6 episodes

Your 20s are hard. High school dropout turned Network TV Correspondent and confidence coach Debra Alfarone made every mistake. Now she’s committed to helping you not only dodge suffering, but fast track your success in your career, life and love. Every week, Debra interviews a notable successful person from the news, entertainment, literary or business world about their toughest life lessons, to help you thrive in your twenties, not just survive.

Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties Debra Alfarone Media

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    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Your 20s are hard. High school dropout turned Network TV Correspondent and confidence coach Debra Alfarone made every mistake. Now she’s committed to helping you not only dodge suffering, but fast track your success in your career, life and love. Every week, Debra interviews a notable successful person from the news, entertainment, literary or business world about their toughest life lessons, to help you thrive in your twenties, not just survive.

    TV Host & Producer Alex Berg says telling LGBTQ+ stories can inspire compassion & allyship

    TV Host & Producer Alex Berg says telling LGBTQ+ stories can inspire compassion & allyship

    Alex Berg is an on-air host, creative director and journalist telling stories from in front of and behind the camera.

    Alex is currently a producer and director of the documentary series Authentic Voices of Pride for LGBTQ Nation, the largest publisher of queer news, the co-host of the I’m From Driftwood Podcast, where she talks about LGBTQ+ topics for the eponymous storytelling organization, and a senior creative producer at Blink, where she helps brands tell their stories organically.

    In this episode, Alex shares what she's learned in her 20s, including the importance of speaking your truth and dreams into the world powerfully, how telling stories of the LGBTQ+ community can inspire understanding and allyship, and how a $4 tube top from H&M taught her a critical life lesson.

    Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties (SIWIKIMT) is a podcast dedicated to helping 20-somethings thrive in their twenties, not just survive.

    Host Debra Alfarone knows how tough being in your twenties can be. As a high-school dropout turned-network-TV-correspondent, she learned most of life’s lessons the hard way. She overcame the odds and now covers the White House for CBS News nationally. She’s also a confidence coach for young women in the TV news industry.

    Connect with Alex on IG: https://www.instagram.com/itsalexberg and on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/itsalexberg/

    If you like Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties, drop your email at www.pages.debraalfarone.com to be the first to know about new episodes.

    Follow Debra on IG at https://www.instagram.com/debraalfarone/ and on TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@debraalfarone

    • 32 min
    New York Times best-selling author and human guinea pig A.J. Jacobs says life is a puzzle

    New York Times best-selling author and human guinea pig A.J. Jacobs says life is a puzzle

    Today's guest, A.J. Jacobs, is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help.

    In this episode, the author of The Year of Living Biblically shares how his latest book, The Puzzler, took him on a rollicking journey to understand the enduring power of puzzles: why we love them, what they do to our brains, and how they can improve our world.

    A.J. shares how gratitude for the hundreds of things that go right each day can change our lives, how he wishes he knew how comparing led to despairing in his twenties, and how he gets back 47 seconds a day using elastic shoelaces.

    Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties (SIWIKIMT) is a podcast dedicated to helping 20-somethings thrive in their twenties, not just survive.

    Host Debra Alfarone knows how tough being in your twenties can be. As a high-school dropout turned-network-TV-correspondent, she learned most of life’s lessons the hard way. She overcame the odds and now covers the White House for CBS News nationally. She’s also a confidence coach for young women in the TV news industry.

    Learn more about Jacobs' latest book here: www.thepuzzlerbook.com

    Connect with Jacobs on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ajjacobsinc/

    If you like Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties, drop your email at www.pages.debraalfarone.com to be the first to know about new episodes.

    Follow Debra on IG at https://www.instagram.com/debraalfarone/ and on TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@debraalfarone

     

    • 24 min
    How throwing parties in his 20s led to Nick Gray’s success and how you can do it too!

    How throwing parties in his 20s led to Nick Gray’s success and how you can do it too!

    Nick Gray throws parties. Memorable parties. He's also the Founder and CEO of Museum Hack and recent author of a new handbook that will help you build big relationships, make new friends, and even boost your career. It's called The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, a step-by-step handbook that teaches you how to build big relationships by hosting small gatherings.

    Over 75,000 people have watched his TEDx talk about why he hates most museums. He's been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine called him a host of “culturally significant parties."

    Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties is a podcast dedicated to helping 20-somethings thrive in their twenties, not just survive.

    Host Debra Alfarone knows how hard being in your twenties can be. As a high-school dropout turned-network-TV-correspondent, she learned most of life’s lessons the hard way. She overcame the odds and now covers the White House for CBS News nationally. She’s also a confidence coach for young women in the TV news industry. 

     

    Nick Gray’s website
    Nick Gray’s blog
    How to Host a Party
    The 2-Hour Cocktail Party book
    How to Host a Party in a Small Apartment
    How to Plan A Networking Event
    How to Host a Clothing Swap Party: Top 5 Pro-Tips
    How To Host a Happy Hour Event
    Lightning Talks: What and How to Do Them
    Don’t Host a Dinner Party. Do This Instead



    If you like Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties, drop your email at www.pages.debraalfarone.com to be the first to know about new episodes.

    Follow Debra on IG at https://www.instagram.com/debraalfarone/ and on TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@debraalfarone

    • 25 min
    Single in your 20s? This Midlife Muse says the odds are in your favor

    Single in your 20s? This Midlife Muse says the odds are in your favor

    Amanda Hanson is a clinical psychologist turned transformational life coach for women. Her brand Revolutionizing Midlife is about redefining and reclaiming what it means to be a woman 40+. She is a self-proclaimed paradigm shifter & her contagious approach is one of limitless possibilities. Where most see roadblocks she sees opportunities.

    In this episode, Amanda shares why the odds are actually in our favor for love and money (!) and how a fight turned into a night to forget the day before her wedding in her 20s. You don't want to miss this episode - it's literally life-changing. 

    Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties (SIWIKIMT) is a podcast dedicated to helping 20-somethings thrive in their twenties, not just survive.

    Host Debra Alfarone knows how hard being in your twenties can be. As a high-school dropout turned-network-TV-correspondent, she learned most of life’s lessons the hard way. She overcame the odds and now covers the White House for CBS News nationally. She’s also a confidence coach for young women in the TV news industry. 

    Connect with Amanda on IG: https://www.instagram.com/midlife.muse/
    Connect with her on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@midlifemuse
    Join her free community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2660456010896319
    Listen to her podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/revolutionizing-midlife/id1574406943

    If you like Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties, drop your email at www.pages.debraalfarone.com to be the first to know about new episodes.

    Follow Debra on IG at https://www.instagram.com/debraalfarone/ and on TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@debraalfarone

    • 36 min
    The secret CBS News Anchor Jericka Duncan hid in her 20s

    The secret CBS News Anchor Jericka Duncan hid in her 20s

    CBS News Anchor Jericka Duncan talks with Debra and shares the secret she held onto in her twenties as her journalism career was taking off, what she originally wanted to do with her life, and her reflections on covering racial gun violence in Buffalo, New York. She also shares how smoothies are life, stress sweats are the worst, and the one hair/makeup memory she wishes she could erase from her twenties. 

    Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties is a podcast dedicated to helping 20-somethings thrive in their twenties, not just survive.

    Host Debra Alfarone knows how hard being in your twenties can be. As a high-school dropout turned-network-TV-correspondent, she learned most of life’s lessons the hard way. She overcame the odds and now covers the White House for CBS News nationally. She’s also a confidence coach for young women in the TV news industry. 

    You can watch Jericka anchor the CBS Weekend Evening News Sunday evenings. Follow her on Instagram at @iamthatreporterJD. 

    If you like Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties, drop your email at www.pages.debraalfarone.com to be the first to know about new episodes.

    Follow Debra on IG at https://www.instagram.com/debraalfarone/ and on TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@debraalfarone

    • 29 min
    Welcome to Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties - the podcast!

    Welcome to Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties - the podcast!

    Welcome! 

    We're so happy to welcome you to Sh*t I Wish I Knew In My Twenties - the podcast!

    Host Debra Alfarone is a Network TV Correspondent, and she used to be a high school dropout.

    Debra learned all her life lessons the hard way and now she wants to share them with you. 

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Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

LSimonTV ,

The best podcast I’ve ever subscribed to!

The realist real-talk and advice for ambitious women in their 20s and beyond.

If you suffer from “imposter syndrome”, listen to this to feel uplifted and inspired. Be prepared for a total mindset shift - feeling motivated and confident to go after the life you’ve always envisioned for yourself.

Debra is an accomplished journalist with a smart, compassionate, witty, engaging and unique presentation.

This podcast showcases Debra’s heart for other people - sharing their stories and her stories - with the ultimate goal of helping and mentoring others.

Gilb353 ,

Don’t sweat the small stuff

I love this podcast! There’s moments that make you laugh, moments that make you really think, and moments that make you smile. Sometimes being a reporter can be lonely, but this podcast reminds you why you’re doing the work!!

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