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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 8 million downloads and counting. What does it mean to be a modern philosopher? How is Big Tech affecting us? 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.

Ctrl Alt Delete Acast

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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 8 million downloads and counting. What does it mean to be a modern philosopher? How is Big Tech affecting us? 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.

    #308 Cathy Heller: Turning Passion Into Profit

    #308 Cathy Heller: Turning Passion Into Profit

    Cathy Heller is the host of the popular podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job, which has had over 16 million downloads - in this episode we talk about her book of the same name Don’t Keep Your Day Job which was released in November 2019 with Macmillan. It reminded me of all the advice I would have benefitted from a few years ago when I first knew I wanted to quit my job and do my own thing. The book goes into detail about how to find the work you’re meant to do, grow your business, and wake up to a life you love. 


    Her book also tells her own story of her experience in the music industry, song writing, building a licensing business and running workshops showing others how to do it. She has been featured in Billboard, LA Weekly, Variety and tons more for having licensed her songs over hundreds of times to film, TV and ads. 


    I have really enjoyed Cathy’s podcast during these lockdowns - they’re really lovely soulful interviews with people like Matthew McConaughey, Malcolm Gladwell, Bobbi Brown, Adam Grant and lots more.


    Check out Cathy’s course: Here's the link for Made to Do This http://madetodothis.com/ 
    Check out Cathy’s book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Keep-Your-Day-Job/dp/1250193605


    Hope you enjoy this conversation! 
     
     
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    #307 Laura Mucha: Love, Relationships & Attachment Theory

    #307 Laura Mucha: Love, Relationships & Attachment Theory

    Welcome back to Ctrl Alt Delete! Today’s guest is with the amazing Laura Mucha, an ex-lawyer, author, award-winning poet, and speaker. Her first book, Love Factually / We Need to Talk About Love is the result of ten years of interviews with hundreds of strangers aged 8-95 years old across every continent, and it is fascinating. The Guardian describes her as “a fantastic nosy parker”. She is such a talented writer and researcher and I think you’ll fall in love with her like I did when you hear this episode. Her debut poetry collection, Dear Ugly Sisters is out now and her debut picture book, Rita’s Rabbit is out in 2021, so keep your eye out for that! We talk about SO much in this episode, I hope you enjoy, if you did, please do leave a review somewhere on Apple podcasts!


    Link to Laura's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781472982438


    - My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon
    - My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a
    - My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7
    - Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon
    - Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk
     
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    #306 Ruby Warrington (Replay): Sober Curious: Is Life Better Without Alcohol?

    #306 Ruby Warrington (Replay): Sober Curious: Is Life Better Without Alcohol?

    This is a replay of a January 2019 episode. Ruby Warrington is a lifestyle writer and former features editor of the UK's Sunday Times Style. In 2013, she created The Numinous, an online magazine that bridges the gap between the mystical and the mainstream.  I wanted to invite Ruby onto the podcast to discuss her bestselling and hugely popular book Sober Curious which has been described as a bold guide to choosing to live hangover-free.


    Her bestselling book Sober Curious is a radical take down of the myths that keep so many of us drinking. Inspiring, timely, and blame free, Sober Curious is both conversation starter and handbook essential reading that empowers readers to transform their relationship with alcohol, so we can lead our most fulfilling lives. As you'll see from our conversation there is a nuance to the sober curious movement, it's not that you can never drink again, nor is it a book necessarily for anyone with a problem, it's really for anyone who wants to be more curious about their drinking habits. 
    Link to Sober Curious here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780062869043




    Ruby's NEW book The Sober Curious Reset: Change the Way You Drink in 100 Days or Less is an upbeat, practical new guide from Ruby Warrington, author, journalist and leading voice of the 'sober curious' movement. Link to buy here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9780762472703
     
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    #305 Rebecca Seal: Solo Work & Loneliness

    #305 Rebecca Seal: Solo Work & Loneliness

    My guest today is Rebecca Seal, an episode all about working from home. Rebecca is the author of Solo: How to Work Alone (and Not Lose Your Mind) it’s a fantastic book absolutely filled to the brim with wfh advice and tips and anecdotes. It's a science and evidence-based exploration of what working alone does to your brain and well-being, and how to cope with the more difficult aspects of solo work. She doesn’t shy away from talking about her own tough times in her own freelance life which I personally found super helpful. Initially, she thought it was a book for freelancers and self-employed people...and then 2020 happened. 
     
    She also specialises in food, drink, travel, lifestyle and human interest stories and has written or co-authored eight cookbooks, many with the LEON restaurant group, including her latest, LEON Happy Fast Food, which came out in May 2020.
     
    Hope you enjoy this one!


    Link to Rebecca's book here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781788164856


    - My books:.https://uk.bookshop.org/contributors/emma-gannon
    - My favourite 2020 books: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/my-favourite-reads-of-2020-9bf19342-f535-4856-ab1a-d523f5ecd98a
    - My 2021 picks: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/2021-books-i-m-excited-about-619ab32f-f22e-4282-a0e7-71732055e3c7
    - Twitter: Twitter.com/emmagannon
    - Instagram: Instagram.com/emmagannonuk
     
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    • 35 min
    #304 Gillian Anderson (REPLAY): Playing Margaret Thatcher & Winser Clothing Collection

    #304 Gillian Anderson (REPLAY): Playing Margaret Thatcher & Winser Clothing Collection

    This is reply of my episode with the wonderful Gillian Anderson! You might remember my episode from two years ago when Gillian came on the podcast as a guest with her friend and co-author Jennifer Nadel; they wrote the bestselling book We: The uplifting manual for women seeking happiness.Today, Gillian is back in the Ctrl Alt Delete studio.


    Stay tuned for the second half of this episode to hear about Gillian in THE CROWN where she will join the cast in season 4 as UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher and SEX EDUCATION, Gillian has also collaborated with WINSER. After a successful first collection last Autumn, she has collaborated again with Winser London’s design team again to create her second womenswear capsule collection for the brand, which includes a unique fundraiser jumper featuring a design of her lips with 20 percent of sales going o Gillian's chosen charity, @womenforwomen which helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Gillian’s collection is now live online at winserlondon.com.


    We spoke about turning fan art into charity merchandise, dipping a toe into another industry, trying new things, being a homebody, how TV has changed since the 90s, mental health anxiety, living with chronic pain and the joy of being in bed by 9. I love this quote from the episode:'It should be become so natural for people to talk freely [about mental health] without it making headlines. It's still in the press slightly mocked in headlining it. Ultimately, it should be discussed as easily as what we eat for breakfast. The majority of human beings on this planet do struggle with some form of fear, anxiety, depression and there are constant contributors in our world that are making those numbers grow." I hope you enjoy this episode, I absolutely loved recording it!
     
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    #303 Adrienne Herbert: Finding Your Power Hour

    #303 Adrienne Herbert: Finding Your Power Hour

    My guest today is Adrienne Herbert: speaker, podcast host of The Power of Hour and trainer at the UK’s leading fitness app Fiit. She delivers talks and workshops to companies such as Adidas, Google and Apple and is passionate about helping people change up their lives. She now an author too, of the book Power Hour: How to Focus on Your Goals and Create a Life You Love, which we dig into in this episode. We discuss finding motivation, reclaiming your time, and lots of helpful bits of advice in the book about creating a life you love. You can buy Adrienne's book here, out now: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/153/9781786332691
     
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837 Ratings

Jimmys Jobs ,

Superb show

It’s hard to write anything original about just how good this show is, but here goes ...

It’s the equivalent of some form healthy fine dining food. After each episode you’ll feel re invigorated and re energised to tackle the world in front of you

If I could give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I would.

Cleoooo17 ,

Left wanting more

Emma has a brilliant array of guests and I like her taste! But I feel like she spends half the podcast guest pleasing etc. and the rest on sadly quite surface level questions/observations. Yes it’s an informal style, and a chat, but could the charm offensive be replaced with more considered and thoughtful conversation and getting a bit deeper? I feel like with the line up of guests there’s just so much more scope and potential.

CBids ,

Thank you An Edited Life for Emma G

Like many people this year I’ve read lots of self help books and have listened to podcasts and audiobooks galore. In Anna Newton’s book An Edited Life she recommends Emma’s podcast and first book. I’ve been listening to the podcasts for a couple of months now and love listening to them when out for a run.

My favourites so far are Jaqueline Wilson, Emma Hepburn and Seth Godin: I loved how Emma laughed and took on board the feedback Seth gave her with grace and inspiration. Emma comes across as down to Earth and unassuming.

I’d love to know how she reads so many books, watches all of the tv shows and keeps on top of a successful career! Love.

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