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"I talk to people who are smarter than me, so we can learn." In this podcast, we hear from expert guests who can offer accessible insight into everything from starting a business, managing mental health, looking after your physical health, managing your time and more. No topic is off-limits. Whether you're curious about meditation, self-help, sex, entrepreneurship, the latest beauty trend etc, it's all here... Hosted by broadcaster Emma Gunavardhana - a writer with nearly 20 years experience ...
 
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 See acast.com/privacy for priva ...
 
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Matthew Bannister on Dom Phillips, the freelance journalist who was ambushed and shot dead on a trip into the Amazon rain forest.Stephen S. Thompson, the novelist and screenwriter who won a BAFTA for his TV drama telling the story of his brother’s experiences during the Windrush scandal.Caroline Drummond, who campaigned for greater links between fa…
 
For women, the world ends at 40 and your dreams drift off into the abyss. You’ll be pleased to know that the above sentence is NOT by any means true, and instead is an idea, embedded within society with no proof, sense or logic behind it – and Holly is here to break this notion. This week, Holly recalls her conversation with Skincare Expert, Author…
 
What makes a brand like Hush Homewear stand out from the thousands of fashion and e-commerce businesses out there? Yes it's the quality and style of the clothes, but it's also another key element that makes them truly one-of-a-kind — and that's the brand. If you want to know the secret to building an identity that makes thousands of customers retur…
 
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 echo chambers; the downside of everyone being on the same page, avoiding harm, but not always avoiding discomfort, and how differing opinions can strengthen our causes. Marie Beecham i…
 
In our seventh habit, we'll explore the benefits of getting up with the lark. That's right, 5 am starts for the month of July so see whether mood, cognitive function, productivity and quality of sleep are all improved. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter |…
 
Lisa Bilyeu returns to the podcast to talk about her book Radical Confidence, available now. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Get bonus content on Patreon Support this show http://supporter.acas…
 
Matthew Bannister onDame Deborah James who raised millions of pounds for cancer research by talking openly about living with - and dying from - bowel cancer.Yves Coppens, the charismatic French palaeontologist who led the team that discovered hominid remains estimated to be 3.2 million years old.Revel Guest OBE, the documentary film producer who be…
 
There’s a saying that if you make a living doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life – and this week Holly highlights how this is not only true, but genuinely possible for everyone. Taken from her conversation with Henry Dimbleby MBE, co-founder of fast food chain LEON, Holly reflects on Henry’s obsession with fast food and how ackn…
 
In this episode, I share a snippet from my conversation with Michelle Visage where we discuss visualisation and self-doubt. The full episode is available here: Michelle Visage on The Emma Guns Show. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram. Sign up …
 
With 2022 seeing the 50th anniversary since the first Pride took place in the UK, there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate the incredible trailblazer that is writer, model, presenter, and founder of The Queer Bible, Jack Guinness. Fighting for change, acceptance, and kindness within our society, Jack’s conversation offers crucial education abou…
 
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 episode features discussion of body image and eating issues. Please listen with care and put your mental health first. This week we're talking about expectations; how social media might exacerbate long standin…
 
As we conclude our sixth habit, to be able to complete a full press up, I reflect of the lessons learned that go beyond the physical gains. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Get bonus content on …
 
In this episode, I'm joined by psychotherapist and couple's counsellor Jessica Baum to discuss attachment theory and how to move away from anxious and toward secure attachments. Anxious attachment can look one of two ways. There’s anxious-ambivalent attachment, which can look like neediness and can go hand-in-hand with low self-esteem. They may cra…
 
In this Bullet Points episode, I share the exciting meet-up I had with Lisa Bilyey and Andrea McLean and share a snippet from my chat with Estée Lalonde where we discuss falling in love with yoga and its mental, emotional and physical benefits. The Emma Guns Show | Estée Lalonde Leaning into Life. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast c…
 
A leading expert in the farming industry, Tim Mead CEO of Yeo Valley, delves into a number of crucial topics around responsible farming, environmental consciousness and reveals how farmers can help to reverse the carbon crisis. This is an unmissable conversation that won’t only help our generation, but many to come. Tim’s family have been farming i…
 
Welcome back to Series 3 of 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 dyslexia; how being diagnosed can be a privilege, the ways that schools and workplaces can accommodate neurodiversity and the upsides of dys…
 
In this update, I share the progress I've made towards a full press up and the other lessons I'm learning on this fitness challenge journey. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Get bonus content on…
 
In this replay episode, I'm revisiting my conversation with Alex Light from 2019. It was my first time really broaching this subject on the podcast and I'm glad Alex was my guide into these muddy and murky waters of eating disorders, body image and diet culture. Alex's book You Are Not a Before Picture is available now. To join the closed Facebook …
 
Matthew Bannister onDame Paula Rego, the acclaimed Portuguese-born artist who later made her home in the UK and was renowned for making vivid and disturbing work focussing on the subjugation of women. We talk to her son Nick Willing. Bruce Kent, the Catholic priest who became a leader of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Hilary Devey CBE, who f…
 
Is it selfish to feel drained by other people's energy? No, and you really need to listen to this episode to hear why… It’s remarkable how as humans, we’re so affected by the energy of others around us isn’t it? Just one person in our presence has the ability to build us up as tall as the Eiffel Tower, or bring us lower than we’ve ever been. This w…
 
In this episode of Bullet Points, we're getting to know Aimee Connolly, the 'Aimee' behind the makeup brand Sculpted by Aimee. Find Sculpted by Aimee and Aimee Connolly on Instagram. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram. Sign up for my newslette…
 
A story of strength and courage, this remarkable account is full of thought-provoking advice that will quite literally change your life. This conversation is truly going to make you reevaluate not only the way you live, but how you react, think, feel gratitude and express yourself, too. “If I survive today, tomorrow I will be free.” These are the w…
 
In this instalment of #12habits, I share the progress I've made with the press up challenge and whether I'm on course to get to my goal by the end of the month. In the episode, I mention my conversation with Confidence Coach Dr Nate Zinsser, which you can find here: Dr Nate Zinsser on Building a Confident Mind. To join the closed Facebook group for…
 
Welcome back to Series 3 of 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 episode features discussion of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Please listen with care and put your mental health first. Information for if you are feeling suicida…
 
In this replay episode, we're revisiting my conversation with Sarah Wilson from 2019 about anxiety: how to identify it, how to contend with it, how to live with it and how to navigate it. This is genuinely one of the most honest conversations I've ever had about my own anxiety, and anxiety in general, with a guest and Sarah's insights, are utterly …
 
Matthew Bannister onAmanda Claridge, the archaeologist who was a leading expert on ancient Rome.Sidhu Moose Wala, the acclaimed Indian rapper who was shot dead at the age of 28.Mark Sykes, the upper-class gambler, con man, gun smuggler and playboy.Paul Vance, who wrote the song 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' and whose death was …
 
It’s been proven that women are far less likely to take risks and follow their dreams than men. As frustrating as that is to hear in our modern society, Holly uses this week’s lightbulb moment, taken from her phenomenal conversation with Julie Deane CBE, to explore the many reasons why we should. Using her experience, Holly ponders that very small …
 
In this Bullet Points episode, we revisit my conversation with Andy Puddicombe from 2019 where he explained exactly what meditation is and how it can benefit anyone who tries it. Listen to the full conversation with Andy here: Andy Puddicombe on The Emma Guns Show. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show F…
 
How can we solve some of the biggest societal issues we face? In this episode, Josh Littlejohn MBE shares his vision and blueprint for making meaningful change in our world through entrepreneurship. Josh is founder of Social Bite as well as The World’s Big Sleepout, and has always worked hard to make a difference. He had a strong social conscience …
 
Welcome back to Series 3 of 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 nature; our emotional connection to animals, how the natural world links into other areas of our lives, and how to balance passion for the c…
 
In our sixth habit, I will be setting myself a challenge of doing full press-ups. It might sound small and might sound easy, but I have never been able to do a full press-up despite all my training - my upper body strength leaves a lot to be desired. The only way to develop this skill, once and for all, is to practice and not only practice but star…
 
Dr Megan Rossi (@theguthealthdoctor) joins me on this episode to talk about her new book Eat Yourself Healthy and bust some myths around all things diet and nutrition. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsl…
 
Matthew Bannister onDervla Murphy, the intrepid travel writer who cycled from her native Ireland to India.Lester Piggott, the jockey who rode thousands of winners and broke many records, including winning the Derby 9 times.Anne Howells, the acclaimed mezzo soprano known for her beautiful voice and sense of mischief. Producer: Neil GeorgeInterviewed…
 
In this Bullet Points, we revisit a fascinating conversation with author James Nestor about the lost art of breathing. James' book Breath is available now. The full conversation with James is available here: The Emma Guns Show | Learning how to breathe with James Nestor. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns …
 
Dare to dream it, dare to believe it and dare to do it! That’s the motto of Charlotte Tilbury MBE — the makeup guru with the Midas touch, a woman trailblazing a makeup revolution and empowering women through the transformative power it brings. As a British female entrepreneur and one of the most influential makeup artists of her generation, Charlot…
 
Welcome back to Series 3 of 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 sexism; daily examples of sexism, how those link together, and link to other forms of discrimination on the systems we have to tackle to mak…
 
As we come to the end of our fifth habit, I consider what else we may have learned from implementing our daily non-negotiables. The water bottle in mentioned in the show is Air Up. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter …
 
Daniel Pink in an author and speaker who joins me on the podcast to discuss the ways in which we can empower ourselves through regret because no regrets means no growth. Daniel's book The Power of Regret is available now. Take part in the World Regret Survey here. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Fo…
 
Matthew Bannister onBaroness Haleh Afshar, the Iranian-born academic and activist who made her home in the UK and campaigned for women’s rights.Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates who led the transformation of his country and was a key ally of the West.Kay Mellor, the TV writer best kn…
 
How do you know who you truly are? It’s one of life's hardest questions isn’t it, and is a quest that can often only be solved with time and perseverance as we explore life’s path. This week’s lightbulb moment was sparked by Holly’s live interview with Levi Roots. Renowned for founding Reggae Reggae Sauce, Levi shares his experience of growing up, …
 
Evy Poumpouras is a former Secret Service agent, author and motivational speaker who joined me on the podcast in August 2020 to talk about how to develop emotional resilience, navigate stressful situations, detect BS in other people and develop a positive mindset that gets you to your goals and much more. In this clip from that episode, Evy describ…
 
Little did Guy and Jo Schanschieff know that a chance conversation at the Taj Mahal in 1991 would spark an idea that changed their lives forever. With Bambino Mio now being the largest reusable nappy brand in the world, Guy Schanschieff MBE shares with Holly the highs and lows of their epic adventure to do business for good. Their mission to elimin…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I share some mental shifts that can help you overcome any barriers you may be facing as you implement your daily habits. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum. To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Get bonu…
 
Welcome back to Series 3 of 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-care; what it really means day to day, knowing yourself in order to accept yourself, and why we should learn to prioritise our own nee…
 
Dr Tracey Shors is a Professor in Behavioural and Systems Neuroscience and Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University and she joins me to share her insights and expertise on trauma. Dr Tracey Shors book Everyday Trauma is available now. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click he…
 
Matthew Bannister onShireen Abu Akleh, the respected Al Jazeera reporter who was shot dead while covering an Israeli military raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank.Robert Gillmor, the wildlife artist best known for his striking paintings of birds.Leonid Kravchuk who oversaw Ukraine’s transition to independence after the collapse of the Soviet Uni…
 
Crushed? Overwhelmed? Scared? The more hardship you go through, the more resilient you become — but also, the more you are able to be open about what you are feeling, the more likely you are to connect with others — and that is what great brands are built on. It’s what founder of Bliss Spas, Fitflop and now Beauty Pie, Marcia Kilgore has come to be…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Rita Silva from The Ordinary Lab Team to talk about the brand's foray into haircare and the three new products they are launching. To shop: The Ordinary Haircare Behentrimonium Chloride 2% Conditioner Sulphate 4% Cleanser for Body and Hair Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA for Scalp Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Densit…
 
Mo Gawdat had it all. An illustrious 30 year career in tech, serving as the Chief Business Officer of Google X, all the money he needed and more, and was happily married with two children. However despite his many riches, he never felt completely satisfied. Fascinated by his lack of fulfilment and with his passion for technology, Mo began building …
 
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