No, I’m not hanging our podcast guests out to dry. If you’ve ever listened to the Telltale podcast you’d know the final question we ask our guests is to reveal one of the best little white lies they’ve ever told.

The best thing about this is they’re rarely little white lies and more blatant howlers – but never with malice or cruelty involved.


Being from some of Brisbane’s biggest names in business, many of the clangers told have been about what it takes to get the job done, some have been more personal titbits including one of the most genius ways to avoid getting your car towed, while one – which you’ll see if you read on – is indicative of just how much bullshit women in business have to endure.

These are, in no particular order, the best little white lies from season 1 of the Telltale podcast.

Episode 3: Chris Titley

The time Chris Titley, Morgans stockbroker and all-round Brisbane startup guru, lied about his age so he could be a contestant on ’90s children’s gameshow Now You See It.

Episode 5: Anna Rooke

When QUT CEA chief executive and self-professed masterchef Anna Rooke told a huge porky to her dinner guests and claimed a delicious, bakery-bought apple pie as her own creation. (We’ve all done it.)

Episode 7: John Knight

The co-founder of BusinessDEPOT in Fortitude Valley told a little white lie that probably rings true to every business owner, employee, parent, adult or just about anyone – that no one really knows what the hell they’re doing, they just do their best to be a success. Right. In. The. Feels.

Episode 9: Nic and Lucas from Orange Sky Laundry

Being a couple of blokes who know how to make their money stretch, Lucas and Nic told a couple of corking little white lies.

Lucas explained how after blowing up a washing machine in their van on one of their first nights on the job, some quick thinking led to a slight howler told to a sponsor about how they were just so busy that they just needed to have two more washing machines for free. A promise of a board position later and the boys were back in business – free washing machines in hand.

However, Nic’s story borders on evil genius. After parking in Fortitude Valley one night to attend a birthday party he returned to find his car had been towed. Unable to afford the $700 to get it released, he phoned the company to tell them he had permission to park in front of the business and that he had proof. So they agreed to bring his car back to him and while they were on their way, Nic found the website of the business he’d parked in front of, taken a screen shot of their logo, crafted a very realistic looking email to himself from the owner of the business saying he had permission to park there, and managed to convince the towing company it – and he – was legit. Then he drove home.

Episode 13: Will Stubbs from Spur Projects

The time social change warrior Will Stubbs nearly managed to convince Greenpeace that he’d stopped Amazon, the world’s most valuable company, from using coal-fired energy. (Will’s little white lie didn’t quite get there.)

Episode 14: Mark Sowerby, former Chief Entrepreneur of Queensland

Oh, you know, just the time investment legend Mark Sowerby told Harvard he had $25 million of assets under management so he could get into its Private Equity and Venture Capital course. He only had $6 million. Of course Mark went on to start Blue Sky Alternative Investments and become hugely successful. When his mate Josh Lerner from Harvard Business School told him how lucky he was to get into the course with only $25 million under management, Mark finally revealed the truth: “Mate, that was forecast.”

Episode 15: Ben Southall, Advance Queensland’s Adventurer in Residence

The winner of the World’s Greatest Job, Ben Southall has done a fair few things. One was the goal of running five marathons through the mountains of South Africa. Yes, Ben ran five marathons. However, when he showed up for his final one it turned out it was on the day before. He still ran it. What a legend.

Episode 19: Edda Hamar, Undress

When you run a fashion event conglomerate, keeping up appearances matters. Edda Hamar knows this, which is why when she was told her first event drew a huge crowd of more than 400 people it became a good story that drew more and more people to her other events. Official count? About 250. But hey, who’s counting.

Episode 20: Peta Ellis, River City Labs

Our little white lies are generally funny, harmless titbits that resonate with most people. But Peta Ellis’ segment is indicative of just how much garbage women have to put up with in business and just how far we still have to go. I cannot even attempt to tell it here. Click the link above and fast forward to the 25 minutes and 40 second mark.

We’re taking a few weeks off to get cracking with season 2 of Telltale, which is taking a very different, deep-diving turn on what it means to be in business right now. We don’t want to give it away just yet but if you want to be the first to get it, subscribe here and we’ll send it to you when it drops.