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How To Be...Books Podcast

Written by: Suswati Basu
  • Summary

  • Discovering what makes us human, exploring important life hacks, and "how to be", whilst self-reflecting with you all on this journey of improvement. The How To Be...Podcast looks at improving mental health and wellbeing, as well as creating social change through reading books and interviewing authors.

    Have you ever thought why is it that my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances can do so much more than me? Well if you have, you're not alone. From confidence, persistence, motivation, to resilience - these life skills can help us go a long way in believing in ourselves.

    So I've made it a mission, as a fellow unconfidante, to try examine the tips and guides out there to see if it can help. Whilst I am no expert by any means, I have lived experience of feeling the above so hopefully we can take this path of enhancement together. PS. I do not receive commission for the books and guides reviewed.

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  • Jan 8 2023
    Welcome to "How To Be...", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. It is the last episode of the season and we're looking at reflecting at the beginning of the new year through journaling. Journaling is one of the cheapest forms of self-care. It can help you make sense of how you're feeling about a certain person or situation that is troubling or inspiring you. The process of writing down your thoughts as honestly and with as little judgment as possible allows for self-discovery. So how do we journal and stick to it?

    I spoke to editor, creative-writing coach, and Journaling for Dummies author Amber Lea Starfire on getting started on journaling and maintaining a habit, as well as other experts' books to see if their advice can help all of us. Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.
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    49 mins
  • Dec 26 2022
    Welcome to "How To Be...", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. Growth is a natural part of human evolution, and the desire of most people is to expand in awareness as well as achievement. As a human being we grow through distress, boredom and a need to solve the issues that we are facing. You may want to take matters into your own hands and do what is needed in order to reach your highest potential. So how do we reach our superhuman potential?

    I spoke to international speaker and author of Unashamedly Superhuman Jim Steele on going beyond our abilities and potential, as well as other experts' books to see if their advice can help all of us. Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.
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    1 hr and 1 min
  • Dec 11 2022
    Welcome to "How To Be...", guiding you through life's tricky topics and skills by reading through the best books out there. Imagine a task you must do today which you are really dreading. Now imagine putting it off until tomorrow. Feel that surge of relief and pleasure? Research shows that in habitual behaviour there is a surge of dopamine-related pleasure in the reward system of the brain when an individual even thinks about the habitual act. So how do we manage procrastination?

    I spoke to psychologist and the bestselling author of The Now Habit Dr Neil Fiore on dealing with procrastination, as well as other experts' books to see if their advice can help all of us. Please hit subscribe to hear the whole series on life skills and social change! It should be short and sweet. I look forward to journeying with you through this maze of hacks.
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    45 mins

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Underrated podcast for mental health well being..

The host of the podcast, Suswati brings up every episode after reading tons of books and doing available online research. She also collaborates and interview experts on mental health. Her effort and this podcast deserves appreciation. Do give at shot.

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  • tina El-hage
  • 10-01-22

Courageous and kind

Suswati's How To Be series is courageous and kind, exploring unique perspectives on topics that are close to our collective hearts. She is conscious in her words, offers deep insights, and is an all round pleasure to work with, I hope we'll have the chance to collaborate further again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-22

Professional and really knows her work

I was lucky enough to be part of Suswati Basu podcast show (How To Be...) recently and really enjoyed it. I have been on a few episodes and she is professional within her work and really knows her topics. She has a huge range of topics covered and is always giving both sides of the story.

Her professionalism to her work is outstanding and I have really enjoyed working with her. Her communication is very quick and always professional but nice at the same time. If I couldn't do a podcast for any reason she wouldn't push me and offer me to come back on another one.

I found her through the journorequest hashtag on twitter and would certainly recommend her work. Thank you for having me on the podcast and I will certainly be returning soon to help you out with your work.

Would recommend Suswati to anyone wishing to have her on their show or work with her in the future.

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  • Sue
  • 12-12-21

Bite-sized advice

Really enjoyed the first season of How To Be..., hearing an array of authors as well getting bite-sized chunks of advice from the books read. Looking forward to the next season!