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

To celebrate my three year anniversary of Podcast Junkies, I had the pleasure of speaking with podcasting veteran, Gary Leland. Although Gary is a well-known Hall of Fame podcaster, there is so much more to him that makes him tick. I was so honored that Gary shared so many incredible stories from his life that he hasn’t shared before so we could all get to know him better.

I love bringing you these great conversations and I want to thank you for listening, for continuing to listen and I’m humbled to have you as part of the Podcast Junkies family.

  • 03:44 - His online stores and businesses
  • 09:18 - His view on inventions and ideas
  • 10:59 - His mini-blinds and wallpaper business
  • 19:09 - Innovations in wallpaper
  • 21:18 - Why the wallpaper business fell from grace, what took its place, and its resurgence
  • 25:13 - What it’s like working with his wife, Kathy
  • 29:58 - What attracted him to Kathy
  • 30:56 - What has changed about him over time
  • 33:04 - When he realized Facebook was going to be a tool for business
  • 33:37 - Pinball machines
  • 35:18 - What he misses doing
  • 36:27 - His two fondest surfing memories
  • 48:35 - His childhood and growing up with guns
  • 54:04 - How policing has changed and his run-ins with the law
  • 01:07:03 - His very first business and the first time he got screwed in business
  • 01:10:13 - Beating chess phenom Bobby Fischer
  • 01:14:08 - Sneaking into sporting events

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/3ybonus-gary-leland-interview/

Direct download: PJ3YBONUS-GaryLeland.mp3
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As a former teacher for 10 years, Adam Lewis Walker decided to break away from the traditional classroom setting and life as a career professor in order to teach people more about success rather than academics. With an extensive background in teaching and a lot of hard work, Adam is now a best selling author and keynote speaker, a mentor and coach for entrepreneurs, and founder of the Awaken Your Alpha podcast.

  • 09:17 - People who love to complain and how to avoid becoming one
  • 12:11 - Where he was when he ad the idea for the Awaken Your Alpha podcast
  • 16:04 - The most surprising thing he discovered when he started podcasting
  • 19:36 - Being a teacher in South London
  • 22:32 - What motivated him to become a teacher
  • 24:33 - Sports and the struggles of being an athlete in England
  • 28:02 - His Olympic pole vaulting aspirations
  • 28:58 - His first entrepreneurial adventure
  • 31:24 - His first real business
  • 34:41 - The biggest take-away from his first business
  • 43:40 - The mentor who shaped who he his today
  • 50:50 - How valuable and helpful a coach can be
  • 53:42 - Our future business and Shark Tank pitch
  • 56:13 - His view on bullying and addressing the topic with his kids
  • 01:01:58 - What he’s changed his mind about recently

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/adam-lewis-walker-interview

Direct download: PJ128-AdamLewisWalker.mp3
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In just two short years, Ramona Rice has gone from someone who didn’t even know what a podcast was to birthing three different podcasts, changing careers and working for Podcast Websites, and most recently starting a podcast with her mother. Ramona is loved and adored in the podcasting community and after listening to my conversation with her I think you’ll know why.

  • 04:29 - Her Super Powers
  • 07:00 - How she discovered podcasting
  • 07:44 - How the Sports Gal Pal podcast came to existence
  • 10:15 - What she learned from starting the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 12:55 - How and why she got into sports
  • 13:12 - Who she originally wanted to target with the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 14:17 - One of the most famous people she had on her podcast
  • 15:10 - Reaching out to potential guests via Twitter
  • 16:35 - The reason she thinks she was able to land big guests on her show
  • 20:43 - What she got out of the 2015 NMX conference
  • 27:49 - We Should Not Be Friends podcast and what made her a better podcaster/interviewer
  • 34:47 - Her next podcast project, Spapreneur
  • 35:53 - Podcasting with her mother
  • 40:19 - The Messengers - A Podcast Documentary
  • 41:45 - Why she stopped the Sports Gal Pal podcast
  • 42:54 - What she feels is missing in the podcast industry
  • 44:24 - What she’s learning from improv comedy and how it’s helping her
  • 46:00 - Why she thinks she talks so fast
  • 48:03 - Her first recollection of demanding attention
  • 55:02 - Her kids watching her podcast
  • 59:41 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 01:01:03 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 01:04:11 - Her advice to new podcasters

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/ramona-rice-interview/

Direct download: PJ127-RamonaRice.mp3
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Tina Conroy is the host of The Intuitive Woman Podcast and what is known as an Intuitive - a person who taps into their guides to get a message. She helps other women develop their innate power of intuition and she is also a devout practitioner of Reiki, Energy Healing and a yoga teacher. We dive into where I met her, the story of the first time she tapped into her intuitive side and how she turned her intuition into her life’s work.

  • 05:37 - When she first got the idea to start her own podcast
  • 09:40 - Our back pains
  • 13:24 - The importance of listening to your body
  • 14:10 - What an Intuitive is
  • 14:54 - The first time she tapped into her intuitive side
  • 20:13 - Oracle cards and the story of The Oracle
  • 22:20 - How her intuition paved the path to her life’s journey
  • 27:06 - Her challenges as an entrepreneur
  • 27:52 - Abundance/Scarcity mindset
  • 30:50 - The spiritual community in Long Island, NY
  • 32:08 - How her friends and family have reacted to her spiritual path and career
  • 35:22 - Lessons she’s learned from podcasting
  • 38:31 - The, “Are you making money podcasting” question everyone asks
  • 39:04 - The corporate environment vs the entrepreneurial circles
  • 41:48 - Feeling comfortable with your spirituality
  • 44:15 - The Balloon Effect
  • 46:58 - What’s misunderstood about her
  • 47:51 - The funny and silly side of her
  • 48:57 - What she’s most proud of accomplishing

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/tina-conroy-interview

Direct download: PJ126-TinaConroy.mp3
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Since practically the age of two, Tina Dietz has always felt comfortable with a microphone in her hands and that easiness and her background as a therapist has since led her to become a very regarded interviewer, coach, consultant, and podcaster. She is the founder of Start Something Creative Business Solutions where she helps people launch businesses, podcasts and audio books. We cover a lot of great topics that is sure to enlighten even the most seasoned podcasters and entrepreneurs.

  • 05:33 - Why she loves going to podcasting conferences
  • 06:04 - The Messengers - A Podcast Documentary and how she is involved
  • 10:51 - Podcasts and podcasting as a means of therapy
  • 12:51 - What the impetus for starting her podcast was
  • 16:01 - Her early childhood recordings
  • 16:32 - What she did the first time someone handed her a microphone
  • 17:41 - How she became so comfortable behind a microphone
  • 18:15 - Performance Anxiety
  • 19:35 - How to use your complaints and upsets to quickly and creatively solve issues
  • 25:57 - Who she was grateful for and surprised to have on her podcast
  • 29:20 - The price one pays for being famous
  • 29:54 - Realizing there is an audience who wants to hear great conversations
  • 32:11 - How she helps her clients face their fears of starting a new business venture
  • 36:42 - Best practices you can implement to find success
  • 38:05 - Business plans
  • 39:38 - The Nayada Institute of Massage and a new massage modality
  • 42:22 - What she’s changed her mind about recently
  • 44:39 - The one most misunderstood thing about her
  • 45:18 - The books she’s reading/listening to now
  • 46:26 - Her vision of 10,000 thriving businesses

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/tina-dietz-interview

Direct download: PJ125-TinaDietz.mp3
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Engel Jones is the host of the 12 Minute Convos where he has had more than 1000 conversations with incredible people in a span of three months. He’s passionate about podcasting and speaking to people about their potential. Our conversation is a beautiful dance that crescendos into a deep philosophical examination of The Ego, recognizing abundance, and the importance of giving without expecting anything in return. You’re going to want to listen to this one through your favorite headphones or earbuds.

  • 03:51 - “The Record.”
  • 06:04 - The concept behind the 12 Minute Convos.
  • 08:54 - The intimacy of podcasting.
  • 11:05 - Who he learned to ask the right questions from
  • 12:30 - When Engel Met Harry.
  • 15:39 - One of the challenges podcasters face.
  • 17:21 - The food in Trinidad.
  • 19:19 - Angel vs Engel.
  • 21:08 - The importance of getting the pronunciation of your guest’s name correct.
  • 23:09 - When his interest in self-discovery began.
  • 26:09 - Where Harry gets his energy for a conversation from.
  • 29:54 - Connecting with others through his guitar playing.
  • 31:48 - The importance of having a story.
  • 34:53 - Who he learned how to put people at ease from.
  • 36:16 - What inspires him to speak to people about their potential?
  • 37:17 - Abundance.
  • 38:01 - Giving.
  • 39:33 - The Ego.
  • 43:13 - What does it take to push his buttons?
  • 44:42 - What’s the most misunderstood thing about himself?
  • 47:00 - Who has been the most surprised by who he’s become as a person?
  • 50:14 - What has he changed his mind about recently?
  • 50:31 - The appeal of Walmart and what he’s always wanted to learn to do.
  • 53:36 - The word, ‘manly’ and the negative connotations and stigmas words can have.
  • 55:29 - Brining into alignment the masculine and the feminine.

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/engel-jones-interview

Direct download: PJ124-EngelJones.mp3
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In this episode I talk with the husband and wife duo behind Planted in Miami, a podcast about conscious living in the Magic City. We do a deep dive into their inspirations, why they transitioned to a plant-based diet and how podcasting made them take the leap to quit their 9-5 jobs. There are lots of laughs but also great insight into the entrepreneurial life and all it entails.

  • 04:27 - How they learned to start podcasting
  • 07:05 - Who influenced their podcast
  • 08:56 - Podcast format (husband and wife)
  • 09:33 - Planted in Miami origin
  • 15:25 - What prompted their move to a plant-based diet
  • 22:01 - Harry’s reason for turning vegetarian
  • 24:56 - Jeanette’s audition on American Idol
  • 28:49 - How they met
  • 29:32 - Why they left their 9 to 5 jobs
  • 33:29 - Their new business venture
  • 34:47 - Alex’s advice for wannabe entrepreneurs
  • 35:11 - The two things they spend their money on
  • 38:50 - Katie Krimitsos Podfest presentation
  • 39:40 - The importance of intellectual property
  • 44:31 - Why having a support group is important
  • 46:15 - How accountability calls can help entrepreneurs
  • 49:16 - Structuring your work day
  • 01:02:27 - Getting comfortable with your voice
  • 01:04:07 - What has Alex changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:05:03 - What is the most misunderstood thing about Jeanette?
  • 01:07:07 - The influence of Latino culture
  • 01:08:34 - Alex’s opinion on Kenny G

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/jeanette-and-alex-ruiz-interview

Direct download: PJ123-JeanetteAndAlexRuiz.mp3
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This week’s episode is an engaging discussion the host of The Podcast Engineering School. Originally from New Jersey, he now calls Colorado Springs home. Naturally the conversation starts off techy, and we understand how Chris got his engineering start. It’s a testament to his varied interests that end up on the subject of meditation!

  • 03:00 - The value of the Podfest conference
  • 04:45 - How Harry ended up at Podfest
  • 06:00 - Chris’ experience with a podcast studio
  • 08:00 - What Chris found in Alaska
  • 10:30 - The struggles of keeping up with technology
  • 12:10 - The beauty of a mobile existence
  • 14:00 - The day the internet broke!
  • 15:50 - The genesis of Chris interest in technology
  • 17:30 - Why was there a need to bring engineering skills to podcasting?
  • 23:00 - Recommended settings for an episode MP3?
  • 27:00 - The challenges with Harry’s new podcasting course
  • 29:00 - Partnering with companies doing interesting things in this space
  • 32:00 - Daniel J. Lewis’ Podcasters Society

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/chris-curran-interview/

Direct download: PJ122-ChrisCurran.mp3
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As host of Marketing to Crush Your Competitors, Fabienne has demonstrated the power of consistency, with over 250 episodes published to-date. Coming from a competitive background she understands the importance of striving to do your best but always in an ethical way. She understands clearly that podcasters need to remember that they are the owners of their show, and should always be directing the conversation.

  • 02:45 - Quick chat with Soren Pederson, Product Specialist at Shure
  • 07:07 - Thoughts on theming days
  • 08:40 - Importance of a partner to hold you accountable
  • 12:45 - Individuality with a business partner
  • 15:10 - How Fabienne met Vernon Ross
  • 16:25 - The genesis of the podcast
  • 17:15 - The importance of leveraging influencers
  • 20:00 - Return guests are Hall of Famers
  • 22:00 - Fabienne’s competitive nature
  • 27:00 - Don’t forget the listener
  • 30:00 - Why your marketing always needs to be a part of your personality
  • 31:00 - Why Andrew Warner inspires Fabienne
  • 33:40 - Something Fabienne’s changed her mind about recently
  • 34:10 - What is the one most misunderstood thing about Fabienne

Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/fabienne-raphael-interview

Direct download: PJ121-FabienneRaphael.mp3
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Keith Tomasek is the host of The Inadequate Life and a professor at. He’s a great guy and super fan of the show, having worn the Podcast Junkies t-shirt on Day 1 of his podcasting class. He’s also a masterful interviewer and gives us some great insights in to how make your guest shine! He shares the challenges of living with Crohn’s Disease. A really insightful gem for podcasters.

  • 11:15 - Keith’s family history and their t-shirt biz experience
  • 13:20 - How did Keith’s podcasting class go?
  • 16:00 - My experience teaching a class at General Assembly
  • 19:30 - Podcasters’ obsession with landing a sponsor
  • 24:00 - How best to position yourself to a sponsor
  • 27:35 - Origins of The Inadequate Life podcast
  • 29:35 - Tips on getting the most out of your show’s name and author field
  • 32:10 - What drove Keith to start a podcast, and his connection to Marc Maron
  • 35:00 - How the podcast grew a relationship with Chilina Kennedy
  • 37:50 - Keith’s performing background
  • 45:10 - How has Keith improved as a host?
  • 47:00 - The challenges of consistency
  • 53:00 - The moment when Keith got a bit emotional
  • 56:10 - A story from his father that really resonated with Keith
  • 01:01:05 - What is the most misunderstood thing about Keith

 Full Show Notes: http://podcastjunkies.com/keith-tomasek-interview/

Direct download: PJ120-KeithTomasek.mp3
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