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Real people, real stories, REAL 👏🏼 TALK 👏🏼
This show is all about the people I meet driving for Uber — it’s Taxi-Cab Confessions meets Dr. Phil. New episodes Wednesdays everywhere podcasts are available ⁶𓅓

Real Talk with Ben Tompkins Ben Tompkins

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 77 Ratings

Real people, real stories, REAL 👏🏼 TALK 👏🏼
This show is all about the people I meet driving for Uber — it’s Taxi-Cab Confessions meets Dr. Phil. New episodes Wednesdays everywhere podcasts are available ⁶𓅓

    Uber Stories: Kentucky Derby 147 🐎

    Uber Stories: Kentucky Derby 147 🐎

    83 trips and 1,200 miles later, I proudly present to you Uber Stories: Kentucky Derby 🐎

    I had a great week, hit my incentives, got invited to Clubhouse, and got to meet some awesome people, including a trio of people that I felt I was definitely supposed to meet for a reason (25:47) 🔮

    Join me as I weave a linear series of short stories and one-liners from a rowdy Thurby crowd (31:41), to the Kentucky Oaks (1:33:42)and Survivor Games '21, to a new entry to the Midnight Sessions (1:39:28), and finally, the Derby Day '21 (2:13:10), home of the greatest two minutes in sports 🐎

    Don't forget to submit YOUR Uber Stories or life advice submissions to realtalkwbennyt@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the show 📥

    Be well my friends, I'll talk to you next week, thanks for coming along this ride with me ✊🏼

    Credit statement: Intro music is Outside by Ikson. Outro music is As It Sets by Ikson. Check out his other tracks here ➡️ https://www.iksonmusic.com

    • 2 hr 43 min
    Uber Stories Pt. 29: Cautionary Tale, Amber Alert, Clucker, Trans in KY, Stay Up

    Uber Stories Pt. 29: Cautionary Tale, Amber Alert, Clucker, Trans in KY, Stay Up

    My friends, the stories on this week's episode are heavy. There's no way to sugar coat it, some of these stories are pretty tough. But they're good, and they're real, and this is what the people had for me this week. I wish every story could be funny or every ending to be happy, but we all know that ain't real life 😔

    So hang in there, enjoy, and know that brighter days are ahead ☀️

    By the way, the doctor is NOT in this week as we didn't have any submissions, but email me if you need some advice and would like to have your submission featured on the show (anonymously, of course). Hit me up, realtalkwbennyt@gmail.com, or send me a DM on social media @bennytomp18 ⁶𓅓

    Okay! Stories on this week's episode include:
    Cautionary Tale (17:10) – a stripper shares the biggest regret of her life 🙇🏻‍♀️

    Amber Alert (52:06) – Kidnapped at 13, married at 14, pregnant at 15. The story of a survivor 😤

    Clucker (1:01:53) – A man and a woman high off their asses gets in and confusion and confrontation ensues 💊

    Trans in KY (1:33:48) – A rider shares her experience with coming out as a black transgender woman in Kentucky ⚧

    Stay Up (2:01:44) – A rider mourning the murder of her husband struggles to cope with her existence beyond the 18 years they spent together ✊🏼

    Please subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, hit me on social media @bennytomp18, check out the Facebook and IG pages for the show @realtalkwbennyt, and always, I hope you enjoy the ride 🥳

    • 2 hr 14 min
    Shane Stewart on the New York Hustle, Making Career Moves, and Lessons Learned Along the Way

    Shane Stewart on the New York Hustle, Making Career Moves, and Lessons Learned Along the Way

    Shane Stewart (@Sunday_Stew) joins me in the studio to share stories about making moves in business, life, and what he's learned along the way 💯

    Shane's been living in New York for the last 5 years now (plus a quick cameo in Dallas), but he's originally from Louisville, Kentucky. How difficult was it to make that jump, especially when he didn't know anyone in NYC heading into it? How did he find roommates? What's it been like living in a post-COVID world?

    He also shares the business insights he's gained along the way, including how things he picked up in previous roles continue to serve him in his current position, what it was like getting fired for the first time in his career, and best pieces of business advice he's ever given or received.

    Enjoy, my friends, check out Shane on LinkedIn, Twitter, and IG, hit him up if you have questions about payroll services, HR or operations and finance, and please drop a rating and a review if you enjoy this episode!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Uber Stories: Atlanta 🍑

    Uber Stories: Atlanta 🍑

    Buckle up, my friends, this one's a banger 💥

    Uber Stories: Atlanta definitely went differently than how I thought it was going to go, but it was still an incredible trip, I met some amazing people, and more than anything else, I was reassured that I am on the right path.

    So this episode is going to run a little differently than my normal Uber Stories episodes go, but I think you'll enjoy the stories.

    I start today's episode by welcoming first-time listeners to the show and sharing some of the reasons that I'm doing this show, I share my Golden Gate Bridge story (27:19), plus plug a lot of other little things like my playlists, the email for The Doctor Is In submissions, and asking for your best Uber Stories, as well.

    Why did I stay in Atlanta for 10 days when I was originally only supposed to be there for 4? It's a pretty funny story, actually (46:00), definitely a learning moment, but it all worked out for the best.

    I spend some time telling the story of hanging out at Sport & Social at The Battery, being featured on the big screen, and getting to drink for free all day (58:00), then I get to the story most of you are here for.

    I got to meet 40 (1:18:16). Like, Drake's 40. Noah Shebib. At Magic City on a Monday. He bought me a Choe shots, he vibed with the show, and he may or may not be joining me as a guest at the point, but even if that never happens, that moment has already done more for me than a regular Uber story ever could.

    Just the video of me telling the story of meeting 40 went viral on TikTok, has like 30k views, almost 4k likes, 200 comments... It was a really cool moment that served as validation of what I've been doing over the last 10 months. It was awesome.

    Later in the episode (2:08:51), I share how I went to the Atlanta Beltline and pitched like Mariano Rivera, walking 17k steps, 7.5 miles and making 55 quality impressions on a handpicked audience.

    Finally, some big picture takeaways and observations from the trip I wanted to speak on before wrapping up.

    Please subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, hit me on social media @bennytomp18, check out the Facebook and IG pages for the show @realtalkwbennyt, and always, I hope you enjoy the ride 🥳

    • 2 hr 50 min
    Uber Stories Pt. 28: Easter Service, Health King, Bomb Squad, Kindness ≠ Weakness, "They're Crazy"

    Uber Stories Pt. 28: Easter Service, Health King, Bomb Squad, Kindness ≠ Weakness, "They're Crazy"

    Big things coming up, my friends, big things. I can't wait to bring you next week's episode and begin my new city series that I'm doing this spring and summer... check out today's intro to see where I'm headed first 👀

    Stories on today's episode include:
    Easter Sunday Service (22:27) – I wanted to do something really special since it was Easter, and since I only had 5 rides until I completed an incentive, so I got creative and did something for these five special riders that came from the heart. And it couldn’t have gone better 🐣

    Health King (40:17) – A rider question’s his buddy’s life choices when his buddy questions the notion of taking the covid vaccine out of his concern for not wanting to put unknown and potentially unknown substances into his body 💊

    Bomb Squad (44:58) – A veteran recounts his days as an Army combat engineer, clearing routes and sweeping the Middle East for IEDs and explosives during his deployments, and shares a few of his closest calls 💣

    Kindness ≠ Weakness (1:09:09) – A rider who’s the director of North American markets and Puerto Rico for a big pharma company shares the truest piece of business advice he’s ever given or received, which leads to a story about a juicy dilemma he’s currently in with one of his direct reports and the tough decision he’s faced with 🙅🏻‍♂️

    They’re Crazy (1:32:02) – A psychiatrist makes a remark that is both surprising and hurtful, which leads to a bigger picture takeaway and serves as a teaching moment for all of us 🤪

    Please drop a rating and review either on Apple Podcasts, or for my Spotify listeners, drop one on the Facebook page for the show, @realtalkwbennyt. It seriously helps and I love seeing it so please take two seconds and help a brother out! 💯

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Uber Stories Pt. 27: Pee Probz, Pilot's Dilemma, Southside Bonnie & Clyde, Propaganda Machine

    Uber Stories Pt. 27: Pee Probz, Pilot's Dilemma, Southside Bonnie & Clyde, Propaganda Machine

    What's good my friends, we're back in the saddle this week with Uber Stories Pt. 27, plus some updates on some big things we're doing around here, like expanding to new cities, doing my own taxes and starting an LLC! Godfather Media, LLC. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

    By the way, the doctor is NOT in this week as we didn't have any submissions, but email me if you need some advice and would like to have your submission featured on the show (anonymously, of course). Hit me up, realtalkwbennyt@gmail.com, or send me a DM on social media @bennytomp18.

    Okay! Stories on this week's episode include:
    Pee Pee Problems (39:13): A rider recounts a very painful story but laughs like a savage the entire time 😂

    Pilot’s Dilemma (45:47): Man vs. machine, a tale as old as time. In the latest saga, two pilots revive the debate and present their arguments in this true pilot’s dilemma ✈️

    Southside Bonnie and Clyde (53:51): A couple educates me on how to make money selling heroin and answers some of the questions I have about that process 🧐

    Propaganda Machine (1:14:19): A solider tells me what it was really like being in Iraq and Afghanistan during the war, including what it was like being some of the very first boots on the ground 🪖

    Lost Luggage (1:33:44): A rider in town for an interview sidesteps potential disaster after the airlines lost his luggage, but luckily he was able to get a new suit, and get some real talk from your boy 💯

    • 1 hr 44 min

Customer Reviews

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77 Ratings

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Had a great ride with Ben. Very professional

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Best podcast

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Ben is the man

Ben is the most personable host on the web! He makes his rides w strangers feel like he’s known them his entire life. Doesn’t matter where he’s going or who he’s with he makes the listener and the rider feel at home and has a way of connecting w people that only few hope to have! 13/10 podcast Ben is the man!

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