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Big Fish with Spencer Matthews

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Business, Health & Fitness, Careers, Entrepreneurship

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Overview

From battling issues with drinking to founding the world's leading independent non-alcoholic spirits brand CleanCo, my story is one of resilience and reinvention. Now I'm on a mission to uncover the secrets of success from inspirational people who have made an incredible name for themselves. If like me you’re fascinated by how other people have developed a mindset for success, tune in each week so you can be inspired to unlock your full potential and become the best version of yourself.

95 Episodes

Big Fish Extra Catch: Cutting the crap and busting gut health myths

In this episode we're telling you all you need to know about the gut microbiome - and why a healthy gut is crucial for improving your physical health, mental health and immune system.

Published: 16 May 2024

S4 E11: Jax Jones: Abandoned as a baby to generating 10 billion streams

Timucin Lam, known professionally as Jax Jones, is a DJ, record producer and remixer. He rose to prominence in 2014 by featuring on Duke Dumont's number-one single "I Got U". Jax Jones is a trailblazer in the music industry - he has 8 UK Top 10 singles, 8 UK platinum singles, over 60 million single sales and a staggering 10 billion global audio streams. He’s also been honoured with multiple Grammy, Brti and Ivor Novello nominations and has worked with legends like Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran, Diana Ross, RAYE and Mark Ronson. I absolutely LOVED this conversation with Jax. We talked a lot about his upbringing - how being abandoned as a baby fuelled his drive to succeed and make a name for himself. But also how that’s shaped his relationships and impacted his mental health.

Published: 14 May 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: The best ways to recover after a gruelling workout

What are the best ways to recovery after a gruelling workout or endurance training? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford we're looking at the best ways to maximise recovery.

Published: 9 May 2024

S4 E10: Jason Fox: 'It wasn’t the military that fucked me up, it was normal life’

Jason Fox, usually known as Foxy, is a television personality, adventurer and former UK Special Forces soldier and Royal Marine Commando. He joined the marines at just 16 - serving for ten years, after which he passed the gruelling selection process for the special forces. After leaving the military he’s become a bestselling author and is probably best known for presenting SAS: Who Dares Wins. His new book Embrace the Chaos is out now - it’s all about challenging your limits and changing your habits to transform your life. In this episode we talked about his gruelling SBS selection, his experiences of PTSD and repeatedly hitting the self-destruct button.

Published: 7 May 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: Why women need to lift weights

Are you scared to lift weights out of fear you'll get too muscly? Do you want to give it a go but haven't a clue where to start? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford, we're giving the lowdown on why women should strength train: weight loss, increased metabolism, improving bone and joint health and hormonal balance. PS: You won't end up looking as big as Shaun, it's taken him 20 years to look that hench.

Published: 2 May 2024

S4 E9: TJ Power: Neuroscientist on why your phone, porn and ultra-processed food is ruining your mental health

TJ Power is a neuroscientist, co-founder of Neurify and author of The DOSE effect, which is out later this year. TJ has gained a huge following online for his groundbreaking approach to mental health - particularly in the face of the challenges posed by our modern, digitally-driven lives. In this episode, TJ breaks down how we can all optimise our brain chemistry to rewire our thinking for happier, healthier and more productive lives. DOSE stands for the four key chemicals that rule are thinking and behaviours: Dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins.

Published: 30 April 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: Am I addicted to caffeine?

How much caffeine is too much? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford, we're taking a deep dive into caffeine. Is it actually bad for you? How can I optimise it for performance? And when does its overuse become too dependent?

Published: 25 April 2024

S4 E8: Christine McGuinness on autism, celibacy and her father’s heroin addiction

This episode contains discussion around suicide and eating disorders. If you are affected by anything you hear in this episode and need support, please see the suggested helpline and website links below. Christine McGuinness is a television personality, former beauty queen and most recently, an influential advocate for autism awareness. A few years ago, her three children were all diagnosed with autism and shortly after, Christine discovered she was autistic herself - being diagnosed at 33-years-old. In this episode we talk about how Christine’s autism hugely impacted her childhood. There were times where she felt suicidal and sensory issues around food resulted in an eating disorder. She also left school before she was 14 because her school didn’t know how to support her. We also talk about her relationship with her father, who has recently beaten a 40-year long heroin addiction. Samaritans helpline: 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/talk-us-phone/Beat eating disorders: 0808 801 0677https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

Published: 23 April 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: How I'm preparing for my toughest challenge yet

What is the secret to endurance training? I've completed multiple extreme challenges - most recently an ultra marathon in the Amazon jungle and another in the Sahara, Marathon des Sables. In this episode with Shaun Stafford are giving you the lowdown on how I train for such events and how I keep focussed. I'll also reveal how I'm currently training for my toughest challenge to date.

Published: 18 April 2024

S4 E7: Bryony Gordon: The devastating truth about alcoholism, addiction and getting sober

This episode contains discussion around addiction and mental health. If you are affected by anything you hear in this podcast, please speak to your GP.Bryony Gordon is a journalist and author. Across her Telegraph column and bestselling books, she’s spoken openly about her mental health struggles, including living with OCD, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and binge eating disorder. Her groundbreaking memoir Mad Girl was published back in 2016 and was a raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness. 8 years on, she’s published her latest book Mad Women - where she reassessed everything she thought she knew about mental illness. In this episode we both talk extremely honestly about our struggles with alcohol, addiction and getting sober.If you're struggling with alcohol, Drinkline is the free national alcohol helpline. You can call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).

Published: 16 April 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: The shocking impact of alcohol to your body and mind

What actually happens to your mind and body when you drink alcohol? In this week's episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford we're exploring why alcohol is so damaging for you. If you're struggling with alcohol, Drinkline is the free national alcohol helpline. You can call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).

Published: 11 April 2024

S4 E6: Robin Sharma: How to transform your mindset on money, success and happiness

Is happiness overrated? What's the secret to achieving true wealth? This week I'm joined by Robin Sharma - a bestselling author and globally celebrated leadership expert - to find out how you can transform your life. Robin's mentored sports superstars and financial titans and reveals the incredible secrets to their success. Robin's sold more than 25 million copies of his books worldwide and his latest book, The Wealth Money Can't Buy: The 8 Hidden Habits to Live Your Richest Life has just been released. This is one of my favourite interviews to date - and I know you'll learn as much as I did from this incredible guest.

Published: 9 April 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: Clean eating: Unnecessary restriction or a gamechanger?

One of the most common questions in my direct messages is 'what do you eat?' So in this episode Shaun Stafford and I are talking about diet and clean eating. We discuss: what clean eating is, what the benefits are and whether clean it's too difficult to sustain long-term.

Published: 4 April 2024

S4 E5: Sophia Webster: The British shoe designer loved by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Rihanna

Sophia Webster is a British luxury accessories designer, who founded her label in 2012. Her instantly recognisable shoes have been worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Rhianna, Taylor Swift and Oprah. She was first stocked in Brown’s after winning a shoe designer competition when studying at the Royal College of Art and is now sold in over 200 stores worldwide. Sophia turned her immense talent and strong vision into an iconic British brand, all under the age of 30.

Published: 2 April 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: Fitness trackers: Are they worth it?

Is a fitness tracker essential for training? What does the data tell us and how can it be optimised? In this episode with Shaun Stafford, we talk you through how you can best use your tracker and whether they're worth the money.

Published: 28 March 2024

S4 E4: Amy Dowden: How a lifetime of illness and competitive dancing gave me the strength to face cancer at 32

Amy Dowden is a professional dancer, best known for being one of the pros on Strictly Come Dancing, one of the UK’s most-watched TV programmes. Amy has shown phenomenal strength and resilience throughout her whole life. As a teen she was diagnosed with Crohn’s - an inflammatory bowel disease - and in May last year, she was diagnosed with grade 3 breast cancer at just 32. But last month she received the incredible news that her latest check up shows "no sign of the disease". Amy’s ill-health has never stopped her from dancing and achieving her dreams - and this interview will inspire anyone who listens. A new series of her hit show Dare to Dance is out now.

Published: 26 March 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: The damaging effects of lack of sleep may surprise you

Sleep: why do you need it and how can you optimise it? In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford, we talk you through why sleep is crucial to our wellbeing and we also bust some common sleep myths.

Published: 21 March 2024

S4 E3: Richard Hammond: What it’s really like to face death and how it changed me

Richard Hammond is best known as one of the presenters of Top Gear - one of the most commercially successful ever BBC shows, which was watched by more than 350 million people across the world. Along with Jeremy Clarkson and James May they presented the show from 2002 until 2015, and since 2016 presented The Grand Tour for Amazon. 18 years ago, Richard severely injured his brain after a high-speed jet-powered car he was piloting crashed at 319 mph. He was put in a coma for two weeks. In this episode, we talk about what he experienced when faced with death and how he has recovered. Now he’s on a mission to destigmatise conversations around masculinity and mental health with his brand new podcast Who We Are Now, which has launched on Global Player.

Published: 19 March 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: Why you should cold plunge

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I LOVE ice bathing. It's a recent addition to my morning routine, but I don't think I'll ever go back. In this episode of Extra Catch with Shaun Stafford we're talking about deliberate cold exposure: how I got into it, what the benefits are and what actually happens to your body. As always, please do your own research before trying it or speak to your GP if you have concerns.

Published: 14 March 2024

S4 E2: Aston Merrygold: The real story of what happened after the X-Factor

Aston Merrygold is best known as a member of JLS - one of the most successful ever acts from the X-Factor. JLS have achieved five number one singles and a number one album - and sold more than 10 million records, making them one of the most successful British boy bands. They disbanded in 2013, before reuniting in 2020 with a huge sellout tour. In this episode we go behind the scenes of what it was actually like auditioning and filming the X-Factor.

Published: 12 March 2024

Big Fish Extra Catch: You asked, we delivered: Fasting 101

Welcome to a brand new series of bonus episodes of Big Fish. Last series we focused on improving our mental health and resilience, but this series we're turning our focus to physical health. This year I'm training for something incredibly exciting - I'm trying to break a world record for charity and I need to be as fit as possible. I've roped in my good friend and trainer Shaun Stafford to help me.

Published: 7 March 2024

S4 E1: Romesh Ranganathan: 'I feel completely undeserving of whatever success I have'

Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian and presenter. He's one of the UK's most popular and successful stand-up comics, who's about to embark on his new tour Hustle. Romesh is so honest in this interview. He talks about suffering from imposter syndrome and the impact of his world changing overnight when his dad left his mother for another woman and soon after went to prison, all when Romesh was just 12 years old.

Published: 5 March 2024

Season 4 - coming soon!

Season 4 of Big Fish is launching next Wednesday 6th March with Romesh Ranganathan. I cannot wait to share this next series with you - we're also launching a brand new series of bonus episodes, which I'll share with you soon.

Published: 28 February 2024

Big Fish and Chip: Why you need to rethink failure

In the final episode of season 3, Chip and I discuss the importance of learning from failure for personal and professional growth. Plus why making mistakes is essential to helping achieve your goals. We also have a chat about being prepared to failure and taking risks by stepping out of comfort zones can not only lead to personal growth but most importantly some entertaining stories to share with your mates.

Published: 25 January 2024

S3 E15: Ali Abdaal: THIS is the secret to productivity

Ali Abdaal is a doctor and one of the world’s most-followed productivity experts.In 2017, during his final year at Cambridge University, Ali started posting YouTube videos about health and productivity. His channel now has 7 million monthly views and over 5 million subscribers. And his online productivity courses have hundreds of thousands of students. In addition to his work as a productivity expert, Ali is a medical school lecturer, a former junior doctor in the UK’s National Health Service and the author of ‘Feel-Good Productivity: How to Do More of What Matters to You’.

Published: 24 January 2024

Big Fish and Chip: How to go sober

We are over half way through January. But how is it going? In today's episode, with lots of people coming in to the month with plans for a whole reinvention of themselves to look healthier, be fitter and sober, Chip and I discuss all things for tackling sobriety in Dry January and beyond, plus how resilience plays a big part in our success.

Published: 18 January 2024

S3 E14: Scott Walker: What a kidnap for ransom negotiator can teach you about handling crisis

Scott Walker is one of the world’s most experienced kidnap for ransom negotiators. Over the course of his career, he’s helped resolve over 300 cases or similar crises. Scott spent 16 years as a Scotland Yard detective engaged in counter-terrorism operations and resolving kidnap for ransom cases and was also deployed to hostile environments on behalf of military intelligence to conduct covert interrogation operations. Now Scott uses his unique understanding of how people think, especially in times of adversity, to train leaders over the world in resilience, negotiation, crisis-management and communication. 

Published: 16 January 2024

Big Fish and Chip: Is imposter syndrome real?

I'm sure you've heard of the phrase 'imposter syndrome' - but what is it? Is it real? In today's episode, Chip and I discuss why so many of us experience feeling like an imposter at work - and what the difference is between not feeling confident or competent and suffering from imposter syndrome.

Published: 11 January 2024

S3 E13: Lurata Lyon: How I survived human trafficking

This episode is suitable for over 18s only and contains details some people may find distressing. The episode includes a personal account of being trafficked, held captive, raped and abused.Lurata Lyon is a survivor of human trafficking. She grew up in former Yugoslavia and as the brutal war in Kosovo broke out, she was kidnapped by a human trafficking gang where she suffered horrific abuse. Against all odds, she managed to escape. However, in an extraordinary turn of events, after returning home, Lurata was kidnapped by Serbia's illegitimate army. She was tortured, abused and held in captivity for 6 months. This is an astonishing story of how someone can survive absolute horror, her journey of recovery and healing will absolutely inspire you.

Published: 9 January 2024

Big Fish and Chip: Fasting, ice baths and conscious breathing: The top health changes I’m taking into 2024

Happy new year! Today we're talking about the health changes I made last year which I will be taking into 2024. In 2023 I found myself exploring and experimenting with a variety of different health fads, but here are the top 3 that have vastly improved my life. As always, please do your own research or consult your GP before trying any of these.

Transcribed - Published: 5 January 2024

S3 E12: Ovie Soko: Panic attacks and instant fame: The dark side of reality TV

This episode contains detailed discussion around panic attacks. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please speak to your GP.Ovie Soko is a TV personality and professional basketball player. He was catapulted into fame after reaching the final of Love Island in 2019. He won the public’s hearts with his wisdom and openness and in 2020 released his inspirational self-help book You Are Dope. In this conversation we talk about the impact of instant fame and Ovie tells me that after leaving Love Island, he suffered panic attacks after feeling like the world was watching his every move on social media.

Transcribed - Published: 3 January 2024

Big Fish and Chip: How to set goals, manage stress and identify problem drinking: My top tips from 2023

I've absolutely loved recording these bonus episodes for season 3 of Big Fish. In this episode we're releasing our top 3 tips from 2023 - how to set goals, how to manage stress and how to identify whether you're a problem drinker. If you'd like to listen to these episodes in full, please listen back to episode 1 on drinking, episode 3 on goals and episode 5 on stress.

Transcribed - Published: 29 December 2023

S3 E11: Inside F1: Meet Eddie Jordan, the man who gave Schumacher and Senna their first drives

Eddie Jordan is an Irish businessman, former motorsport team owner.Eddie is a champion of young talent, with a host of drivers owning their breaks to him - he even gave Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher their very first drives.Having suffered a number of major accidents while competing in racing, he retired and set up his Jordan team in the 80s.Inspired by the success of his junior drivers, Eddie set up Jordan Grand Prix in 1990 and entered Formula 1. He eventually sold Jordan Grand Prix in January 2005. This is a fascinating listen for any F1 fans.

Transcribed - Published: 27 December 2023

Big Fish and Chip: How to deal with FOMO, especially at Christmas

Why do we have a fear of missing out? This week Chip and I discuss the psychology behind FOMO and how we can we navigate it, especially during the festive period.This episode covers:1’00 - What is FOMO?2’00 - What’s the psychology behind it?6’00 - Times I’ve felt FOMO17’00 - How can we navigate FOMO at Christmas?

Transcribed - Published: 22 December 2023

S3 E10: TikTok star and entrepreneur Simon Squibb: They key to success and making money

You may know Simon for his famous street interviews asking people 'Would you ever start a business of your own?'. His videos have had over 1 billion views on social media. Simon has spent the last 30 years as an entrepreneur. He started his first company when he was homeless at 15-years-old, and he sold his last company Fluid to PwC.  His life imploded when he was 15 years old. His father died in front of him and after a fall out with his mother, he left home and was penniless, jobless and forced to sleep in a stairwell. But today Simon is the founder of the world's first Help2Earn platform - HelpBnk - which helps people learn how to start and scale a business for free. He has also invested in over 70 startups in the last 15 years. In this episode we talk about how he turned his life around from sleeping on the streets, how luck played an important part in his success story and why he thinks retirement is bullshit.

Transcribed - Published: 20 December 2023

Big Fish and Chip: How to embrace change

Why are so many of us scared of change? In this week's bonus episode we're discussing how to get unstuck.This episode covers:2’00 - What is the cycle of change?6’00 - How can I use this cycle in my own life?9’00 - Why do we fear change?13’00 - How do I get unstuck?15’00 - How do know when you need to change your relationship 20’00 - Are men better at change than women?

Transcribed - Published: 15 December 2023

S3 E9: Channel 5 boss Ben Frow on reaching the top of TV: ‘I’m riddled with insecurity, doubt and fear’

Ben Frow is the definition of a big fish in the TV world. He’s Paramount’s UK content chief - he’s responsible for all of their content in the UK, including being the boss of Channel 5.He’s known as an outsider in the TV world. He doesn’t have a degree, he’s not a member of any exclusive clubs and started his career as a stylist for Richard and Judy on This Morning. He worked his way to the top without ever applying for a job.He transformed Channel 5’s reputation and boosted its audience by commissioning more history, documentaries and drama and railed against an extremely snobby industry.In this conversation we talk about his fear of rejection and why he secretly quit his job last year due to burnout. If you’ve ever wanted an insider's perspective into the multi-billion pound TV industry, this is a must-listen.

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2023

Big Fish and Chip: Why do Brits drink so much?

British women have recently topped a list of the world’s biggest binge drinkers. In this episode I'm asking why do Brits drink so much? It's important to note that men were found to consistently drink more heavily than women do, including in the UK where 45% of men and 26% of women are binge drinkers.This episode covers:1'00 - What is binge drinking?4'00 - What's the difference between alcohol dependency and binge-pattern drinking?7'00 - Why do Brits drink so much? 19'00 - Top tips for how you can drink less this Christmas

Transcribed - Published: 8 December 2023

S3 E8: Tommy Mallet: 'My dad told me I'd amount to nothing; I told him I'd be a millionaire'

Tommy Mallet is an entrepreneur and TV personality - best known for appearing in The Only Way Is Essex. He started his own affordable footwear brand Mallet London in 2015, after being bullied at school for not being able to afford the best trainers. Mallet London has gone from strength to strength - with celebrity fans like Drake, Craig David and Will.I.Am. Tommy struggled academically at school, he was diagnosed a few years ago with ADHD and his dyslexia meant he struggled to read and write. He left school without any qualifications - and found his drive to earn money after working in luxury houses. This is a fascinating conversation about drive and perseverance.Catch up with Tommy and his wife Georgia in the brand-new series of Georgia and Tommy: Baby Steps on ITVBE and ITVX, coming soon.

Transcribed - Published: 6 December 2023

Big Fish and Chip: How I feel about my recent ADHD diagnosis

I've recently been diagnosed with ADHD. At school I always felt different, but never knew why. In this episode, I talk to Chip about how I feel about my diagnosis, how it affects my relationships and what happens in the diagnostic test.This episode covers:0’10 - What is ADHD?1’20- Why I went for a diagnosis 3’30 - How ADHD affects me6’00 - What happens in the diagnosis test12’00 - How ADHD might impact relationships (wife, children and work)23'00 - Why it's important to get an official diagnosis

Transcribed - Published: 1 December 2023

S3 E7: Kelly Holmes: Self-harm, breakdown and fear of coming out: A double Olympic champion's incredible story of resilience and strength

This episode contains detailed discussion around mental health and self-harm. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please speak to your GP.Dame Kelly Holmes is a double Olympic Champion and one of the UK’s most popular athletes. She set the British records in the 800m and 1000m metres. Her memoir Unique has just been released - and it’s a beautifully brave and honest book; Kelly tells her story of coming out as gay in her 50s. This was one of my favourite interviews I've ever recorded. Kelly’s story is utterly inspirational. I know you will gain a lot from listening to this.

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2023

Big Fish and Chip: How I learned to process my brother’s death

Grief - it’s something that we all will experience. In this episode Chip talks us through the grief cycle and I share my experiences of moving through each stage, including the painful denial I felt after losing my brother which lasted for a year.This episode covers:1’00 - What’s the grief process?2’45 - Stage 1: Denial7'00 - Stage 2: Bargaining9’00 - Why you should tell your loved ones how you feel11’40 - Stage 3: Anger16’00 - Stage 4: Depression 19’00 - Why I choose to use Mike’s death as a force for good21’00 - Stage 5: Acceptance

Transcribed - Published: 24 November 2023

S3 E6: Dean Forbes: Homeless and huge debts: How I became the UK’s top black CEO of a billion-pound company

Dean Forbes is one of the most successful black CEOs in the UK.He’s the chief executive of Forterro, a tech Unicorn - a company worth over £1bn. He goes into struggling tech businesses, turns them around and gets huge exists - often in the billions. He’s also just been named the UK’s second most influential black person in the Powerlist 2024.Dean’s story is incredible. He came from a working-class background, raised in Lewisham and his family were made homeless twice. He originally trained to become a professional footballer, but was forced to take a job in a call centre after being let go and amassing thousands in debt. I absolutely loved my conversation with Dean - he's an utter inspiration.

Transcribed - Published: 22 November 2023

Big Fish and Chip: Listen to this if you're feeling stressed

I'd find it difficult to admit I'm burnt out. But reading the list of commons signs of burnout made me reflect on whether it's something I've experienced when building CleanCo. This episode is all about stress and burnout; what's the difference and simple ways you can reduce your stress.In this episode:1'00 - What is burnout?4'00 - Why is it difficult to admit you're burnt out?8'00 - How does stress manifest in different people?10'00 - Ways to manage stress11'00 - Why I now do Wim Hoff's breathing method19'00 - Free ways to reduce stress if you're short of time

Transcribed - Published: 17 November 2023

S3 E5: The Vamps’ James Brittain-McVey: Disordered eating, anxiety and bullying: The hidden battles of a boy band star

This episode contains detailed discussion around mental health. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or speak to your GP.James McVey is a musician, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter of The Vamps, the hit boy band, with two-number 1 albums, multiple arena tours and their music has been streamed 6 billion times. Now James has released his first solo music, which came as an immense challenge after being forced to remain silent following surgery on his vocal chords. In this powerfully honest interview we talk about how James’ childhood shaped him, including overcoming bullying in his teens to issues around his body image.

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2023

Big Fish and Chip: Why don't men talk about their mental health?

After my incredible interview with Roman Kemp last week, I wanted to spend this week's bonus episode talking about men and their mental health. Why do men struggle to talk about what's bothering us? This episode is essential listening for all men, plus any girlfriends, wives, mothers and friends who want to find out how to support someone in their life who is struggling.This episode covers:1'20 - Why there's a stigma surrounding getting help3'00 - Do all mental health issues stem from childhood trauma?4'00 - Why are men reluctant to talk about their emotions?6'20 - How does talking help?10'10 - When is it time to go to therapy?15'00 - Why do I parent my son differently to my daughter?18'00 - Will the destigmatisation of ill-mental health lead to a weaker generation?21'00 - How do you speak to someone who is struggling?

Transcribed - Published: 10 November 2023

S3 E4: Holly Tucker: How the Queen of small business built her empire

Holly Tucker is the Queen of small business. Over 20 years ago she co-founded Not On The High Street - one of the first online marketplaces to exist. She started the business in her 20s and she and her co-founder had to plead the local bank manager for a loan. Not On The High Street has since made over one billion pounds for small businesses on the platform. Holly stepped away from the company a few years back, and she's now launched Holly & Co - a marketplace founded by females, championing female founders and with female shoppers in mind. It's also an advice hub for entrepreneurs. I absolutely adored my conversation with Holly. We chatted about the importance of trusting your gut, how to find your purpose and the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting out.

Transcribed - Published: 8 November 2023

Big Fish and Chip: Why I mapped out the next 10 years of my life

Setting goals is absolutely crucial in achieving huge success in life and business. Comfort is 100% the biggest killer of your progress. This week we're discussing how to set goals and why finding your purpose is essential for staying committed.This episode covers:1’50 - Why goals need to be set in a timeframe3’00 - Why goals have to be achievable 4’40 - Why failure helps build resilience 7’30 - Spencer’s hairy business goal9’20 - Goals have to be risky11’30 - Comfort is the biggest killer of your success13’00 - I mapped out the next 10 years of my life16’00 - How important is having purpose?

Transcribed - Published: 3 November 2023

S3 E3: Roman Kemp: 'What's the point if I'm not the best?'

This episode contains detailed discussion around mental health and suicide. If you or someone you know has been affected by anything you hear in this episode please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or speak to your GP.Roman Kemp is a radio and TV presenter, best known as the host of Capital Breakfast.Roman’s become an almost accidental campaigner. Since he lost his best friend and producer to suicide, Roman’s been on a mission to shine a light on the mental health crisis facing young people in the UK today.His latest documentary, The Fight For Young Lives, is out tonight - where he explores what action is needed to support young people suffering with their mental health. I got a chance to watch this documentary before our interview, and it was truly amazing. It was honest, emotional and meaningful. Do watch it tonight.I also loved talking to Roman about his mindset - and his drive to be the best at everything he does.

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2023

Big Fish and Chip: Are you addicted to your phone?

Welcome to our second bonus episode of Big Fish - where each week I'm joined by my former therapist, Chip Somers, to unpack what's going on in my life and learn how we can all become the best versions of ourselves. This week we're tackling social media - and how damaging it is to our mental health and relationships. What we cover in this episode:3’00 - Why negatives comments stick5’00 - What’s the impact on young children?8’00 - Are we now struggling to communicate our feelings?12’45 - What’s the impact of technology addiction on society?18'00 - Top tips on reducing your usage

Transcribed - Published: 27 October 2023

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