Podcast Junkies | Interviews and Conversations with Inspiring Podcasters, Storytellers, Entrepreneurs [member of ⚡Podcastica] (general)
089 Yann Ilunga | Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone Is Not as Scary as It Seems

Yann Ilunga is the host of the 360 Entrepreneur podcast. On his show, he sits down with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs, online marketing experts, and best-selling authors to talk about their successes and struggles. Yann shares his love for music and education on the show as well as why he decided to create two podcasts at the same time.

  • 06:10 - It's a bit surreal for Yann to be on the show because he's a fan himself!
  • 06:50 - How did Yann come up with the name of his podcast?
  • 07:25 - This is Yann's second podcast.
  • 13:25 - Yann is a huge music fan and his first podcast has helped open doors for him in that industry.
  • 17:40 - Yann's academic background really helped him embrace music.
  • 18:10 - Yann gives a history lesson about where he is from in Switzerland.
  • 26:05 - Switzerland is not all about chocolate and watches.
  • 27:10 - Yann talks about his ethnic background. He's a very mixed breed!
  • 32:05 - If you do something that you're passionate about, it will be easier for you to work harder in it.
  • 32:25 - It never feels like work when Yann's on his podcast.
  • 33:25 - The school grading system is completely different in Italy compared to Switzerland.
  • 35:55 - Yann's podcast is in English even though it is not his native language.
  • 40:00 - Why did Yann choose the entrepreneur genre?
  • 45:15 - What has Yann learned to do better since he started his podcast?
  • 48:25 - Yann talks about his grandmother.
  • 50:40 - What has Yann changed his mind about recently?
  • 54:55 - When you step out of your comfort zone, you realize it really wasn't as scary as you thought.
  • 58:00 - If you're a man in Switzerland, military service is mandatory.
  • 01:00:10 - Once you believe in what you're doing, you should never feel worried about what people have to say.
  • 01:04:15 - Yann talks about the Podcast Summit he is hosting.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Yann-Ilunga-Interview

Direct download: PJ089-YannIlunga.mp3
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088 Erik Johnson | Stop Copying Someone Else's Voice!

Erik Johnson discovered radio while he was studying architectureand has never looked back. He has been in the radio industry since1989 and currently helps podcasters cultivate their voice andtalent. Erik shares a bit of his story, the importance of silencein conversations, and some of the common mistakes new podcasterstend to make – like try to mimic someone else's voice. Tune in formore!

  • 04:15 - Erik has been in radio since 1989.
  • 05:10 - When Erik first started in radio, he tried to learneverything he could. He loves to learn.
  • 05:50 - Does Erik have a teacher or mentor that also has such astrong desire to learn?
  • 08:20 - What is a program director?
  • 09:45 - Erik has a degree in architecture, but he fell out oflove with it after three years.
  • 12:25 - How did Erik make the leap from architecture tobroadcasting?
  • 13:45 - Erik hated speaking in front of people all throughouthigh school.
  • 15:05 - It's just a matter of doing it enough until you're notscared anymore.
  • 20:15 - Does Erik remember the separation between podcastingand radio?
  • 21:15 - Podcasts changed for Erik when he got his iPhone.
  • 21:35 - Erik started writing about podcasting before he didit.
  • 24:25 - Erik and I talk about growing up as a child and howresilient we were.
  • 28:10 - I remember the day Atari showed up at my house.
  • 29:15 - Erik thought if he was able to teach others what he hadlearned in radio, people's podcasts would be
  • 29:25 - The podcasting genre has become stronger overtime.
  • 33:25 - We can always learn new things and craft our artbetter.
  • 33:55 - When Erik coaches his clients, he tries to enhancetheir strengths.
  • 34:25 - New podcasters try to sound like the 'radio guy' orsomebody else.
  • 37:40 - You don't have to revamp your show, but you'd besurprised by what a bit of change can do to it.
  • 38:40 - Erik talks about the importance of silence inconversations, especially in audio.
  • 43:25 - Does Erik have a proud teacher moment?
  • 45:55 - What has Erik changed his mind about recently?
  • 49:25 - What is the most misunderstood thing about Erik?
  • 50:40 - Erik is a fan of magic tricks and magicians.

Full Show Notes:http://www.podcastjunkies.com/Erik-K-Johnson-interview/

Direct download: PJ087-ErikKLock.mp3
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087 Andrew Lock | The Incredible Power of Impacting Others for the Better

Andrew Lock has been video podcasting since 2008. His show HelpMy Business! is a free weekly web TV show that helps entrepreneursstand out from the crowd and build better businesses. Andrew isamazed by how much knowledge and power each individual has that canhelp shape another person's life. Listen in to Andrew's wise wordson working hard, helping others, and changing for the better.

  • 05:25 - I met Andrew about a week ago.
  • 06:45 - Believe it or not, Andrew is an introvert.
  • 07:10 - So many interesting relationships have been built fromgetting out of your comfort zone.
  • 07:25 - Andrew is currently focused on video podcasts and hasbeen doing this since 2008.
  • 11:40 - Andrew moved from England to the US in 2003.
  • 13:10 - Video podcasts were still very new when Andrew startedhis business.
  • 14:20 - It helped a lot that Andrew knew how to create engagingvideos, but he wasn't a presenter himself.
  • 17:45 - The first episodes Andrew ever created still make himcringe.
  • 17:50 - There will always be a learning curve.
  • 20:05 - Who inspired Andrew on the presentation/video host sideof things?
  • 22:25 - Andrew shares an interesting way to keep people hookedthrough the opening credits.
  • 29:30 - Make sure you are true to who you are or else you'll bea poor copy of someone else.
  • 30:15 - It takes time to discover who you are.
  • 33:45 - Does the UK have a big entrepreneurial movement orfollowing the way the US does?
  • 38:25 - It's a lot easier for Andrew to stand out in the USbecause he's from England.
  • 40:15 - Like most entrepreneurs, Andrew was pretty muchunemployable.
  • 40:55 - Andrew is a hard worker and he wants to be rewarded forthat, however employment isn't always the be
  • 44:55 - If you are passionate and willing to work hard, thenAndrew will help you as much as he can.
  • 47:30 - It's powerful knowing you can teach someone to thepoint where it will change their life.
  • 51:25 - Andrew shares a story about his friend, who was abusedas a child.
  • 53:00 - People can change, even with the worstcircumstances.
  • 53:20 - Change cannot be forced. It has to come from within theperson.
  • 54:10 - Some people just feel so broken that they feel likethey have no control over their own lives.
  • 55:35 - You have to prove it to yourself and those who havehurt you that you can overcome this.
  • 57:05 - What has Andrew changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:00:45 - What's the one most misunderstood thing aboutAndrew?
  • 01:03:30 - Andrew loves the comedian Brian Regan.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/Andrew-Lock-Interview

Direct download: PJ087-AndrewLock.mp3
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086 Paul Colligan | Providing Your Children with the Proper Tools to Handle Technology

Paul Colligan is another old school podcaster who began speaking on the microphone in 2004. He is also a YouTube and social media expert and was invited to speak on the topic, at a conference in Oman. He shares how he raises his kids in a world filled with technology that remembers every mistake you  make and tries to describe what radio is to someone who has never heard of it before. Paul also talks about his time in Germany and what it was like growing up there. 

  • 07:45 - Paul talks about his recent trip to Oman.  
  • 12:55 - We have a vision in our head of who our podcast listeners are, but when you meet them it's very different.  
  • 16:45 - Podcasting is not a big thing in Oman, but people appreciated the power it held.  
  • 19:20 - Paul was asked about Donald Trump while he was in Oman.  
  • 21:15 - Paul spent about an hour in a government-sponsored virtual reality startup.  
  • 23:45 - Where did Paul's desire to teach stem from?
  • 28:30 - What was Paul's earliest recollection of interacting with some sort of technology?
  • 32:45 - Paul was talking about an idea on the podcast and someone went off and created a business around it.
  • 35:25 - Paul runsa ‘ no Snapchat’  household.  
  • 37:10 - How do you describe radio to someone who doesn’ t know what radio is?  
  • 40:15 - Anything you do to limit your children's access to technology is going to eventually hurt their future.  
  • 43:50 - How long did Paul live in Germany for? Around 8 years.
  • 46:15 - Paul recommends the movie, Good Bye, Lenin.  
  • 47:55 - What is one of Paul's fondest memories of Germany?  
  • 50:55 - Paul talks about having his kids travel more.  
  • 52:45 - Paul breaks down all the podcast shows he has started/worked on.  
  • 55:10 - Ever heard of Over The Rhine?  
  • 56:15 - Who has been a mentor to Paul?  
  • 58:50 - Is monetization the right model for podcasts?  
  • 01:00:10 - There's nothing that says you can't be compensated for doing things that you're passionate about.
  • 01:00:25 - What has Paul changed his mind about recently?  

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/paul-colligan-interview/


Direct download: PJ086-PaulColligan.mp3
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085 Ben Adair | Vulnerable Stories Are Growing

Ben Adair is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and educator. Ben first started his career in the alternative press before moving into radio and then podcasting. Ben discusses how his podcast has grown since its initial creation, and why he's more intently focused on delivering unique stories that stand out.   

  • 05:00 - Ben and I headed to the local bar to do this interview.
  • 08:55 - How has California impacted Ben?  
  • 10:05 - L.A is a city of secrets and imagination.
  • 11:15 - Was Ben ever in danger during his journalist career?    
  • 14:15 - What was Ben's earliest memory of being curious?  
  • 16:15 - When Ben first started the podcast, how involved was he in the podcasting community?
  • 19:55 - What's so cool abut podcasting is that you can niche down on the most surprising topics.  
  • 20:20 - The differences between radio and podcasting.  
  • 22:20 - There really are no rules to podcasting.  
  • 27:50 - If a podcast is done well, you feel like you're in the same room with them.  
  • 33:34 - Podcasting is definitely a 'learn as you go' process.  
  • 33:55 - Did Ben ever interview someone who made him feel nervous?
  • 39:05 - It can be difficult to craft an excellent story when you take away the time factor. How long should my podcast really be?  
  • 42:10 - Ben talks about the first episode he has done and how his show has evolved since then.  
  • 46:45 - Reality TV is more soul-crushing than any 'confession journal' that's out there.  
  • 50:25 - Ben talks about Humans of New York.  
  • 50:50 - Vulnerable stories are growing because too many people on social media present a 'perfect' image of themselves on there.  
  • 51:10 - How does this new environment affect Ben's children?  
  • 53:00 - What's the most misunderstood thing about Ben?  
  • 54:45 - What's something Ben has changed his mind about recently? 57:50 - Ben's podcast is not on hiatus, he's just working on a story that's really, really hard.  
  • 01:01:25 - People might not assume Ben is an emotional person, but he actually is.  
  • 01:07:45 - Ben really tries to interview people face-to-face.  
  • 01:09:45 - How do you decide what/where home is?  
  • 01:12:05 - Ben talks about the upcoming shows he's planning on releasing.  

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/ben-adair-interview/


Direct download: PJ-85-BenAdair.mp3
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084 AJ Mihrzad | Stepping Out of His Introverted Shell

AJ Mihrzad is the author of the best selling book, The Mind Body Solution and interviews other online coaches for his podcast. As a self-proclaimed former fat kid and incredibly shy introvert, AJ talks on how he transformed his life and worked towards a life he really wanted. There’s some great personal tidbits about friendships, growing your business, and more in here that I really resonated with. Hope you enjoy the interview with AJ!

Show Highlights

  • 05:00 – What does AJ mean by him being a ‘situational’ extrovert?
  • 05:10 – AJ has always had issues with his self confidence and even feared people.
  • 06:35 – Because of AJ’s shyness, he missed a lot of opportunities, especially with girls.
  • 07:10 – Who was AJ’s role model to help overcome this?
  • 08:10 – Toast masters also helped him.
  • 08:55 – AJ is the oldest out of his siblings and he’s the only introvert.
  • 10:45 – AJ prefers not to go to family events, but he goes anyway and fake it till he makes it.
  • 12:55 – What made AJ shift gears a little bit in his career?
  • 14:20 – Why did AJ get into fitness coaching?
  • 16:15 – Despite making lots of mistakes, somewhere along the line something clicked for AJ.
  • 20:30 – Teaching is one of those jobs that is under appreciated and under paid, but so important.
  • 20:35 – Everyone can name a teach who made an impact on their lives.
  • 21:25 – AJ talks about a teacher who inspired him.
  • 24:10 – Why did AJ start a podcast?
  • 26:35 – AJ talks about how the podcast has opened doors for him.
  • 29:10 – I completely agree with AJ. I have made unbelievable connections through my podcast as well.
  • 32:10 – What’s great about podcasting is that there are no rules.
  • 33:35 – AJ was a very private person, but he started opening up because his role models were very authentic
  • 36:45 – Video allows you to be raw, real, and authentic. Twitter and Instagram don’t do this very well.
  • 42:05 – Has AJ grown out of certain relationships now that he’s ‘grown up’ a little?
  • 44:15 – People need to be aware of their personal growth and they also need to align themselves with the rig
  • 49:30 – What is the one most misunderstood thing about AJ?
  • 51:40 – AJ spoke about being a former fat kid, what made him want to change?
  • 53:44 – If AJ can do it, anyone can do it!
  • 55:10 – What has AJ changed his mind about recently?
  • 57:40 – Text the word ‘Amazing’ to 33444 to get a copy of AJ’s book.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/84




Direct download: PJ084-AJMihrzad.mp3
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Podcast Junkies Elsewhere - One Mind Podcast

See the full show notes here: http://aboutmeditation.com/podcast/meditation-affirmations/

Direct download: PodcastJunkiesElsewhere-OneMind.mp3
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082 Michael Shaw | Building an Authentic Voice and Following

Michael Shaw is the host of The Conversation, a podcast about the contemporary arts. He talks with various artists, collectors, dealers, curators and more on the show. Michael has been running his show since 2011 and he talks about some of the upcoming challenges he is likely to face with growing his podcast. Michael also shares on how he has developed such a loyal following over the years; to the point where people donate to his show.

Show Highlights

  • 07:00 – Michael talks about sound gear.
  • 09:05 – When did Michael launch his show?
  • 12:05 – Does Michael have a lot of technical experience?
  • 16:00 – Michael prefers a great conversationalist vs. someone who has done well in their career.
  • 20:35 – Does Michael go out of his way to get the people he admires on the show?
  • 22:35 – It’s better to respect the guest more than their career choices to create an amazing show.
  • 25:00 – I talk about the two shows that left me kind of star struck.
  • 27:05 – Michael knows people are tired of Marc Maron, but the man inspired him to create a podcast.
  • 28:45 – It’s all about finding the right balance between being really personal vs. being constructive.
  • 29:10 – How did Michael learn to be a great interviewer?
  • 30:40 – Was Michael curious growing up? He says not really.
  • 31:20 – It’s about process as well as curiosity. Having a good process can really make things happen.
  • 31:40 – Michael believes great shows happen when he and the guest are both in the moment together.
  • 37:15 – Most people don’t have the ability to engage in a conversation. We just stare at our phones instead.
  • 43:00 – Michael talks about artists and different styles.
  • 46:35 – What kind of challenges has Michael faced as an artist?
  • 50:35 – Michael has some pretty loyal and dedicated fans.
  • 51:00 – It’s hard to go out of your way to donate to a podcast.
  • 54:35 – I talk about the relationships I have developed with my listeners.
  • 57:00 – Podcast content is undervalued and successful art is overvalued.
  • 59:10 – Michael talks about his mentors.
  • 01:02:35 – What’s Michael’s fondest memory of New York city?
  • 01:03:30 – What has Michael changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:08:25 – It’s an interesting balance between being burned out vs. needing that social contact and stimulation
  • 01:09:15 – Michael depends on his guests for referrals.
  • 01:11:35 – At a certain point, Michael felt like he was just a tool.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/82




Direct download: PJ082-MichaelShaw.mp3
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081 Ibarionex Perello | Really Listen to Your Guest and Follow Up

Ibarionex is a photographer, writer, educator and the host of The Candid Frame photography podcast. He has been podcasting for the past 10 years and talks on how he just recently got introduced to more podcasters and the podcast community. With 10 years of experience in the podcasting world and more than 20 years in photography, Ibarionex has a ton of great information to share.

Show Highlights

  • 06:00 – Ibarionex has been podcasting for 10 years.
  • 06:25 – Ibarionex didn’t know other podcasters for the longest time.
  • 07:25 – Reach out to others early and build the relationships. Ibarionex was a bit late in doing that.
  • 08:10 – Ibarionex was afraid to make mistakes and to let others know he didn’t know what he was doing.
  • 09:15 – Despite being able to Google for info, it can take a long time to figure things out.
  • 10:45 – What does Ibarionex ‘do’ for a living? He actually hates the question because he does so many
  • 17:25 – People who multitask regularly become less efficient.
  • 17:55 – It’s incredibly hard to focus on just one thing at a time.
  • 20:25 – What was Hollywood like in the late 70’s?
  • 25:20 – Ibarionex doesn’t mentor kids because he believes he’s still a kid trying to learn so much.
  • 27:00 – Ibarionex was so focused on what he didn’t know that he never realized he knew more than others.
  • 28:30 – What photographers does Ibarionex admire?
  • 30:50 – Ibarionex talks on how he got started in photography.
  • 32:00 – How did Ibarionex know when he took a great picture?
  • 36:25 – Ibarionex talks camera equipment and shooting with a wilder lens.
  • 39:35 – There’s always something to photograph, but sometimes you don’t have the eye to see it.
  • 42:20 – How has photography improved Ibarionex’s life?
  • 45:15 – Ibarionex talks about the podcasting community.
  • 45:40 – Why did Ibarionex start his podcast?
  • 50:00 – Ibarionex was already used to interviewing photographers before he started his show.
  • 51:20 – The first question is critical, especially when interviewing experts who have been interviewed count
  • 53:20 – Really listen to your guest, because the follow up question is really key.
  • 55:25 – Ibarionex used to stutter.
  • 56:25 – Ibarionex tries to produce an unedited, raw, and authentic show.
  • 58:05 – Has Ibarionex ever gotten starstruck?
  • 01:00:20 – Not only does Ibarionex get to talk to amazing people, but they see him as a peer too.
  • 01:04:35 – Ibarionex wants to interview people who will surprise him.
  • 01:10:00 – It’s hard to get guests to be genuine, especially over Skype.
  • 01:12:30 – Can Ibarionex bring out the same amount of intimacy when he talks to someone in person?
  • 01:17:00 – Ibarionex wants to interview people from his first grade class.
  • 01:20:15 – What is the most misunderstood thing about Ibarionex?


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/81




Direct download: PJ081-IbarionexPerello.mp3
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080 Kari Gormley | The Mind, Body, and Spirit

Kari Gormley is the host of The Running Lifestyle Show. Her show provides encouragement and inspiration to runners who aspire to be ultra-marathoners. Kari talks to me about her time in Sweden and the culture shock she experienced while she was there. She also talks on some of the valuable lessons she learned when she traveled the world for six months. Find out about Kari’s story and more in today’s episode.

Show Highlights

  • 06:45 – It was hard for Kari to start her podcast.
  • 07:30 – What Kari learned through starting a podcast is that it’s okay to be vulnerable.
  • 08:15 – What were some of the other things that took Kari a while to learn?
  • 09:20 – Why did Kari take the internship opportunity and move to Sweden?
  • 10:25 – Kari shares her culture shock experience when she was in Sweden.
  • 16:45 – Kari shares her culture shock experience when she was in Sweden.
  • 19:15 – In early 2002, Kari traveled around the world for six months.
  • 26:20 – What were some of the key lessons Kari learned after those six months?
  • 30:40 – Kari has ran 6 marathons so far.
  • 32:40 – The Running Lifestyle podcast has opened so many doors for Kari.
  • 35:00 – Kari loves connecting and meeting with people who listen to the show.
  • 38:25 – Kari loves connecting and meeting with people who listen to the show.
  • 39:50 – Kari never ended up meeting those people whom she thought were her ideal avatar.
  • 42:50 – How does Kari plan to take her podcast to another level?
  • 45:10 – How does Kari plan to take her podcast to another level?
  • 47:50 – You can meet some of the best people at a conference.
  • 52:00 – Overtime, you can get a good feel for what your hourly rate is and determine whether it’s worth paying
  • 54:00 – What would Kari’s parents say about her life journal?
  • 57:15 – Don’t compare yourself to other podcasters/people. It’s the worst and it won’t help you.
  • 59:40 – Kari talks about Dean Karnazes.
  • 01:02:25 – Kari talks about the top 3 things that really matter in our lives.
  • 01:04:15 – Most of the time when we don’t do something, it’s due to fear.
  • 01:05:20 – What has Kari changed her mind about recently?
  • 01:06:55 – Kari loves essential oils!
  • 01:08:00 – I tell Kari about my meditation routine.


FULL SHOW NOTES: http://www.podcastjunkies.com/80




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