The Solo Collective

The Solo Collective

By Chalk & Blade

Whether by choice or circumstance, as a freelancer or a company employee working from home, more of us are becoming solo workers than ever before. But once you've made the leap, how do you actually work well in isolation? And how can you thrive while working alone?

Introducing The Solo Collective, a brand-new podcast hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind'.

Picking up where the freelancer bibles stop, The Solo Collective is a podcast series designed to bring interesting and engaging stories from experts into the ears of workers across the world to help them become happy and successful in managing their careers.

In this 12-part series, Rebecca speaks to experts and well-known solo workers to find the secret to thriving while working alone. Guests include Dr Laurie Santos (host of The Happiness Lab podcast), Emma Gannon (host of Ctrl-Alt-Delete podcast) and Henry Holland (Fashion Designer).


HEALTH: Viva La Home Working Revolution

It’s said that loneliness can increase your risk of death by 26% and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Being a solo or an at-home worker increases your chances of being lonely, something our host Rebecca Seal dealt with and a feeling that led to the creation of The Solo Collective. Chartered Psychologist and Author of How to Build a Healthy Brain, Kimberley Wilson joins us for the series finale. We explore how we can stop it in its tracks by learning about loneliness and celebrate the working revolution as a united front instead.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2140m 33s

FINANCES: Success Is Liking Yourself

This will be the least awkward conversation you’ll hear about money. Historically, we tend to tie our self-worth to how much we’re earning. In this week’s episode, we’re delving into money, status and self-worth discussing how this tension impacts our friendships and our jobs. Elizabeth Uviebinené is an author, The Reset: Ideas to Change How We Work and Live and writer for The Financial Times. She explains why we need to reframe how we think about not just the practicalities of money but also how our brains interact with those readies.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2130m 33s

RESILIENCE: Recovery Is Key

The word resilience is the buzzword of the moment, describing everything from the economy to our mental health. But what does it actually mean and why does it help some people to cope better in times of stress than others? Adrienne Herbert, the author of the book and a podcast of the same name The Power Hour, knows all about resilience. From the experience of dealing with her husband’s stroke to building her platform to becoming a motivational speaker, Adrienne explains how resilience can get you through hard times and why it’s important to factor in recovery, just like exercise.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2138m 39s

FOOD: The Power Of A Good Lunch

WARNING: This episode will make you hungry. Studies show that taking a lunch break allows your mind to rest, recharge and refocus, which can directly improve your productivity for the rest of the day. Working from home has many benefits but one of the best ones has to be the opportunity to serve up something delicious to eat rather than a bland sandwich grabbed on the go. Signe Johansen is a big advocate of a solo lunch and is the author of Solo: The Joy of Cooking for One. The book is all about becoming more selfish in the kitchen and is full of recipes for happy solo cooking; celebrating the art of cooking for yourself.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2136m 39s

RELATIONSHIPS: The Magic Formula

Working from home can be difficult. Working from home with housemates, a partner or children is super difficult. Jennifer Petriglieri knows all about this. She’s an associate professor at INSEAD and author of Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work. She’s also spent over a decade researching how people’s close relationships shape who they become professionally, and personally. Now, more than ever, it’s so important to adjust to a healthier way of working. Hopefully, that way we can keep those important relationships around us healthy too.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2133m 37s

SPACE: 20/20/20 Rule

Could your home working space be making you less focused? Oliver Heath thinks it might well be. The interior designer and sustainable architect explains how the buildings we inhabit and work in have an enormous impact on our lives. Now more than ever. Multiple studies have shown that nature can play a valuable role with the benefits of plants and greenery adding personalisation and improving air quality to our lives. But it’s more than just adding a pot plant to the desk. We find out how textures, colours and even the smells we surround ourselves with can have a profound effect on how we work.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2134m 27s


We’ve been getting the idea of productivity all wrong.In this episode, we unpack the ingrained ideas of efficiency, its history, psychology, philosophy, and more to discover how we got so obsessed with hustling and how that obsession fuelled by the likes of the Beyonces and Elon Musks of the world, often hurt our creative output. Rebecca is joined by Rahaf Harfoush, (Author of Hustle and Float) she challenges our view of productivity and our belief systems surrounding how to achieve fulfilment and happiness in our lives. BTW it’s not about working a billion hours a week.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2134m 9s

PURPOSE: Little Earthquakes Everywhere

Henry Holland’s witty Fashion Groupie t-shirts were the things to be seen in when he launched his iconic brand back in the late aughts. But the pandemic has devastated many industries and House of Holland was one of those to go under in March last year. In conversation with Rebecca, the London designer looks back on the dissolution of his company but shares his gratitude for everything he’s learned as a solo entrepreneur and the resolve it’s given him - from building an empire from the ground up to surrounding yourself with the right people to propel you into a positive future.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/2140m 20s

REST: Book In That Nap

When was the last time you had a nap? Alex Soojung-Kim Pang advocates an afternoon one and believes that overworking can actually hinder productivity. With so many of us working from home, that chance to rest is now available more than ever so why not take that break away from your desk starting today? It can help reset the brain in a way that is far more beneficial than we might think, allowing us to explore more ideas creatively and help with problem-solving. In this episode, Pang shares how we can empower these new practices into our day-to-day as solo workers and reap the benefits.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2138m 51s

BURNOUT: Role Playing Your Job

Have you ever struggled doing the smallest tasks? Putting a wash on, making time to see a friend or finding yourself on Slack trying to stay engaged? The latter is something Anne Helen Petersen likes to call “live action role playing your job” or “LARP-ing”. Sometimes these things feel impossible and it makes you feel like a terrible adult. But it’s actually more normal than you think and it’s most likely a sign of burnout. Petersen, author of Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation joins Rebecca to explore the markers that lead to burnout and how to listen and let the stress flow out of you instead.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/2135m 23s

SELF SABOTAGE: Date Yourself

Are you getting in the way of your own success? Now, more than ever, it’s so important we have the right tools in our arsenal to separate our professional and personal lives. Host of Ctrl Alt Delete, the no. 1 career podcast in the UK, Emma Gannon knows a thing or two when it comes to understanding and managing your inner critic. Rebecca speaks to Emma about understanding her self-sabotage triggers, managing mental health and why celebrating your essential self with rituals can make you feel, and live, better. (Crystal rubbing is optional…)  See for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/2138m 23s

HAPPINESS: Pump up Your Happiness

How are you keeping your happiness tyre topped up? Science tells us we’re at our most productive when we’re happy but we often think happiness is simply a destination. Dr. Laurie Santos, host of The Happiness Lab podcast, says happiness is more like a leaky tyre that needs a daily infusion of joy. Rebecca speaks to Laurie about the importance of seeking out social interactions (even if that’s just whilst you’re ordering a flat-white) and why it’s so powerful to find ways to put technology away to be present in real life.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/2133m 47s

TRAILER: Welcome to The Solo Collective

Introducing The Solo Collective, a brand-new podcast hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind'.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/211m 19s
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