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How To Fail with Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things in life that haven’t gone right and what we might learn from them along the way. Every week, Elizabeth’s guest explores three failures, and what these failures have taught them about how to grow and succeed, better. We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with Elizabeth to share your failures, problems or questions - anonymously or otherwise. She'll go through these each week with the help of her very special guests. And remember: a fail shared is a fail halved. https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/how-to-fail-uk-2023/ An Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Original Production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow @sonypodcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastsales@sonymusic.com

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day Failing With Friends

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 8.5K Ratings

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How To Fail with Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things in life that haven’t gone right and what we might learn from them along the way. Every week, Elizabeth’s guest explores three failures, and what these failures have taught them about how to grow and succeed, better. We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with Elizabeth to share your failures, problems or questions - anonymously or otherwise. She'll go through these each week with the help of her very special guests. And remember: a fail shared is a fail halved. https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/how-to-fail-uk-2023/ An Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Original Production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow @sonypodcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastsales@sonymusic.com

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    On how to take criticism constructively and how creativity is a confidence game

    On how to take criticism constructively and how creativity is a confidence game

    Today I’m joined by Richard Osman to answer your questions. This week, Richard and I look at how you learn from creative criticism and why there’s more information in rejection than success.
    As ever, I’m so thankful to you all for the huge postbag of failures for us to look at. We read every single submission and we are thrilled you’ve taken the time to write in. Please keep them coming!
    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Josh Gibbs
    Senior Producer: Selina Ream
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.
    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts
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    S20, Ep13 Richard Osman on cats, crime and c**ts

    S20, Ep13 Richard Osman on cats, crime and c**ts

    I loved interviewing Richard Osman and can’t stop thinking about our conversation. I think it’s because his brain works at warp speed: I genuinely felt he was three steps ahead of every question I was about to ask. It became something of a personal challenge to ask a question he couldn’t guess beforehand and I *think* I managed it when I asked if he’d ever written to Jim’ll Fix It (he had, by the way).

    His mind was formed by an early passion for television and the stories it created. He became an expert producer of winning formats and then, in his 40s, transferred his skill for knowing what people wanted to books. His debut, The Thursday Murder Club, became the fastest-selling crime novel of all time. The following three in the same series have sold over 10 million copies globally.

    He joins me to talk about professional failure, his lifelong struggle with food addiction and his Fear Of Joining In (FOJI). Plus: cats and why being tall is a successful c**t radar.

    Richard’s new novel - We Solve Murders is published on 12 September 2024.

    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more.



    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com



    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Josh Gibbs

    Senior Producer: Selina Ream

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini



    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

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    • 59 min
    Avoiding unnecessary guilt and not handling stress well - Dr Jen Gunter

    Avoiding unnecessary guilt and not handling stress well - Dr Jen Gunter

    TW: miscarriage
    Today I’m joined by Dr Jen Gunter to answer your questions - no matter how big or small. This week, Jen and I discuss: how to avoid feeling like a failure when you believe you look like one on paper, feeling guilty when you put your own needs first and whether or not to make space in your life for children). Finally, we cover the PTSD some women suffer after miscarriage and so-called ‘failed’ pregnancies.
    As ever, I’m so grateful to you all for ensuring there’s a bulging weekly mailbag of failures to go through. We read every single submission and it really does mean a lot to us.
    Do you have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Josh Gibbs
    Producer: Hannah Talbot
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.
    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts
    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    S20, Ep12 Dr. Jen Gunter - Patriarchy, periods and penile failure

    S20, Ep12 Dr. Jen Gunter - Patriarchy, periods and penile failure

    TW: infant loss and birth trauma

    Dr Jen Gunter is an obstetrician-gynaecologist, pain medicine physician and bestselling author. She’s most well-known to many of us as Twitter’s resident OB-GYN, the woman who took on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop with claims of medical misinformation and one of the fiercest advocates for women’s health the world over.

    She had premature triplet boys in 2003 and tragically, one of her sons died at birth. To this day, Dr Gunter says her two boys ‘keep me so honest it hurts’. We discuss everything from first periods, failed marriages, failure to exercise to a failure to say no - sound familiar?!

    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more.



    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com



    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini



    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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    • 54 min
    Adeel Akhtar on career changes and navigating friendships

    Adeel Akhtar on career changes and navigating friendships

    In this week’s episode, Adeel Akhtar and I read some of your emails and tackle how to maintain friends through big life changes and what to do when you have a good job, but you kind of hate it.
    Thank you to everyone who’s written in, please keep them coming - we really value your messages and we read every single one.
    Do you have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com

    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly
    Studio and Mix Engineer: Josh Gibbs
    Senior Producer: Selina Ream
    Executive Producer: Carly Maile
    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini

    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.
    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts
    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    S20, Ep11 Adeel Akhtar - The importance of staying true to yourself

    S20, Ep11 Adeel Akhtar - The importance of staying true to yourself

    My guest today has a nickname in showbiz circles: he’s called ‘Ideal Actor’ because of his scene-stealing talent and his ability to get under the skin of what it is to be human. If you’ve watched Netflix’s monster hit, Fool Me Once,  or seen Sherwood or Back To Life or The Night Manager or if you’ve watched the movies Four Lions or Murder Mystery 2, the chances are you will remember his performances. He’s a brilliant actor, but he’s also, as it happens, a wonderful guest - funny, moving and a deep thinker.

    He joins me to talk about his acting failures, his failure to work hard at school, an upbringing where he was forced to question the nature of his own identity and his failure to keep things in perspective. Also: karaoke.



    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more.

    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com



    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio Engineer: Gulli Lawrence-Tickle

    Mix Engineer: Josh Gibbs

    Senior Producer: Selina Ream

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini



    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.5K Ratings

8.5K Ratings

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JON RONSON!!!

This is definitely my favourite episode. Such a great conversation - jokey but also really stimulating discussion, and I think it was a very different side to Jon Ronson that we haven’t seen before. Great ep. ❤️👌

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Mel B

Just so good. Open, honest and courageous ❤️

Lucyflowers88 ,

Soul reaching medicine

I love listening to Elizabeth, she’s both beautifully articulate and sweary in all the right places as well as truly feeling with upmost compassion her interviewee’s pain. This podcast has become one of my all time favourites and I cherish every minute.

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