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The Podcast where you get your confidence fix from someone who’s found, lost, found and built her inner confidence (from scratch!)

The “Next Normal” requires you to be on camera, on video and as good as TV pro as part of your job! How can you pluck up the courage to show up and be fabulous every day?

From behind the scenes at the BBC to helping leaders and professional women speak up and get their voices heard in this VIRTUAL WORLD! This is where you’ll hear Esther’s tales of woe, wonder, failure and success.

Esther and her special guests of industry leaders, experts and AMAZING women talk about their juiciest confidence stories, tips & strategies so you can take them away and boost your self-belief!

Walk away with this mantra…

“You only need to be 80% perfect to speak up… in fact ***** perfectionism…. feel the fear and do it anyway!”

August 13, 2021

Melinda Messenger on confronting your fears and thriving in this weird & wonderful hybrid world with Host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

Melinda Messenger, a popular TV personality turned therapist, and Esther Stanhope, an international speaker and award-winning author have teamed up to create this fab podcast.

Melinda became famous as a model and television personality in 1997, appearing on This Morning, Loose Women, Dancing on Ice and many more high-profile shows. Now she's a practicing psychotherapist who helps people bounce back and build resilience – ideal for the PC (Post-Covid) world we live in today.

Esther Stanhope is an international speaker, author, podcast host and expert on personal impact & confidence.

For many years she helped Hollywood stars, political leaders, and business executives to emanate charisma on air at the BBC, and now she helps leaders at FTSE 100 companies to make a big impact when they speak!

With their combined experience of more than 40 years, they can help you navigate this virtual world with ease.

You’ll walk away feeling more confident & ready to take on the world!

July 16, 2021

Writer’s block, confidence, courage, and self-doubt with “Email Attraction” Author Kim Arnold and Host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

Kim Arnold, author of "Email Attraction: Get what you want every time you hit send" is seen regularly in media outlets including; Professional Marketing Magazine, HR Zone, Coaching Perspectives, and Business Bunker Radio.  Kim is a sought after speaker on marketing, comms and writing.  She's also a Panel Tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute Of Continuing Education.

July 2, 2021

Women, Perfectionism & Why Men Win at Work With Gill Whitty Collins & Host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

Gill Whitty-Collins spent 26 years with Procter & Gamble (P&G), latterly as Senior Vice President, running leading global brands such as Olay, Always and Pantene. She now works to drive gender equality and diversity as a key lever to build stronger businesses and stronger societies. Her story and vision will inspire you to join the force to make inequality history. ‘Why Men Win at Work’ is her first book, published in August 2020.

June 18, 2021

Confidence, Brain Frazzle & Digital Wellness with TV Presenter Emma Kenny and host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

Emma Kenny is a psychologist, TV presenter, writer, and expert media commentator. She is best known for her role as a resident psychologist on ITV’s This Morning. Her Youtube True Crime series is becoming one of the most-watched on the platform. Her serial killer next door tour is coming in 2021 across the whole of the UK. She is the founder of Appy the health and wellbeing social media app. She has been featured on popular podcasts including Russell Brand's Under the Skin and True Geordie.

May 28, 2021

The Public Speaking Trauma Scale with Graham Davies, Olivia James, and host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

The Presenter Coach, Graham Davies is the UK's top public speaking consultant.  Senior executives, professionals, and politicians who need to communicate effectively under pressure in front of millions of television viewers turn to him for advice.  His book, The Presentation Coach, is one of the most popular books on the subject in the UK. This has made him a regular choice as a speech analyst on the BBC, CNN, ITV, and Sky News.

Visit to learn more about Graham.

Public Speaking Anxiety Expert Olivia James helps people with performance anxiety and trauma issues.  In addition to being an excellent speaker, she offers transformational tips and insights into how the nervous system shapes our behaviours.

Visit Olivia's website at to find out more.

Host Esther Stanhope is the author of the award-winning book, Goodbye Glossophobia: Banish Your Fear of Public Speaking (add link -

She helps leaders from FTSE 100 firms become more confident in front of any audience.  A former BBC producer, Esther’s tips have been described by many as “transformational”.   She used to be glossophobic (like Prince Harry & 75% of the population)  she avoided public speaking ay all costs.  However, she’s faced her fear of standing up and communicating in front of large audiences, and now she shares her strategies & tips with clients all over the world.

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May 12, 2021

Money (asking for a pay rise), imposter syndrome & thriving in the corporate world! With Vanessa Vallely OBE & host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

How do you make it to the top?  How do you ask for money? And what did it feel like getting an OBE at Buckingham Palace? These are all on Esther’s agenda with her fantastic guest (who wrote the foreword to Esther’s book ‘Goodbye Glossophobia – Banish Your Fear of Public Speaking

Esther’s guest is Vanessa Vallely OBE is the CEO and founder of and WeAreTechWomen. Vanessa has won 22 awards for her work in finance, gender equality, entrepreneurship, and charity. She has helped to upskill over 12,000 women and has raised over £1m for various charities. Vanessa is also the author of "Heels of Steel, surviving and thriving in the corporate world", her next book is due to be released in 2022. She is also a former member of the GDS advisory board, Tech UK's Women's Council, CR-UK Women of Influence board.

May 12, 2021

Imposter Syndrome, ‘Capable Girl’ Syndrome & 60% Syndrome! With Pamela Jones, Georgie Dickins and Maria Aldous & sassy London host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

Funny, enlightening, and highly entertaining from three leaders who’ve learnt how to fake it ‘til you make it.

Pamela Jones is a London city veteran, having worked for Investment Banks and Brokerage houses globally for the last 25 years. She is a coach and mentor to senior women in leadership roles within the financial services sector. Pamela is passionate about the education and representation of the younger generation, with a specific focus on black girls.

Georgie Dickins is a sought-after Coach and Mentor in London. Her clients are top performers, successful entrepreneurs, ascending stars, and high-level leaders in fintech, financial and professional services.

Maria Aldous is a Partner in Options Group London Office and a key member of the firm’s London Management Committee, Global Electronic Trading Practice, and serves as the head of the EMEA Electronic Markets team. Maria previously co-founded MCL Search, a firm specializing in the FIC Electronic Trading Market and Financial Trading Technology.

April 23, 2021

Feel the fear and speak anyway, even if you don’t know what to say. With TEDx curator Liu Batchelor & sassy London host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

Liu (pronounced Lee-you) Batchelor is a presenter, creative producer, and TEDx curator. She is passionate about exploring new ideas and the psychology of innovation. She was recruited by Nike to front a year-long women’s sports campaign, before launching a fundraising challenge for Sports Relief to do 100 (different) Sports in 100 (consecutive) Days. She hosted a 100+ episode live chat show called The Big Ideas Show, presented a regional FM radio show, and is currently working on a book called "How to Speak When You Don’t Know What to Say"

January 21, 2021

Are Introverts Better Than Extroverts at Public Speaking? With speaking diva Shola Kaye & sassy London host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

Shola Kaye is a communication consultant, author of two books and an award-winning speaker. Her keynote and masterclass topics include communication for diversity and inclusion, workplace communication, in particular for teams that deal with complex information, and workplace empathy.

She also speaks about how to create a more inclusive environment for introverts, especially within the technical/data/STEM work space.

She has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, a background in IT consulting and spent more than 15 years as an international performer, which has been the foundation of her unique, creative and energetic approach. Shola has been featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and on the BBC.

January 21, 2021

How to Keep Your Audience HOOKED! And other Top Tips with Russell Wardrop (Kissing with Confidence) & fab host Esther Stanhope | The Virtually Confident Podcast

Russell Wardrop is co founder and chief executive of Kissing With Confidence.

His vision and drive are central to the development of the business. For 19 years he has delivered training at the highest levels and he is now a leading business speaker. He believes that delivering a keynote for three hours to 250 delegates at a conference, with a flipchart and a pen, is better than golf.

A former academic and award winning architect, he has a passion for continuous personal improvement through behavioural change and tough love. He has a keen interest in political oratory and has appeared on television on a number of occasions, offering critiques of high profile debates and political speeches.

When not on his feet, Russell is in the kitchen making soup. Or drinking coffee on the sofa while watching Twin Peaks.

Russell is an inspirational business speaker and has delivered in the UK and Barcelona, Berlin, Bern, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Kirkcaldy, Istanbul, Las Vegas, La Manga, Lisbon, Madrid, Munich, New York, Oulu and Zurich.