October 20, 2016 · Podcasting

Hear me on the latest episode of Let's Talk About Tests, Baby

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Last month, I was honoured to be invited up to Manchester to be interviewed for the Let's Talk About Tests, Baby podcast, presented by Gem Hill. The episode, on the subject of motivation, has been released today; check out the link below, where you'll also find links to further resources that I mentioned!

Let's Talk About Tests, Baby: Episode 62 - Banishing the Permanently Exhausted Pigeon

A little further background, to tie up a few loose ends from the past year:

The podcast discussion is based around a talk I gave at BrighTest Actually in June. Much of the content, around struggling with personal and career challenges, relates to events that I've not spoken about in public before. I held back on some of the details during the podcast, as I'm still trying to become comfortable in talking about some of this stuff. But the Brighton talk, and this subsequent podcast, spurred me on to write a more in-depth account for Geek Mental Help week, entitled "The battle with yourself" - which, despite being silently posted on LinkedIn (it's not the sort of thing I really want to shout from the rooftops about) has become my most popular article of all-time. Thanks to everybody who contacted me following this article, your support has been tremendous!

![BrighTest Actually](/content/images/2016/10/BrighTest.png)
Photo from the BrighTest Actually presentation

The slides from my original Brighton talk are embedded below. In keeping with my current preferred presentational style, they're mostly simple image prompts, so they probably won't mean much in isolation (though you might spot some of the overlaps in the podcast).

"Good Job": A story of motivation, encouragement, and dramatic failures from Neil Studd

If you're a first-time listener to the podcast, I heartily recommend subscribing and checking out the previous episodes - it's one of my favourite shows, and is now the second podcast that I've appeared on (following Testing In The Pub, which is another show that you should definitely be listening to!)

As for me? Well, stay tuned - I'm hoping to bring a version of this material to the conference stage in 2017. In the meantime, if you'd like to discuss any of these topics, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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