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

We do not often have the opportunity to form friendships with those who have had a life as challenging and rewarding as Aviv Shahar. At a young age, a doctor diagnosed Aviv with a heart disease and told him to avoid strenuous activity. He responded to this diagnosis by winning Israel’s long-distance running championship at the age of 13. Later in his life, he became an air force pilot, and then started a very successful consulting business.

In this episode, I speak with Aviv about his youth, and how winning that race changed him. We then talk about how we are currently experiencing a “Third Big Bang,” according to Aviv. Finally, we discuss how hosting a podcast has helped him not only with his consulting, but mentally as well.

  • 02:30 Why did Aviv start his podcast?
  • 05:20 The themes of Aviv’s show
  • 07:30 The “third Big Bang”
  • 14:00 Below-the-line conversations
  • 17:30 The Fifth Dimension
  • 20:00 The architecture of learning
  • 22:20 Where did Aviv’s ideas originate?
  • 25:00 Aviv’s heart condition, and how he overcame it
  • 35:00 The three-legged journey into mastery
  • 39:00 People Aviv considers mentors
  • 43:00 How Aviv became a pilot
  • 45:35 How his podcast has helped Aviv
  • 55:15 How Aviv has expanded his mind recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Aviv-Shahar-interview

Direct download: PJ176-AvivShahar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:46am EDT

The Revision Path was started by designer Maurice Cherry to highlight the achievements of fellow black designers. Since then, both the podcast, and Cherry, have enjoyed accolades and attention from across the podcasting landscape and beyond.

Harry welcomes Maurice to talk about what led to the podcasts creation, how Facebook reached out to him to help them hire more black designers, and about his time in a diversity-focused taskforce for the AIGA; a group dedicated to helping designers across the world.

  • 02:00 - What drove Maurice to start his podcast?
  • 08:20 - Designers that Maurice was fortunate enough to interview
  • 12:30 - Sponsors who have approached Maurice
  • 15:30 - Revision Paths’ relationship with Facebook
  • 19:50 - Why Maurice wanted to focus on black designers for his podcast
  • 27:00 - People Maurice has inspired
  • 33:00 - Organizations Maurice is working with in the future
  • 36:40 - Maurice and the AIGA
  • 40:20 - Where Maurice found his love of design
  • 48:40 - The person Maurice identifies as his mentor
  • 50:30 - Places Maurice is volunteering, to give back to the community
  • 55:40 - Misconceptions Maurice encounters on a daily basis

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Maurice-Cherry-interview

Direct download: PJ175-MauriceCherry.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51am EDT

Andy Wang is a very interesting person. He is a financial advisor, but also learned slack-keyed guitar from the legendary Raymond Kāne. His podcast Inspired Money seeks to help more people be wise with their wealth, but rather than just having business leaders or other financial advisors, he has a variety of guests from a wealth of industries, such as Zak Penn, screenwriter of Ready Player One.

On this episode, Harry welcomes Andy to talk about Inspired Money, as well as Andy’s music career. First, Andy reveals how he learned slack-keyed guitar from Raymond Kāne. Then, they discuss how Andy’s family reacted to the podcast. Finally, Andy discusses how he has improved his podcast the more he has done it.

  • 02:20 - How Andy prepared to have Zak Penn, the screenwriter of Ready Player One, on his podcast
  • 06:00 - What opened the door for Andy to start his own podcast
  • 08:40 - How Andy learned slack-keyed guitar from legend Raymond Kāne
  • 19:00 - Why Andy chose the title of his podcast, and why making the world a better place is so important for him.
  • 21:50 - The surprisingly varied guests Andy has had on his podcast
  • 29:20 - The input Andy’s family had for the podcast
  • 37:00 - What excites Andy about the future of his podcast, and how his music skills have given him many amazing opportunities
  • 42:00 - How the podcast has changed the more episodes Andy has done
  • 45:30 - Why Andy doesn’t view himself as an extrovert

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Andy-Wang-interview

Direct download: PJ174-AndyWang.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29am EDT

As the world changes, it is very important for CEO’s to try new marketing strategies. When Barney Waters became CEO of sneaker company K-Swiss, he was tasked with remaking the brands image. Barney decided to shift away from marketing to aspiring athletes, and instead market to young entrepreneurs. One of the way he did this was by making the podcast “CEO’s wear sneakers,” a show where he would interview young entrepreneurs. On this episode, Harry talks to Barney about what inspired him to make the change of advertising, how the podcast affected his business, and the future Barney wants for his podcast.

  • 01:15 How Harry met Barney at Complex con.
  • 03:15 The story of Barney meeting Gary Reed, who helped Barney bring his company K-Swiss back into cultural relevance.
  • 08:15 The reaction to Barney’s bold plan to market sneakers to entrepreneurs.
  • 12:40 How Barney used the philosophy of Judo to improve his business.
  • 15:00 The profound success of the marketing strategy of the new K-swiss line.
  • 18:30 The makings of a truly great entrepreneur in today’s world.
  • 20:00 How Barney found his way into the Sneaker business.
  • 24:00 People who have taken notice of Barney’s bold new strategy.
  • 28:00 How Barney’s Podcast has led his business forward.
  • 30:00 The biggest surprises that came up in Barney’s podcast.
  • 32:50 Barney’s dream guests for his podcast.
  • 35:00 How barney feels he is understood by his coworkers.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Barney-Waters-interview

Direct download: PJ173-BarneyWaters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08am EDT

Nicholas Goblirsch decided one day to make a podcast for one reason: to make friends in his town. Since then, he has grown into a seasoned podcaster who helps others develop their podcasts. On this episode, Harry talks to Nick about his show, The Dependent Independent Podcast, how Nick got the idea to do a podcast, and how the Podcast has changed his life.

  • 00:59 - Different conferencing apps for podcasting.
  • 03:00 - Nick at MAPCON.
  • 07:20 - Advice Harry gave Nick.
  • 09:50 - What inspired Nick to start podcasting?
  • 17:35 - Why did Nick make rules for his podcast?
  • 26:00 - Behind the scenes of the Dependent Independent podcast.
  • 31:10 - How much the podcast has grown since episode 1.
  • 35:00 - How has the podcast changed Nick?
  • 39:20 - Who is Nicks podcast for?
  • 42:30 - Nicks relationships with other podcasters.
  • 47:10 - What has Nick changed his mind on recently?
  • 48:20 - What do people get wrong about Nick?

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Nicholas-Goblirsch-interview

Direct download: PJ172-NicholasGoblirsch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28am EDT

As businesses grow and evolve online, reaching out to new customers has become more and more important. No one knows this more than Rick Mulready, host of “The Art of Paid Trafficking,” a show about teaching small businesses to use online marketing strategies to improve sales. In this episode, Harry talks to Rick about Rick’s transition from the world of Hockey to online marketing, how to effectively use Facebook ads, and how his podcast changed Ricks business for the better.

  • 00:50 - How Rick got into online marketing.
  • 08:00 - Ricks memories of the dawn of the internet.
  • 12:45 - What did Rick learn from the Hockey world?
  • 17:45 - The rise of Facebook ads.
  • 23:46 - Rick’s first Podcast.
  • 27:30 - How the Podcast improved Ricks business.
  • 31:50 - Tips on using Facebook ads.
  • 35:00 - Connections Rick made in podcasting.
  • 40:00 - Wrap up questions.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Rick-Mulready-interview

Direct download: PJ171-RickMulready.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45am EDT

William Hung made a huge splash in 2004 at his audition for American idol. Since then, he has turned his 15 minutes of fame into a successful career as a life coach, and Podcaster. His podcast, From Fear to Courage, seeks to help others overcome their fears in everyday life. In this episode, Harry talks to William about his life before and after American Idol, What inspired him to do podcasts, and advice for those seeking to make their own podcasts.

  • 1:05 - The journey from American Idol to podcasting.
  • 8:00 - Other jobs William has worked.
  • 10:25 - Williams first experiences with podcasts.
  • 11:35 - How the format of From Fear to Courage came to be.
  • 13:30 - How other podcasters helped William improve.
  • 17:25 - When did William decide to start becoming a life coach?
  • 18:50 - What kind of people has William helped?
  • 21:25 - What would William view as “done?”
  • 22:20 - Advice for William .
  • 25:00 - future podcast conferences.
  • 27:00 - Williams advice for new podcasters.
  • 30:00 - Wrap up questions.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/William-Hung-interview

Direct download: PJ170-WilliamHung.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:01am EDT

Denny is the host of Diz Runs Radio. At the time he started he already had a show. Both shows were going for about a month, and he then decided to stop his first show and stick to his running show,. He’s now recorded over 500 episodes, and routinely takes calls on his run from his FB group. It was a pleasure having him back on a 2nd time to share what he’s learned and talk about his new book: Be Ready on Race Day.

  • 01:14 - The first time I had Denny on Podcast Junkies
  • 02:04 - Seeing the progress of your work throughout the years
  • 04:02 - Putting in the work each day to have success
  • 05:34 - The first time we met face to face
  • 06:27 - What was going through his mind when he decided he wanted to start his show
  • 09:55 - The realities of monetizing a podcast
  • 10:57 - Building a client base through his podcast
  • 13:58 - How it takes time to see the results of your podcasting work
  • 16:35 - If he thinks TV studios will start working more with podcasters
  • 18:35 - How he’s grown as an interviewer over the past three years
  • 22:58 - If it’s been a challenge getting his guests acclimated to the tech side of podcasting
  • 25:39 - His most memorable guests/episodes
  • 29:05 - What he’s done to try and get Peter Segel on his show
  • 30:22 - His community and how he’s grown it over the years
  • 36:30 - The book he’s working on
  • 42:56 - Getting feedback on the work all content creators put out
  • 45:23 - If he’s seen any change in my delivery and journey over the past four years
  • 50:32 - Something he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 55:34 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/denny-krahe-interview-2/

Direct download: PJ169-DennyKrahe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

After 10 plus years as a television news reporter, Erica Mandy decided to quit her job and pursue a career in podcasting. After discovering podcasts while commuting to work each day, she realized she wanted to listen to news that wasn’t so much in the style of NPR, but still gave her a good overview and left her feeling energized instead of depleted. With her journalism background and extensive television broadcasting experience, she took the skills she learned in the studio and applied them to podcasting.

Now Erica is the host of her own show, The News Worthy, where in less than 10 minutes you can listen to the news in a fun and easily digestible way. (Sorry NPR) Her goal is to keep more people informed so that they can choose what impacts them the most and decide what topics they would like to dive deeper into.

  • 04:57 - Where I met Erica
  • 07:31 - Overcast app
  • 08:38 - The first time she became aware what was happening in the podcasting world
  • 09:44 - When she first got the idea to start a news podcast
  • 11:55 - If she considers being a reporter entrepreneurial
  • 14:19 - The feedback she received on leaving her job and starting a podcast
  • 15:42 - How many iterations of her podcast music she went through
  • 19:06 - The goal of Newsworthy
  • 20:24 - How the different jobs she did as a news reporter helped her with podcasting
  • 22:13 - Whether or not journalism students have reached out to her to intern
  • 25:03 - The process she uses to sort and select which stories to report on
  • 26:21 - One of the things she dislikes about TV news that she avoids on her show
  • 28:09 - How she emphasizes reminding her audience on topics that have been previously covered to ensure they understand it
  • 29:16 - The Net Neutrality spoof from Burger King
  • 32:26 - If she thinks she will start offering coaching services in the future
  • 34:14 - If she ever got attached to the subject matter she used to report on
  • 36:40 - Bringing on experts from different perspectives and backgrounds
  • 42:27 - The mentors who were important to her during her career in journalism
  • 48:26 - The support she’s received from her parents
  • 52:26 - Something she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 52:56 - The most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Erica-Mandy-interview

Direct download: PJ168-EricaMandy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15am EDT

When Travis Chappell decided to take a leap of faith and attend John Lee Dumas’s mastermind course where he spent a few days with him at his home in Puerto Rico, he underwent a mindset shift that changed the trajectory of his life and career. With the help of John and his mentor, Jeff Brown, Travis has gone on to to become a successful entrepreneur and podcaster.

His podcast, Build Your Network, focuses on teaching people how to build and grow long lasting, invaluable relationships by hearing from successful professionals who share their tips and tricks on expanding your network and meeting the individuals who can help you succeed in your life.

  • 04:18 - Travis sums up his podcasting experience in three words
  • 04:38 - What the hardest part of podcasting has been for him
  • 05:43 - How he connected with John Lee Dumas
  • 11:28 - The mindset shift he had while doing John’s mastermind that led him to where he is today
  • 15:13 - If he thought from the beginning that doing a show on networking would be the best fit for him
  • 19:29 - If he feels he’s gotten better at interviewing
  • 21:52 - How he ended up doing door to door sales
  • 24:26 - Why he believes he was so successful at door to door sales
  • 30:56 - The story of the first time he sold an alarm system
  • 32:18 - Where he gets his work ethic from
  • 38:47 - The problem he recently ran into with guests he booked for his show and how it turned out
  • 41:26 - The five minute rule he tries to live by
  • 45:00 - A relationship he’s had with a mentor that stands out to him
  • 51:09 - Something he’s changed his mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Travis-Chappell-interview

Direct download: PJ167-TravisChappell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:45am EDT