Episode 52: A Year Of The Frog
The week’s episode is a special one as the Frog celebrates a year of podcasting! It’s been quite a year – including charting in Apple’s Top 100 Business Podcasts in the UK!
This episode turns the table as YANAF regular, Dr Nik Kendrew, puts the spotlight on Rachel. They talk about everything from what this experience has taught Rachel, to the power of ‘F**k It’, how Nik’s inner chimp attacks in the supermarket and one guest’s squeaky bum time!
Through her work running resilience training programmes for doctors and other high stress professionals, Rachel meets a wide range of people all who have great stories to share and benefits from hearing other people’s experiences and ideas. Already a fan of podcasts herself, Rachel’s lightbulb moment came following a course – why not create a wider conversation through a podcast, and You Are Not A Frog was born!
Rachel has enjoyed learning from her expert guests as much as you have, whether it’s conflict management or equal pay in the workplace. As we progress through our careers, we may start to realise how many more skills we need, in addition to our technical training, and how many issues surrounding work we have had minimal teaching about.
Creating a place where you as a listener can get an insight to some of these subjects as you commute, go for a run or cook your dinner has been really rewarding for Rachel and the guests she’s interviewed.
It’s been an interesting year to be growing and developing a podcast series that’s dedicated to helping doctors, healthcare professionals and executives in high stress jobs. Nik notes that as well as being very busy, some of these jobs can be very lonely places. Rachel’s been really pleased to hear how many people have fed back that the podcast has not only given them useful advice but the recurring phrase “it makes me feel like I’m not alone”.
It’s perhaps no surprise that the most popular episode this year has been on COVID fatigue with Dr Caroline Walker. During the COVID crisis, this podcast has been a great way to reach out to and connect with people when stress, loneliness, fear and uncertainty have been prevalent across all sections of society and industry.
Sharing stories is often one of the most helpful things for all of us to feel less alone in moments of difficulty or uncertainty. Nik shares a really poignant example of how sharing our stories can not only help others, but can save lives.
So as a sign off to a great year of episodes, Rachel is inviting you to help shape future Frog episodes. What would you like to hear more about, what have you enjoyed and what more can we do to help you realise that you are not a frog? You can get in touch using the links below.
And of course, she always appreciates a good rating and review wherever you get your podcasts from!