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

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
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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
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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
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After Elle Martinez got engaged, she started to go over her and her soon to be husband’s finances and quickly realized that they were in two completely different places. Looking for guidance, she began reading personal finance blogs but couldn’t find anyone talking about how to merge and manage your finances once you got married so she started a blog called Couple Money and eventually, the Couple Money podcast.

Through her blog and podcast, Elle has been helping families to achieve financial freedom by sharing her tips and life lessons for reducing debt, increasing income, and building net worth. She is the author of Jumpstart Your Marriage & Your Money and she has recorded over 200 episodes of Couple Money.

  • 05:45 - Her upcoming talk about “personal finance being more personal” at FinCon
  • 07:30 - How she got into podcasting
  • 08:46 - What the impetus was for starting her blog, Couple Money
  • 13:08 - Her listenership
  • 13:54 - When listeners go back to binge on all your episodes
  • 14:48 - How she would record episodes during her daughter’s nap time
  • 15:43 - What “cash-flowing” means and how she learned to edit her podcast
  • 18:26 - What she was hoping to get out of Podcast Movement 2017
  • 20:52 - The memorable business cards she passed out at Podcast Movement
  • 22:46 - The different types of guests she has on her show
  • 25:09 - Her mentors and role models in the FinCon space
  • 27:29 - Her most profound episode where she learned so much empathy
  • 27:29 - Her most profound episode where she learned so much empathy
  • 32:07 - If she’s ever had a guest on the show that said something their spouse wasn’t aware of
  • 33:22 - The joy of keeping podcasts real
  • 34:44 - Debt and depression
  • 38:53 - How she’s grown and what she’s learned because of podcasting
  • 40:49 - Her early interest in financing; bike stunts, and what she studied in school
  • 43:08 - What her family thinks about her being a podcaster
  • 46:09 - If she had any trepidation about entering the financial podcast arena
  • 48:57 - If she thinks any of her kids will ever start podcasting
  • 51:09 - Some podcasts we’re currently into
  • 54:10 - Her thoughts on the Equifax data breach and something called, Chatbot
  • 56:59 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:00:34 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 01:02:18 - Her idea for a game design podcast

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/elle-martinez-interview

Direct download: PJ143-ElleMartinez.mp3
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Natalie Eckdahl is the host of the Biz Chix podcast, a business coach and strategist who also leads mastermind groups for women entrepreneurs. She was inspired to start her podcast in 2014 because the business podcasts she was listening to mainly spotlighted men and she wanted to listen from more women entrepreneurs who were balancing a business and a family just like she was.

With nearly 300 episodes under her belt, Natalie has been able to provide a platform to women business owners and leaders whose voices are often underrepresented while also sharing her own knowledge and expertise to other female entrepreneurs who are looking to start and improve upon their own businesses.

  • 07:27 - Her thoughts on waiting for the right time to come on the show
  • 08:27 - Lessons she’s learned to improve her podcast and business
  • 11:32 - The first time she received feedback on her podcast
  • 14:44 - How she got started in podcasting
  • 20:02 - Thinking through how you want to design your podcast
  • 24:09 - Finding your own voice
  • 28:27 - My new favorite business podcast, More Cheese Less Whiskers
  • 30:21 - Using your podcast for your business
  • 32:28 - Using her Facebook group to connect her community to her podcast
  • 35:12 - When she has to explain to people what she does for a living
  • 35:32 - Her growing community of listeners and connecting with them at Podcast Movement
  • 37:52 - Celebrity status within the small online world
  • 38:33 - The powerful connections podcasts are able to make on listeners
  • 41:24 - If podcast listening will evolve from a solo in-ear experience to a more communal radio-type listening style
  • 43:44 - Featuring her kids on her podcast and if they will have their own show one day
  • 47:05 - If Generation Zers will take to podcasts
  • 48:03 - The new trend of TV shows turning into podcasts
  • 50:23 - The big support she received from her husband when she started her podcast
  • 53:26 - Creating memories and leaving a legacy through your podcast
  • 55:37 - Being vulnerable and sharing personal stories with your audience
  • 58:04 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:03:38 - How you can involve your listeners to help your podcast downloads grow

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/natalie-eckdahl-interview

Direct download: PJ142-NatalieEckdahl.mp3
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Meet Jay Connor, writer and one of the brilliant voices of the podcast, The Extraordinary Negroes, which he co-hosts with Alex Hardy. The Extraordinary Negroes tackles a wide range of issues and topics effecting the black community and aims to shed light and encourage dialogue on these important issues.

Their podcast has been featured in the New York Times, was nominated for Best Society & Culture podcast from The People’s Choice Podcast Awards, was featured in Bitch Media and they were invited to SXSW to perform a live recording of their show. Quite extraordinary for a podcast that has only been out for just one year.

I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet Jay and I’m just as excited to introduce him to all of you.

  • 07:52 - How I met Jay
  • 10:08 - If hip-hop and MCing should have an age limit
  • 12:46 - Binging on hip hop documentaries
  • 14:03 - When he first got interested in podcasting
  • 15:32 - His two biggest influences for starting his podcast
  • 16:03 - The event that led the way to his podcast blowing up
  • 19:01 - The three things he thought of so his podcast could stand out from the crowd
  • 19:24 - The meaning behind the name, The Extraordinary Negroes
  • 21:27 - One of the things he’s looking to do in the future with his podcast
  • 23:08 - Why he started The Extraordinary Negroes
  • 25:27 - When he first got interested in writing
  • 26:29 - Where he grew up
  • 27:51 - Culture shock in the military and the biggest culture shock he ever experienced
  • 28:52 - His time in the Air Force and why he chose to go to the military after high school
  • 33:40 - War being such a traumatic experience
  • 34:36 - Why he decided to turn down six figure salary job offers after the military
  • 36:17 - His opinion of Edward Snowden
  • 38:04 - How all his life experiences translate over to his podcast
  • 39:47 - His desire to provide black women a platform to tell their stories and to encourage dialogue on dismantling patriarchy
  • 42:05 - Empowering others to speak through his podcast
  • 43:51 - The divisiveness the issue of transphobia is creating in the black community
  • 46:27 - Transgender people in the military
  • 48:02 - The responsibility that comes along with having a podcast
  • 51:10 - Who in his family is surprised where he’s ended up in life
  • 53:42 - What he liked about the format of the Combat Jack show
  • 55:54 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 58:19 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 59:36 - His future plans for The Extraordinary Negroes

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jay-connor-interview

Direct download: PJ141-JayConnor.mp3
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Kwesi Hankins isn’t just a “Superfan” of Podcast Junkies, he’s a tremendous podcaster in his own right and the founder of Podwabbit, a collection of podcasts that cover such topics as sports, politics, tech news, and much more. You might say that Podwabbit affords its listeners an intimate look at all the different things that are going through Kwesi’s mind. With a podcast to suit every taste, the Podwabbit Network is sure to please even the most discerning of listeners.

  • 04:33 - Where he’s from, where he’s been, and where he calls home now
  • 07:19 - How he discovered Podcast Junkies
  • 10:41 - “Inner-sation” - Kwesi’s first stab at podcasting
  • 14:50 - The origins of Kwesi Wabbit and the Podwabbit Network
  • 17:55 - His background in tech and Podwabbit’s most popular show
  • 19:02 - Sports Chop Block and his other shows on the Podwabbit Network
  • 22:39 - How much time he spends producing the shows on Podwabbit
  • 24:34 - “Perfect is the enemy of done” - being OK with not being perfect
  • 26:22 - Going remote with his portable podcasting gear
  • 30:01 - Podcast Movement
  • 32:43 - His search for the most affordable ear buds
  • 33:44 - His passion for podcasting
  • 36:11 - How he came up with the name for the Pajama Dialogues podcast
  • 37:10 - Working from home
  • 37:48 - My dog, Disco
  • 38:35 - His full-time gig and his podcast, Intentional Grounding
  • 42:46 - Stories from the ER and what he’s learned from those experiences
  • 46:57 - Why his podcast network reminds me of the movie, Inside Out
  • 47:53 - Why he didn’t want to have just one podcast and his idea for another show
  • 50:08 - The Comfortably Numb podcast and his “buffet” of podcasts
  • 52:54 - The Found Podcast and his thoughts on censorship in podcasting
  • 56:10 - iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8
  • 58:16 - What he would like to do to attract more people to the podcasting medium
  • 59:28 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 01:00:16 - What he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 01:01:26 - The origin of his name, Kwesi

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/kwesi-hankins-interview

Direct download: PJ140-KwesiHankins.mp3
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I’m happy to have Rob Greenlee, the Head of Podcast Content at Spreaker back on the show to talk about all things podcasting. Rob is a seasoned podcaster and veteran in the podcasting space. He hosts the Spreaker Live Show and is the co-host of the New Media Show along with Todd Cochrane where they’ve been talking about what’s happening in podcasting for the past five years.

On today’s show, Rob shares with us what he sees happening in the world of podcasting and its future, the rise of podcasting events across the U.S. and abroad, the upcoming panels he’s moderating at this years Podcast Movement, and more superb insight about podcasting that you don’t want to miss.

  • 05:06 - The struggle of keeping up with your favorite podcasts
  • 07:18 - Why people lose interest in the podcasts they listen to
  • 10:41 - His podcast, The New Media Show with Todd Cochrane
  • 14:35 - The topics The New Media Show focuses on
  • 17:27 - The problem with Soundcloud as a podcasting platform
  • 20:20 - Podcast hosting companies and their commitment to podcasters
  • 22:11 - What Spreaker thinks about the future of podcasting
  • 24:51 - The rise of more and more podcast hosting platforms
  • 28:34 - The live podcasting space
  • 34:12 - The “explosion” of podcasting events in the U.S.
  • 36:11 - Radio vs Podcast content
  • 37:47 - Are music radio stations in trouble?
  • 38:44 - Podcast Movement Conference
  • 40:01 - The National Association of Broadcasters Conference courting podcasts
  • 42:43 - The panels he’s moderating at Podcast Movement 2017
  • 47:04 - The possibility of a universal format to export podcast episodes to other platforms
  • 49:13 - The Dynamic Ad Insertion tutorial training he’s helping lead at Podcast Movement
  • 50:16 - Are Dynamic Ad Insertions right for you and your podcast?
  • 53:39 - The growing number of new podcasters at podcasting conferences

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/rob-greenlee-interview

Direct download: PJ139-RobGreenlee.mp3
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Nicole Abboud is the founder of Abboud Media and the Gen Why Lawyer podcast. A lawyer by trade, she soon came to the realization after practicing law for five years that it wasn’t the career she wanted for the rest of her life. So in 2015, after having conversations with young lawyers about their experiences practicing law, she decided to launch Gen Why Lawyer which eventually inspired her to stop practicing law and follow her passion of starting her own business - helping lawyers better brand themselves, millennial style. Nicole’s voice is helping inspire millennials and others not willing to settle for the status-quo to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

  • 03:16 - Where I first met Nicole
  • 05:25 - Which podcast got her interested in starting her podcast, Gen Why Lawyer
  • 06:20 - Her background as a lawyer and how she got the idea to start her podcast
  • 07:36 - When she was first bit by the entrepreneurial bug
  • 08:45 - Leaving her law career to build her own business
  • 09:27 - How going out on her own has changed what she covers on Gen Why Lawyer
  • 10:31 - Her listener base
  • 11:20 - How her guests left practicing law and the types of businesses they’ve opened
  • 13:13 - Why she thinks Gen Why Lawyer has received great exposure
  • 16:39 - What her parents thought when she started podcasting
  • 17:19 - Her family’s ethnicity/heritage
  • 19:02 - The concerns her parents had when she stopped practicing law
  • 20:26 - What it was about practicing law that burnt her out
  • 21:51 - The 9 to 5 employee mindset vs the entrepreneur mindset
  • 24:19 - Compassionate Management
  • 27:25 - When she realized that Compassionate Management was something she should pay attention to
  • 29:03 - Defining Compassionate Management
  • 30:06 - Holacracy
  • 31:22 - The organizations she was involved with in high school
  • 32:40 - The new podcast, What Trump Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law
  • 34:23 - How she’s grown as a podcast host
  • 35:56 - The episode of Gen Why Lawyer that stands out to her
  • 38:35 - How podcasting has changed the way she interacts with people in person
  • 39:11 - Is she an introvert or extrovert?
  • 39:40 - What makes her uncomfortable talking to people “in real life”
  • 43:02 - The ideas she first had for starting her own business
  • 47:24 - Who she would love to have on her podcast
  • 49:45 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 52:42 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 55:47 - What has her excited about returning to her podcast

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/nicole-abboud-interview

Direct download: PJ138-NicoleAbboud.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

Claire Duffy has worked as a screenwriter for over a decade and has loved films ever since she was a child. Her passion in movies led her to attend drama school and study directing. Later in life she worked in theatre in London and then attended film school in Vancouver. Now she is pursuing a new form of expression - podcasting. Her podcast, Women of Hollywood Land explores women in films from the 1910 and 1920’s and Claire couldn’t be more perfect for this new role. I was fortuitous enough to find her via Twitter and I’m excited to share her story and what you can expect to hear on Women of Hollywood Land.

  • 04:58 - The first time she considered screenwriting as a career path
  • 06:51 - Looking back at her journey on becoming a screenwriter
  • 08:45 - Her earliest movie memory
  • 11:13 - How her fascination with films started
  • 13:54 - The first screenplay she wrote while at film school and the start of her blog
  • 15:35 - How she got the idea to start her podcast, Women of Hollywood Land
  • 17:19 - Her passion for female dominated films and filmmakers
  • 19:01 - Her “ready, set, go” approach with things
  • 20:51 - Where she went for information to get her podcast up and running
  • 24:21 - How her podcast is being received
  • 29:06 - Where she grew up and where she’d like her ashes to be scattered
  • 31:11 - The first podcast she ever heard
  • 31:45 - The intimacy of podcasting
  • 33:48 - The Sleep With Me Podcast and what she finds interesting about podcasting
  • 35:21 - Lost Hollywood films
  • 38:25 - What to expect down the road with Women of Hollywood Land
  • 40:07 - Other early Hollywood podcasts and what makes hers different
  • 42:02 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 43:35 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/claire-duffy-interview

Direct download: PJ137-ClaireDuffy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EDT