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From motivational TED Talks to must-read books, feel-good podcasts and thought-provoking shows, here’s how we’re keeping informed – and inspired – this month…

From motivational TED Talks to must-read books, feel-good podcasts and thought-provoking shows, here’s how we’re keeping informed – and inspired – this month…


How to Create a Life Without Limits

North East-based mindset and leadership coaches and authors, Donna Elliott and Cheryl Lee, recently took to the stage to present a motivational and moving TED Talk – How to Create a Life Without Limits – at TEDxTeessideWomen.
Together, the women run Now Is Your Time – an online coaching business, aimed helping individuals find their way out of self-doubt and fear in order to create a life without limits – and their talk delivered their inspiring message loud and clear.
Full of thought-provoking takeaways, as well as warm and witty in equal measures, it’s a must-watch (or listen) for anyone feeling stuck and uninspired in their current chapter of life, as well as female business-owners wanting to add more meaning to their working lives.
If you’ve ever wanted to know how the mind works and how you can train your brain to create any opportunity you want (yes, it’s possible), then tune in.

Available to watch on YouTube.

Down to Earth

In a move away from the silver screen films he is so famous for, Hollywood A-lister, Zac Efron, sets off across the world with wellness expert and friend, Darin Olien, to explore healthy, sustainable ways to live – inspired by other cultures.
From geothermal energy in Iceland to a town where most of the residents live to over 100, Zac explores just what makes the natural world so vital to our health and wellbeing.
The most recent series sees the pair fly down under to Australia, where unique and self-sufficient communities are creating healthier living alternatives and habits, including building self-sustaining homes and enjoying cheaper, plant-based diets.

Available to watch on Netflix.


How to Own the Room

If you’re looking for a new podcast to tune into while walking or gym-ing, Viv Groskop’s leading business podcast – How to Own the Room – is a must-listen.
In each episode, the comedian and TV presenter speaks to an inspirational figure about the secrets behind brilliant speaking and how women can hold the attention they deserve in the workplace.
Full of great tips for boosting confidence, improving public speaking and ramping up interview etiquette, Viv’s guests empower women from all different backgrounds to develop their professional persona.
Guests range from the CEO of Smart Works to Olympians and musicians, as well as the odd public figure (including the likes of Hillary Clinton) thrown in for good measure. She also offers masterclasses on a range of topics including how to cure the dreaded imposter syndrome and how to tackle and overcome nerves.

Available to listen wherever you get your podcasts.

Brains Behind Brands

From inspiring local marketer, Stuart Bramley, comes a business podcast that aims to shine a spotlight on the journeys of successful business-owners and entrepreneurs.
Exploring the origins of innovation, the series shines a light on the compelling stories of how and why various companies started, while exploring the challenges and failures that paved the way for their success.
Stuart is the founder of North East-based Mira Marketing and utilises his marketing knowledge to ask his guests insightful and thoughtful questions – the answers to which always leave listeners with food-for-thought.
Our new favourite podcast for longer drives or quiet evenings at home when some much-needed me-time is top of the agenda.

Available to listen wherever you get your podcasts.


Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits by James Clear is a comprehensive and practical guide on how to change your habits and become – as he puts it – 1% better each day.
Using a cutting-edge psychological frameworks, world-renowned habit expert, James, delves into the neuroscience of behaviour and teaches readers a simple set of rules for creating good habits and breaking bad ones – in all areas of life and work.
Beloved and utilised by professionals all over the world for its accessible and no-nonsense approach to self-development, this is one book you won’t want to put down if you’re looking to turn over a new leaf, ramp up motivation and productivity and invest in your self-development in 2024.

Available to order from

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Bestselling author and world-renowned success coach, Jen Sincero, reveals top ways to get out of your way and believe in your greatness – in an unforgettable, laugh-out-loud book that stands out as one of the most relatable, non-patronising self-help manuals we’ve read in years.
The aim? To help people of all ages, from all backgrounds, identify their self-sabotaging beliefs, fears and behaviours (most of which live within us without our knowledge) and change their negative, self-deprecating inner monologue forever.
Expect 27 bite-sized and easy-to-read chapters, inspired by Sincero’s own life tales, brought to life with sage advice, easy exercises and the occasional swear word.
A life-changing read you’ll want to pick back up again and again.

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Posted 5th March 2024

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