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

Karen Yankovich is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, speaker, and the host of the Good Girls Get Rich podcast. Although she’s new to podcasting, she’s taken her digital marketing experience and expertise in LinkedIn to launch a show aimed at entrepreneurs and small business owners who don’t understand how to use social media and online digital tools and help them to establish confident brands and elevate their income and businesses.

Karen has had success showing companies how they can use LinkedIn to get new clients and she also sees the value of using it in the podcasting space. With her finger on the pulse in the social media and digital marketing world and a lucrative consulting practice, you can be sure that there’s something Karen can help you with to elevate your brand.

  • 04:47 - The story of how Karen and I met
  • 09:19 - Why she changed her mind on the importance of her production quality
  • 12:13 - The challenge of producing videos and why she considered using YouTube
  • 13:58 - Karen’s audience and why she started her podcast
  • 17:25 - The time I forgot to edit out the UPS man who interrupted a podcast recording
  • 18:17 - Karen recounts one of her podcast faux pas
  • 19:13 - Using Zoom for podcast recordings
  • 20:39 - How far in advance she plans her episodes
  • 23:32 - Her days working in corporate America to working in digital marketing
  • 26:02 - If she found it scary going out on her own
  • 27:15 - Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals
  • 28:33 - Karen’s thoughts on being around like-minded people
  • 29:45 - What a six figure salary means to an entrepreneur
  • 31:09 - Masterminds and how they can help you grow
  • 32:46 - My idea for a new segment I’m calling, Where Are They Now?
  • 33:46 - Growing up in New Jersey
  • 35:49 - How some people thought she was crazy for leaving her six figure part-time job
  • 36:32 - Why others were asking her why she hadn’t left her job yet
  • 39:01 - If she’s always had a creative streak
  • 39:48 - Karen talks about one of the carnivals she planned
  • 40:38 - Why she feels LinkedIn is so important for corporations and entrepreneurs
  • 41:16 - The mentors that have been helpful to her in her career
  • 45:00 - How LinkedIn can be useful to podcasters
  • 50:58 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 51:38 - The one most misunderstood thing about her

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/karen-yankovich-interview

Direct download: PJ158-KarenYankovich.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

Charles Beckwith is the host of American Fashion and Fashion Is Your Business podcast He once ran an online fashion magazine, studied, then dropped out of filmmaking, interned on Dawson’s Creek, and has a network called Mouth Media Network. Phew! We cover all this and more on this fascinating chat. Enjoy!

  • 00:09 - How Charles and I met
  • 02:56 - When he recorded his first podcast
  • 04:16 - How long he had been a filmmaker when he started his podcast
  • 05:16 - The microphone he’s using for this podcast episode
  • 06:01 - How he developed his relationship with Sennheiser
  • 06:55 - Why he feels Sennheiser saw the value of partnering with him and his show
  • 07:48 - Charles explains what fashion technology is
  • 08:37 - Stella McCartney and vegan and environmentally friendly materials
  • 10:58 - The excitement behind wearable tech
  • 11:31 - A company that’s making custom shoes for $250
  • 12:29 - The article he wrote on how the fashion industry could use blockchain tech
  • 13:15 - Syndicated Media’s idea to replace iTunes as the hub of podcast RSS feeds with a blockchain
  • 13:38 - What blockchain technology means
  • 15:13 - Where his love of fashion comes from
  • 15:43 - His most noticeable episodes
  • 17:37 - Why he likes having a panel on his podcast
  • 18:33 - How he’s grown as a host since the start of his show
  • 19:47 - Why he has a love/hate relationship with the show Project Runway
  • 20:15 - Charles explains how he starts every episode of American Fashion
  • 21:30 - What he does with episodes where the conversations weren’t great
  • 22:10 - His network, Mouth Media Network and his first show of the network
  • 24:42 - The podcast player he and his team is developing
  • 28:53 - Whether or not he’s worked on a mobile app before
  • 29:22 - His love of technology, Kevin Kelly from Wired, and the 2600 magazine
  • 30:29 - His piece of fiction in 2600 magazine and his involvement with their conference
  • 31:57 - Mouth Media Network’s different podcasts
  • 32:54 - If he’s ever put a network together before and what he’s learned from creating his network
  • 34:52 - Where he thought he would be at this point in his life
  • 37:01 - His approach to networking and making connections
  • 37:53 - The Stone Soup story
  • 40:55 - When he started to put his skills as a connector to use
  • 42:44 - Something he’s changed his mind about recently
  • 43:05 - The one most misunderstood thing about him
  • 45:14 - What’s got him excited for the upcoming year
  • 47:40 - The podcast conferences he plans on attending this year

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/charles-beckwith-interview

Direct download: PJ157-CharlesBeckwith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:04am EDT

If you’ve ever used Groupon to grab a discount at a local business then you can thank Andrew Mason for that. He’s the founder and former CEO and he has an appetite for creating cool and useful products like Groupon.

Four years ago he took the idea of Groupon’s ability to use a phone’s GPS to provide discounts to its customers and applied it to location-based audio tours with a company called Detour. His latest venture, Descript, the world’s first audio processor, is geared towards anyone who works with audio and is in need of transcription services.

With the ability to transcribe hours of audio in under five minutes, Descript is a tool that podcasters might want to take note of. But the real magic of Descript is its ability to edit audio by editing text. Magic! Listen in to find out what else Descript can do, it may just be the tool you’ve been waiting for.

  • 05:32 - Andrew’s company, Detour, and its role in the podcasting space
  • 07:11 - If he thought Detour would be as easily consumed as podcasts are
  • 08:42 - The potential of taking snippets of Detour to use for a podcast
  • 10:15 - What he’s learned from launching Detour
  • 11:46 - How the idea of his transcription tool, Descript was born
  • 14:43 - My first thoughts on Descript
  • 15:39 - Descript’s ability to insert voices and delete words
  • 17:56 - Andrew talks about how Descript can be integrated into your workflow
  • 22:42 - Descript’s machine-learning capabilities
  • 24:15 - Andrew describes who can benefit from using Descript
  • 26:54 - Descript’s goal in the future
  • 28:10 - Descript’s ability to conduct phonetic analysis of words
  • 28:43 - If Descript’s technology is new or if it was already around
  • 29:36 - What has him excited about the podcasting space
  • 31:09 - His two favorite podcasts
  • 32:12 - If the desire to create things has always been in his blood
  • 33:41 - The person who showed him what hard work looks like
  • 35:57 - What he’s learned from previous experiences in his career
  • 39:12 - If a podcast is in Descript’s future
  • 40:44 - Why he loves podcasts and The Daily podcast
  • 42:32 - What he learned about empathy and judgment at Groupon
  • 44:38 - The one most misunderstood thing about him

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/andrew-mason-interview

Direct download: PJ156-AndrewMason.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36am EDT

Cliff Ravenscraft has helped more than 35,000 people launch their podcasts and get their message out into the world for the past 10 years. Also known as the Podcast Answer Man, Cliff used to work as an insurance agent, but he left that career after 12 years to start his own successful business that today generates about a half million dollars every year.

I am very thankful to Cliff because he was instrumental to the creation of Podcast Junkies so it is truly an honor to have him on the show. There are so many great things Cliff talks about and I can’t wait for you to hear it so go ahead and push that play button!

Full show notes: http://pjnk.es/155

Direct download: PJ155-Cliff-Ravenscraft.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

David Steele is the founder of the Steele Empire podcasting network that is home to A Quest for Magic and Steele, which he hosts and produces with his children, and Ark City, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the listener tags along with the hero of the story as it unfolds on each episode. Always searching for new ways to feed his creative hunger and bond with his family, David decided to start A Quest for Magic and Steele which is based off of the popular role playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Complete with character voices and a Gamemaster, A Quest for Magic and Steele is played out live for its listeners to enjoy and enthrall themselves in this improvised fantasy world.

Full show notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/david-steele-interview/

Direct download: PJ154-David-Steele.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT