23 episodes

Welcome to Good Influence with Gemma Styles!
In each informative episode we meet a different guest, who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t.
Through relaxed, honest and relatable conversations, we learn together what these good influence guests have to teach us on topics from mental health to media representation, confidence to climate.


To ask your own questions in future episodes follow @gemmastyles and @goodinfluencegs

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 1.4K Ratings

Welcome to Good Influence with Gemma Styles!
In each informative episode we meet a different guest, who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t.
Through relaxed, honest and relatable conversations, we learn together what these good influence guests have to teach us on topics from mental health to media representation, confidence to climate.


To ask your own questions in future episodes follow @gemmastyles and @goodinfluencegs

    Caroline Hirons on Skin

    Caroline Hirons on Skin

    Welcome back to Good Influence!


    This is the podcast where each week we'll meet a guest who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t. 
     
    This week, we're talking about skin; why recommendations are not 'one size fits all', who we should be getting our information from, and some insider knowledge that could help you navigate skincare marketing.


    Caroline Hirons is a legend in the beauty industry, a globally qualified advanced esthetician. She's trained in over 100 different brands and has also written a book titled 'Skincare: The Ultimate No Nonsense Guide', giving clear, science backed information to help us all understand our own varied needs. With all this training and knowledge, Caroline is not afraid to point out misleading or fear mongering news stories or marketing, letting us know what's skin science and what skin nonsense. 


    If you want to learn more, here's where to find Caroline and her recommendations: 
    Instagram: @carolinehirons
    Twitter: @CarolineHirons
    Website: carolinehirons.com
     
    Something to read: Skincare: The Ultimate No-nonsense Guide - Caroline Hirons
    Something to watch: Dr Shereene Idriss on Youtube
    Something to listen to: Cosmetic Catch Up / Fat Mascara Podcast / Full Coverage Beauty Podcast / The Allure Podcast
     
    Get involved and join in the conversation:
    Follow @gemmastyles @goodinfluencegs and send in your messages and questions to goodinfluencepod@gmail.com
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Callie Thorpe on Confidence and Community

    Callie Thorpe on Confidence and Community

    Welcome back to Good Influence!


    This is the podcast where each week we'll meet a guest who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t. 
     
    This week, we're talking about confidence and community, the importance of having people to relate to, making confidence a practical thing, and how being gentle with ourselves sometimes means treating ourselves like somebody else.


    Callie Thorpe is a writer, model, travel and fashion blogger who often shares about self-love on her social media channels. She's also founder of a community called The Confidence Corner, which posts on Instagram for us all to enjoy, but now also features a membership programme which aims to offer safe space for plus sized women.


    If you want to learn more, here's where to find Callie and her recommendations: 
    Instagram: @calliethorpe / @theconfidencecorner
    Website: calliethorpe.com / theconfidencecorner.co.uk
     
    Something to read: The Beauty Myth - Naomi Wolf
    Something to watch: BBC iPlayer - 'Shrill' / Netflix's 'Best Leftovers Ever!'
    Something to listen to: 'You're Wrong About' Podcast
     
    Get involved and join in the conversation:
    Follow @gemmastyles @goodinfluencegs and send in your messages and questions to goodinfluencepod@gmail.com
     
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    • 58 min
    Ben Hurst on Toxic Masculinity

    Ben Hurst on Toxic Masculinity

    Welcome back to Good Influence!


    This is the podcast where each week we'll meet a guest who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t. 
     
    This week, we're talking about toxic masculinity; where we learn our ideas about gender roles, how patriarchal ideas harm people of all genders, and why actually maybe the term 'toxic masculinity' isn't always the right one.


    Ben Hurst, as an activist, model, podcaster and public speaker. He's the head of facilitation and training for Beyond Equality, an organisation which works with men and boys to explore and interrogate their thinking around gender equality, masculinity and inclusive communities. 


    If you want to learn more, here's where to find Ben and his recommendations: 
    Instagram: @therealbenhurst
    Twitter: @TheRealBenHurst
     
    Something to read: Laura Bates' 'Men Who Hate Women' / JJ Bola's 'Mask Off'
    Something to watch: TED Talks Tony Porter - A call to men & Jackson Katz - Violence against women- it's a men's issue
    Something to listen to: The Mask You Live In / The Twilight Zone - Not All Men
     
    Get involved and join in the conversation:
    Follow @gemmastyles @goodinfluencegs and send in your messages and questions to goodinfluencepod@gmail.com
     
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    • 52 min
    Laura Whitmore on Self Belief

    Laura Whitmore on Self Belief

    Welcome back to Good Influence!


    This is the podcast where each week we'll meet a guest who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t. 
     
    This week, we're talking about self belief; being put in boxes we didn't ask for, self-help books and how we access them in different ways, and how #BeKind also needs to apply to yourself.


    Laura Whitmore is a TV and radio presenter, actress and writer, and you'll find her currently on our TVs presenting Love Island! Laura's debut book titled 'No One Can Change Your Life Except For You', became a Sunday Times bestseller and is out now.
    This episode was recorded in lockdown back at the beginning of 2021.


    If you want to learn more, here's where to find Laura and her recommendations: 
    Instagram: @thewhitmore
    Twitter: @thewhitmore
     
    Something to read: No One Can Change Your Life Except For You - Laura Whitmore
    Something to watch: TED Talk - Brené Brown - The Power of Vulnerability / Cobra Kai on Netflix
    Something to listen to: Wilson Phillips' album 'Wilson Phillips'
     
    Get involved and join in the conversation:
    Follow @gemmastyles @goodinfluencegs and send in your messages and questions to goodinfluencepod@gmail.com
     
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    • 55 min
    Alex Stephany on Homelessness

    Alex Stephany on Homelessness

    Welcome back to Good Influence!


    This is the podcast where each week we'll meet a guest who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t. 
     
    This week, we're talking about homelessness, tackling stigma to help get people into jobs, the disproportionate effect of the pandemic on those experiencing homelessness and how we can individually help to support people. 


    Alex Stephany is the founder of Beam, a social enterprise which runs the first crowdfunding platform to help unharnessed people access training, stable employment and homes.
     
    If you want to learn more, here's where to find Alex and his recommendations: 
    Instagram: @wearebeam
    Twitter: @AlexStephany / @wearebeam
    Website: beam.org
     
    Something to read: The Little Book of Bob - James Bowen
    Something to watch: Netflix's Sherpa
    Something to listen to: The Blindboy Podcast
     
    Get involved and join in the conversation:
    Follow @gemmastyles @goodinfluencegs and send in your messages and questions to goodinfluencepod@gmail.com
     
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    • 59 min
    Mikaela Loach on Climate Justice

    Mikaela Loach on Climate Justice

    Welcome back to Good Influence!


    This is the podcast where each week we'll meet a guest who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t. 
     
    This week, we're talking about climate justice: the role of social media in connecting and communicating our causes and why it's important to look beyond our individual actions on the various roles that we can all play in activist communities.
     
    Mikaela Loach is a climate justice activist, a medical student and podcaster. She is currently part of a litigation campaign called Paid to Pollute, which is taking the UK government to court over the tax breaks given to big polluting oil and gas companies in the North Sea.
     
    If you want to learn more, here's where to find Mikaela and her recommendations: 
    Instagram: @mikaelaloach
    Twitter: @mikaelaloach
    Paid to Pollute website
     
    Something to read: What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition - Emma Dabiri
    Something to watch: Shado Mag Panel - What is Environmental Racism
    Something to listen to: Drilled Podcast / The Yikes Podcast


    Also mentioned:
    @thenapministry
    @climateincolour
    The Pandemic is a Portal - Arundhati Roy
     
    Get involved and join in the conversation:
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    • 49 min

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nsqrd ,

Amazing way to start my week!

I love tuning in to these on Monday mornings before work. Subjects are always meaningful, thoughtful and timely! This is an incredible gift you’ve given us Gemma! Thank you!

Chamilton327 ,

Love the podcast — want to hear more on other mental illnesses

Hi Gemma! I have been really enjoying your podcast. However, I would really appreciate it if you discussed a wider range of mental health disorders on your podcast, expanding larger than just anxiety and depression. While those are also very important, they see a lot of coverage in the media. Personally I would love to hear mental health professionals discussing things like OCD, pure-O, etc

April Nenni ,

Review For Good Influence

Hi, I’m 15 and from Tennessee. This podcast has really helped me understand the global issues around the world. I’m trying to be better about myself, because I’ve always struggled with my weight. Hearing the episode about nutrition and stigma has really helped me. Knowing that it’s okay to be my weight and it’s okay not to worry about the BMI chart, is something I needed to hear. I’m so glad this podcast exists, because I wouldn’t know about all this stuff if it didn’t. Thank you Gemma for having guests talk about these issues. I really appreciate y’all. I highly recommend this podcast.

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