Felicity H. Barber
I’m a speechwriter, executive communications specialist and coach. I write speeches, advise business leaders on messaging and coach people to deliver perfect presentations, pitches and speeches.
Since I moved to the USA there’s been a big BBC Radio 4 shaped hole in my life. I still listen online, but the eight-hour time difference means I often miss out on my favourite shows. So, I’ve turned to podcasts… and it’s been a revelation! On top of my BBC staples (Woman’s Hour/The Bottom Line/The Food Programme), I’ve discovered a host of podcasts dedicated to writing. I’ve learnt so much from my fellow writers it seems rude not to share their wisdom, so here are my top 3… drum roll, please:
1. Hot Copy
Kate Toon and Belinda Weaver are an Aussie/Brit combo who talk about all things copywriting. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a copywriter – their fascinating line-up of guests regularly share of nuggets of gold that are useful for all kinds of writers (and non-writers alike). What’s more, their witty banter makes their podcast a very pleasant way to spend thirty minutes when you need a break from your word count.
Once a week Helen Zaltzman (another Brit I’m afraid!) brings adventures in language to your headphones through her podcast, The Allusionist. One of my favourite episodes is Mixed Emojions, where Helen explores the past and present of Emoji – who knew they predated smart phones by 5,000 years? If you enjoy The Allusionist I’d recommend checking out some of the other offerings by Radiotopia – 99% Invisible is another fave.
3. High-Income Business Writing
Don’t be fooled by the title: every entrepreneur should listen to this podcast. My newsletter often falls to the bottom of my priority list, so episode 85 gave me a kick up the backside to get out my November edition. American Ed Gandia also tackles the big issues like how to get paid and how to build up the courage to get the clients you really want. And even if you’re not an entrepreneur, who doesn’t want advice on how to get through the massive stack of books by your bed? (Tip: check out episode 87.)
Do you have any favourite podcasts? Writing-related or not, I’d love to hear about them so let me know in the comments. Thanks!
Hi Felicity, Thanks for listening and for giving us a mention in your list. Oh and for calling our chatter witty banter. That’s the best bit!
A big thank you for featuring us in your list Felicity – means a lot!