Podcast Junkies | Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring Podcasters, Storytellers, Entrepreneurs [member of ⚡Podcastica]

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01am EST

Pat Flynn is an entrepreneur, blogger, author, podcaster, and host of The Smart Passive Income podcast. Pat has been helping people build passive income-driven online businesses ever since 2008.

  • 07:04 - Pat’s experience with speaking in front of large audiences
  • 08:00 - His earliest memory of performing on a stage
  • 09:26 - The role he plays in his kid’s future career paths
  • 10:37 - What scares him the most as a parent
  • 12:08 - His opinion on children using devices such as iPads
  • 13:16 - His earliest recollection of a video game console
  • 14:20 - His most obsessive moments with video games and his gamer handle
  • 15:46 - His passion for technology
  • 16:10 - The things you sometimes have to do for great vlog footage
  • 17:34 - His recent foray into vlogging
  • 19:39 - If there is something specific about the vlogging medium to be considerate of
  • 21:15 - The importance of relinquishing control and having the right team around you
  • 23:26 - Some mistakes he’s made and what you can learn from them
  • 24:54 - Having Standard Operating Procedures in place for your team
  • 25:47 - What Pat does to ensure he’s always challenging himself and his network of peers
  • 27:16 - What he’s currently doing that’s scaring him and pushing him out of his comfort zone
  • 29:44 - Selling his podcasting course on stage for the first time
  • 34:09 - Handling when everyone wants a piece of Pat Flynn
  • 35:50 - What he does to balance his work/life experience
  • 39:24 - His relationship with friends from his past
  • 41:38 - How he handles giving his time to his fan base at various events
  • 43:42 - Raising the bar each time he performs
  • 45:26 - What he learned about creating keynote speeches
  • 46:28 - His most famous keynote speech and perfecting it each time he performs
  • 48:47 - Why he spends the whole time at the events he attends
  • 50:08 - If he ever reflects back on his career
  • 51:05 - Why he didn’t dance at his prom and his favorite speaking technique revealed
  • 52:36 - The first time he ever hit the dance floor
  • 53:59 - His friend and mentor, Chris Ducker
  • 55:31 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 58:46 - The most misunderstood thing about him
  • 59:58 - His newest project, Build Your Own Brand

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/pat-flynn-interview

Direct download: PJ150-PatFlynn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

Mark Ramsey is the host of Inside The Exorcist and Inside Psycho, podcasts that dive deep to tell the stories behind the making of legendary blockbuster movies. Mark’s podcasts are essentially a television series without pictures, audio graphic novels and biopics where the listener is immersed in sounds that help paint the picture and masterfully accompany the storytelling to create an unforgettable Orwellianesque audio experience.

If you haven’t listened to Mark’s podcasts yet, I’ve included a brief sample of Inside The Exorcist at the end of this podcast that is sure to grasp you and make you hit that subscribe button.

  • 04:22 - How he got connected with Hernan Lopez of Wondery
  • 05:18 - Mark’s podcasting experience and his thoughts on the podcasting space
  • 06:42 - His thoughts on Netflix and its myriad of choices
  • 07:59 - When he first learned of podcasts and what he thought about the name
  • 09:05 - It shouldn’t be so difficult to listen to a podcast
  • 10:46 - Mark talks about how he came up with the Inside Psycho podcast series
  • 14:20 - His response to people that say his podcasts are not accurate
  • 16:36 - If non-fictional stories are more impactful than fictional stories
  • 16:54 - Alfred Hitchcock and his über successful movie, Psycho
  • 18:41 - The process of making art and what he hopes comes out of his shows
  • 19:26 - HBO’s documentary on Steven Spielberg
  • 21:12 - Replicating the success recipe of Silence of the Lambs on his shows
  • 23:12 - His ever evolving storytelling skills and the importance of audio in storytelling
  • 25:34 - Using silence as a color in storytelling
  • 27:03 - Creating your own unique format instead of replicating other shows
  • 29:44 - How the podcasting space has room for innovation
  • 30:38 - What you can expect to hear on the first episode of Inside The Exorcist
  • 31:39 - Where he feels his interest lies
  • 32:45 - The problem with video and how the audio medium compares to it
  • 36:41 - The people who have influenced Mark’s work
  • 43:10 - What he’s changed his mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/mark-ramsey-interview

Direct download: PJ149-MarkRamsey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EST

Annett Bone is a dancer, entrepreneur, and the host of The DancePreneuring Studio podcast where she speaks with dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, studio owners, and others in the dance world so they can share their personal stories of the challenges they’ve encountered and the success they’ve experienced in this highly competitive arena.

In this conversation, Annett opens up about her own personal struggles and confronting her self-doubt, how she became involved with dancing, why she started her podcast, and how its helped her grow and opened the door to so many opportunities.

  • 03:14 - Where I met Annett
  • 04:18 - Her experience with podcasting conferences
  • 05:43 - The differences between business and podcasting conferences
  • 07:47 - How she got started on her entrepreneurial journey
  • 13:55 - Dealing with “Imposter Syndrome”
  • 14:26 - Not letting self-doubt stop her from trying new things like starting a podcast
  • 17:10 - When she became aware of tapping into her intuition
  • 18:52 - The work she was involved with before starting her podcast
  • 21:08 - How Annett got started with dancing
  • 25:46 - Immersing yourself around talented people to elevate your own talent
  • 28:04 - What drove her to start her podcast
  • 30:10 - How one particular guest inspired and motivated her during a challenging time
  • 32:32 - How she’s grown as a podcaster since starting her show
  • 33:39 - Annett explains why she thinks she was so self-conscious early on in her life
  • 36:21 - What attracted her about homeschooling
  • 39:09 - The kind of feedback she’s received from her listeners
  • 43:30 - Her experience and thoughts on public speaking
  • 47:05 - An upcoming project she’s working on that’s still hush-hush
  • 48:52 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 50:38 - How she tackles making decisions in her life
  • 52:31 - The trepidation she felt before speaking at MAPCON
  • 53:56 - What she learned about the podcasters she met and heard at MAPCON
  • 55:09 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/annett-bone-interview

Direct download: PJ148-AnnettBone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Scott Mulvaney is a self-professed adrenaline junkie. From fighting fires to jumping out of planes, mountain biking, rock climbing and more, Scott lives to live a Fired Up Epic Life.

As the creator of the brand and podcast, Live the FUEL, he aims to inspire people to get out of their comfort zone and try new things in order to reach new goals in life. Scott is a high energy, motivational, and inspirational person as is evident in our conversation and by the end of this podcast you’ll be itching to get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to new heights.

  • 04:37 - Scott’s two and half hour podcast episode and why he doesn’t edit
  • 06:03 - The MAPCON conference and his experience with it
  • 08:58 - Scott’s background and how his podcast has helped grow his brand
  • 10:10 - The origins of his brand, Live the Fuel
  • 13:44 - How I came up with the Podcast Junkies brand
  • 15:54 - The story of he became involved with helping others
  • 21:09 - Scott’s work ethic
  • 25:46 - The new Point Break movie, adrenaline junkies and their need for more
  • 28:02 - Getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things like fighting fires
  • 31:24 - What made him decide that he wanted to fight fires
  • 37:30 - What Scott tells people who want to explore beyond their comfort zone
  • 40:10 - What Scott went through when he left the firefighting life
  • 42:58 - Opening up about his struggles and challenges on his podcast
  • 46:38 - Scott’s advice on what to do when you run out of things to talk about
  • 49:36 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 51:47 - The number of skydiving jumps he’s made
  • 52:27 - The story of my first jump
  • 54:02 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/scott-mulvaney-interview

Direct download: PJ147-ScottMulvaney.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EST

Jim Collison is the host of the Home Gadget Geeks podcast where he helps people navigate through all of the consumer technology that is out there today. He is also the creator of the Average Guy Network, a channel the “average guy” can visit to get all the information they need to help inform and educate themselves with all the different facets of technology.

Jim recently celebrated 10 years working at Gallup where he was instrumental in the development of a college and high school technical internship program in Omaha, Nebraska and in launching a podcast based around what Gallup is known for - their Strengths Finder Assessments. Gallup now has four podcasts which he helps produce and host. We talk all about it here.

  • 06:10 - The best time to be a podcaster
  • 07:25 - When listeners of your show provide you feedback
  • 09:34 - Jim’s healthy Twitter community and his wildly popular weather tweets
  • 12:07 - The challenges of responding to your community and how Jim manages it
  • 15:26 - The first time he heard of podcasts and the first ones he was listening to
  • 18:24 - His job at Gallup and how he was instrumental in implementing a podcast there
  • 23:01 - How Jim sold the idea to Gallup to start a podcast
  • 25:48 - The importance of having structure on your show
  • 28:28 - Practice makes perfect
  • 30:15 - How being a podcaster has prepared him to be an MC
  • 33:22 - Jim explains the reason he started his network, Average Guy TV
  • 35:48 - Whether or not he consolidates his RSS feeds and other tech questions
  • 38:41 - The story of how he first met Dave Jackson
  • 42:37 - How long Ask the Podcast Coach has been running and interesting moments
  • 45:46 - What Gallup is known for
  • 47:24 - The Gallup Strengths Finder Assessment and what it said about Jim
  • 52:35 - His wife and children’s strengths
  • 53:40 - The challenges of balancing his professional and personal life
  • 57:25 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:49 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jim-collison-interview

Direct download: PJ146-JimCollison.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44am EST

After answering an ad from a radio producer in Houston, Texas that was looking for an idea for a radio show, Colleen Mullen received a phone call saying that she had been chosen as the lucky person to launch a podcast - in less than a month! With no prior broadcasting experience, she jumped in two feet first into the podcasting ring and created the Coaching Through Chaos podcast where she interviews authors and experts in the field of psychology to help them navigate through the chaos in their lives.

Colleen is also the co-host of another podcast called Shrink to Shrink and she runs a private practice as a relationship therapist in San Diego, California where she specializes in high conflict couples.

  • 05:21 - Colleen’s relationship with technology
  • 05:52 - How she started podcasting
  • 09:34 - Hurricanes, earthquakes, aftershocks, and tremors
  • 14:03 - Fulfilling her commitment to launch Coaching Through Chaos
  • 15:24 - The response she’s received on her podcast and the connections she’s made
  • 17:07 - Her second podcast, Shrink to Shrink
  • 18:09 - What she has gotten out of going to podcasting conferences
  • 21:33 - Podcast Movement and being completely present in conversations
  • 23:54 - Colleen shares an exciting story from Podcast Movement
  • 26:41 - Building lasting connections and treating your guests like gold
  • 28:29 - Using her podcast as a way to leverage and enhance her business
  • 32:06 - If social media is bringing us closer together or further apart
  • 34:12 - The younger generation’s erosion of social skills
  • 35:15 - How constant communication through texting is bad for couples
  • 36:58 - If experiences with clients and guests on her show merge with one another
  • 38:26 - Using podcasts to establish yourself as a thought leader
  • 40:33 - The creative way she brands her podcast in her waiting room
  • 43:25 - Her time growing up in New York
  • 46:20 - Reminiscing about old New York clubs and NYC living
  • 49:36 - Visiting museums when she’s in big cities
  • 50:06 - One of her memorable museum experiences
  • 51:39 - Our experience with contemporary art installations
  • 54:03 - Her story about the powerful ‘The Lost Boys’ painting by Kerry James Marshall
  • 57:50 - The first time I saw Rembrandt’s Night Watch painting
  • 58:59 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:01:08 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/colleen-mullen-interview

Direct download: PJ145-ColleenMullen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03am EST

Richard Davies is a journalist with over 30 years experience covering breaking news in politics and business who has now turned to podcasting to find the solutions to the problems that weigh heavily on all of our minds. He co-hosts the How Do We Fix It podcast alongside his longtime friend and journalist, Jim Meigs. Their show looks to find better ways to talk about the issues and problems that all of us face by featuring innovative thinkers and discussing with them the solutions to these often complex situations

  • 03:13 - His thoughts on Podcast Movement
  • 04:49 - The differences between being an on-air news correspondent and a podcaster
  • 05:53 - If his colleagues are curious about his podcasting journey and one thing he’s really learned from podcasting
  • 07:08 - The habits he needed to unlearn from radio when he began to podcast
  • 07:44 - What inspired him to take on podcasting
  • 09:16 - The shows he was listening to that gave him inspiration
  • 10:25 - The host of his show, Jim Meigs and their relationship
  • 11:26 - Richard explains, Change My Mind, the first show he wanted to produce
  • 13:06 - What he did to get guests on his show and what they discovered about attracting guests
  • 14:06 - How he and Jim promise guests a lively interview
  • 15:15 - If guests tell them that the interview was different than what their used to
  • 15:49 - Who his dream guests are
  • 16:38 - What Jim and Neil deGrasse Tyson have in common
  • 17:25 - The feedback they’ve received that’s changed the direction of their show
  • 19:08 - If he’s surprised by the personal nature of podcasting
  • 19:53 - Richard proselytizing for podcasts and how he shows people where to find his
  • 21:48 - The fall of the Berlin Wall: his favorite story he covered as a journalist
  • 24:17 - Appreciating and covering historical moments in history such as 9/11
  • 25:17 - His time living in Hastings, NY and Britain
  • 25:59 - How spending time in the States and England has shaped his worldview
  • 26:41 - When he first knew he wanted to become a journalist
  • 28:16 - If watching journalists on TV was important to him growing up and emulating your idols
  • 29:39 - Two of his favorite journalists
  • 30:42 - Films he thinks have portrayed the news and journalism accurately
  • 33:08 - What he thinks of HBO’s, The Newsroom
  • 33:37 - Richard talks about his episode with Aaron Pilhofer, How Trust Can Save Journalism
  • 37:19 - How he feels about some podcasts
  • 38:36 - The idea behind the Fix It Shorts
  • 40:58 - Where his motivation to continue podcasting comes from
  • 42:09 - How Donald Trump’s election has changed our political landscape
  • 43:41 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 46:04 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 46:37 - Richard asks me a few questions about his show

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/richard-davies-interview

Direct download: PJ144-RichardDavies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EST