapy sessions helping make changes to people’s thoughts, feelings, habits or behaviours. She aims to get you the best results in the shortest amount of time, using around 3-5 sessions. In this episode, we discuss how anxiety is on the rise, how we deal with it, what to do when we feel overwhelmed, our relationship with social media and we discuss some of the practical advice in her brilliant book The Anxiety Solution.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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#126 Dolly Alderton LIVE: On Friendship, Writing & People Pleasing

In this very special live episode of Ctrl Alt Delete, I interviewed the brilliant bestselling author Dolly Alderton on writing, friendship, saying no to people-pleasing and in general we had a GOOD OL' NATTER. Thanks to everyone for coming along, to Rosie for organising the logistics at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road (and for providing the amazing Dolly cocktail) and Shola for producing.Dolly Alderton's glorious memoir, Everything I Know About Love, has been in the top 5 Sunday Times bestseller charts for months, she vividly recounts wrestling with self-sabotage, getting drunk, getting dumped, and realising that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.Hope you enjoy this one!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


30 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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#79 Jen Sincero: Let's Talk About MONEY

Jen Sincero is a #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, life coach and motivational speaker. She has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her seminars, public appearances and books. Before this, Jen Sincero worked at CBS Records. In her words she “played in several failed rockbands, she had a string of loser boyfriends and never any money in her bank account.” Then she decided something had to change. Jen’s book YOU ARE A BADASS was a No.1 New York Times bestseller staying in the chart for 55 weeks. YOU ARE A BADASS has sold over 1 million copies globally and hit over 10 bestseller lists in 2016. It was published in the UK in autumn 2016 and it immediately sold out 50k copies. You are a Badass at Making Money is the follow up to this crazy successful first book and so this whole episode is about money — our relationship with it, giving our self permission to make money, our fear of it, why it’s still seems like a taboo to talk about it. Hope you enjoy this episode.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


24 May 2017

Rank #13

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#7 Cheryl Strayed - On Writing, Quotes & Online Tribes

This is a very exciting episode for me. A bit about Cheryl: her first book Torch in 2006, her second book, the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was published in 2012, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. It debuted at number 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list and was chosen by Oprah as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl's mother, Bobbi in the amazing film adaptation of WILD. The film's screenplay was written by Nick Hornby. In July 2012, Vintage Books published Strayed's third book: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, a selection of Strayed's popular "Dear Sugar" advice column, which she wrote for the web site The Rumpus from 2010 to 2012. The book debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 5. Strayed's 4th book, Brave Enough debuted in the advice and self-help category on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 10. SHE IS SO AMAZING, AM I RITE? We talk money, success, fame, finding friends online and no matter what: doing the work we love.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


1 May 2016

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#38 Cindy Gallop - Why You Should Work For Yourself & The Future Of Sex

Cindy Gallop is an advertising consultant, founder and former chair of the US branch of advertising firm BBH . She is the founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn. Cindy’s TEDTalk "Make Love Not Porn" was one of the "most talked about presentations" at the 2009 TED conference and has been watched over one and a half million times. We talk about the future of sex, what “social sex” means, her company Make Love Not Porn, why people (women especially) should work for themselves and why we shouldn’t believe a lot of the random sex surveys out there. Cindy is the fountain of knowledge for each things porn related and I found talking to her very very inspiring indeed. Hope you enjoy this epiosde, feel free to tweet us afterwards your thoughts @emma gannon and @cindygallop or @makelovenotporn. “I really urge women to aspire to much more than flexible working. To aspire to starting and designing your own business to be the business you want it to be.” - Cindy GallopSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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#88 Lucy Vine: Hot Messes vs Cool Girls vs Bridgets Joneses

Lucy Vine is a freelance journalist based in London, who regularly writes and edits for the likes of Grazia, Heat, Cosmo, Stylist and Marie Claire. She also writes a weekly newsy column for Grazia Daily. She was fed up of seeing the happily-ever-afters in films, so she decided to write her own story and her debut Hot Mess is the result. Hot Mess has been described as the hilarious laugh-out-loud Bridget Jones for a new generation. We talk about female friendship, "Cool Girls", being single, external life pressures, turning 30 and the horrors of 21st century dating.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 Jul 2017

Rank #16

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#224 Helen Whitaker: How To Find The Time To Write When You're Busy AF

Helen Whitaker is a journalist and author living in London. She was formerly the Entertainment Director of British Glamour. Her day job now is currently Deputy Editor of High Life magazine and she writes books in her spare lunch hours, evenings and any free time she has around parenting. We discuss finding the time to write (or work on any side project) when you just feel like you have NO time. We also chat about her brilliantly observational and funny debut novel The School Run which came out this year, and her new novel that is on the way soon.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


24 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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#92 Rebecca Holman: Are you an Alpha or a Beta?

Rebecca Holman is the editor of The Debrief and the author of BETA: Quiet Girls Can Run The World. Rebecca was also my boss when I worked at The Debrief years ago, and so it was nice to catch up with her, especially as she also featured me in her book (which you should all read). Rebecca’s book BETA is published on 24th August '17 and takes a look at the two stereotypes of women in the workplace: the Alpha boss, or the Beta secretary or assistant. Rebecca is self-defined as a straight up Beta and she describes the differences between the two terms on the podcast. Obviously being reduced to two stereotypes isn’t massively helpful and of course there is a sliding scale. What if you’re a Beta who wants to lead and be the boss in the workplace - like Rebecca? Can you be a successful boss who is also quiet, reserved and likes going home on time? BETA celebrates the collaborators and the people who believe that being nice works and getting your own way isn't always the most important thing. It is a call-to-arms that explores the unsung workforce of BETA women who are being great bosses, great leaders and are still living their own lives: having relationships, making time for friends, having families.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


11 Aug 2017

Rank #18

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#231 Elaine Welteroth: On Quitting Your Job & Carving Out A New Path

Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, author, judge on the new Project Runway TV show and now author of memoir More Than Enough. I quoted her in my book The Multi-Hyphen Method because she is a thriving multi-hyphenate who I often looked to as an inspiration along the way. She was most recently held the iconic position of editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue -- where she in 2017 became the youngest person ever appointed editor-in-chief and in 2012 had been the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director at a Condé Nast publication. Prior to Teen Vogue, she was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and beauty and style editor at Ebony magazine. She’s now a leading expert and advocate for the next generation of change-makers and she is one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram. She has written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets including ABC News and Netflix. In this episode we discuss her career pivots and her brilliant book. if you liked it please rate / review!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


25 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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#143 Sharmadean Reid: On Productivity & Distraction

Sharmadean Reid founded WAH Nails as a side project in 2009 – now it is a huge global well-known business.In this episode I chat to Sharmadean about productivity and distraction. She has a brilliant Guardian column called Bossing It where she answers modern work questions.She wrote two WAH nails books, delivered global pop up nail salons for 100s of brands, created a product line with Walgreen Boots Alliance and was awarded an MBE for services to Beauty.So now she is building a new way to book beauty online with her new company Beauty Stack.We talk about what she’d learned from starting businesses. Sharmadean’s also working on a new campaign with NatWest which is all about helping small businesses be the best they can be. A big focus is on helping small businesses do more with less and improve their productivity through the NatWest Productivity Blueprint.The medium article I reference in the opening section of the interview is called “Growing Up Too Fast — Or Why I Closed WAH Nails Topshop”.Soundbites I love from this episode:“Why not write a completely new rule for how we determine success?”“Create your own pic ‘n’ mix from other people’s successful bios”“You can’t copy someone else’s path”“Being productive doesn’t mean being chained your desk the whole time.”See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


16 Aug 2018

Rank #20