About Emily Gough

How I went from a stuffy cubicle corporate job for over a decade, to travelling the globe and helping entrepreneurs leverage their voice in the online space through podcasting while building a business and life that they love.

I spent 11 years in a corporate job that I never planned to stay in for longer than a few months.

While I was showing up every day for my 9 - 5, I was hustling on the side, getting certifications and going back to school at night to become a fitness instructor and personal trainer, teaching bootcamp classes, and eventually graduated school as a Holistic Nutritionist.

I thought I’d finally found THE THING I wanted to do, and started my online business working with clients for holistic nutrition and wellness.  After a couple of years, I finally quit my corporate job to make a go of it. I had a podcast with a co-host, was working with clients and it seemed like things were off to a strong start.

Until, after a great deal of resistance, I began to realize I’d created the wrong business. 

My heart wasn’t in it, and I wasn’t lit up or excited by it the way I had thought I would be.

Except when people asked me about podcasting and building a business.

You know how sometimes you don’t realize how passionate and good you are at something until other people point it out to you?  

Yeah, that was me. 

By this point I had ended my first podcast and launched Room to Grow on my own, and with two separate podcast launches under my belt, I was fielding a lot of questions from people interested in learning how to do the same.  I was eager to share what I’d learned after two different podcasts, the mistakes made along the way, and how to create something that was having an impact and that people wanted to show up for to listen to every week. 

I was hesitant and a little unsure of myself, but started to make the shift towards helping others create their own successful podcasts and build their businesses around it.


And then, my life as I knew it shifted dramatically overnight.

Everything completely changed when I ended my long-term relationship after I found out on Christmas Eve about infidelity that had been happening on/off for our entire 9 years together.  I sold or got rid of almost everything I owned and left Canada, hopping on a plane to Bali to begin my new life, and it’s been an adventure ever since.

While I’d already recognized the impact podcasting could have, it was when I publicly shared my story about my relationship on the podcast that I really started to understand what a massively powerful platform podcasting could be.

Not only that, but some of the hard lessons I learned in my personal life overlapped with what I needed to apply in my business as well, and things shifted when I began tuning into my intuition and listening to my gut instinct

I began embracing my multi-passionate nature and rather eclectic work history and education to bring it together in a way that helps others to change their lives and leading with impact at the forefront of everything that they do.  Teaching others to recognize their own abilities and giving them the confidence to push past the fear and make the leap into something new, even when it feels scary.

A podcast that started on a whim in my Google docs with a handful of ideas has grown into a listening experience that shines a light on a lot of the uncomfortable sh*t many of us try to spend our lives avoiding, and is consistently featured in the top 200 worldwide in its’ category.

On the Room to Grow Podcast and in real life, I’m mostly known for going deep into heavy topics such as mental health & anxiety, relationships, entrepreneurship, being open and real about the tough lessons I’ve learned (and continue to learn) along the way, and for my brutal honesty served with a sense of humour and all kinds of love and compassion.  

I’ve developed a reputation for teaching people how to take imperfect action, connect with others on a deeper level and to create compelling content that has a meaningful positive impact.

You have a message that someone needs to hear, and keeping it to yourself does you and everyone else a disservice.

Putting yourself out there is scary.  Living with regret about holding back is much scarier.  You've thought about sharing your knowledge or story, helping others to grow through lessons hard earned through personal experiences, and if you're ready, I'm here to help you figure out how to make it happen.

Podcasting is my favourite platform, because we're all craving connection, and chatting right into someone's ear is an incredibly intimate experience.  Not only do you get to chat while in your bathrobe (I’m in mine right now!), but people feel like you're a real-life friend, they get to know you, and you'll often find yourself sharing everyday stories that allow people a small glimpse into your life.  All this while you share your message that might be hitting someone's ears at the exact moment they needed to hear it.

Listen Up!

Launching and growing a successful podcast only happens when you’re ready to lean into the fear and take the leap to use your voice.

If you’re curious about starting a podcast and want to know how I’ve managed to leverage my own into a business, check out my training around Podcasting for Impact and the 3 secrets no one talks about when it comes to starting a podcast that fosters deep connection and trust with the listener, your peers, and podcast guests.

Emily takes something that seems like another huge project to take on and simplifies the steps all while adding unique industry secrets to accelerate your podcasting launch date. Her organizational strategies and relationship building techniques are super beneficial and have helped clients of mine not only feel that they can start a podcast, but actually take the steps to make it happen.

If starting a podcast is something you want to do but keep putting it off... Emily is your best shot at launching a successful podcast while being fully supported by an amazing coach.

Maryalice Goldsmith

I am a podcast host!!! Thanks to the knowledge and attention from Emily, I was able to launch a successful podcast relatively quickly.

Emily was a wealth of knowledge and helped me focus in on what I wanted my listeners to gain from tuning in. Emily’s videos, instructions and on-on-one teaching, made even the technical side of starting a podcast easy to understand!


Having Emily on the podcast was one of the greatest conversations I have ever had. So much energy! Emily is so passionate about helping others in the world of podcasting and it shows! If you are considering working with Emily, don’t hesitate! She is full of knowledge, and more importantly, full of heart.


Some of my core beliefs I would like you to know:

  • Being underestimated is an advantage
  • Everyone has a unique set of stories and experiences that someone else would benefit from learning
  • I will always strive to pull back the curtains on the very real struggles and hard work of building a business and a life beyond what shows up on the highlight reel of Instagram
  • You’re stronger than you have ever believed possible, and capable of so much more than you think
  • Showing up as yourself and letting people see the imperfections is what will set you apart in a noisy online space
  • Your voice can have massive impact beyond your wildest dreams - if you let it.
  • Believing in yourself isn’t always going to be easy, but it will be worth it. 
  • Grit, determination and messy action are how you build the business and life that you dream about, not by having a perfect plan in place and letting fear stop you in your tracks. 
  • Resistance is normal when you start making massive shifts that make you uncomfortable.  Keep going.
  • Better businesses are built when you do it from a bathrobe with your glasses on and a cold cup of tea nearby.  Along with a stash of chocolate handy, obviously. 

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What you might not know about me:

  • I’ve held jobs that include everything from working in a warehouse and bartending in nightclubs for years, to customer service at a well-known chain and managing large sales accounts in the automotive industry
  • Rarely does a day go by when I don’t eat chocolate, and I’ll never turn down a brownie
  • On that note, food is my second favourite 4-letter word that starts with F
  • I’m happiest barefoot and outdoors, preferably with the ocean nearby
  • You learn to get creative when you’re an only child. One example? I taught my dog to play hide & seek with me when I was a kid (it worked)
  • I laugh when something is funny. I also laugh when something is uncomfortable. I laugh even harder when my clumsy side comes out and I trip over my own two feet (which is often)
  • Whether it’s walking, hiking, lifting heavy weights or trying to learn to love the assault bike, I’m usually in motion. Except when napping, which is also a favourite past time.
  • I always have never-ending piles (and lists) of books to read with an unfortunate tendency to return library books late. Whoops.

Most Popular Podcast Episodes

My Story with Alcohol
Dealing with Infidelity
Is Podcasting the New Blogging?
How an Awkward Introvert Makes Friends around the Globe
Forgiveness Isn’t Found, It’s Earned: Doing the Inner Work

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