PRsonal: ‘I’m sometimes so nervous I want to break my own arm.’ Meet TV star David Harper.

In this series of podcasts, Charlotte Nichols, managing director of PR agency Harvey & Hugo, gets up close and PRsonal with a variety of well-known business faces. Nothing is off limits as she digs deep to get to know the person behind the professional…

David Harper is a BBC antiques and history presenter with over 20 years of experience in the industry. His career has combined hosting much-loved TV shows such as Bargain Hunt with running his own antiques shop in County Durham.

In the latest episode of PRSonal, he chats to Charlotte about nerves, his love of bananas, what happened when he confronted his stalker and why he believes talking about death makes you live life to the fullest.

Key moments:

  • 0:04:56 – the adrenaline rush of TV
  • 0:05:41 – the danger of searching for the next high
  • 0:08:03 – the downsides of fame
  • 0:11:43 – stoicism and doing your job well
  • 0:14:28 – nerves and the importance of pushing through
  • 0:17:06 – dealing with imposter syndrome
  • 0:18:58 – dealing with negative thoughts
  • 0:21:29 – the complexity of the mind and inner voices
  • 0:28:37 – authenticity and originality in creativity
  • 0:29:49 – the danger of AI and the importance of real people
  • 0:41:36 – the societal fear of being nice
  • 0:44:45 – being stalked
  • 0:52:41 – needing a banana before performing
  • 0:57:29 – ageism in the entertainment industry
  • 1:02:19 – advice for finding a career you love and making money
  • 1:04:10 – thinking about death as a reminder to live fully

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