10 episodes

Whether by choice or circumstance, as a freelancer or a company employee working from home, more of us are becoming solo workers than ever before. But once you've made the leap, how do you actually work well in isolation? And how can you thrive while working alone?

Introducing The Solo Collective, a brand-new podcast hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind'.


Picking up where the freelancer bibles stop, The Solo Collective is a podcast series designed to bring interesting and engaging stories from experts into the ears of workers across the world to help them become happy and successful in managing their careers.


In this 12-part series, Rebecca speaks to experts and well-known solo workers to find the secret to thriving while working alone. Guests include Dr Laurie Santos (host of The Happiness Lab podcast), Emma Gannon (host of Ctrl-Alt-Delete podcast) and Henry Holland (Fashion Designer).

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    • Business
    • 4.5 • 22 Ratings

Whether by choice or circumstance, as a freelancer or a company employee working from home, more of us are becoming solo workers than ever before. But once you've made the leap, how do you actually work well in isolation? And how can you thrive while working alone?

Introducing The Solo Collective, a brand-new podcast hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind'.


Picking up where the freelancer bibles stop, The Solo Collective is a podcast series designed to bring interesting and engaging stories from experts into the ears of workers across the world to help them become happy and successful in managing their careers.


In this 12-part series, Rebecca speaks to experts and well-known solo workers to find the secret to thriving while working alone. Guests include Dr Laurie Santos (host of The Happiness Lab podcast), Emma Gannon (host of Ctrl-Alt-Delete podcast) and Henry Holland (Fashion Designer).

    The Power Of A Good Lunch

    The Power Of A Good Lunch

    WARNING: This episode will make you hungry. 
    Studies show that taking a lunch break allows your mind to rest, recharge and refocus, which can directly improve your productivity for the rest of the day. Working from home has many benefits but one of the best ones has to be the opportunity to serve up something delicious to eat rather than a bland sandwich grabbed on the go. Signe Johansen is a big advocate of a solo lunch and is the author of Solo: The Joy of Cooking for One. The book is all about becoming more selfish in the kitchen and is full of recipes for happy solo cooking; celebrating the art of cooking for yourself.
     
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    • 36 min
    The Magic Formula

    The Magic Formula

    Working from home can be difficult. Working from home with housemates, a partner or children is super difficult. Jennifer Petriglieri knows all about this. She’s an associate professor at INSEAD and author of Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work. She’s also spent over a decade researching how people’s close relationships shape who they become professionally, and personally. Now, more than ever, it’s so important to adjust to a healthier way of working. Hopefully, that way we can keep those important relationships around us healthy to. 
     
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    • 33 min
    20/20/20 Rule

    20/20/20 Rule

    Could your home working space be making you less focused? Oliver Heath thinks it might well be. The interior designer and sustainable architect explains how the buildings we inhabit and work in have an enormous impact on our lives. Now more than ever. Multiple studies have shown that nature can play a valuable role with the benefits of plants and greenery adding personalisation and improving air quality to our lives. But it’s more than just adding a pot plant to the desk. We find out how textures, colours and even the smells we surround ourselves with can have a profound effect on how we work. 
     
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    • 34 min
    Be Less Beyoncé

    Be Less Beyoncé

    We’ve been getting the idea of productivity all wrong.
    In this episode, we unpack the ingrained ideas of efficiency, its history, psychology, philosophy, and more to discover how we got so obsessed with hustling and how that obsession fuelled by the likes of the Beyonces and Elon Musks of the world, often hurt our creative output. 
    Rebecca is joined by Rahaf Harfoush, (Author of Hustle and Float) she challenges our view of productivity and our belief systems surrounding how to achieve fulfilment and happiness in our lives. BTW it’s not about working a billion hours a week.
     
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    • 34 min
    Little Earthquakes Everywhere

    Little Earthquakes Everywhere

    Henry Holland’s witty Fashion Groupie t-shirts were the things to be seen in when he launched his iconic brand back in the late aughts. But the pandemic has devastated many industries and House of Holland was one of those to go under in March last year. In conversation with Rebecca, the London designer looks back on the dissolution of his company but shares his gratitude for everything he’s learned as a solo entrepreneur and the resolve it’s given him - from building an empire from the ground up to surrounding yourself with the right people to propel you into a positive future.
     
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    • 40 min
    Book In That Nap

    Book In That Nap

    When was the last time you had a nap? Alex Soojung-Kim Pang advocates an afternoon one and believes that overworking can actually hinder productivity. With so many of us working from home, that chance to rest is now available more than ever so why not take that break away from your desk starting today? It can help reset the brain in a way that is far more beneficial than we might think, allowing us to explore more ideas creatively and help with problem-solving. In this episode, Pang shares how we can empower these new practices into our day-to-day as solo workers and reap the benefits. 
     
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Less pal hall ,

Just what I need.

So great, after 20 years of largely solo working, this is like having a new pal!

LoveBeautyBoutique ,

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Loving the episodes and guests, can’t wait for more 😊

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