In a world where anyone can make a podcast, Liz BeShears, Rachel Bryars and Mary Scott Hunter strive to be ahead of the curve.
And judging by the reviews, they succeed.
The introduction to the “Belle Curve Podcast” says it all. “Three friends. Three Southern belles. Joining you – smart women – to discuss life, work, relationships, business, everything from the nerdy to the normal, the practical to the philosophical, the head to the heart.”
It’s a formula that brings together a 20-something, 30-something and 40-something with an array of life experience to the microphone. Hunter is a lawyer, Bryars the managing partner of Bryars Communications, and BeShears a communications professional.
But some random outpouring of opinions about carline at school or the latest fall fashions this is not. The trio tackles tough topics, like the Me Too movement, as well as those that empower women to become the best version of themselves, such as risk-taking, meeting etiquette, goal setting and how to reinvent one’s career.
“We chose ‘Belle Curve’ because everything happens somewhere on that curve, and we really wanted to be able to talk about anything and everything,” Hunter said.
No matter the topic, each episode offers the opportunity to expand the listener’s horizons, a mini life lesson, if you will, as BeShears, Bryars and Hunter “observe, analyze and often deviate from the standard.” But rather than declaring themselves subject matter experts, they include solid research – books, articles, interviews, sources listeners can check out to learn more – that serves as a springboard for conversation, as they weave in their knowledge as wives, moms, active members of the workforce, and of course, women.
The end result is less like sitting in a classroom and more like having a cup of coffee with old friends. Friends who understand, empathize and propel you forward.
“For me, it’s so gratifying to hear that feedback, the people who say, and it’s mostly women, ‘I’m not the only one. Thank goodness somebody else is talking about these issues. I feel like my voice is represented,’” BeShears said. “That’s what keeps us working really hard to come out with new content.”
While their friendship may only date back to 2017, across the airwaves it seems as though they’ve been friends forever – finishing each other’s sentences with a stockpile of inside jokes that have the listener laughing right alongside them. But this is no podcast gimmick – their relationships are as genuine as the candid conversations that flow from it.
“There’s something to be said for new friendships that can be kind of like old friendships,” Hunter said. “I think sometimes we’re a little bit afraid to make new friends – old friends are awesome – but new friendships can become really close, and just really real and wonderful, when it’s the right chemistry and just the right stuff.”
For listeners, it can feel like they’re the best friends they’ve never actually met.
“We’re going to bring some information, but we’re also going to bring our hearts and try to be really authentic, because I think that’s what the best friendships, the best groups are,” Bryars said. “This can’t be a show about trying to make ourselves look too good – we can’t be too polite, too careful. We have to be authentic and willing to share our hearts.”