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

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

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10am EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01am EST