Have You Heard? is a series in which the team from Pod Bible meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. While the Oh. My. Pod. section in the magazine gives a quick shout out to shows of that ilk, Have You Heard aims to go deeper in an effort to spread awareness for shows that deserve more exposure! In this week’s edition we sat down with Jake Humphrey to discuss his podcast, The High Performance Podcast.
POD BIBLE: Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
JAKE HUMPHREY: I am Jake Humphrey, currently the lead anchor for Premier League football on BT Sport and I used to host F1 for the BBC, and Children’s BBC before that. I’m also co-owner of Whisper Group, one of the fastest growing production companies in Europe, we built it from the ground up, and now employ almost 100 people. I love being a sports broadcaster, but strangely, I’m not bothered about who wins or loses. The fascination for me comes from spending a lot of time with highly successful people. Their mindset is fascinating and I believe that we all have something to learn from them, which we can apply in our own lives and businesses. Crucially, I believe there is no golden secret to success. ANYONE can be ANYTHING they really want.
That is where the idea for The High Performance Podcast came from. It offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of high-achieving, successful individuals. It doesn’t matter where each guest has excelled – in sport, music, business or entertainment – they all have first-hand experiences and lessons to share. Hosting every conversation, alongside myself, is leading organisational psychologist Professor Damian Hughes, who works with top sports organisations and teams to create high performance cultures. Our conversations include finding out what non-negotiable behaviours our guests have employed to get them to the top, and keep them there; they are interviews you simply haven’t heard elsewhere.
Guests in series 1 include: Rio Ferdinand, Ant Middleton, Sean Dyche, Steven Bartlett, Tom Daley, Tracey Neville, Robin Van Persie, Dylan Hartley, Kelly Holmes, Holly Tucker and Mauricio Pochettino.
PB: What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
JH: I got into Diary of a CEO by Steven Bartlett, and for the first time, really understood the power of a pod. It was hugely inspirational, and changed my thinking entirely.
PB: Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
JH: Podcasts are a great medium for offering the listener a really intimate insight into a conversation. I really enjoy listening to podcasts myself, especially when I am travelling, so creating a podcast seemed like the right thing to do. I think we are only at the start of the podcast revolution. They are the future.
PB: Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
JH: Steven Bartlett – The Diary of a CEO, That Peter Crouch Podcast – he is a mate, and is that funny in real life, The Joe Rogan Experience – the master.
PB: Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
JH: Elon Musk.
PB: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
JH: That if you have a really clear message, and implement belief in what you are doing, people will come along for the ride. Three days after launch, the pod was second in the sports charts behind Peter Crouch. I was blown away.
PB: Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
JH: The first episode with Rio Ferdinand is a great listen. He really talks openly and frankly about his life and experiences, not just regarding football but also personal circumstances. There are a lot of great takeaways which should be inspiring for anyone listening, young and old – how to deal with failure, what drove him from such a young age, etc. Our hope with this podcast is that it is appealing for people across all industries, not just sport.