40 episodes

At The Robora, we encourage women to believe that it's possible. On the podcast, host Annie Ridout (author, journalist, coach and founder of The Robora) talks business - often online business - wellbeing, woo, creativity and self-development. Everything you need to thrive, in life. Expect stories, tips and tricks on taking creativity online, launching and selling online courses, starting an online business, growing your profile, PR, social media, building an online community, digital marketing, publishing your own books, confidence and work-life balance.

The Robora Annie Ridout

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    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

At The Robora, we encourage women to believe that it's possible. On the podcast, host Annie Ridout (author, journalist, coach and founder of The Robora) talks business - often online business - wellbeing, woo, creativity and self-development. Everything you need to thrive, in life. Expect stories, tips and tricks on taking creativity online, launching and selling online courses, starting an online business, growing your profile, PR, social media, building an online community, digital marketing, publishing your own books, confidence and work-life balance.

    Why do we worry more when lying in bed at night, and what can be done about it?

    Why do we worry more when lying in bed at night, and what can be done about it?

    Annie Ridout has found herself lying in bed, worrying about her life choices. But then she gets up in the morning, drinks a coffee and all feels fine. Or manageable, at least. In this episode, Annie explores the reason we might go over everything we’re worried about when lying in bed - and then find it all a little lighter once we’re up for the day. She asked psychologist Suzy Reading why this happens and shares her thoughts. And there are some tips for getting back to sleep when your mind is having a worry party in the dead of night.

    Show notes

    - Author and psychologist Suzy Reading - follow her on Instagram: @suzyreading
    - The 'worry hour' idea was from therapist Anjali Meghta in this Robora podcast episode.

    • 16 min
    But what if ... you just did it?

    But what if ... you just did it?

    In this episode, Annie Ridout talks about moving from ‘what if’ to ‘I’m doing it’. And how it is that she wound up pulling her kids out of school, homeschooling two of them - for the next eight months - committing to a countryside adventure and making a plan to go travelling. She covers: fear of change, other people becoming barriers, living your life like it’s the only one you’ve got, and how when you make the decision, and start the wheels in motion, it all feels a lot less daunting.

    Show notes

    Looking for a power hour with Annie Ridout? Head to therobora.com/shop/coaching/power-hour-with-annie-ridout

    • 20 min
    The only way to sell more is to stop selling

    The only way to sell more is to stop selling

    If you're finding it hard to sign up clients or sell products, it's time to stop selling. Instead, take some time away from it all.  Even just a day. Go and be free and creative and inspired. Then return, feeling refreshed, and focus on growing your community. Because when you create a big group of people who feel warm towards you and/or your brand, they will be waiting to hear what it is you've got to sell. In this episode, Annie talks through all of this and shares ideas for community-building - with examples of how it's worked for her, and others.

    Show notes

    The Early Hour - theearlyhour.com (Annie's first platform)
    Lucy and Yak (who make dungarees and other clothing)
    Don't Buy Her Flowers (gift boxes)
    Leo @ordinary_shapes (collage-maker)
    Tamu Thomas - my guru - @livethreesixty

    • 18 min
    Dealing with self-doubt and knowing when to trust yourself

    Dealing with self-doubt and knowing when to trust yourself

    When going through transitional periods, self-doubt can slip in (is this the right thing to do? Should I be doing it differently? Am I capable of making this change?). Especially if the decisions that we are making affect other people, like our kids. So in this episode, Annie discusses whether self-doubt is ever useful (spoiler: it is) and to work out how to trust herself when it comes to decision-making. Even if she keeps changing her decision.

    Show notes

    You've Got This!: The Life-changing Power of Trusting Yourself by Margie Warrell

    Shy: How being quiet can lead to success by Annie Ridout
    The Freelance Mum: A flexible career guide for better work-life balance by Annie Ridout
    Annie Ridout's poetry prints and books: annieridout.com/shop

    • 17 min
    How to make big life changes

    How to make big life changes

    As Annie Ridout embarks on a major life change (leaving her hometown of London, staying in the countryside, homeschooling the kids, travelling and then.... who knows), she shares how they got to this stage, what she did when - last week - she had a massive wobble. And how she moved through it and got to a new life plan that felt exciting. If a little unconventional.

    Show notes:

    - Oprah's Supersoul Conversations with Dr Michael Bernard Beckwith

    - Tamu Thomas on Instagram - @livethreesixty

    - What do I want to do with my life? (at therobora.com)
    This online course will help you to focus on what you’d like to do more of (eg. daily rituals, the BIG goals and weekly work tasks), how to break down common barriers that may be holding you back (eg. perfectionism, fear of failure, imposter syndrome) – and a method for planning your time efficiently. I’ll teach you how to start ticking more things off, but not at the expense of your wellbeing. It’s a combination of mindset work and clever time management strategies…

    • 16 min
    Why I don't work if I'm due on my period

    Why I don't work if I'm due on my period

    Some weeks, we're full of energy, ideas and enthusiasm. Others, we're not. This week, Annie Ridout was in panic mode and due on her period. So she did pretty much no work at all. Here's what she did instead, why she didn't feel bad about taking time away from the laptop and what happened at the end of her no-work week... (she also shares the story of her incredibly embarrassing, worst-ever sales pitch from last year), 
    Show notes:

    - To learn more about working with/around your menstrual cycle, check out @_maisiehill_
    - Read Ebony Gilbert's brilliant poetry book - This Skin I'm In

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Leylarashid ,

Fab!

Love the easy going and honest flow to Annie’s work. Could listen all day

sa234mmy ,

Like chatting to a friend (a reeeaally clever friend)

I love these podcasts (and anything that Annie and Rich do, to be honest). They squeeze every bit of learning out of their experience and deliver it to their audience in an engaging, friendly way. Their content is jam-packed of great info and very useful to me as a one woman business. Thank you both. Sammy

PennyW_London ,

Warm, helpful and smart

I love listening to Annie and Rich share their knowledge while gently teasing each other and having a laugh. Fantastic advice for brand new businesses and established ones looking to expand online. I always listen to episodes immediately. It’s like having business friends in your pocket, filled with loving advice.

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