24 episodes

Curious what it would be like to walk in someone else’s (work) shoes? Join New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath as he explores the world of work, one profession at a time, and interviews people who love what they do. What does a couples therapist think when a friend asks for relationship advice? What happens if a welder fails to wear safety glasses? What can get a stadium beer vendor fired? If you’ve ever met someone whose work you were curious about, and you had 100 nosy questions but were too polite to ask … well, this is the show for you. 

What It's Like To Be..‪.‬ Dan Heath

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 268 Ratings

Curious what it would be like to walk in someone else’s (work) shoes? Join New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath as he explores the world of work, one profession at a time, and interviews people who love what they do. What does a couples therapist think when a friend asks for relationship advice? What happens if a welder fails to wear safety glasses? What can get a stadium beer vendor fired? If you’ve ever met someone whose work you were curious about, and you had 100 nosy questions but were too polite to ask … well, this is the show for you. 

    A Secret Service Agent

    A Secret Service Agent

    Scanning crowds for suspicious behavior, learning how to leap from moving vehicles, and investigating every threat to the president with Cindy Marble, a retired Secret Service agent. What's it like to witness history up close? And what is "left of boom"?Follow us on Instagram!Got a comment or suggestion for us? You can reach us via email at jobs@whatitslike.comWant to be on the show? Leave a message on our voice mailbox at (919) 213-0456. We’ll ask you to answer two questions: What do people...

    • 27 min
    A Tennis Coach

    A Tennis Coach

    Scouting for signs of greatness, bolstering players after heartbreaking losses, and fighting the "yips" with Vesa Ponkka, a veteran tennis coach. Why are tennis matches played in silence? And what's a "lucky loser”?Follow us on Instagram!Got a comment or suggestion for us? You can reach us via email at jobs@whatitslike.comWant to be on the show? Leave a message on our voice mailbox at (919) 213-0456. We’ll ask you to answer two questions: What do people think your job is like and what is it ...

    • 28 min
    A PR Crisis Manager

    A PR Crisis Manager

    Taking late-night phone calls from panicked clients, dueling with company lawyers over what to disclose, and rushing to preempt unfavorable stories with Chris Thomas, a PR crisis manager. What was it like to manage the media frenzy surrounding the Elizabeth Smart case? And what's the worst possible answer to a journalist's question?Follow us on Instagram!Got a comment or suggestion for us? You can reach us via email at jobs@whatitslike.comWant to be on the show? Leave a message on our voice m...

    • 32 min
    A Creative Director

    A Creative Director

    Churning out creative possibilities on tight timelines, crafting bespoke stock images with help from AI, and pitching unique ideas to risk-averse clients with Jo Skillman, a creative director in Texas. Why do a lot of creative directors grind their teeth at night? And what is a "swoop and poop"?Follow us on Instagram!Got a comment or suggestion for us? You can reach us via email at jobs@whatitslike.comWant to be on the show? Leave a message on our voice mailbox at (919) 213-0456. We’ll ask yo...

    • 26 min
    A Dog Trainer

    A Dog Trainer

    Reading canine body language, boarding dogs to teach them manners, and training the dogs' owners with Keely Korbel, a dog trainer. Is it a good idea to clone your dog? And what is a "marker word"?Follow us on Instagram!Got a comment or suggestion for us? You can reach us via email at jobs@whatitslike.comWant to be on the show? Leave a message on our voice mailbox at (919) 213-0456. We’ll ask you to answer two questions: What do people think your job is like and what is it actually like? What...

    • 30 min
    An Archaeologist

    An Archaeologist

    Unearthing ancient wine cellars, finding the right places to dig, and tracing the arc of lost civilizations with Eric Cline, an archaeologist. What's the difference between a shard and a sherd? And what will archaeologists of the future make of us?Follow us on Instagram!Got a comment or suggestion for us? You can reach us via email at jobs@whatitslike.comWant to be on the show? Leave a message on our voice mailbox at (919) 213-0456. We’ll ask you to answer two questions: What do people think...

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
268 Ratings

268 Ratings

Dline51 ,

Great idea for a show!!

This is a great podcast, so many great nuggets of wisdom. I recommend it, easy listen but dynamic.

Рэйч Ха ,

Never stop making this podcast!!

I wish I could have listened to this podcast in high school! Dan’s guests give us a glimpse into different careers and I feel like it goes beyond surface level information and really shows the lifestyle and personality required for each job. I can’t get enough of What It’s Like to Be! Sometimes I even cry because of how moving the stories are.

dkgcl ,

Great podcast!

Imaginative, entertaining, insightful, fun! It seems like the subject always has some sort of new insight into how they feel about their job too (because who really thinks about it once a routine is set?) I especially like the lightning round at the end of each episode. Try it and see!

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