Podcast Junkies: Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring, Motivational Storytelling Podcasters, Entrepreneurs

For over 10 years, Chel Hamilton has been a hypnotherapist. She decided to create her podcast, Meditation Minis, which focuses on helping people manage their stress and anxiety through guided meditations, after a friend of hers kept insisting she start a podcast on meditation. She committed to doing six episodes, but 6 million downloads later, Chel is only just beginning.

With big plans to take Meditation Minis to the next level by incorporating Virtual Reality technology in the future and adding workshop weekends to her repertoire, it’s definitely safe to say that Chel got more than she bargained for when she set out on her journey of podcasting.

  • 07:04 - Her biggest takeaway from Podcast Movement 2017
  • 08:32 - The sessions she found interesting at Podcast Movement
  • 09:10 - Chel explains the Sparks talks from Podcast Movement
  • 10:47 - How she got the idea for Meditation Minis
  • 13:04 - Why she found it surprising that her podcast has had such a positive effect on people
  • 14:46 - Why she designed her show the way she did
  • 17:26 - When she was first introduced to meditation
  • 18:34 - Chel explains who Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) is
  • 20:27 - How she became involved with hypnotherapy
  • 23:20 - What steps she took to ensure she would have a successful business and podcast
  • 27:06 - Why she didn’t end her podcast after her first year as she originally planned
  • 27:49 - The idea of the concept Know, Like, and Trust
  • 29:25 - Repurposing her content for people to purchase
  • 31:18 - How she approaches recording longer meditation sessions
  • 33:44 - Where she learned how to mix sound for her podcast
  • 37:22 - Combining all her skill sets
  • 37:48 - Her plans to create virtual reality immersive guided meditations
  • 39:17 - Podcast Junkies in virtual reality?
  • 41:13 - The therapeutic possibilities of using virtual reality technology
  • 41:29 - Our experience with Float Tanks
  • 44:04 - Growing up and moving away from Columbus, Ohio
  • 45:38 - The person who is most surprised of where she has ended up
  • 46:21 - Her relationship with sponsors
  • 47:31 - If she thinks about different ways to grow her show
  • 50:39 - Her three day Emotional Detox workshop
  • 51:52 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 52:25 - Something she’s changed her mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/checl-hamilton-interview

Direct download: PJ160-ChelHamilton.mp3
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Mary Nichols, a.k.a. DJ Fusion, is a seasoned radio DJ and podcaster. She hosts the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast, FuseBox Radio with her co-host and business partner, John (The Black Hawk), which focuses on bringing a diverse mix of independent and mainstream Black Music from all over the world along with relevant commentary, news, and guest interviews.

Mary got her start in radio while she was a student at Rutgers University where she hosted her first radio spot that ran from midnight until two in the morning and where FuseBox radio was founded. Since then, she’s gone on to have a long and illustrious career spanning almost 20 years and started the media based entertainment company, FuseBox Media LLC that delves into the mediums of photography, DJ’ing and writing.

  • 09:04 - Mary recounts the story of when she first stepped into a radio station
  • 10:37 - When she first learned of podcasts
  • 12:28 - The bird watchers podcast I discovered through Twitter
  • 15:43 - Spotify’s growing number of podcast downloads
  • 20:43 - The format of Mary’s show
  • 24:44 - The founding of her media based entertainment company
  • 27:48 - The fans of her show
  • 29:22 - Our mutual love of DJ’ing
  • 36:13 - The origin story of her moniker, DJ Fusion
  • 42:06 - The first time she got the opportunity to inject her opinion on a matter as a DJ
  • 45:24 - How she handles using copyrighted music on her show
  • 50:59 - Where she sees her show going in the future
  • 01:02:28 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:03:37 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/mary-nichols-interview

Direct download: PJ159-MaryNichols.mp3
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Karen Yankovich is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, speaker, and the host of the Good Girls Get Rich podcast. Although she’s new to podcasting, she’s taken her digital marketing experience and expertise in LinkedIn to launch a show aimed at entrepreneurs and small business owners who don’t understand how to use social media and online digital tools and help them to establish confident brands and elevate their income and businesses.

Karen has had success showing companies how they can use LinkedIn to get new clients and she also sees the value of using it in the podcasting space. With her finger on the pulse in the social media and digital marketing world and a lucrative consulting practice, you can be sure that there’s something Karen can help you with to elevate your brand.

  • 04:47 - The story of how Karen and I met
  • 09:19 - Why she changed her mind on the importance of her production quality
  • 12:13 - The challenge of producing videos and why she considered using YouTube
  • 13:58 - Karen’s audience and why she started her podcast
  • 17:25 - The time I forgot to edit out the UPS man who interrupted a podcast recording
  • 18:17 - Karen recounts one of her podcast faux pas
  • 19:13 - Using Zoom for podcast recordings
  • 20:39 - How far in advance she plans her episodes
  • 23:32 - Her days working in corporate America to working in digital marketing
  • 26:02 - If she found it scary going out on her own
  • 27:15 - Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals
  • 28:33 - Karen’s thoughts on being around like-minded people
  • 29:45 - What a six figure salary means to an entrepreneur
  • 31:09 - Masterminds and how they can help you grow
  • 32:46 - My idea for a new segment I’m calling, Where Are They Now?
  • 33:46 - Growing up in New Jersey
  • 35:49 - How some people thought she was crazy for leaving her six figure part-time job
  • 36:32 - Why others were asking her why she hadn’t left her job yet
  • 39:01 - If she’s always had a creative streak
  • 39:48 - Karen talks about one of the carnivals she planned
  • 40:38 - Why she feels LinkedIn is so important for corporations and entrepreneurs
  • 41:16 - The mentors that have been helpful to her in her career
  • 45:00 - How LinkedIn can be useful to podcasters
  • 50:58 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 51:38 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/karen-yankovich-interview

Direct download: PJ158-KarenYankovich.mp3
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Charles Beckwith is the host of American Fashion and Fashion Is Your Business podcast He once ran an online fashion magazine, studied, then dropped out of filmmaking, interned on Dawson’s Creek, and has a network called Mouth Media Network. Phew! We cover all this and more on this fascinating chat. Enjoy!

  • 00:09 - How Charles and I met
  • 02:56 - When he recorded his first podcast
  • 04:16 - How long he had been a filmmaker when he started his podcast
  • 05:16 - The microphone he’s using for this podcast episode
  • 06:01 - How he developed his relationship with Sennheiser
  • 06:55 - Why he feels Sennheiser saw the value of partnering with him and his show
  • 07:48 - Charles explains what fashion technology is
  • 08:37 - Stella McCartney and vegan and environmentally friendly materials
  • 10:58 - The excitement behind wearable tech
  • 11:31 - A company that’s making custom shoes for $250
  • 12:29 - The article he wrote on how the fashion industry could use blockchain tech
  • 13:15 - Syndicated Media’s idea to replace iTunes as the hub of podcast RSS feeds with a blockchain
  • 13:38 - What blockchain technology means
  • 15:13 - Where his love of fashion comes from
  • 15:43 - His most noticeable episodes
  • 17:37 - Why he likes having a panel on his podcast
  • 18:33 - How he’s grown as a host since the start of his show
  • 19:47 - Why he has a love/hate relationship with the show Project Runway
  • 20:15 - Charles explains how he starts every episode of American Fashion
  • 21:30 - What he does with episodes where the conversations weren’t great
  • 22:10 - His network, Mouth Media Network and his first show of the network
  • 24:42 - The podcast player he and his team is developing
  • 28:53 - Whether or not he’s worked on a mobile app before
  • 29:22 - His love of technology, Kevin Kelly from Wired, and the 2600 magazine
  • 30:29 - His piece of fiction in 2600 magazine and his involvement with their conference
  • 31:57 - Mouth Media Network’s different podcasts
  • 32:54 - If he’s ever put a network together before and what he’s learned from creating his network
  • 34:52 - Where he thought he would be at this point in his life
  • 37:01 - His approach to networking and making connections
  • 37:53 - The Stone Soup story
  • 40:55 - When he started to put his skills as a connector to use
  • 42:44 - Something he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 43:05 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 45:14 - What’s got him excited for the upcoming year
  • 47:40 - The podcast conferences he plans on attending this year

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/charles-beckwith-interview

Direct download: PJ157-CharlesBeckwith.mp3
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If you’ve ever used Groupon to grab a discount at a local business then you can thank Andrew Mason for that. He’s the founder and former CEO and he has an appetite for creating cool and useful products like Groupon.

Four years ago he took the idea of Groupon’s ability to use a phone’s GPS to provide discounts to its customers and applied it to location-based audio tours with a company called Detour. His latest venture, Descript, the world’s first audio processor, is geared towards anyone who works with audio and is in need of transcription services.

With the ability to transcribe hours of audio in under five minutes, Descript is a tool that podcasters might want to take note of. But the real magic of Descript is its ability to edit audio by editing text. Magic! Listen in to find out what else Descript can do, it may just be the tool you’ve been waiting for.

  • 05:32 - Andrew’s company, Detour, and its role in the podcasting space
  • 07:11 - If he thought Detour would be as easily consumed as podcasts are
  • 08:42 - The potential of taking snippets of Detour to use for a podcast
  • 10:15 - What he’s learned from launching Detour
  • 11:46 - How the idea of his transcription tool, Descript was born
  • 14:43 - My first thoughts on Descript
  • 15:39 - Descript’s ability to insert voices and delete words
  • 17:56 - Andrew talks about how Descript can be integrated into your workflow
  • 22:42 - Descript’s machine-learning capabilities
  • 24:15 - Andrew describes who can benefit from using Descript
  • 26:54 - Descript’s goal in the future
  • 28:10 - Descript’s ability to conduct phonetic analysis of words
  • 28:43 - If Descript’s technology is new or if it was already around
  • 29:36 - What has him excited about the podcasting space
  • 31:09 - His two favorite podcasts
  • 32:12 - If the desire to create things has always been in his blood
  • 33:41 - The person who showed him what hard work looks like
  • 35:57 - What he’s learned from previous experiences in his career
  • 39:12 - If a podcast is in Descript’s future
  • 40:44 - Why he loves podcasts and The Daily podcast
  • 42:32 - What he learned about empathy and judgment at Groupon
  • 44:38 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/andrew-mason-interview

Direct download: PJ156-AndrewMason.mp3
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Cliff Ravenscraft has helped more than 35,000 people launch their podcasts and get their message out into the world for the past 10 years. Also known as the Podcast Answer Man, Cliff used to work as an insurance agent, but he left that career after 12 years to start his own successful business that today generates about a half million dollars every year.

I am very thankful to Cliff because he was instrumental to the creation of Podcast Junkies so it is truly an honor to have him on the show. There are so many great things Cliff talks about and I can’t wait for you to hear it so go ahead and push that play button!

Full show notes: http://pjnk.es/155

Direct download: PJ155-Cliff-Ravenscraft.mp3
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David Steele is the founder of the Steele Empire podcasting network that is home to A Quest for Magic and Steele, which he hosts and produces with his children, and Ark City, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the listener tags along with the hero of the story as it unfolds on each episode. Always searching for new ways to feed his creative hunger and bond with his family, David decided to start A Quest for Magic and Steele which is based off of the popular role playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Complete with character voices and a Gamemaster, A Quest for Magic and Steele is played out live for its listeners to enjoy and enthrall themselves in this improvised fantasy world.

Full show notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/david-steele-interview/

Direct download: PJ154-David-Steele.mp3
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Trules is the host of e-travels with e. trules. He's lived an incredibly interesting life and recently discovered the world of podcasting. He's an artist, “self-producer and self-initiator”, an amazing storyteller and has taught theater at USC for 31 years. He's been a performer for almost five decades as a modern dancer and a clown, of all things! Going into his last year of teaching he was offered a grant from the school for a project of his choosing and he chose a podcast. And we're lucky he did!

Full show notes: http://pjnk.es/153

Direct download: PJ153-Eric-Trules.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm EST

David Ridgen is a Toronto-based filmmaker for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and host of Someone Knows Something, a true crime podcast that digs deep to uncover the truth of unsolved crimes. Trained as a documentary storyteller as a filmmaker, David takes those same skills and applies them to SKS to deliver a podcast that is very well produced, investigated, and meticulously crafted. His experience as an investigator and journalist serves him well and he no doubt has helped catapult the rising interest of true crime podcasts.

  • 05:50 - His true crime podcast, Someone Knows Something (SKS)
  • 08:41 - The difference between making a podcast and an investigative film
  • 09:56 - Why he doesn’t listen to podcasts or watch documentaries
  • 11:36 - The unfamiliarity of podcasts in Canada
  • 13:12 - Why he stepped away and felt hesitant returning to work on SKS
  • 16:30 - How he copes and decompresses from the heavy subject matter of SKS
  • 18:32 - His background with investigative journalism
  • 19:53 - How he approaches asking the tough questions
  • 21:49 - The beauty and effectiveness of silence
  • 23:13 - His interest in Michael Moore’s work and the people who have helped him in his career
  • 25:16 - How he goes about finding a case to investigate
  • 28:20 - The importance of the process of looking at the cases he investigates
  • 30:37 - The many families still seeking closure from unsolved crime cases
  • 31:56 - His team that helps him deliver SKS
  • 34:01 - The involved production process behind SKS
  • 36:09 - The music and source audio behind SKS
  • 38:03 - The lengthy scripts that are involved to produce SKS
  • 38:56 - The support of his friends and family in his work
  • 41:34 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/david-ridgen-interview

Direct download: PJ152-DavidRidgen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EST

Clay Groves is host of the Fish Nerds Fishing podcast, an ice fishing guide, and a grant writer based out of New Hampshire. Although he and co-founder Dave Kellum started the podcast in 2013, they first started Fish Nerds in 2011 as a writing project with the hope of publishing a book about catching and eating every fresh water fish in New Hampshire.

Even though the book project never materialized, it did grow into the Fish Nerds Fishing podcast and with over 170 episodes under his belt, Clay has found a very specific and niche topic that has proven to catch his audience’s attention.

  • 03:58 - The backstory behind the Fish Nerds and the Fish Nerds Fishing podcast
  • 07:35 - MAPCON: Clay’s first experience with a podcasting conference
  • 08:51 - Clay’s background in education and his opinion on conferences in the education space and how MAPCON compares to them
  • 10:05 - What he thinks about the podcast community at MAPCON
  • 11:25 - Road trip adventures with Podcast Junkies episode 136 guest, Amanda Doughty
  • 12:05 - How he met Amanda and their collaborations
  • 13:01 - Making friends through podcasting
  • 13:33 - How using Patreon has greatly helped him with podcasting
  • 17:48 - How to get the most out of a service like Patreon
  • 22:33 - Advertising his ice fishing guide business on his podcast
  • 22:51 - Some of the challenges of podcasting while ice fishing
  • 24:28 - What people are mostly surprised about with ice fishing
  • 26:07 - The sustainability behind ice fishing
  • 27:09 - How thick the ice has to be for ice fishing, snowmobiles, trucks, and airplanes
  • 29:51 - How he feels about getting paid for ice fishing and what he’s doing to grow his business
  • 32:39 - Clay shares one of his most memorable fishing stories
  • 37:34 - People’s natural tendency to help others who are in a bad situation
  • 40:03 - How he got into teaching
  • 41:56 - How he almost had a career in the music industry and when Nirvana stunk
  • 44:51 - The How to Play Guitar with Clay podcast - good or bad idea?
  • 46:18 - Why he likes trying new stuff and the different things he’s done
  • 49:11 - His daughter’s acting endeavors
  • 52:36 - Allowing your children the freedom to explore different interests
  • 54:58 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 58:11 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:01:01 - Clay talks about the time he first heard about me and Podcast Junkies

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/clay-groves-interview

Direct download: PJ151-ClayGroves.mp3
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