Brave, Not Perfect is Reshma’s podcast where she interviews public figures about their personal challenges on the road to success. With guests like Lizzo, Arianna Huffington, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Cameron Esposito, Reshma’s conversations trace a pattern in some of the world’s most famous changemakers, demonstrating that taking chances and embracing imperfection is the key to finding fulfillment.Through Reshma’s captivating interviews and the steady drumbeat of her empowering philosophy, Brave, Not Perfect aims to inspire women and others around the world to create change and live bolder, happier lives.
Every episode of Brave, Not Perfect opens with a quick summary of the podcast’s mission, then Reshma moves into a short biography of her guest for context. Her own bravery is reflected in her no-nonsense interview style, jumping right into hard-hitting questions without hesitation.
As a host, Reshma models the importance of active listening. Her goal isn’t to get through a list of interview questions, but rather, she lets her guest speak their minds and uses their answers to guide her next response. Her show, though rich in content, is easily digestible with episodes averaging between 15–25 minutes, showing that podcasts don’t have to go on for hours in order to get deep. While she keeps a consistent format for each episode, occasionally Reshma breaks the mold to engage with her audience. She invites listeners to ask her questions using Anchor’s Voice Messages feature and answers them on dedicated Q&A episodes. Since Reshma’s podcast mostly focuses on public figures, this is a great way to open up her podcast to community members’ voices and share her own personal viewpoints.
We talked with Reshma about her podcasting process and what she learned along the way.