437: Being Authentic With Poorna Bell

Poorna Bell is a journalist of 14 years and an digital editorial expert, having worked as UK Executive Editor and Global Being Authentic With Poorna BellLifestyle Head for HuffPost.  She currently works freelance as a journalist, columnist and digital consultant for brands names including The Pool, Guardian Red magazine and Telegraph. At HuffPost, she worked as deputy to the Editor-in-Chief, and managed two core teams – Life (Lifestyle, Tech, Style and Parents) as well as our Blogs team.  Apart from working closely with Commercial, Marketing, Comms and Audience Development teams, Poorna also represented the company externally and internally at a brand level speaking publicly.  She is also well experienced with radio and TV.

Poorna talks about how being authentic has helped her build confidence and build success in her career.  She also shares tips on how you can be more authentic in your own journey to self confidence.


Poorna Bell is an award-winning online and print journalist, public speaker and author.

Cultural Background

Poorna is of Indian descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

My sock is falling off my shoe and there’s a stone at the bottom of it but I’m still going to pretend that everything is fine.

My sock is falling off my shoe and there’s a stone at the bottom of it but I’m still going to pretend that everything is fine.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is living your own monologue.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Poorna was talkative to mask herself.  Her outside did not match her inside and she would accept whatever was offered to her instead of for what she deserves because she didn’t believe in her worth.

The “AHA” Moment

Poorna was senior manager at a company and started recruiting new people.  She realized how hard it was to find good people.  She knew that the people she interviewed can be themselves during the interview because they had certain skills that they can bring to the table.

This made her realise that being yourself, taking the initiative and know that you can offer something positive, then everything will work out.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Poorna lives a more authentic life.  Her work and personal life are not separated and are more merged.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Be yourself and capitalised what you like doing.

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