Podcast Junkies: Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring, Motivational Storytelling Podcasters, Entrepreneurs
070 Bill Barol | Defining the Meaning of Home, One Story at a Time

Bill Barol is the host of HOME: Stories From L.A. and the author of Thanks for Killing Me. He is also a journalist and has written for various web sites such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and others. Although Bill’s podcast is relatively new, it really stood out to me because of its high quality. Bill talks on how he came up with the theme for the podcast and why he decided to use podcasting as the medium. This episode is a bit longer than usual, so get comfortable and enjoy the show!

Show Highlights

  • 00:05:35 – I talk about the quality of Bill’s podcast.
  • 00:06:25 – What has the reaction to Bill’s podcast been like so far?
  • 00:08:55 – Why did Bill decide to get into podcasting?
  • 00:14:05 – Bill talks about equipment used for podcasting.
  • 00:16:10 – Even though Bill’s podcast is new, I knew right away he was taking it seriously.
  • 00:20:15 – Home is a loaded word, so why did he choose it for the theme of his podcast?
  • 00:25:20 – Bill has a complicated relationship with Philadelphia, the city he grew up in.
  • 00:29:30 – Bill is open to hearing out people’s story ideas for his podcast.
  • 00:32:15 – Why was the 1994 Northridge earthquake a defining moment for Bill?
  • 00:36:25 – That story stood out to me because I was in New York during 9/11.
  • 00:38:55 – How does Bill choose the music he uses in the podcast?
  • 00:44:25 – We learn about the back story behind Episode 2: In Their Room.
  • 00:55:05 – Bill talks about Episode 3: One Man’s Town, and Episode 5: Growing Up 818.
  • 01:09:10 – Bill talks about his experience in journalism and the transformation from print to digital.
  • 01:12:50 – Bill talks about the cover piece he wrote on David Letterman.
  • 01:16:55 – We talk about co-sleeping with our pets.
  • 01:18:25 – What has Bill changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:20:10 – What challenges does Bill anticipate while trying to grow the show?
  • 01:28:00 – Be consistent with your podcast.
  • 01:30:00 – Bill has been publishing 2-3 minute extras from each interview that didn’t make the cut.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/70


Direct download: PJ070-Bill-Barol.mp3
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069 Mark Asquith | Your Personality Is Your Company’s Secret Weapon

Mark Asquith is the host of the Excellence Expected podcast, which is the number one small business podcast in the United Kingdom. Mark and I geek out a little bit on DC comics/superheroes and the nostalgia effect that happens when we pick up a comic. We also find out about Mark’s former mentors and the growing popularity of podcasts in the UK.

Show Highlights

  • 04:50 – What was Mark surprised about at Podcast Movement?
  • 08:25 – Mark talks about his first podcast: The DC Universe Podcast.
  • 12:40 – Podcasting has made Mark a better conversationalist.
  • 19:55 – Mark talks about his mother.
  • 25:00 – Mark talks about his friend Ben Beaumont.
  • 32:30 – That one guest isn’t going to ‘make’ your show.
  • 36:10 – Mark and I talk about our intros.
  • 40:35 – UK vs. US podcasting?
  • 44:35 – Mark is a Dick Grayson/Nightwing fan.
  • 45:05 – Mark talks comics.
  • 52:20 – His first memory of the United States: Superman.
  • 56:40 – Who are Mark’s mentors?
  • 01:01:50 – What has Mark changed his mind about recently?


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/69

Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Mark-Asquith-Interview.mp3
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068 Taki Moore | This Super Coach Tackles Adversity With a Smile

Taki Moore is the co-host of the Sales Marketing Profit podcast and the host of Coach Marketing Machine. Taki has a background in marketing and has been an inspirational coach to me. We met through a mutual friend, James Schramko, who I have also interviewed here. On the show, Taki shares his story on why he hates shoes, his first real job experience, and how he handles adversity.

Show Highlights

  • 04:10 – Taki talks about CrossFit.
  • 09:25 – Who was Taki’s first mentor?
  • 12:40 – Taki talks about his first cubicle job.
  • 19:00 – How does Taki travel with his kids?
  • 26:55 – Are you meant to just be a clock puncher?
  • 30:35 – Why does Taki walk around barefoot?
  • 38:00 – What are Taki’s podcasts about?
  • 41:45 – Taki talks on the architecture of the content you’re creating.
  • 47:20 – How important are friends to Taki?
  • 58:00 – How does Taki handle adversity?
  • 01:02:50 – There’s always time for some exciting adventures.
  • 01:05:45 – We have a choice on how we want to handle adversity.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/68

Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Taki-Moore-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

067 Amy Schmittauer | How YouTube Has Propelled Her Savvy Branding

Amy Schmittauer is a professional vlogger on YouTube and the host of The Social Authority Podcast. Amy talks on the main reason for creating her podcast, why she loves the video format just as much as the audio, and whether or not she’ll continue creating podcast episodes after February of next year.

Show Highlights

  • 04:20 – Amy and I discuss The Podcast Movement.
  • 06:35 – Amy talks about YouTube.
  • 12:10 – Did Amy have imposture syndrome when she started the podcast?
  • 14:45 – Amy loves editing.
  • 18:10 – Amy talks about her siblings.
  • 24:35 – You think you’re multitasking when listening to a podcast, but you’re actually not.
  • 31:00 – It’s so easy to get quality content for free or at low-cost.
  • 34:00 – What is it like living in the public eye?
  • 39:20 – Amy talks about the things she learned while working at a law firm.
  • 44:15 – It is very important to have confidence in yourself.
  • 47:55 – Amy talks about her awesome relationship with Sue B. Zimmerman.
  • 52:15 – You attract like-minded people into your life.
  • 55:00 – Amy talks about her show, The Social Authority Podcast.
  • 57:25 – Amy hates Skype and has been using Blab instead.
  • 01:00:20 – What is Amy’s morning routine?
  • 01:01:25 – Amy has recently changed her mind with her membership program.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/67


Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Amy-Schmittauer-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

066 Remi Lavictoire & Jonathan Colban | A Passion For Science Fiction Unites Them

Rem Lavictoire and Jonathan Colbon of The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast join me on the show to discuss their podcast and the various movies that have influenced them. We talk about Star Wars, Alien, Jaws, and so much more. This is definitely the podcast for all you movie buffs out there. To find out more about their show, go to http://sci fimoviepodcast.com/

Show Highlights

  • 06:00 – How did the podcast get started?
  • 09:00 – Rem talks about the podcast format.
  • 13:50 – How does Rem select the movies?
  • 16:40 – Star Wars was the first sci-fi movie Rem watched and Alien had the most impact.
  • 18:20 – Jonathan’s first sci-fi movie was Star Trek 4.
  • 22:50 – Where’s the line drawn between horror and sci-fi?
  • 28:35 – What makes a movie become a classic?
  • 37:50 – The Expendables was such a guilty pleasure.
  • 43:45 – Jonathan failed grade 9.
  • 47:35 – Star Wars vs Star Trek?
  • 50:25 – How did Rem get started in radio?
  • 01:05:10 – How is The Fast and The Furious still a thing?
  • 01:06:00 – Were the guys disappointed that Back to the Future inventions still don’t exist?
  • 01:11:30 – The guys talk about upcoming movies.
  • 01:16:25 – What about the technology that exists today that -should- be considered sci-fi?
  • 01:21:20 – Don’t forget to check out Rem and Jonathan’s podcast.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/66

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065 Lea Thau | Discovering Intimate Moments in People’s Lives

Lea Thau is a Peabody Award-winning producer and director, and she is also the creator and host of Strangers. Her podcast features true stories of people she meets. These ‘strangers’ bare it all on her podcast, and some even discover they aren’t who they thought they were. Lea has also taught storytelling to organizations around the country, including Google, Nike, Time Inc. and many others. Lea talks on the subject of living in New York City, the differences between Denmark and the U.S., and what her creative process is like.

Show Highlights

  • 07:45 – Why are people’s stories important to Lea?
  • 12:15 – Lea talks on what it’s like to live in New York City.
  • 25:20 – Lea discussed what people’s emotional states were like after 9/11.
  • 33:50 – What was Lea’s experience like with India?
  • 41:35 – Lea believes that being from Denmark has helped her gain interest in strangers.
  • 49:15 – I talk about the book Spiral Dynamics.
  • 51:15 – Lea is sometimes shocked by how brutal the U.S. system is.
  • 58:15 – There’s two sides to the coin, especially as an immigrant living in the U.S.
  • 01:05:10 – Lea describes her thought processes after talking to guests.
  • 01:12:15 – Lea is personally invested in her guests and has cried during interviews.
  • 01:17:25 – Lea talks about Nate DiMeo.
  • 01:19:25 – How has Lea grown as an interviewer?
  • 01:20:07 – What has Lea changed her mind about recently?


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/65

Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Lea-Thau-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:15am EDT

PJ064 Dan Lizette Turns the Tables on Harry Duran


Episode Summary

OK, this week Dan Lizette run an interesting experiment. With The Podcast Digest episode released on Sunday, the first part of our diabolical plan was put into motion. It turns out he's interviewing me for my show, while I return the favor on his show, which is now on the air! So immediately after listening to this episode, make sure you check out part 2 of this experiment and listen to me interviewing Dan Lizette on The Podcast Digest!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:53pm EDT

063 Mike Vardy  | A Life Lived Productively Pays Off

Mike Vardy is the host of the Productivity podcast and the co-host of Workflowing with Michael Schechter. He has given both talks and workshops related to goal, time, task, and project management. On today’s episode, Mike talks to Harry on the three words he’s focusing on this year, his family, and why he has a Green Lantern ring.

Show Highlights

  • 04:50 – Why did Mike take an improv class?
  • 09:00 – Mike recommends podcasters/speakers should take an improv class.
  • 14:10 – There’s no such thing as an overnight success.
  • 15:25 – Mike talks about Derek Sivers.
  • 17:35 – I’ve been doubling down on some things lately.
  • 19:00 – Mike’s focus is on three words this year: Growth, Generosity, and Gratitude.
  • 20:30 – My three words for this year are: Focus, Forward, and Spirit.
  • 22:00 – Mike and I talk a bit about productivity.
  • 27:40 – Why is Mike wearing a super hero ring..?
  • 38:30 – Practicing patience is hard for Mike.
  • 44:25 – Mike listens to the Accidental Creative.
  • 45:25 – It’s so hard to just leave your house when you’re working from home.
  • 49:10 – Mike and his wife have regular meetings about their family.
  • 54:00 – Mike talks about EP 38: Flying Solo: A Solo Parenting Productivity Adventure.
  • 01:02:00 – Where does Mike’s humility come from?
  • 01:12:50 – I recommend The Mo Show to Mike.
  • 01:15:30 – One thing Mike has changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:19:40 – Get a free PDF and audio program athttp://productivityist.com/podcastjunkies


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/63


Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Mike-Vardy-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44am EDT

062 Christina Canters | Why You Need To Stand Out and Get Noticed

Christina Canters is the host of the Stand Out Get Noticed podcast and is a former architect. Christina shares her story on why she created her first podcast, Presentation Skills For Design Students, and why she made the decision to leave her career in architecture at the end. She also talks on how she discovered a creative way to book extraordinary people on her current podcast and make a connection with them long before the audio starts recording.

Show Highlights

  • 03:10 – When something can go wrong, it usually will.
  • 06:55 – Christina talks about her first podcast.
  • 08:55 – How did Christina book Andrew Warner and Jared Easley?
  • 21:10 – Christina talks about Tony Robbins and her personal development journey.
  • 29:00 – Why did Christina not like architecture?
  • 36:45 – Was Christina always this bubbly?
  • 41:20 – Christina has no regrets for leaving architecture.
  • 43:20 – Everything we do is a stepping stone that leads us down a more interesting path.
  • 43:55 – I talk about episode 3 with Ayman Abdullah from AppSumo.
  • 50:20 – Christina talks about her younger sister.
  • 54:25 – You have to start somewhere.
  • 55:10 – Is Christina a Podcast Junkie?
  • 58:15 – Christina and I talk about CrossFit.
  • 01:07 – Get out of your comfort zone! Amazing things will happen when you do.
  • 01:10 – What you see is what you get from Christina.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/62

Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Christina-Canters-Interview.mp3
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061 Jason Bryant | Persistence and Perseverance, On and Off the Mat

Jason Bryant is the host of the Short Time Wrestling podcast and currently runs a network of shows on the subject of wrestling on MatTalkOnline.com. Jason Bryant started Mat Talk as a radio show back in 1997 as a college freshman and then later relaunched it in podcast format. Jason talks to me about his background in wrestling, his love for the sport, and his passion for podcasts. Jason also shares some statistics on his podcast for the audience.

Show Highlights

  • 06:00 – What other podcasts does Jason do?
  • 09:45 – What captures Jason’s ear in a podcast?
  • 14:45 – There’s too many podcast shows for us to consume all at once.
  • 17:50 – What was Jason’s first podcast about?
  • 23:50 – There’s a very low retention in wrestlers after they finish highschool/college.
  • 28:45 – Jason’s memory is uncanny.
  • 31:45 – Everybody needs a reality check. Jason talks about his.
  • 34:10 – Jason talks about his wife and his rough home life.
  • 42:55 – Jason has no problem helping his competitors.
  • 45:35 – Why is Jason hosting a lot of the shows on his network?
  • 51:25 – Jason is constantly educating others why podcasts are a valuable resource.
  • 54:35 – When did Jason start interviewing celebrities?
  • 59:55 – Jason shares some of his podcast stats.
  • 01:02:25 – Ask yourself, “Who are the guests that would bring your audience the most value?”
  • 01:05:55 – Jason has been trying to get Tim Ferriss on the show.
  • 01:12:00 – Jason and I really geeked out on Blab during International Podcasters Day.
  • 01:15:55 – Jason gives a shout out to some of my old guests.
  • 01:18:24 – You can find Jason at MatTalkOnline.Com and Twitter.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/61



Direct download: Podcast-Junkies-Jason-Bryant-Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am EDT